Beyond the immediate sleep and breastfeeding challenges of the early weeks and months of mothering, one the most common two challenges mothers tell me they face in the long run are lack of support with childcare.
Even saying childcare out loud feels a bit like saying a dirty word! In fact our attitudes towards working mothers and gender roles are becoming MORE conservative! Read More
Today on the podcast I'm chatting to my husband about the fact that as a pregnant woman I got a barrage of advice, and as a man he got NONE! So I asked him the question we often discuss as women, what has he learned about fatherhood and what does he wish he'd known before becoming a father himself? He shares his top three tips for smoothing the transition from couple to family. Read More
Whilst many pregnant mothers are quite detailed and meticulous when it comes to planning their birth, many don’t realise that it’s just the beginning. It’s a bit like planning for a wedding and forgetting that you’ll actually be married at the end of it.
One of the things you could do with knowing a little bit about in advance is breastfeeding. If you plan to breastfeed, then it’s a good idea to actually PLAN to breastfeed.
Here are a few things to consider in your postpartum plan. Here’s what I wish every pregnant woman knew about breastfeeding. Read More
This episode is part of a series of interviews to answer the question "what does a doula actually do!?" I am often asked by people who want to be doulas how it all works, so I've found some people working as doulas to tell us what a week in their life looks like. This episode features Julie-Anne Mauno, Perinatal Support Worker, Doula, Holistic Postpartum Practitioner and mother of 7! You can find out more about Julie-Anne at www.positivepostpartum.ca Read More
A French soup with green beans inspired this soup, but zucchini is much kinder to Newborn Mothers’ tummies. You can also try other vegetable and nut/seed variations, like substituting pumpkin for zucchini and ground pumpkin seeds for almond meal. Read More
Research has found a new baby typically results in 400-750 hours of lost sleep for parents in the first year - sleep deprivation and motherhood go hand in hand.
I’m not going to offer you sleep solutions today. What I will do today is try to help you cope! Read More
Whilst some mothers face complex breastfeeding challenges like tongue tie and insufficient glandular tissue, in my experience the most common barriers to breastfeeding are much more simple.
I think there is an underestimated kind of breastfeeding support that everyone can offer, even if you are not a professional or a breastfeeding expert, and even if you didn’t breastfeed yourself.
So whether you are a grandmother, friend, partner or professional supporting a Newborn Mother with normal breastfeeding, here are a few of my slightly left-field suggestions! Read More
Simple pumpkin soup is such a classic Australian comfort food. In this recipe, garlic, ginger and asafetida help to energetically warm the coconut milk making it more valuable for new mums. Read More
Last week I wrote about where to go on holidays with babies and toddlers (hyperlink) and this week I want to share a bunch of ways to make travelling and holidays with babies and toddlers run more smoothly.
Try one of them, try all of them, add your own suggestions in the comments! Read More
Have you ever felt like a holiday with small children is… not exactly a holiday? Sure the kids might have fun but you are parenting without your support network or the equipment and toys you usually rely on. Negotiating jet lag and long distance travel only increase to the not-exactly-a-holiday vibe. Add sleep deprivation, homesickness and the inevitability of someone getting ill and sometimes it feels like you should have just stayed home. Read More
Today I’m interviewing my own exercise physiologist on postpartum health and her work with Newborn Mothers. This episode features Stacey Pine, an experienced exercise physiologist based in the Perth, WA, Australia. You can find out more about Stacey at www.progressivemotion.com.au Read More
It's happened again. I'm paying for ads to try and reach more women with my message about caring for Newborn Mothers.
And I get the inevitable torrent of questions along the lines of “What about Newborn Fathers?”
And the answer I truly want to give… “What about my left knee?” Read More
This episode is part of a series of interviews to answer the question "what does a doula actually do!?" I am often asked by people who want to be doulas how it all works, so I've found some people working as doulas to tell us what a week in their life looks like. This episode features Antonia Anderson, a doula based in the Canberra, ACT, Australia. You can find out more about Antonia at http://peacefulpostnatal.com.au/ Read More
This episode is part of a series of interviews to answer the question "what does a doula actually do!?" I am often asked by people who want to be doulas how it all works, so I've found some people working as doulas to tell us what a week in their life looks like. This episode features Kirrah Stewart, an experienced doula based in the Northern Rivers region of Northern NSW, Australia. You can find out more about Kirrah at www.doulawisdom.com Read More
This episode is part of a series of interviews to answer the question "what does a doula actually do!?" I am often asked by people who want to be doulas how it all works, so I've found some people working as doulas to tell us what a week in their life looks like. This episode features Jo Hogan, a doula and massage therapist in Auckland, New Zealand. You can find out more about Jo at www.bellamama.co.nz Read More
When I first started my business I thought bartering would be a great way to get my business off the ground without having loads of cash available up front. But in reality it was a disaster, I ended up wasting time with untalented logo designers and websites that I didn’t love and it made me feel very unprofessional. Read More
People often say it takes a village to raise a child, but what does that actually mean? In this episode we take a look at the way traditional human societies raise children, and what our biology and birth say about the history of human parenting. Is having a baby an individual choice or a social responsibility? Read More
If I had a dollar for every time a woman asked if my training course is ‘certified’ and if she is ‘allowed’ to be a doula when she graduates I’d be a very rich woman!
The truth is the doula industry is unregulated. You don’t have to do ANY training to call yourself a doula. Read More
Many pregnant women and new mums complain of being forgetful, emotional and even feeling stupid! Is baby brain an elaborate story we tell women to keep them in the kitchen? Or is there a biological basis? Learn how your brain changes when you have a baby, and why! Read More
It’s very easy in a masculine world to approach everything in a masculine way. But it makes more sense to approach postpartum from a feminine perspective. Read More