Caesarean birth (mostly these tips are also applicable to all birth): after care. In the first few hours and days, focus on your breath and gently moving as much as you can to maintain healthy circulation and help the gassy belly release 🙏🏼. You’ll be tender and bruised. Maybe in heart, soul AND body. So… Continue reading Caesarean birth: tips for immediate after care
Two years ago I birthed my my book Pregnancy: The Naked Truth. A doula in your pocket. Non-judgmental preparation for pregnancy and birth. Also features my Freddie elective caesarean birth story and the lovely Nicola @toomuchmotheringinformation’s second-time natural birth story with her beautiful Zach. All birth is legitimate birth. I felt after my first -… Continue reading Make Birth Better
Today is Freddie's birthday. This time 3 years ago I was lying in the postnatal ward, breastfeeding a newborn of two hours old. (Three years later he's still as boob obsessed, but that's for another blog post...). There has been a lot in the media today about birth trauma as today has been the Birth… Continue reading Birth Trauma – Trauma is not a normal part of birth
I went to an event today called Tea for PND, arranged by the amazing Jo from Lobella Loves. A room full of mums connecting and sharing experiences of motherhood, in a safe space with no judgment. Such an amazing concept. I met for the first time in real life the fabulous Amy, also known as Surviving… Continue reading A letter to my new mum self
There are some wonderful things going on on social media to champion the cause of self-care, encouraging us all to take a bit of ownership of our lives and not let ourselves be buried underneath piles of laundry and self-imposed internal negative stress. I've been an avid listener to the Supermum Podcast, Mindset Tips for… Continue reading Keeping mum mighty – the importance of self care
This week, excitingly I was featured as an expert in Mother & Baby magazine. What should you pack in your hospital bag? Or, birthing bag if you're planning a home birth – always good to get all your gear together in one place, and makes for a great nesting ritual. Here's a taster. For the… Continue reading Pregnancy: What should I pack in my hospital bag?
When Freddie was born, a friend of mine who had her baby the same week gave me a beautiful book called The Fragrant Pharmacy a guide to aromatherapy and essential oils. I promptly put it on a bookshelf and forgot about it while buried under newborn explosive poos and leaking breastmilk – does anyone else do… Continue reading Essential postnatal self-care