My article urging caution and a rethink of antenatal screening programmes in this month’s Royal College of Midwives Journal


Natty, who has Down’s syndrome, has been chosen to take part in the Sainsbury’s back to school campaign this Summer. 


The post where I understood what it feels like to be avulnerable person with a learning disability. It took a visit to Number 10…

The post where I understood what it feels like to be avulnerable person with a learning disability. It took a visit to Number 10…



Young girl publishes a heartfelt book to help other children welcome a new sibling with Down’s syndrome into the family.
Mia Goleniowska, 10, writes, ” I love you Natty, you are the best sister in the world and so precious to me. You are so important to me and if you weren’t in this world my life wouldn’t be the same.”
She explores her feelings when her baby sister spent time in an incubator and during heart surgery, and shows us all the fun and games they have together, as well the everyday annoyances any siblings experience.
A beautiful must-read book, complete with drawings and family photographs.
Available from Amazon priced at £5.99 + P&P

Young girl publishes a heartfelt book to help other children welcome a new sibling with Down’s syndrome into the family.

Mia Goleniowska, 10, writes, ” I love you Natty, you are the best sister in the world and so precious to me. You are so important to me and if you weren’t in this world my life wouldn’t be the same.”

She explores her feelings when her baby sister spent time in an incubator and during heart surgery, and shows us all the fun and games they have together, as well the everyday annoyances any siblings experience.

A beautiful must-read book, complete with drawings and family photographs.

Available from Amazon priced at £5.99 + P&P


Why I am so enormously proud to be shortlisted in 2 categories in the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging awards: Commentary and Outstanding.

Why I am so enormously proud to be shortlisted in 2 categories in the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging awards: Commentary and Outstanding.



Happy Easter from us all at Downs Side Up. Our day began with the obligatory Easter egg hunt in the garden, still wearing PJs of course. Little Natty’s arms were so full that she could bearly carry her treats. Then some art and craft activities and now snuggling with poorly Daddy and big sis for a family film. 

Happy Easter from us all at Downs Side Up. Our day began with the obligatory Easter egg hunt in the garden, still wearing PJs of course. Little Natty’s arms were so full that she could bearly carry her treats. Then some art and craft activities and now snuggling with poorly Daddy and big sis for a family film. 


Last week I kissed my children goodbye and jumped on 2 planes to Belfast to see the launch of a new product that is simply nothing short of miraculous. The UPSEE (pictured above) allows children who are wheelchair users to walk with their parents.

Read about the bloggers’ meeting, product info and purchasing links here on Downs Side Up. 


A massive thank you to everyone who joined forces for World Down Syndrome Day #WDSD14 last week. Read What Did World Down Syndrome Day Achieve here for a few thoughts on awareness and those controversial funky socks… 

A massive thank you to everyone who joined forces for World Down Syndrome Day #WDSD14 last week. Read What Did World Down Syndrome Day Achieve here for a few thoughts on awareness and those controversial funky socks…