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What are the benefits of delayed cord clamping?

Cutting the umbilical cord immediately after birth was the medical standard for most of the 20th century. But more recently - despite what we still see in the movies - medical advice has shifted towards delayed cord clamping (DCC), which means that we normally wait so that all the blood, oxygen,…

Meningitis in babies and children

Meningitis can be a terrifying word, especially for new parents. But when it comes to these scary topics, knowledge really is power and the best possible way to protect your child against meningitis. ⁠Meningitis is a disease caused by an infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal…

5 ways to help your fussy eater

Do you find meal times a constant struggle? Are you starting to dread them? And do you even, in a desperate attempt to get your child to eat something nutritious, resort to begging, bribing, or bellowing for just one more mouthful? Yeah, got you. The first thing is to say that it’s okay, you’re…

10 tips on recovering from stitches, tears, and episiotomies

If you’ve had a tear or an episiotomy during childbirth, it’s very common to feel pain or soreness for two or three weeks afterwards. And if you’ve had stitches, these should dissolve within a few weeks (up to a month) after giving birth. That might feel like a long time, particularly when you’ve…

5 things that are helping me recover from postpartum depression and birth trauma

You know when you’re on a flight and the attendants instruct you that in an emergency you must place your own oxygen mask on before your child’s? Well, looking after your mental health as a parent is the same thing. Although it may seem unnatural when our little ones are our main priorities, it’s…

9 tips for the often-forgotten fourth trimester

The fourth trimester refers to the 12 week period immediately after you’ve had your baby. It’s a time of great physical and emotional change as your baby adjusts to being outside the womb and you adjust to your new life as a mum. Despite this, it is rarely given the emphasis it deserves, dwarfed…

Is a VBAC the right birth option for you?

In most cases, after having one previous C-section, you can choose whether you’d like a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) or an elective repeat caesarean section (ERCS). If you are fit and healthy, both are safe choices with very few risks. This decision is up to you, but you might be advised…

How to talk about potentially embarrassing issues with your GP

Urinary or bowel incontinence, third or fourth degree tears, pain during sex, prolapse… the list of potentially embarrassing issues that you might need to speak to your GP about after having a birth is a long one. In fact, a recent study by the NCT showed that one third of women suffer…

Is home birth the right option for you?

There are three main options for where you can give birth: in hospital, in a midwife-led unit (often called a birth centre), or at home. Here, we’ll take you through the pros and cons of home birth as well as whether it’s an option for you. If you have a higher risk pregnancy, you will be advised…

7 reasons your baby is having short naps (and how to lengthen them)

Short naps can be one of the most common struggles when it comes to baby sleep. Maybe your baby was napping great before, then suddenly started waking after only 40 minutes, or perhaps they’ve always had short naps. Either way, it can feel exhausting when you just need your hands free, need to get…

6 reasons why dark is best for your baby’s sleep

Did you know that babies aren’t afraid of the dark? Yep, this likely won’t be a concern until your baby is around two or two and a half, which is when that imagination goes into overdrive. So for the first part of your baby’s life, there’s no need to worry about your little one being afraid of the…

Do you need to adjust your baby’s wake windows?

Wake windows are the ideal amount of time your baby should be awake between naps and before bedtime. If babies have too much awake time, they will be overtired, and if a baby doesn’t have enough awake time for their age, they will be undertired. Both of these can result in short naps, but in…

Finding myself in my first year of being a mum

Everyone says that becoming a parent is life-changing. Well, I did not expect it to change my life like this. I was petrified I would not feel that instant love feeling, but I did. Looking down at my squishy little ginger baby, I did not think I could fall any more in love with a human. Despite…

How to prepare your toddler for potty training

There are lots of different approaches to potty training, all with their pros and cons. But sometimes, what you do in the lead up to potty training is more important than the actual potty training. Here, we’ll be sharing our top tips for preparing your little one. First things first, getting your…

Pregnancy night sweats: causes and what to do about it

Waking up drenched in sweat… nice. Unfortunately, for many of us, night sweats are just a part of this miraculous thing we call pregnancy. Indeed, most women experience night sweats (or nocturnal hyperhidrosis) at some point during their pregnancy, most commonly in the first or third trimester.…

What’s the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression?

After you give birth, it’s normal to feel a bit down for the first few days. Your hormones drop, you're low on sleep and exhausted from the birth, and you’ve got this new baby to get to grips with. In fact, up to 80% of new mums experience baby blues, and up to 20% of new mums experience…

To the mum who feels like her baby is the only one not sleeping through

You're not alone, I promise. I mean, for starters, what does sleeping through the night actually mean? If you look up the definition, it varies hugely. Some people say sleeping through is from 12 to 5am. Some say it means eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. One study asked the parents of…

How your antenatal care will change if you’re having twins or multiples

Most twin or triplet pregnancies result in healthy babies with minimal complications. But to be on the safe side and to pick up on any issues early, you will be offered more antenatal care if you’re carrying multiple babies. If you’re pregnant with twins or triplets, you will still have the same…

10 tips on supporting your child’s speech development

Do you feel it? The pressure to get your child speaking as soon as possible? If you do, know that you’re not the only one. But try to remember that different skills come at different times because each child really is different. The best thing you can do is support them through it, and here are…

Baby loss: support and resources

If you’ve been affected by babyloss - whether through miscarriage, molar pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal death, or termination for medical reasons - there is lots of information and support out there to help you through this extremely difficult time.…