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  • 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

  • 16 Jul 2013

    Abandoned Birth

    Something is happening that nobody wants to talk about. Pregnant women and their babies are being badly let down, and often endangered, by a service that encourages these women to entrust it with their lives. Far from the overly medicalised, high-intervention hospital births that have come to represent the vast majority of births in the UK; countless women are birthing alone in their homes, abandoned by their midwives. […] more

  • 28 Jun 2013

    Call the Doula!

    National interest in childbirth has recently become a major phenomenon, with more than 9 million weekly viewings of “Call the Midwife” and 5 million watching “One born every minute”. The national birth rate has reached its highest level since 1971, at 688,120 births in England in 2011 and a further rise in 2012. […] more

  • 23 Jun 2013

    Freebirth

    Freebirth, more commonly known as Unassisted Childbirth (or simply, UC), is the medically unassisted birthing of a baby. Though it is relatively rare in the UK, with only a handful of official cases each year, women becoming increasingly disillusioned with the services provided by westernised medical establishments are choosing to birth their babies alone. […] more

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