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“Della has brought us perspective about what matters”
Sophie Palmer is a yoga teacher and the co-founder of social enterprise Worn For Good. Baby Della is four months old.
Sophie Palmer doesn’t have any particular plans for her first Mother’s Day. In her eyes, the arrival of baby Della is special enough. “We’re pretty low-key. If Mother’s Day includes a dip in the ocean and a coffee in bed with some cuddles, it’d be perfect.”
Although Sophie had always dreamed of being a mum, the yoga instructor and social entrepreneur knew her pregnancy would be classified as ‘high-risk’, as she suffers from a rare blood disease.
“When we fell pregnant with Della, I can’t describe what a blessing it was. It was such an emotional experience after a really challenging few years, to find out that my body had miraculously orchestrated things to be in perfect working order to first conceive, and then go on to maintain a perfectly healthy pregnancy and baby. It was the most incredible thing.”
In the end, Sophie’s blood condition – incredibly – completely normalised while she was pregnant (though it has since returned). “Now we joke we just need to keep me pregnant!”
For Sophie, the arrival of Della has not only brought love and joy – but confirmation of what’s most important in life. “There’s just a few things that really, genuinely matter. Everything else is just distraction,” says Sophie.
One of the things that truly matters to Sophie is fashion that lasts a lifetime. She is the co-founder of Worn For Good, a social enterprise that sells new and pre-loved designer clothing.
Right now, she’s still mastering the balancing act of first-time motherhood. “But Della’s only four months old… and I love how we’ve created this tiny, beautiful person who will have her own life and journey, and we’re here to be a part of it, to watch it unfold.”
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