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Postnatal Conversations In April

Postnatal Conversations: “Your sessions are like therapy – we get to offload and talk openly.” All of my sessions – groups and consultations – are focused on you as a parent – in pregnancy, with a baby, with a young family, so you can be open. We’ve had so many postnatal conversations this month, so much of it about the different aspects of change and the challenges that come with being a parent, specifically being a mum. It’s important to stress that no-one is particularly unhappy, there can be plenty of chat and laughter during sessions, as well as pride and contentness. But there is also exhaustion, loneliness, moods, lack of confidence, adjusting and resentment. We have talked about friendship changes and challenges within relationships. For some people friends can shift when a baby comes along because your social life takes a hit and you don’t have the energy for going out or listening to other people’s problems. And relationships can change in couples – you are going from a couple to a family or …

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Weaning Conversations

After almost two years of online weaning sessions, I am now also running in-person groups again. There have been many questions about getting started, knowing what to do and finding what works. In addition to providing reliable information – based on evidence and experience – about introducing solid food, my workshops are about reassurance and giving parents the confidence to find what works. Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin

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January Conversations

It’s been a busy month seeing mums on my Monday & Wednesday bump & baby sessions There have been many conversations about being a parent, juggling, tiredness, how unique life with a baby is and finding what works. Feeding has been a big issue – breast-feeding, bottle-feeding, combination feeding, reducing feeds in preparation for work – along with baby weight gain and sleep. I see mums in pregnancy, as well as with new and older babies so the conversations are varied as everyone supports each other and I offer as much reassurance as I can. My sessions are often about just listening, providing a safe and supportive space to share and offload. Conversations have included: friendship changes as well as relationship changes making it up as you go along feeling like you are getting it wrong never having a break feeling emotional being overwhelmed having bad days I am always here to inform, support and reassure – it’s what I am trained to do and it’s what I am passionate about. Working with parents since …

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Some of this week’s conversations

It’s been a busy week seeing parents face-to-face, writing and online, where I mainly live now. There have been many conversations about the motherload, feeling tired and keeping going this week. We have talked about what mums need because life with a baby (and possibly a toddler or pre-schooler as well) is busy and full on. Conversations have included: relax & breathe – using this as a parent as well as for birth baby sleep – what’s normal and what to expect postnatal expectations and thinking about this from pregnancy birth recovery – how varied this can be and how we need to talk about it more being induced – how to prepare combination feeding – when to start and how to do it the motherload – how long have you got?? birth preparation – contractions, energy and having a say in hospital with busy midwives I am always here to inform, support and reassure – it’s what I am trained to do and it’s what I am passionate about. Working with parents since 2002 …

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Here’s what we talked about this week

These are some of the questions asked and conversations with parents this week. baby sleep toddler sleep epidurals, managing them and your options being induced and your options moving and using positions in labour and for birth birth debrief how to use your breathing so it makes a difference birth expectations No two weeks are ever the same and consultations with me are booked for very different reasons. I have worked with expectant and new parents for abut 20 years and I know there are very few solutions – it is too unique for that. What makes a difference is good information – based on evidence and experience – with good support and a good dollop of reassurance. This is what I do, this is the foundation of my practice. Working with parents since 2002