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Why Your Breath Matters In Birth

Why Your Breath Matters In Birth

In our prenatal yoga classes, here at The elbowroom, we put lots of emphasis on breathing and focusing on the breath.

Why?

Well, simply learning how to breathing properly through labour and birth can help your birth experience go from ‘I got through it’ to ‘I was amazing!”.  Here’s how:

When you focus on your breath you can only breathe ‘now’

When you have your eyes closed and are deeply focussed on the hypnotic rhythm of your breath it stops you thinking ahead.  … Read more

Posted on October 16, 2017

Family Food: Vegetarian Chilli without the Chilli

Family Food: Vegetarian Chilli without the Chilli

My kids LOVE this dinner when I accompany it with taco shells, sour cream, iceberg lettuce, mashed avocado with lemon and some grated cheese and just let them build their own tacos! Without the dairy accompaniments, this is a vegan dish.

The recipe works with whatever beans and vegetables you have in, so feel free to experiment!  Its a great way of getting veggies into the kids and for cutting down on meat, which might be perfect after Christmas indulgence!… Read more

Posted on October 15, 2017

Breastfeeding & Thrush

Breastfeeding & Thrush

Breastfeeding has been going really well, but all of a sudden your nipples are in agony. It seems as though it’s come out of nowhere and to the best of your knowledge you haven’t been doing anything differently to cause it.

It could be thrush!

Thrush is a fungal infection caused by candida or yeast, that occurs in the mucus membranes and/or the skin. It can be a real pain, literally, for both the breastfeeding mum and baby as it cross-infects from mum’s nipple to baby’s mouth and vice versa.… Read more

Posted on October 1, 2017

Family Food: Slow Cooker Chicken & Barley Stew

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 or stew recipe for the slow cooker – just bear in mind the liquid doesn’t evaporate like cooking on the hob or oven, so not so much liquid.  … Read more

Posted on October 1, 2017

First Aid for Burns & Scalds

First Aid for Burns & Scalds

If your child has suffered a burn or scald you need to act quickly.

• Cool the burnt area immediately with cold running water for at least 10 minutes.

• Clothing retains heat and so remove immediately from the burnt area if possible, however, do not try to pull off clothing that has stuck to the skin.  Otherwise cool for at least 10 minutes before attempting to remove.

• The size and depth of the burn will determine the type of medical help you need to seek.  … Read more

Posted on September 25, 2017

Paediatric First Aid ‘The Essentials’

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 to do if a baby or child is choking.
  • Unconscious child or baby – how to manage them and put into the recovery position.
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Posted on September 1, 2017