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...] about Ten Golden Rules when you have just had a baby
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
Here is a chilling quote I've come across today in an announcement from a marketing strategy firm. It's a press release dated 28 April 2009 and you can find it here. It reveals what the huge food and drink industry REALLY thinks about breastfeeding: as a PROBLEM to be surmounted, got round and … [Read more...] about How marketers see breastfeeding – as a PROBLEM
No not me! It's the lovely Sarah Ockwell-Smith who has written a polite but firm rebuttal of some of Gina Ford's more outrageous advice on her blog which I'm linking to here: AN OPEN LETTER TO GINA FORD, AUTHOR OF THE CONTENTED LITTLE BABY SERIES … [Read more...] about An open letter to Gina Ford from a mother of four
Lots going on this month! If you are expecting a baby in the New Year and live in London, then maybe I can help you! I have places left on my WEEKEND HYPNOBIRTHING course - see https://birthhypnosis.net/?p=2187 I am taking POSTNATAL DOULA clients in 2014 On 14 January I am running a WATERBIRTH … [Read more...] about Expecting a baby in the New Year?
Every day somebody downloads my free birth preferences template . I hope that the hundreds of people who have downloaded it in the months since I put it on my website have found it useful. Now to support my work with home birth hopeful parents through the Home Birth Workshops which I run for the … [Read more...] about More free stuff! A free download all about home birth
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?
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
Like the whole world, I'd like to extend my warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their little boy, who is now THIRD in line to the throne. There was a lot of speculation about the birth, for most people centred on the boy/girl stuff and the issue of the … [Read more...] about Royal Baby has arrived… Kate, hypnobirthing and a roomful of fidgety men
After your baby is born Dads - see if you or another kind person can tidy up the home, change bedsheets, put on laundry etc before mum and baby return. Your first night home together will be very strange. Don’t panic and congratulate yourself for small achievements (eg. going to the loo, … [Read more...] about From my NCT clients – top tips for your early days as a parent