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A Matter of Choice by Julie Simpson, Dena Michelli

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Emma’s story

Emma runs her own mental health business. It is growing rapidly and she feels that she is achieving her strategic and social aims. She juggles being a mother of three children with being a full-time chief executive, which requires her to work long hours and travel extensively. This is her story.

At the age of 37, I decided I wanted a family. I was away at a conference and it came to me when I was wallowing in the bath. I sent my husband a text just saying, ‘I really want a baby’, and he agreed it was time to start a family. I was the vice principle of a mental health authority at the time.

My first son was a real pleasure to me, so much so that I found myself wanting another child. Not only that but also, loving my sister as I did, ...

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