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...] about Emma Pickett’s Low Milk Supply 101
I run a waterbirth workshop every 3 months for the NCT - it's good fun and the parents always learn "things they didn't know they didn't know". I have an old borrowed Birth Pool in a Box and I try to encourage the pregnant mums to kick off their shoes, get in the pool and see how it feels. They … [Read more...] about Waterbirth miracles
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?
Things you won't hear on #OBEM ("One Born Every Minute" - reality TV about a maternity ward on Channel 4) Midwife: "Even with your epidural in place, please remember you are still in labour. Your body is working hard, and you need that wonderful oxytocin hormone to help it. So let's turn off … [Read more...] about Things you won’t hear on “One Born Every Minute”
As a hypnobirthing teacher and antenatal teacher I seem to spend an inordinate amount of my life discussing the process of breathing. Just getting the air in and getting it out again so that you can get more in - this act looms very large at this time of a woman's life. It also looms large for a … [Read more...] about And don’t forget to B-R-E-A-T-H-E
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
“Home births are like letting your child not wear a seatbelt”. What a headline! What medical reporter could resist rushing to the news editor on sighting an academic article which packs such a quotable punch in its conclusions. No wonder Lachlan de Crespigny and Julian Savulescu, authors of … [Read more...] about “Home births are like letting your child not wear a seatbelt”. Really?
Did you know you could have a private, bespoke hypnobirthing course IN YOUR OWN HOME for under £190 by getting together with a friend? It is surprising how often I get a call from a client who is in the happy situation of being pregnant at the same time as one of her close friends. Is it all about … [Read more...] about Share a private hypnobirthing course with a friend and cut your costs!