Apr 23, 2018   Leave a comment

Third BABIES! Meet the Jones Family

Tup recently delivered her third baby and I have the pleasure of once again looking after her family. I just love returning to clients and especially seeing the little characters (or big characters!) the earlier babies have become. People often …

 Aug 15, 2015   Leave a comment

Should the content of Ante-natal classes prepare parents more for the reality of parenting and less on the process of giving birth?

I have been teaching ante-natal classes, on and off for over 30 years. I still enormously enjoy teaching these classes and feel privileged to be part of the process of bringing a new life into the world. At the start …

 Dec 17, 2013   2 Comments

A different perspective on birth, breastfeeding, domestic help and being a grandmother

I have recently returned from a 3 week visit to Canada, where my daughter gave birth to her second daughter. The delivery was a planned home birth – the first I had ever witnessed. And despite my initial reservations, I …

 Sep 19, 2013   6 Comments

Hollie McNish, Poet Shamed By Breastfeeding In Public, Has The Last Word

Take a look at this video. It is brilliant, Yvonne. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/05/hollie-mcnish-breastfeeding_n_3552062.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

 Jul 17, 2013   2 Comments

New research about Postnatal Depression

I have been most interested to read recently, in a number of UK newspapers, about a screening blood test which has been developed to predict Postnatal Depression (PND). Having read quite widely on the available published information I am intrigued.  …

 Jul 04, 2013   2 Comments

Life’s not easy for fathers too!

Phew! It’s over, my most nerve-racking event of the year: speaking to 40 men in a corporate setting about Preparation for fatherhood. I don’t know why I feel so anxious before this, apart from the fact that this is the …

 Jun 14, 2013   2 Comments

Why does expressing seem to be the new breastfeeding?

I have just finished an online lactation conference. I must admit it’s quite hard to motivate myself to this after a busy day but to remain certified as a lactation consultant I need regularly to attend conferences as well as, …

 Jun 01, 2013   8 Comments

Be alert to paedophiles!

The BBC news has been very distressing these last few months. Almost every day seems to bring news of yet another so-called celebrity being accused of child sex abuse, dating back many years. How very distressing  and damaging for those …

 May 16, 2013   1 Comment

Learning to read your baby

This is my first ever blog! Those of you who know me will have witnessed my bungling attempts at using audio visual equipment when giving lectures or have seen the look of panic on my face when my blackberry freezes (which …

 May 03, 2013   16 Comments