Welcome to The Rose Diaries


“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.”  ~ Marie F. Mongan

Birth. Arguably, the most natural, inspiring, amazing, emotional and life altering event we can experience as people. The Rose Diaries were created by a hypnobirthing mum simply to capture and share other beautiful births, whether you are expecting, have recently experienced a hypnobirth or simply want to read the birth stories of other mothers.

Within these pages we hope to enlighten and most importantly prove that birth does not have to be the frightening, painful and terrible experience the media likes to portray. Instead it can be a beautiful, empowering, fantastic experience that women were perfectly designed to undergo and even enjoy.

Let us prove it to you, browse the diary and be inspired


UK Dads : First Time Fathers Fears



We talk a lot about mums and how they feel during pregnancy but what about the Dad-to-Be. There isn’t a huge amount of information about how Dad’s feel so we were really interested to learn that Natural Baby Shower recently conducted a study into new and expectant first time dads in the UK and what their biggest thoughts and fears are.

They surveyed 1000 expectant and new dads from around the UK asking 4 questions:

How they feel before the birth.

What they worry about the most.

What they expect to miss the most.

How they intend to prepare for their baby’s arrival.

The findings are interesting …….

dad-infographic-6 dad-infographic-5 dad-infographic-4 dad-infographic-3 dad-infographic-2 dad-infographic-1Let’s hope that every expectant Dad finds The Rose Diaries and helps his partner to feel empowered and prepared too.


If you want more handy information like this, have a look at the Natural Baby Showers New Dads Survival Guide


How to Empower Yourself During Pregnancy

Your body is incredible. Here you are, growing another person inside you, and the third trimester of pregnancy is when it all comes together. Even in utero, babies have a routine which you will learn to recognise as they wriggle and kick, letting you know that they are not ready to go to sleep just because you’re tired, or that they didn’t appreciate your spicy dinner! Feeling them move will strengthen the emotional mother/baby connection. It’s a precious time no one else can share.

It is natural to feel tired as you progress through the last stage of pregnancy but instead of letting that feeling take over, here is how you can empower yourself for a positive birth experience.

Knowledge is Power

The more you know, the more informed your choices will be, which can only mean a better outcome for you and your baby. If you are considering a home birth, talk to your midwife about preparing for this and have a solid plan B in case you are not at home when you go into labour, or your birth requires medical assistance. Investigate the hospitals and birthing centres near you and arrange visits so you can see the facilities and meet the staff in person.

Enjoy Your Pregnancy

To paraphrase a cliche, pregnancy is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. As well as preparing for your new arrival, take the time to appreciate how fantastic the last phase of your pregnancy is. Enjoy the sensation of being voluptuously fertile, embrace the changes in your body and celebrate its power. Be mindful in your actions – take the time to appreciate and wonder at the somersaulting sensation of your baby turning around, luxuriate in the sheer pleasure of resting your tired feet, and love the glow your skin has thanks to increased blood flow.


Prepare Your Body

If you’ve never given birth before you may be surprised at how physical giving birth is, requiring massive amounts of strength and endurance. Staying active with gentle exercise like walking and swimming during your pregnancy is hugely beneficial, as are antenatal yoga and meditation classes. Raspberry leaf tea is believed to help strengthen uterine walls, and it is also packed with vitamins and minerals like calcium and potassium.

Instead of counting down the days of your last trimester, make every day count. The days will fly by and, before you know it, you’ll be holding your adorable bundle in your arms.


My Baby Bundle – FREE Gift – only from 12th-18th October 2016

Being pregnant is a time to treasure and embrace your changing body and the miracle of life growing inside. Unfortunately for some mums to be, it can also be exhausting and expensive, so we are going to let you into a little secret ….. Boots are offering this gorgeous free gift to customers who spend £20 or more in store, on baby*


My Baby Bundle contains the following:
•          Boots Baby Teethers
•          Boots Cotton Wool Pads
•          Boots Baby Sensitive Wipes (64 pack)
•          Boots Baby 2in1 Bubble and Bath Wash
•          Sanctuary Salt Scrub Sachet
•          Boots Baby Superdry with Active Stretch Nappies
•          Sanctuary Travel Body Wash
•          Botanics All Bright Refreshing Eye Roll-On
•          Pampers 12 Sensitive Wipes sample pack
•          Benefit make-upper voucher
•          Voucher booklet full of exclusive offers on baby essentials and treats for you too!
baby-bundleYou need to be quick though, the offer is only valid between 12th-18th October 2016. 
*In a single transaction. Spend threshold excludes items on prescription, all baby milks and Mini Club. Worth based on individual selling price when bought separately. Online offer will vary. While stocks last. See in store for details

Be in with a chance to win one of two £25 Amazon Vouchers simply by entering our Pregnancy & Fertility Survey.

When you are planning for a baby, there are those that are fortunate enough to become pregnant straight away whereas there are other women who find that it is not as “easy” as they first thought. We can all marvel at the miracle of conception (and enjoy the elements of getting to that point) but for some families, monitoring your fertility and ovulation becomes part of the process.

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We would therefore love to hear about your experience of online shopping for pregnancy and fertility related products. If you are able to take part in our quick survey, we would like to offer you the chance to win one of two £25 Amazon vouchers, and the survey can be completed in a few minutes so it’s nice and quick!


Winners will be selected at random on the 10th October 2016 – Good Luck!

Terms & Conditions

The Prize: 1 of 2 £25 Amazon Vouchers courtesy of White Pharmacy.
The winners will be chosen at random and notified within 7 working days by email
By entering this competition, you understand that your details may be retained for future mailings by The Rose Diaries and White Pharmacy. You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time.
There is no monetary equivalent.
The Rose Diaries take no /responsibility for loss or damage in the despatch of prizes
If the prize is unclaimed within 7 days we reserve the right to redraw another winner.
End Date 09/10/2016 at 12am