Paloma Faith talks motherhood, baby bag essentials and the best advice she’s ever been given

by Aimee Jakes |
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If there is anyone who will speak candidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood, it's Paloma Faith.

The singer had a difficult birth when her little one (name and gender still not disclosed) was born after a 20-hour labour, which resulted in an emergency caesarean.

That's why the 37-year-old has joined forces with Pampers, staring in their amazing #ThankYouMidwife campaign, which urges new mums to take the time to thank their midwife for the round-the-clock support they received during one of the most poignant times of their lives.

The Picking Up The Pieces singer said, “I am so thankful to my midwives for the uncompromised care and support they gave me and my baby, which is why I jumped at the chance to be involved in Pampers #ThankYouMidwife campaign.

“I had a long, difficult labour, but the midwives were there every step of the way. The Midwives, supported me through a 20-hour labour, working all through the night

"I wasn’t dilating, the baby was in jeopardy and I had to have an emergency C-section.

“I can never thank the midwives at University College Hospital in London enough for the way they looked after me.

"I know they are doing the same for thousands of other mums and babies across the country, and for that, they should be celebrated.”

As part of the campaign, Paloma has released her rendition of Christmas classic Silent Night, which also feature the Pampers #ThankYouMidwife Choir, a collective of UK parenting influencers, such as Clemmie Hooper (Mother of Daughters), Georgia Jones, the wife of Danny from McFly, and Candice Braithwaite, who all appear in the music video.

We caught up with Paloma to chat about life as a new mum, baby essentials she can't live without and the best advice she's ever been given...

Paloma Faith new book

Her first ever book, MILF: Motherhood, Identity, Love and F*ckery details her journey to becoming a parent through IVF, what it means to be a "good mother" and why it's tough but important to sometimes put ourselves first as parents in her characteristic humour and raw honesty.

Taking to Instagram to share the news, Paloma said, "I actually still cannot believe that I’ve written a literal book when I already find it incredibly hard to juggle being a mum and also an elusive chanteuse - but I guess that's what a large portion of this book is all about!"

MILF book by Paloma FaithAmazon
Price: $31.04

In her debut novel, Paloma discusses if women have it all and what it means to be a woman and a mother in the modern age. It'll be published on the 6th June 2024 and you can pre-order it now!

Hi Paloma, what has surprised you most about being a mum?

Two things which are polar opposites. Unconditional love and the capacity for it. And how absolutely horrific it is at the beginning, which I was shocked by because nobody told me!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Forgive yourself.

What staple products are always in your baby changing bag?

Pampers nappies in size 6, Calendula nappy change cream, wipes and Childs Farm body lotion.

More of Paloma's recommended baby products.

What kind of mum did you think you’d be and how’s that changed?

I thought that I would be super devoted, maternal, constantly sacrificial. At the beginning, I couldn’t be because physically I was too broken and I got upset, but I feel like I ended up as the mum I imagined at the end.

You made a conscious effort to keep your little one out the media – why’s that?

Because I don’t think that it’s up to me to choose whether my child wants to be in the public eye and that’s my choice for myself, not for anyone else around me.

What’s the hardest thing about keeping your baby out the media?

Not being able to bring them to things that I want to celebrate for myself, like concerts and stuff, because you want your child to see what you love the most and I can’t let mine do that.

What do you wish you’d known about being a parent before becoming a mum?

So many things - like how you’ll never sleep properly again, even when they're asleep, you'll still wake up worrying. How even when you really really want to go away by yourself, you can’t do it because you'd just miss them too much. Even when my mum’s like ‘Baby can stay at my house!’, I’m like ‘No, it’s alright, can you just babysit at mine and we’ll be home by midnight.’

What’s been the biggest learning curve?

For me, probably being a bit more selfless because I think I do a selfish job. This is a selfish job so being more selfless.

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