Jaihden and family

An Honest Look At Gender Disappointment

Being pregnant can be an exciting time, but it can also be an extremely stressful and daunting one, there’s so much to buy and plan, and sometimes there are health concerns or relationship breakdowns. These are all issues that are commonly discussed amongst friends, in articles and on forums but something that is rarely discussed is what happens when you find out that your baby is not the gender you were expecting. Is it normal to feel shocked or maybe even disappointed? This is a conversation, like most hard conversations, Mummy Village’s Jaihden Mourtzis is not afraid to have.

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Dave, Erin and Luella Oudshoorn Family Portrait

A Candid Look At Life Parenting A Child With Infantile Spasms

When Erin Oudshoorn welcomed her beautiful baby girl Luella into the world, she could never have prepared herself for the pain and heartache that lay ahead for her family. Mummy Village’s Jaihden Mourtzis sat down with Erin, the mum behind, whose daughter Luella was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms at just 11 weeks of age. According to The Epilepsy Centre Infantile Spasms or West Syndrome as it is often called is a rare form of epilepsy that usually begins between 3 to 8 months of age. It is characterized by clusters of spasms, which are sudden, brief, and often severe muscle contractions. These spasms can occur several times a day and can cause developmental delays and cognitive impairment if left untreated. Luella is one of 2500-3000 children diagnosed globally each year.

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