All posts tagged: postnatal


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 …

Protected: Relax & Breathe for New Mums

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Family Directory – Core Team

The Family Directory is an essential guide to the best services and practitioners for parents, along with a range of brilliant gifts and products for families. The core team are a small group of well-trained specialists working with parents and children across Newcastle, Tyneside and Northumberland. Janine Smith Practice – birth & baby preparation, postnatal support, baby massage, weaning and ongoing parent support Debbie Donaldson – pregnancy & postnatal fitness specialist Julia McCarthy at Sanctuary House – massage and reflexology Puddle Ducks – aquanatal, baby & toddler swimming plus swim academy North East Sling Library – for baby & toddler carrying expertise Tumbles & Grumbles First Aid – for parents, grandparents and children Branch Counselling – specialising in family counselling Frankie Aitchison Psychotherapy & Counselling – specialising in support after miscarriage, stillbirth and childloss

Here’s to 2020

This time of year can be full of posts declaring bigger and better for the year ahead – but I’m just going to keep doing what I do: small groups & private sessions for parents and writing useful posts here. My work aim for this year is to keep keeping it simple with honest, realistic information, good support and as much reassurance as I can dish out for parents. My role as a practitioner is about confidence, wellbeing, community, being heard and feeling less alone. The one change I need to make is to shout about it more and your help is vital – your recommendations, feedback and post sharing makes all the difference, so please do share my details with anyone who is pregnant or who has a new baby. Thank you!Jx

New Baby Services and Groups

New baby services are essential in those early days weeks with your new baby, as you start to find your feet. Life may feel chaotic and overwhelming and good postnatal groups and services can make a big difference to you. Breastfeeding support La Leche League provides support and drop-in sessions women who are breastfeeding. to search for your local groups Sling hire & consultations North East Sling Library provides sling hire as well as private consultations for parents across the North East. to find our more and to find your local sling library My Postnatal Sessions Mother Cuppa I run weekly sessions for information, support and reassurance – as well as company, conversation, tea & cake – for you to come along to with your baby from new to crawling. Suitable from birth. Baby Massage I run a 5 week course for mums and their babies. I run small groups so sessions are informal and friendly with conversation, tea, cake and reassurance about all things baby. The sessions are relaxing for the mums …