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