Hi, I’m Leigh.
I’m an empty-armed Mummy writing about life after the death of my son Hugo. He was born in February 2014 when I was just 24 weeks’ pregnant because I had the rare, life-threatening pregnancy illnesses HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia.
My precious super champion boy fought so hard for 35 days, but his lungs were not developed enough. I am an incredibly proud mummy of a tiny boy with such a huge personality.
After Hugo’s death, it was difficult to find the support I needed – to read about women who had been through a similar experience. I write to celebrate Hugo’s life, and as a cathartic way of dealing with my grief. I am passionate about raising awareness of HELLP syndrome, premature birth, bereavement, and related issues.
I also write about things that interest me – what makes me, me – such as pretty things, dresses, and shoes.
Some of my successful posts include (in terms of comments, as well as page hits):
I am honoured to be a finalist in the Best Writer category in the MAD Blog Awards 2015. I am also currently shortlisted in the Author/Blogger category in the 2015 Butterfly Awards, and was shortlisted in the same category in these awards in 2014. I was shortlisted in the Inspire category of the 2015 Brilliance in Blogging Awards.
In 2015, I was named by the HSJ as one of 50 Patient Leaders, in their first-ever list.
I am a blogger at the Huffington Post.
My posts have been in the spotlight on a range of websites – you can see the full range in my Featured In page.
Please also take time to visit the website I have set up in Hugo’s memory – Bright in Mind and Spirit. The aim of it is to improve information and communication in healthcare settings.
I originally started this blog in 2013 as a showcase for my writing. You can find my pre-Hugo work in the archived features section.
How we tick, what makes us happy and the steps we can take to achieve our full potential fascinate me. I am a leadership and performance coach, and love learning about human behaviour.
In addition, I am a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Accredited PR Practitioner.
The site is called Headspace Perspective because it gives me a space to deposit and sort out all my head’s thoughts – and hopefully give me a new perspective on them. It’s a concept based on the fundamentals of coaching practice.
Thanks for visiting!