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

Saving babies lives : Counting the kicks

Sometimes when I write a post I cannot stress enough how much I really, really want you to read it. If you are pregnant right now. I really, really want you to read this post. If you know someone who is pregnant I really, really want you to share this with them. I now know two […]

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Study proves ‘breaking the waters’ does nothing to speed up or help labour

Hand’s up who’s had their waters broken by a midwife or consultant either before or during labour? I’m guessing lots of you. Certainly, in at least one of the largest maternity hospitals in the country it is policy to break the waters artificially of every woman presenting to the hospital in the early stages of […]

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What do babies want? An insight into baby development

In this guest blog post, social worker and mum, Aoife Bairéad, helps give an insight into what babies want! When I looked online I found 62,000 books on parenting available on Amazon. Sixty-two thousand! How did we make the most primitive and basic of our human functions so complicated? Probably because while it is the […]

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Family Food: Courgette Polpette

This recipe is taken from River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook which is a great book for feeding the whole family.  Its got lots of Baby Led Weaning friendly foods as well as delicious dishes for bigger kids and adults. Freezer-friendly: freeze the uncooked polpette. Defrost before baking. For babies: these make nice finger food […]

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Understanding reflux and how to help the reflux baby

Your baby is feeding and spitting up milk. That is a normal problem. A laundry problem yes, but none the less normal. However, in some cases the spitting up of milk becomes quite frequent and starts to cause the baby distress. If your baby displays these symptoms, they may have a medical condition known as […]

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They won’t let me go past 40 weeks… myths and tips on Induction

We hear this time and time again in class: They won’t ‘let’ me go past 40 weeks. I’m not ‘allowed’ to go over. I’m measuring big and they won’t let me go past 40 weeks.  I only have 40 weeks because I’m an ‘older’ mum. Here at The elbowroom, we can’t give you medical advice as we […]

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3 benefits of attending a postnatal class with baby

When you become a new mum sleeping, eating and cuddling should be your top priority and not a whole lot else. However, when you’re feeling up to it, you might need to get out and about a little, to keep cabin fever at bay. Being a new mum is intense. Feeding, changing, second-guessing yourself, worrying, with […]

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Recipe: Aileen’s Refined Sugar Free Raspberry Chia Jam

This baby-friendly recipe is taken from Aileen Cox Blundell’s babyledfeeding.com This delicious baby-friendly jam is easy to make and packed full of natural goodness. Store bought jams are full of sugar and preservatives so switching to a homemade healthy jam is really beneficial to your baby. This Jam supplies your baby with plenty of fibre […]

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3 Simple Ingredients : Lisa’s Recipe For Birth

I would like to thank all the mothers I have had the honour to join in birth in the making of this Recipe For Birth. Come along and see some of the ingredients in action in my two workshops: Breathe Into Birth – where we rehearse labour and learn about the main ingredient – Breath. Preparing for […]

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5 Great Ways A Birthing Partner Can Help During Labour

Sometimes partners or dads-to-be make the mistake of thinking they’re pretty useless in the whole birth scenario. The truth is they are paramount to making the birthing woman feel comfortable, confident and secure, which are all key components to a great birthing experience. Here’s 5 practical things a birthing partner can do to help maintain the […]

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