Emma Pickett’s Low Milk Supply 101

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This is a special message to all my clients who have recently had their babies and are breastfeeding. While decluttering a bookcase this week I came across this Baby Journal which I kept after the birth of my first child more than 25 years ago.  Near the beginning is an account of the night we … [Read more...]

Does size matter?

British woman Maxime Marin gave birth naturally to a 13lb 2oz girl in 2013. Well done Maxime!

Medical professionals do tend to scare pregnant women, usually without intending to. Perhaps one of the most common ways is to suggest, even very subtly, that this thing which the woman has to push out of her vagina is “too big”. Eek, a big baby! It only takes a radiographer to raise an eyebrow, or … [Read more...]

If you decide to swaddle your baby

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Most new babies are soothed by being swaddled (though we know of a few who definitely don't care for it). Here are some important safety tips to bear in mind. Wrap firmly but not too tightly Baby’s legs and feet should be able to move freely, and bend at the hip Leave arms free for babies … [Read more...]

Transition to parenthood

Working on a brush-up and revamp of final session of my antenatal course - transition to parenthood - have got together selections of leaflets, info sheets and handouts on four different areas: safe sleep and co-sleeping; soothing and swaddling; slings and baby wearing; bathing and nappies. The … [Read more...]

Doctor Might be, Might be Not

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I was sitting in a meeting of the Maternity Services Liaison Committee today. An MSLC is a user representative group which, when it's working well, acts as a ginger group to keep maternity services improving. I am honoured to be on the MSLC for Imperial NHS Trust which includes the august premises … [Read more...]

Five reasons the Palace should let Kate birth #royalbaby2 AT HOME (if she wants to!)

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Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! The Duchess is expecting a second baby, and she is being treated yet again for hyperemesis gravidarum, the absolutely terrifying type of "morning sickness" (stupid phrase) that she now knows she is prone to. At least this time there won't be any … [Read more...]

Babycalm Workshop Discount! September only!

If you have a baby aged up to three months, and live within the London boroughs of Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea, how would you like me to come and give you a heavily discounted BABYCALM workshop? For SEPTEMBER 2014 ONLY I am offering this three hour workshop in your … [Read more...]

Ten Golden Rules when you have just had a baby

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Here are my personal Ten Golden Rules for all brand-new mums in the early days and weeks. I am not a big fan of the Internet obsession with numbered lists - there are far too many and most of them are bossy and prescriptive. But just for today, I've tried to distill what I believe mums need to know … [Read more...]