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An experiment with my mental health, social media & business

So if you’re on social media you may have seen (or not – damn algorithms!)  that I’m currently on a break with social media. It’s coming up to 4 years since I started social media for my business and it’s occurred to me that I’ve never actually reviewed it. Does it...

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Rest and not Reinventing the Wheel – Even Disney does it

Confession time: I have a LONG history of choosing the more difficult option when the ‘easy’ option would probably get me the same (or better results): Being convinced to write a PhD thesis that was 600 pages instead of the typical 150 (in my defence one of my markers...

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A lesson in failing from Bower birds and Stephen Fry

I’m not much of a birder, but I do love watching birds of paradise with their glorious feathers and hilarious dance moves. So I watched Dancing with the birds on Netflix, narrated by Stephen Fry. Male black sickle bills can go a lifetime without ever seeing a female,...

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Ever walked into a room full of people and just gone “fark, I don’t belong here?” To be fair, I’d already walked in and paid for a ticket. 6 or more hours ago. I just hadn’t been kicked out yet. I was visiting a tourist attraction that may or not have the same name as...

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More Than a Healthy Baby Cover Reveal!

After a nervous wait for a covid-19 delayed package, from my publisher, the kind press, the first proof of my first book has arrived in my hands. More Than a Healthy Baby: finding Strength Growth After Birth Trauma is 362 grams and beautiful. Printed in Australia. The...

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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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