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Nothing can prepare you for this

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Newborn - nurtureme

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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Naomi Stadlen

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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Top ups – breastfeeding support

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Tricia, NurtureMe, showing client how to cup feed expressed milk

As most of the work I do is with twins, I often get asked about top ups which are extremely common.  Here’s some information about what top ups are, how they affect breastfeeding and how you can reduce/remove them. What are top ups? Top ups are feeds given to babies where there has been an […]

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Finding your tribe

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By Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia (Hamer Tribe, Turmi, Ethiopia Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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, […]

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Are doulas project managers?

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rachel hein, maternity, family, newborn, baby photographer edinburgh

I had a hilarious conversation last night with friends – his theory – everyone in whatever career they’re in, work as Project Managers.  I laughed this off – there is no way I am in any way a Project Manger – seriously, I feel very far removed from any sort of what I would call […]

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Time to start listening

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I posted an article yesterday on Facebook about postpartum rage.  Something I’m sure the VAST majority of mothers (and fathers) have felt – even if you won’t admit openly about it.  I don’t think it’s a positive emotion to feel nor something that’s ‘OK’ but it’s probably fairly ‘normal’ and I feel it’s a warning sign […]