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Lockdown: postnatal observations and making memories

I speak to mums with babies most days and this has continued in lockdown – we have had conversations about specific baby issues but sessions inevitably turn to the lockdown and they are doing. The mums with new babies at the start of this were welcome of the chance to hibernate with their partners, to get to know their babies, to work out feeding and find some rhythm on their own without well-meaning advice and comparisons. Now these mums are starting to feel robbed of the maternity leave they were expecting – meeting other mums, seeing other babies, going to groups, being able to ask questions and getting support and reassurance. Not to mention, they are missing out on medical assessments such as getting their baby weighed, although there may be some positives to this. As a postnatal practitioner, baby weight gain is usually a huge topic of conversation because it is closely monitored but during lockdown mums are being guided by their instinct, their baby’s feeding, the number of nappies and how their baby …

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Mental Health And Being A Parent

Parenting comes with a range of emotions and feelings, it is so unique for each of us. Good support, reassurance, talking, reaching out and honesty can make a huge difference to how we feel and how we cope – sometimes there are solutions, sometimes there are not. pride uncertainty confidence anxiety depression unmotivated fiesty empowered afraid isolated supported vulnerable strong despair selfless frustration love laughter lack of confidence overwhelming love able low mood unable anger calm fulfilled lost grief happiness love family selfish alone confused emotional love organised challenged in control responsible heartache out of control tense relaxed whole complete love overwhelmed sad afraid joy instinctive envious brave connected disconnected guilt love content struggling included satisfied ok excluded trapped grown-up tired failure energised fine focused loved clouded helpless powerful unhappy ignored hope The intensity and severity of these feelings will be different for every parent. For some, the negatives are fleeting but for others they are consuming and more support may be needed, although talking it through and getting a boost is always worthwhile. A …

Mental Health In Lockdown

I’m sure we have all been experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions throughout lockdown with isolation from friends and family, financial concerns, health worries, concerns about other people and the uncertainty around when this will all end. Everyone I have spoken to has is now really feeling it and has a desire to return to some normality, along with concerns about it being safe. My own personal strategy with this has been about looking after me and mine, we’ve gone to ground a bit, just focusing on our little unit. I have been working with a few clients, doing a lot of behind the scenes work and making plans for my little business which has made me feel guilty for not doing more! Lockdown has seen a full range of reactions in our house – anxiety, sadness, panic-attacks, depression, confusion, worry, anger, happiness and gratitude. It has created conflicting emotions such as experiencing stress about specific issues but having less-stress over-all, feeling free but also confined. And each day is different – some are positive, happy …

Baby massage in lockdown

Running baby massage sessions in a lockdown has been an interesting challenge – this video-phobe has been forced has been forced to just crack on and get on with it! It’s obviously not the same as a friendly gathering of mums and babies, having tea and cake by the fire but it is working as well as it can over video screens. Mums are able to spend time massaging their baby, learning the different massage strokes to settle and soothe their baby at different times of the day. But the sessions are also allowing mums to ‘gather’ together to chat, to share their experiences of parenting in the lockdown and to ask normal questions about all things baby. As a postnatal practitioner, I love running baby massage sessions to provide an informal, comfortable and safe space for mums to offload, share, ask questions, be reassured and make friends. It’s great to see mums find their feet, to get to know their baby, to chat and to relax. Video sessions aren’t quite the same but I …

Antenatal Class Packages

For Birth & Baby – professional, practical and personalised antenatal classes for all expectant parents Based on first-hand experience, up-to-date information, research and proven practical skills, this course has been designed to better prepare you for the reality of labour and birth and to encourage you to be at the centre of your care. With a range of resources to read and use at home, this course is ideal if you are expecting your first baby and it also works well as a refresher if you are getting ready to birth again. There are 6 Modules with practical information, audio, tips and worksheets to use during your pregnancy, during labour and when your baby is here. This course is not about labour & birth being easy, it is about being able to put yourself at the centre of your care, managing the different challenges of labour & birth and what you can do. Only 27% of labours are without any intervention, so it is important to know more about induction, caesareans, assisted delivery and epidurals …