Charlotte aka @charliegoodbirth is a birth coach, a woman's advocate, a mother and a bloody hilarious lady. She's also dynamic and determined!
1. What 5 words describe your life?
Noisy; aligned; loving; unexpected; work-in-progress (hyphens count as one word, right?!)
2. What’s something that people won’t already know about you?
Although I’m confident (or gobby), and I love the dynamic and momentum of gangs of people, I really, really miss time on my own.
3. How many real friends do you have vs. social media
I have about 5 friends I’ve known for years, and as I get older we know more & more about ourselves & each other. Although busy lives & changes of location mean we don’t get together often now, we’re a permanent feature in each other’s lives.
Although I’m more of a digital immigrant than a native, some of the people I connect with online are incredibly supportive – there’s something about the removal of the internet that makes it easier to be vulnerable sometimes, and therefore truthful.
4) What makes you feel vulnerable?
The idea of failure. I’m learning that failure isn’t the end, it’s just a step on the path.
5) Do you dare to dream, or do you think dreams only come true for others?
I dare to dream! Dreams aren’t delicate little things, they’re rock hard kicks in the arse, and if you don’t act on them they wear away at you until you listen. Ignore them at your peril!
6) What one piece of advice would you give other women about life?
Challenge the orthodoxy! Attitudes, perceptions, ideas – they are not fixed. Just because the majority follow a notion does not make it right (this week more than ever we learned this from Suffragettes & Suffragists, right?). This is so important for pregnant women to know – for every preconception you have, challenge it; ask whether it’s right for you and if it’s not, what you’d rather have/do instead. You have the right to do this.
7) When did you last shave your pits/legs?
So long ago that when my 2 yo daughter came to the toilet with me at the weekend she asked me why I have a beard. This is not what my husband bought.