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Pregnancy & Birth

The Warning Signs of PRE-natal Depression

We hear a lot about postpartum depression, but depression can also take place during pregnancy. In fact, it is almost as common. One of the best ways to avoid to severe postnatal depression is to receive diagnosis and treatment during pregnancy. But with so many bodily changes and outside demands during pregnancy, how do you know what is and isn’t…
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The Yummy Mummy Myth

Debra’s baby is 3 months old and it’s been a rewarding but rough trot – busy days, broken sleep, a few hiccups with breastfeeding, baby’s had a cold, she’s run down. She plops down on the sofa next to her husband after finally getting bub asleep and a really long day (he’s been away on a work trip – again), and he can’t take his eyes off a…
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Womb Service – a gentle transition from womb to world

In the watery world of the womb, your baby was weightless and warm, he was comforted by the rhythm of your heartbeat and the gentle rocking motion of his "mother home" as his body was gently massaged by the uterine wall and contained by the boundaries of your own body. Now, from this dark warm world of muffled sounds, the newborn must get…
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A parent is born

“Mummy, he’s got brown hair!”  My (then) ten year old exclaimed as she stood shoulder to shoulder with the midwife, watching her baby brother’s head crown. This time it was my turn to tell her, “ he’s got black hair!” as she gave birth to her own baby son . I feel so privileged to have been invited and accepted by my daughter and her husband…
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An ad man’s woman

'I knew I’d be a perfect mother. And my perfect baby would be a credit to my perfect mothering. I knew, too, that I would never ‘let myself go’ – that I would always be immaculately groomed and, eventually, surrounded by a whole family of perfectly clean, perfectly behaved children and a perfectly adoring husband in a gleaming, perfectly…
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Speaking up

“Can you come and see me, pleeeease?”  Alison was sobbing down the phone. When I had seen her as an antenatal client she was strong, capable and pro-active about being prepared for becoming a mum. Now, she was vulnerable, teary and awash with post birth hormones. Being in hospital with ‘helpful’ people prodding her body was an experience…
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