Polka Dot Dress and Public Speaking On Bereavement to Midwives.....

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been invited to speak to a workshop of midwives at the Gold Coast University Hospital about our journey with loosing our twin girls Elle and Meg. It was a bereavement workshop designed to assist midwives and other health professionals in having more insight and understanding  with the extremes when dealing with mums like myself.

Well Monday was the day that I addressed the workshop, it all went well of course. No need for imaging the audience naked or other tactics. Just plain old getting up there with some points of my speech written and speaking from the heart. Friends and family threw love and support at me as well as some pointers. It was suggested I should wear clothing and shoes familiar and comfortable to me, so I could focus on the emotionally heavy content.

Emotionally heavy content or not, I was having none of this familiar business and wore a new to me vintage style modern frock I op shopped recently for $2. I felt fabulous, professional, together and most of all me and still true to myself.

 Dress - op shopped
Nude Wedges - retail years ago
Mumma ad Daughter Brooch - op shooped
Painted Flower Brooch - car boot sale
1960's Bow Brooch - hand down to me from my Mother in Law

Wanting to keep jewelry and accessories on my wrist and neck to a minimum (because it would have annoyed in me during my speech), I decided it was best to bling myself out with brooches instead. So out came three of my favorite brooches.

I'm so pleased to of had an opportunity to speak in such a setting to professionals, and further opportunities look like they will be on the horizon. If I'm able to help doctors, nurses, hospitals and health professionals examine their practices dealing with bereaved parents suffering miscarriage, still birth or newborn death, and have parents well supported it's the least I could do in honoring my girls memory.

Overall it was a wonderful morning, topped with a massive bunch lilies which are divinely scenting my home. The morning was followed by coming home to an email about something that has been keeping me busy and away from the blog, which I'm busting to share (just don't want to jinx things just yet). But all I can say for now is that I'm doing back flips and am just a tad excited to say the least.

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My Vintage Childhood: Polka Dot Dress and Public Speaking On Bereavement to Midwives.....

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Polka Dot Dress and Public Speaking On Bereavement to Midwives.....

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been invited to speak to a workshop of midwives at the Gold Coast University Hospital about our journey with loosing our twin girls Elle and Meg. It was a bereavement workshop designed to assist midwives and other health professionals in having more insight and understanding  with the extremes when dealing with mums like myself.

Well Monday was the day that I addressed the workshop, it all went well of course. No need for imaging the audience naked or other tactics. Just plain old getting up there with some points of my speech written and speaking from the heart. Friends and family threw love and support at me as well as some pointers. It was suggested I should wear clothing and shoes familiar and comfortable to me, so I could focus on the emotionally heavy content.

Emotionally heavy content or not, I was having none of this familiar business and wore a new to me vintage style modern frock I op shopped recently for $2. I felt fabulous, professional, together and most of all me and still true to myself.

 Dress - op shopped
Nude Wedges - retail years ago
Mumma ad Daughter Brooch - op shooped
Painted Flower Brooch - car boot sale
1960's Bow Brooch - hand down to me from my Mother in Law

Wanting to keep jewelry and accessories on my wrist and neck to a minimum (because it would have annoyed in me during my speech), I decided it was best to bling myself out with brooches instead. So out came three of my favorite brooches.

I'm so pleased to of had an opportunity to speak in such a setting to professionals, and further opportunities look like they will be on the horizon. If I'm able to help doctors, nurses, hospitals and health professionals examine their practices dealing with bereaved parents suffering miscarriage, still birth or newborn death, and have parents well supported it's the least I could do in honoring my girls memory.

Overall it was a wonderful morning, topped with a massive bunch lilies which are divinely scenting my home. The morning was followed by coming home to an email about something that has been keeping me busy and away from the blog, which I'm busting to share (just don't want to jinx things just yet). But all I can say for now is that I'm doing back flips and am just a tad excited to say the least.

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12 Comments:

At June 25, 2014 at 7:52 AM , Blogger Me said...

You looked lovely !!!!!! So glad to hear that your speech went well but I knew that, talking from your heart, it was always going to go well !!
Have the best day !
Me xox

 
At June 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM , Blogger Van said...

The dress looks amazing on you and is perfect for the occasion. You're really brave for speaking out on such a sensitive subject. Looks like we share the same confessional streak, I feel better when my deepest hurt/insecurities are shared. I love that it helps others. If everyone was more open life would be much easier.

 
At June 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM , Blogger Zara said...

In nursing I find one of the hardest parts knowing what to say at such traumatic times. I'm sure everyone really benefited from your experience and thoughts.
Your outfit is lovely. x

 
At June 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM , Blogger Redcliffe Style said...

This dress looks amazing on you! Gorgeous shape. Rachel xx

 
At June 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

You're such a wonderful support Hun thank you so much.

 
At June 26, 2014 at 7:06 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

Absolutely Van it feels great to share my story and help others. Thank you.

 
At June 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

I can only imagine what it must be like from your perspective. It can't be easy, and it must be hard not to take "work" home at times?

 
At June 26, 2014 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

Thanks Hun, I doubt if a single person in the room would have known it cost me $2.

 
At June 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM , Blogger Vintage Bird Girl said...

I've missed commenting on some of your posts....been a busy time with visitors & birthday stuff. But I must drop in to say I love the frock. The perfect choice for the occasion. SO glad your public speaking went well. I'm dying to know the news you've got up your sleeve! Xx

 
At June 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

I hope you've had a most wonderful time celebrating you so deserve it. Thank you for your lovely words. I too am most excited to be sharing my news. Very soon hopefully. X

 
At June 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM , Blogger Iliska Dreams said...

I am so glad you had the courage to do this talk. More health care professionals need to learn how to deal with parents who are going through a loss. Tell a mother things happen for a reason does not and will not ever help a mother who has just lost a child. Also loving your brooches.

 
At July 2, 2014 at 12:06 AM , Blogger Vix said...

So glad that your talk went well, you looked absolutely lovely! xxx

 

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