Babies come into this world straight from the safety and security of the uterus and it’s no exaggeration to say that that transition is a stressful one. Then, in many cases, hospital procedures that involve weighing, measuring and cleaning baby straight after delivery, delay mum and baby’s skin-on-skin time, which causes further trauma and can have short- and long-term consequences.
Evidence shows that newborns who are placed straight with their mothers after birth have better respiratory, temperature and glucose stability. They also cry less, which shows that their stress levels decrease significantly when placed with mum. Ultimately, an undisturbed hour after birth is a critical period that should not be delayed unless mum or baby are in need of medical assistance. To get more information about the benefits of an undistrubed hour after birth we caught up with antenatal/postnatal doula and breastfeeding counsellor, Andrea Allen of The Doting Doulas. Here is what she had to say…
Getting your baby or toddler into a sleep routine is no mean feat, but while little ones certainly have us jumping through hoops, sometimes parents can actually contribute to the problems. Make sure you’ve got the right approach at bedtime and avoid these 8 common sleep mistakes that new parents make.
Having a new baby is an exciting phase in your life. However, it can also be scary, lonely and frustrating. Just at a time when you could really do with the support of friends and colleagues, you’re alone, doing a new job and all your ‘boss’ does is scream at you. The good news is that you don’t need to feel isolated because there is a whole network of support available. From online communities to mum and baby groups, you can create the ultimate new mum support network.
It’s nearly that time of year again when you turn over a new leaf and start from scratch with New Year’s resolutions. Now, we know all the usual ones (eat better, spend less money, do more exercise), but if you’re a mum-to-be, there are a few other things you might want to consider adding to the list. Read on for our recommendations for New Year’s resolutions for mum-to-bes. Happy New Year!
There’s a quote printed on the wall of JustKidding’s store that always makes me smile. ‘Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.’ I think pretty much every parent can relate to this. Pre-motherhood I certainly told myself I was never going to be one of those parents. Then Baby Boo came along and I broke all my own rules… or at least I think I did… I was delirious with tiredness most of the time. I know I’m not alone, which is why I put together this list of oh-so-common parenting turnarounds. How many did you swear you wouldn’t do as a parent (but do)?
Let me first begin by saying that losing weight has NOT been my main focus since becoming a mummy. My attention has 100 per cent been on my daughter and husband and enjoying this magical time. Added to this, I’ve always had a bit of an issue with how so many women feel pressured to fit into a pair of size eight jeans while walking around with a six-week-old. That said, like most women, there is a part of me that laments over my pre-pregnancy body. Continue reading →
My daughter didn’t cry when she was born. In fact, it took being poked and prodded by the midwife and pediatrician for her to let out her first yelp. The first few minutes after she came into the world felt like hours as I waited for her to open her little lungs, but eventually she produced an almighty howl. I instantly felt a rush of love, joy, gratitude, relief and excitement all at the same time. At that moment it was simply the best sound in the world. At that moment…
I’m rocketing towards my due date now and I don’t mind saying, the prospect that life will never be the same again is starting to give me the heebie jeebies. In honour of all the mum-to-bes out there who are feeling apprehensive about how life will change come D Day, I’ve put together this list of fun things to do before your baby arrives.