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  • 19 Sep 2013

    Baby’s Heartbeat in Labour

    Within Derby maternity services, when a woman has her 'booking in' appointment she will receive NHS information about birth options. These A4 brochures come under the umbrella title, 'Information for Women' and include a variety of topics. The four page booklet, 'Listening to your Baby's Heartbeat in Labour' is intended to offer guidance regarding different types of fetal monitoring throughout labour and birth. Immediately, what is striking about this information is it makes the assumption that all women need regular monitoring throughout labour and this is not presented as an optional procedure. […] more

  • 15 Sep 2013

    Win washable nappies at Fill-Your-Pants.com

    WE’VE TEAMED UP WITH the lovely people at Fill-Your-Pants.com to give you the chance to win your own supply of fabulous reusable nappies by Charlie Banana. Fill-Your-Pants.com has a huge choice of reusable nappies available online. Charlie Banana nappies are the latest addition to the range. […] more

  • 14 Sep 2013

    5 Unique and Ethical New Baby Gifts

    Shopping for new arrivals is hard. Everyone is sure to have bought clothes, blankets and the obligatory teddies. Mum and dad no doubt have all the essentials covered too, so how does one go about choosing something a little different let alone something that is ethical, organic or sustainable on top of that. It’s a tall order, but we’ve come up with 5 beautiful, thoughtful and ethical gifts that are almost too good to give away. […] more

  • 11 Sep 2013

    Reflexology works

    As a trained reflexologist, I was delighted to hear that recent research found reflexology to be as effective as painkillers. Whilst I was practising, I often came across the opinion that reflexology had, at best, a placebo effect, and was, at worst, total mumbo jumbo. I have had conversations with friends during which I tried my best to describe how it worked only to be met with disbelieving stares. So research like this is always timely for alternative and complementary medicine practitioners. Whilst it doesn’t answer all the questions around reflexology, it certainly indicates that under controlled conditions, reflexology stands up to the test. […] more

  • 15 Aug 2013

    Make breastfeeding the new normal!

    Last week was world breastfeeding week and I was lucky enough to be nursing my beautiful just turned one year old, soon to be toddling, daughter. She is my second nursling, with my first starting an unbreakable nursing strike at just 14 months old. I had planned to go the whole hog, to get to two years and beyond and to allow her to self-wean. Sadly, she had other ideas and despite my best efforts it just didn’t seem to happen for us. Though this took a long time for me to get over, I feel sure that my current nursling is in it for the long haul. So, I’m choosing to focus on the positives! […] more

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