At 50 I’ve given birth!

The longest labour.

Yes! It’s true. That’s why I’ve been so quiet on the newsletter front. I’ve  been growing a baby. Phew, it’s hard work when you’re my age I have to tell you.

And the thing about this baby, is that whilst it’s not been quite as long as the gestation of an elephant, it feels a bit like that.

Now before you go out and buy me all sorts of cutesy baby paraphernalia, I have to confess to you that I’m not Janet Jackson and it’s not a human person baby.

May I present to you (drum roll please…)

Great Dames Labour
Great Dames

Let me explain.

Last year I got myself into a little bit of strife. I got all hot and very bothered under the collar. It had been happening for a while, but I had chosen to ignore it.

  • The sleeplessness
  • The moodiness
  • The general grumpiness (that’s putting it mildly…)
  • The belly fat and weight gain
  • The brain-fog

But then I ran into a brick wall (metaphorically speaking – although I do bump into things a lot more these days). Dames alive, this was intense. Unbridled, out of control, feeling like I’m losing the plot, anxiety.

  • I’ve wasted my life
  • I haven’t achieved anything
  • It’s all over

And then I caught my breath.

Am I… going through…THE CHANGE?!

(If you ever have to ask yourself this question, you probably are!)

I felt totally under-prepared for this (even though I knew in my 30s that as my ovaries went into semi-retirement my adrenals would pick up the slack) as I blithely thought it wouldn’t happen to me.

Plus, why was no-one talking about this?

So, I decided to do something about it (after scraping myself off the floor, doing lots of research and taking a good, long, soul-searching look into my own lifestyle and habits).

I created (and birthed) Great Dames.

Who is this for?

You are a Great Dame if you’re a woman over the age of 45 and are finding some challenges with the changes your body is going through.

More importantly though, you want to do something about it.

I’ve been in clinical practice for over a decade and treated hundreds of women going through ‘the change’ (and now have my own experience with it – what a ride!)

Now, before you switch off and think, ‘this isn’t for me’.

If you are over the age of 38, I would call you a ‘lady in waiting’. Things are starting to change and shift a little before you become a ‘real woman’ (wink).

Believe me when I tell you, I wish I’d been better prepared. So, it’s good to know what may be heading your way and it won’t surprise you when you get that internal, ‘is this all there is?’ or ‘what’s next?’ or ‘why has my PMS got so bad?’

Men? Well, it’s pretty good to keep informed with what us lady folk go through and why we may not be so accommodating as before 😊.

Great Dames is here to help you ‘embrace the change’ (one hot flush at a time).

I would love you to go and check my new website


On it you will find a downloadable ‘The Ultimate Survivor’s Guide to Menopause’. It’s FREE!

Or, you can download it here.

Now, I want to hear from you.

  • Are there topics you would like covered in this blog?
  • What has been your biggest challenge with this transition?
  • What remedies have you tried that have helped?

Until then Dames, ladies in waiting and sirs.

Be great,


P.S If you know someone who is struggling with all the changes, please share this with them.

P.P.S Check out– how do you know if you’re perimenopausal? This quick quiz will help you determine whether you are.

Great Dames Labour


With over a decade of experience helping women just like you, who better to help you ’embrace the change’? Find out more about Marnie here.

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