Preparing to have a baby using hypnobirthing has become such a popular option that it's becoming quite a jungle of different hypnobirthing “products” out there. So here's a quick potted guide for mums-to-be who are finding all the different brand names and methods confusing. Firstly, though, if … [Read more...] about Which Hypnobirthing course is right for you?
This clip is from a film called The Connected Baby and it shows how much is going on between mum and baby during an ordinary nappy change. It is created by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, of the University of Dundee. Never underestimate the power of the everyday routines of parenting. Even when a task seems … [Read more...] about The Dance of the Nappy
Talk about it before you have the baby. How much sleep do you and your partner normally get by on? Which of you can catnap, and which of you can’t? Learn to relax. Try relaxing each part of your body in turn and let your breathing slow down to “sleep breathing”. Get into the … [Read more...] about Ten ways to fight sleep deprivation
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...] about Does size matter?
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...] about Five reasons the Palace should let Kate birth #royalbaby2 AT HOME (if she wants to!)
So I 've finally taken the plunge. I'm going to train with BabyCalm, the parent class provider set up by Sarah Ockwell-Smith (who went to the same school as me and also had 4 children...but is younger, slimmer and with luxuriant hair - no I'M NOT JEALOUS AT ALL) in May and I hope I will be able to … [Read more...] about Taking the plunge. Babycalm here I come
Royal Baby update. Since I last wrote a blog post, the fervour has settled down now into a steady stream of commemorative china, gift-ware and tins of shortbread. But some of the uncertainties I looked at have now clarified a bit. It is now definitely known (and I am not just getting this from the … [Read more...] about Royal Baby…afterthoughts
Top Tips from my previous NCT groups Antenatal tips Enjoy your lie-ins and be impulsive. Life as you know it isn’t over when the little one arrives, but it’ll definitely be different! Stocking the freezer can be a lifesaver. You’ll appreciate not having to think about what to eat next … [Read more...] about From my NCT clients – top tips for labour and birth
I've just read a great blog post explaining exactly how babywearing can help prevent postnatal depression and it's got me thinking about how Hypnobirthing can help in the same way. It's on a blog called Babywearing Downunder. Here's the … [Read more...] about Hypnobirthing and postnatal depression
There are moments when an adage you've heard for years suddenly becomes true through experience, instead of merely true because people say it is true, and I've had a weekend full of such moments. On Saturday I drove to Suffolk to collect our new puppy, new because he's 7 weeks old, not because he's … [Read more...] about A New Normal: Thoughts on baby advice