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Baby Loss

It's not often that I would post something that many of us are fearful of and plenty of us thank heavens that it hasn't happened to us!  However, unfortunately, baby loss does happen and in my career as an antenatal educator and Natal Hypnotherapist I…
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Soggy Bottoms and 'Up All Night' - Why a Doula really is the best birth partner

As I was sat watching the semi-final of Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off last night and gazing at the mighty fine silver fox that is Paul Hollywood, I caught myself wondering what he would be like as a birth partner.  Ok, Ok, I know the…
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Natal Hypnotherapy rocks!

This weekend I headed out to Haslemere, Surrey to teach some of the latest batch of Natal Hypnotherapy™ practitioner trainees about birth physiology.  Their actual hypnotherapy training programme started Monday but because these particular…
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Ostrich Burger Anyone?

I recently had the luck to go away for a night with a couple of friends of mine.  All of us busy working mums so the arranging of this luxury was not the most simple of tasks. Other halves had to make sure they could be certain places at certain…

Too Scared to Push?

Been meaning to get back to blogging for ages, but there always seems to be something else – children, work, dogs - that gets in the way . However, the report at the weekend about women being able to choose a Caesarean section, regardless of medical necessity was obviously the kick up the bottom I needed to put mouse to mat, because here I am! Please, don’t think for one moment think I’m disapproving of those with a valid reason for choosing a section. I’ve seen enough clients traumatised by bad birth experiences to know that c-section really is the only option if they want to extend their family. . With those women, I join in rejoicing that an overwhelming fear-factor can be, if not removed, at least circumnavigated, so they can enjoy their pregnancies, births and children. Nor am I saying those whose births ended as Caesareans, should have fought harder/done something differently. Far from it – birth doesn’t always go according to plan and whether a medical necessity, circumstance or intervention necessitates babies coming out via ‘the sun roof’, the birth of a baby and the start of a new life is always something to celebrate as is the fact that we have the life-saving technology we do.

I'm pregnant - Only good stories please!

Why do people have a hard time remembering their manners when it comes to talking to pregnant women?  Would you go up to someone who was about to have their appendix out and say "My cousin Stan, died from that operation!" Or "She was never…

Good Enough Parenting!

I don't think I am a very good parent!  Possibly a harsh criticism of myself, but lets examine the evidence.  I have three daughters (DD1 -7, DD2 - 7 and DD3 - 4 nearly 5) and they have made not listening an art form! I enter into pointless…