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Project Fear

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I’m not going to sit on the fence about this issue – I’m getting more and more cross with Project Fear in our maternity services and specifically related to birth choices. The last few weeks I’ve been supporting a few mums planning to make choices against what their Health Care Professionals are supporting.  These mums are traumatised […]

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Taking control of the birth environment

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Before even reading this, take a few moments to consider what kind of environment you would want to birth it – just spend some time thinking about – would it be light, dark, warm, cold, what would be in it, who would be in it? Someone once said to me, the baby should come out […]

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The Fears of Birth

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Birth can be a worry for many of us and for so many different reasons.  We have been inundated for such a long time about how awful birth can be, about how sore it is (“take ALL the drugs”), how exhausting it is and so many more horror stories.  These deep seated fears and anxieties about birth […]

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What I learned in London….

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A weekend was spent with, what I strongly believe to be, the most influential people working in Perinatal Mental Health and I’ve come back feeling inspired, motivated and know that what I’m doing is there to make the biggest of differences to expectant and new parents. Many of us volunteer for grass-root, peer support organisations […]

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Expectations and Realities of Parenthood

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I’m looking forward to delivering the Preparing for Parenting classes throughout 2016 – class dates are now being published for the start of the year. Throughout all the topics we will be reflecting on the expectations and realities of parenting.  Why am I doing this? What is the purpose of this? What I believe strongly […]

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Nothing can prepare you for this

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There is NOTHING that can prepare you for parenting – how many times have we said it, felt it, heard it?  I’m keen to work with expectant parents to make them feel confident and excited about the arrival of their babies.  It’s such an exciting, special and SHORT time.  We spend a lot of time focussing, […]

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Parent Kind – Antenatal Class

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Thrilled to be bringing to you with, Sarah from Birth and Beyond, Parent Kind Antenatal Sessions. These are the first type of classes in Edinburgh looking solely at the emotional preparation of being a new parent. Parent Kind® Antenatal sessions will help you find out more about: how to become ready to be a parent how can […]

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How Mothers Love – Naomi Stadlen

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What an absolutely beautiful book from Naomi Stadlen, author of What Mothers Do – one of my very favourite books for new parents.  Naomi’s work is fascinating as it discusses many of the common issues prevalent in today’s current society but doesn’t try to ‘fix’ them.  What she does is normalises many of the typical […]

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Things I wish I’d known about birth

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Since training to support births, I’ve learned so much about birth and had so much time to reflect on my own experiences and pre-doula knowledge.  I’m still learning lots and I feel I’ll always be learning – every day there’s something new I pick up.  Here’s some things I wish I had known about birth: 1. […]

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Finding your tribe

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Growing up – we are surround by our tribe – our school friends, our college/university/work friends, people you meet in classes and groups, our family, random people you meet that pop into your life – this is your tribe – people who you CHOOSE to spend time with.  Those you spend your time laughing, dancing, […]