About Oana Chirila

Oana Papaconstantinou is a mum of 2 children who blogs at Mama's Haven on grief, travel, photography and reviews. Oana has had the life-altering experience of child loss, when Georgie, her 5 months baby boy died on leukaemia in July 2014. She has now made it her blog's mission to support people who have been equally affected by grief. Oana works from home in creative writing and social media support. She is on Twitter @MamasHaven and Instagram as mamashaven.

Author Oana Chirila

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Health Round-up: When mental health is affected by trauma

Last month marked Mental Health Awareness month so I decided to approach a few of my fellow bloggers and brave friends and raise awareness on this sensitive subject through their own words and stories. I will start with Abby, from Mother Under Measure, who a decade ago suffered a sexual assault about which she has […]

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Life Changes Round-up: Focusing on the positive

Negativity is one of those things we can never completely and totally bulletproof ourselves against. On the other hand, by choosing to make somewhat small but significant changes, we can all learn to efficiently and productively counteract its destructive effects from our lives. From the word go, Fritha, from Tigerlilly Quinn differentiates wisely between depression, […]

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Health Round-up: When pregnancy is not the fairy-tale we thought it would be

Pregnancy is meant to be one of the most beautiful times in a woman’s life but for so many of us, this hasn’t been the case. The causes of distress in pregnancy are diverse but the consequences are always heartbreaking for the mothers affected. Several BritMums bloggers have opened up about how pregnancy has been […]

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What really happens when you lose a child

Losing a child is fear for all parents. It’s so frightening that we push the thought from our mind…or obsess about it. Blogger Oana Papaconstantinou of Mama’s Haven speaks about what it is really like to lose a child. In July 2014, Georgie, my then five and a half month son, died of an aggressive form […]

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Health Round-up: Cancer of embarrassing body areas’ awareness month

Most of us have or will be affected by cancer during our lifetime, in our way or another. With shocking statistics of “1 in 2 people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime” published recently by Cancer Research UK, cancer awareness and prevention are now […]

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Life Changes Round-up: The strength of a mother

We celebrated Mother’s Day last Sunday and the whole run up to it lead me to ponder on one very important existential question. What gives a mother the strength to carry on, even when life throws the impossible at her? I have been truly blessed to meet so many authentic and strong women on my […]

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Life Changes Round-up: Grief at Christmas

Christmas is supposed to be, as the song says,  “the most wonderful time of the year”. But for us, bereaved parents, siblings or spouses, Christmas can actually be one of most daunting times of the year. The pressure is everywhere to rejoice, to engage, to give and it can place a huge burden on the […]

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