Archive for the 'Pregnancy, New Mums & Babies' Category

Family Food: Slow Cooker Chicken & Barley Stew

Well, winter is creeping in, which means its time to dust off the slow cooker! If you haven’t got one they are sooo handy for busy parents on the go – throw everything in in the morning and have a delicious dinner waiting for you in the evening. You can adapt pretty much any soup […]

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Paediatric First Aid ‘The Essentials’

The elbowroom brings you an introduction to practical paediatric first aid. Learn the theory and then practice on our specialised paediatric equipment. The workshop will address these issues and more. Giving Emergency First Aid and getting help. Infant, Toddler CPR- the unconscious child and assessing breathing and heartbeat and what to do. Choking – what […]

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Breastfeeding: Positioning, latch and attachment

In the beginning, when breastfeeding a newborn, paying special attention to positioning and attachment is important to avoid a poor or shallow latch that will hurt your nipples and make feeding difficult. That said, there is no right or wrong here, as long as your baby is getting and drinking milk, and you know this because […]

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Are your abdominal muscles separated?

While your baby or babies grew in your abdomen, the muscles at the front of your belly were pushed out and pulled apart. About 3 months after the birth of your baby, the muscles should have returned back together. The elbowroom clinic comes in contact with hundreds of postnatal women every year availing of classes […]

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Breastfeeding after a C-Section: 8 steps to stimulating milk production

Many moms aren’t prepared for the fact that breastfeeding after a C-section can take time, and then struggle to establish feeding or feel guilty for not continuing. Even the best laid plans go to pot sometimes. I planned two home births and ended up with a Caesarean section. Having personal experience of breastfeeding two babies […]

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You’re pregnant. Congratulations! Now Keep moving.

As an expectant mother you want to be as healthy and strong as you can be to prepare for your birth. It’s not called labour for nothing. That said, there are going to be days, particularly during the first trimester, when you feel so exhausted that even the sheer effort of lifting your hairbrush could […]

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5 things you won’t get from a hospital antenatal class

Is the hospital antenatal class worth doing?  Do I need to do something else as well? Where can I go if the hospital antenatal class doesn’t suit me? Here at the elbowroom, we believe that its important to do an independent antenatal course, one not affiliated to any hospital.  Why?  Well, because the hospital will […]

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Nurturing the Mother-to-be: Pregnancy Retreat

I am so excited about our nurturing pregnancy retreat in the elbowroom escape in County Wicklow, this coming February.  Joining me in facilitating this lovely weekend will be our amazing yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer, Melissa Curtis.  Like me, Melissa is a mum, yoga teacher, birth educator and hypnobirthing coach.  She also has over 14 years experience […]

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3 Tips To Help Avoid Back Pain While Breastfeeding

After the impact of giving birth, the body has already been through a huge amount of stress and strain. There is a large amount of estrogen in the body which means that everything is extremely elastic. This means that sitting upright is very important to avoid overstraining the lower back. Here’s 3 simple tips to help you stay […]

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Family Food: Baby-friendly gingerbread cookies

My little one loves a certain brand of supermarket gingerbread men. Luckily they are the kind with no nasties, but if you have a bit of time, it is so easy to make healthy baby-friendly gingerbread yourself! And it’s a lot cheaper. These are wheat and gluten free gingerbread cookies. They are perfect for the festive season […]

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