10. October 2017
Quite literally, dates (as in the fruit) have an oxytocin effect on the uterus. Some recent research using randomised control trials found that women who eat 6 dates a day from 36 weeks of pregnancy right through to onset of labour enjoy: · High rates of spontaneous labour (going into labour on your own without intervention) · Less chance of needing membranes artificially ruptured (waters break on their own) · Higher rates of dilation and cervical ripening than non-date eaters · Shorter...
25. September 2017
Partners often feel like they don’t have a role in the birth space. Male partners in particular may have had limited positive associations with birth. Many dads in the 70s and 80s still were not attending the births of their partners, so advice from the birth partner’s own grandpa or dad might be limited. From all the jokes about birth being ‘like watching your favourite pub burn down’, or advice to ‘stay at the top end’, it’s no wonder some partners feel anxious, useless or even...
30. August 2017
With my daughter going off to her first day at daycare this week, I thought it was timely to talk about mum guilt. For many of us, it starts pretty early in pregnancy. Maybe your guilt first crept in after getting pregnant was fairly easy. You see friends on their seventh round of IVF and aren’t sure whether to share the aches and pains of pregnancy, or keep your mouth shut. Or maybe you’ve got the miracle IVF baby and you feel guilty for not adoring every moment. Or maybe this pregnancy...
30. July 2017
Inducing labour with synthetic drugs is never ideal. For me, induction wasn’t something that was my first choice, but once I got past 41 weeks, and a diagnosis of gestational diabetes was still hanging in the air, I eventually to choose the path of least resistance. I know there are plenty of women who will say you “can’t” cope with an induction without synthetic pain relief, and that to even consider it is some kind of unnecessary torture. I get that. Every woman and every labour is...
28. July 2017
At the peak of my Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG; ‘severe morning sickness’) I’d vomited 10 times that day. I hid the Very Hungry Caterpillar book from my daughter because I couldn’t look at all those pictures of 70s cold cuts and fruits without having to throw up. Exhausted, and dehydrated I lay on the couch, sipped Hydrolyte and turned on the TV for distraction. Do the head honchos of daytime TV just hate pregnant women? There’s an ad for dishwasher tablets that keeps mentioning...
22. June 2017
I am sitting writing this while my toddler and I have colds. Miss Toddler is also teething, so it’s a bit of a drooly, snotty mess and I’m watching old episodes of Home and Away the Early Years (don’t judge!) on Youtube. SevenTwo recently took it off the air and messed up my morning routine! We’ve been watching 20 minutes of Home and Away most days for over a year now. It helped keep baby calm to have me sing the theme song (both male and female parts) to that classy...
02. June 2017
Today is a two decaf kind of day. Which means I get a moment of tricking my brain into waking up, but then I’m back where I started. It’s been a rough few days. Everyone in my house has green-snot level colds. My toddler is also teething, and we stupidly decided to get her 18 month vaccinations done, just before we realised a cold was breaking. I’ve had very little sleep – a timely reminder of what newborn life will be like again in 5 months or so. Little one can definitely hear now....
29. May 2015
Years from now, when you're an octogenarian lying on your deathbed, surrounded by your family and reflecting on your life, what will have contributed to your daily happiness? Many people go day to day without thinking about what it is that’s representing the proverbial small change that they’re putting into their emotional bank account. When you look back on your life will you be so glad you washed all those dishes and kept a clean house?
23. April 2015
When families experience death, they often have lots of questions about how to handle the subject and what sort of conversations and activities are appropriate for children.
07. April 2015
How is this for brilliant Easter holiday reading? A powerful, feminist book for children. A book written 76 years ago by a white man from the deep south of the USA.

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