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The lowdown with Bravemumma 

 Everything you wanted to know about pelvic organ prolapse. This is an amazing open interview with Stephanie Thompson speaking to male gynaecologist Dr. Ray Hodgson speaking frankly about prolapse, childbirth, levator ani. 


Good Reads

Here are some interesting and helpful books which we recommend. Click the link to take you directly to order. 

Disclaimer: We do not have any monitory gain from recommending these books

Surgical Menopause - not your typical menopause by Dr Helen Kemp

Surgical menopause is different when compared to natural menopause. It can feel brutal. It involves removing a sizeable chunk of our endocrine system, and yet the majority of us are sent on our way after surgery with little more advice or information than: 'lift nothing heavier than a kettle of water for six week, and refrain from sex for the same duration'. Not Your Typical Menopause is a unique collection of narratives from women with lived experience of surgical menopause. Open, honest, courageous and brutally frank. If a surgical menopause is looming for you, this book will help ensure you are better informed and better able to meet some of the unique challenges that will likely ensue. Because, when it comes to our health, forewarned is indeed forearmed, and knowledge is power.

How to Survive Menopause Without Losing Your Mind by Kathryn Colas

It’s from Kathryn’s unique perspective getting women through menopause! She tells all about her ten years of hell, near suicide and how she overcame her difficulties, so you can circumvent complications and misdiagnoses commonly experienced by women.

  • Do you suspect you are going through menopause?

  • Are you experiencing unusual and unexplainable mood swings and symptoms that affect your entire life?

  • Do you recognise these symptoms in someone you know and love?

  • What do you do when your personal relationship is breaking down?

  • What do you do when symptoms affect your work performance?

  • Does your doctor sympathise and know how to help you?

This ‘must-read’ book is for all women.
Have it at your fingertips to help you understand your symptoms and emotions and give you the tools to thrive and receive the support you deserve.

Why Did No One Tell Me?: How to Protect Heal and Nurture Your Body Through Motherhood by Emma Brockwell


For too long, women have been told that debilitating conditions following pregnancy are normal, to be expected, and something to just put up with. Emma Brockwell is on a mission to change this. Having been through two difficult pregnancies herself, Emma combines her expertise as a specialist women’s health physiotherapist with personal experience to create a warm, honest, informative and essential handbook to help pregnant women and new mums take control and care for their changing bodies. Find out how to:

-Protect your pelvic floor
-Heal effectively from birth – both vaginal deliveries and caesarean sections
-Tackle common - and TREATABLE - post-birth problems
-Exercise safely after birth

Every woman has the right to be informed and this empowering guide gives you all the tools you need to look after your amazing body throughout motherhood.

Totally Bladdered by Jacq Emkes

Jacqueline, known as Jacq was an ordinary maths and accounting teacher in a secondary school near her home. Four children. One husband. Two dogs. Life was great. That all changed after a slip of a scalpel during routine surgery in 2009. Her weekly blogs to share her journey, used humour to try to get through the worst of times. This then is the book of those blogs.

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