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Can You Fail at Hypnobirthing?

When I first met one of my gorgeous mum friends, we talked about our babies and our births. When she learned I was a Hypnobirthing Australia practitioner she had a look of wistfulness mixed with a flash of disappointment. She explained that she’d completed...

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The Impact of birth trauma on partners

Witnessing a traumatic event, like watching your partner experience a stressful or difficult birth can create a mixture of mind-body reactions. An all too common occurrence for people who witness a traumatic event is this sense of martyr syndrome: “I wasn’t the one...

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36 weeks pregnant? Time for a hot oxytocin date!

36 weeks pregnant? Time for a hot oxytocin date! 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...

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Four Things your Partner can do to support you in Labour

Four Things your Partner can do to support you in Labour 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...

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Got Mum Guilt? Here’s What Helps

Got Mum Guilt? Here's What Helps 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...

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How to cope with Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum

How to cope with Morning Sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum 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...

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The Least Traumatic Birth Possible

The Least Traumatic Birth Possible 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....

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Coping in pregnancy (without wine and coffee)

Coping in pregnancy (without wine and coffee) 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....

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Children’s understanding of death

Children's understanding of death 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. It's always a good idea to use the ‘D’ words -...

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The 76 year old feminist book worth reading this Easter

The 76 year old feminist book worth reading this Easter 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. When I’m stuck on a writing...

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Reading too much into snooping

Reading too much into snooping LORELAI: Hey, what happened to our books? SOOKIE: What do you mean? LORELAI: All our beautiful, leather-bound books. Jonathon Swift, Edith Wharton, Charles Dickens. A lot of them are gone. SOOKIE: The guests must have swiped...

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The Ego of the Freelance Writer

The Ego of the Freelance Writer As any freelance writer knows, the pathway to getting published is full of developmental milestones and learning curves about your own ego. Only the other week I was shocked to learn that a picture book can takes 3 years to...

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Writing Picture Books for Children

Writing Picture Books for Children Earlier this year, on a complete whim, I decided to sign up for a course on writing picture books for children. I'm about half way through now, and I'm having an absolute ball. I have learned so much about the pernickety...

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Expert Comment for Essential Baby

Expert Comment for Essential Baby This month, I was consulted for comment on an article in Essential Baby on whether or not babies see ghosts. You can read the...

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Why drug reps Remind me of Going to the Butcher

Why drug reps Remind me of Going to the Butcher I miss the days when drug reps circulated conferences and gave you a nice handful of pens, post-it notes (pardon, page markers, they probably weren't made by post-it), a stress ball, and maybe even a coffee...

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The Importance of Being Naked and Fat

The Importance of Being Naked and Fat New, improved, free, sale, proven, expert. Boring marketing buzzwords. It's all about being naked and fat now. The obsession with the word 'naked' in advertising and media makes me think back to the elusive Cadbury...

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