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birth

Pregnancy
July 26, 2017

Water birth: is it better than normal birth?

No longer just a Hollywood hippie scene, water births are becoming increasingly popular. Water birth involves immersing yourself in water as you prepare to go into labour. With the help of a midwife or doula, you then birth your baby as you would in a hospital, except in this case, you welcome your little one under water. A cool concept certainly, but is it safe? The benefits of swimming into life Water birth works on the premise that your baby, having lived in an amniotic fluid sac for his gestation period, will feel comfortable being birthed into a similar environment.…
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DepressionParenting
September 18, 2016

I’m a new mom, why am I so unhappy?

“I’m having panic attacks, feeling scared, helpless and overwhelmed. I don’t know who to talk to, am I alone? It’s been a few months - surely by now I’m supposed to be happy with my new baby?” (more…)
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Pregnancy
April 26, 2016

Recovering after childbirth

You’ve done it! After 9 months of ups and downs, body changes and anticipation, you’re going home with your new baby! It’s exciting and your new-born is taking up all your attention, but don‘t forget to look after yourself. You may have been told that your body will be back to normal in 6 weeks, but it takes a bit longer to adjust after pregnancy and birth. Getting rest and taking care of yourself are vital steps to getting both your strength and energy back. Here are some key steps: Watch out for problem signs. If you develop a breast…
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Pregnancy
February 10, 2016

I’m Pregnant – Do I Need a Doula?

You’ve heard the term, but what is a doula? A Greek word meaning women’s servant, a doula is a professional trained in childbirth. Her role is to provide emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is going through labour, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, positive and empowering birthing experience. What does a doula do? Your relationship with your doula will start a few months before your baby is due – you will be able to express any concerns or fears, ask questions and have her there…
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Pregnancy
May 29, 2014

Why are women waiting longer to have kids?

It all seems rather perfect. You finish school, get a degree, start the career of your dreams and work your way up the proverbial corporate ladder. The next thing you know, you’re 35 and in a great position financially and personally, but you’re only now thinking about having kids. Don’t feel guilty, you’re far from alone. In fact, worldwide, the average age of first-time mothers is increasing. Today, there are 9 times as many “first births” to women over the age of 35 than there were 40 years ago. But that’s not the only interesting statistic: “first births” to women…
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