Is Childcare Going To Screw Up Your Kids?

Is Childcare Going To Screw Up Your Kids?

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!

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Podcast - Episode 10 - Dad's Perspective On Postpartum Care

Podcast - Episode 10 - Dad's Perspective On Postpartum Care

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.

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What Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know About Breastfeeding

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs To Know About Breastfeeding

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. 

Forever.

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.

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Podcast - Episode 9 - Interview with Julie-Anne Mauno

Podcast - Episode 9 - Interview with Julie-Anne Mauno

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

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Underestimated Ways To Support Breastfeeding

Underestimated Ways To Support Breastfeeding

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!

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Holidays With Baby - That Are Actually Holidays!

Holidays With Baby - That Are Actually Holidays!

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.

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Podcast - Episode 6 - Interview With Antonia Anderson

Podcast - Episode 6 - Interview With Antonia Anderson

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/

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Podcast - Episode 5 - Interview With Kirrah Stewart

Podcast - Episode 5 - Interview With Kirrah Stewart

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

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Podcast - Episode 4 - Interview With Jo Hogan

Podcast - Episode 4 - Interview With Jo Hogan

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

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