Tag: Bumps & Babies

  • Traumatic Birth: The Silent Struggle
    Traumatic Birth: The Silent Struggle

     Midwife Emma McNerlin examines the sensitive topic of perinatal trauma and its impacts on new parents; as well as the support and services available to help them heal and move forward.  By: Emma McNerlin  When a person goes through trauma, the mind goes into an unusually hyper-aroused, fight-or-flight state. The brain’s amygdala, which normally helps […]

  • Infant Massage: Nurturing Touch for Loving Connection
    Infant Massage: Nurturing Touch for Loving Connection

    Massage is a simple act that brings tremendous benefits to parents and babies; there are basic guidelines to follow to create a respectful and pleasant experience for infants.  By  Iasnaia Maximo; Image by Khoa Pham on Unsplash. Only parents (or main caregiver) should be massaging the baby, as touch is a silent communication between parent and […]

  • Santosa: Taking the Time to Be Content
    Santosa: Taking the Time to Be Content

    Yogini and doula Anfisa Grigorova shows us how to feel fulfilled by taking a moment to acknowledge and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.   By Anfisa Grigorova   How often do phrases like this appear in your head— “Once I get …, it will be better”,  “as soon as I become…I’ll be happier’, “If […]

  • Getting a Better Night’s Sleep: Teaching Your Baby To Sleep
    Getting a Better Night’s Sleep: Teaching Your Baby To Sleep

    Here are some tips to set your baby up for a good night’s sleep from a trained baby sleep specialist.   By Sheena Flannery   Whoever came up with the saying “sleep like a baby” didn’t have babies! All new parents have suffered through sleepless nights at some stage of early infancy and or all […]

  • Can the Path to Motherhood Crush Creativity?
    Can the Path to Motherhood Crush Creativity?

    Midwife Emma McNerlin reflects on the phenomenon of “baby brain” in pregnant and new mothers and explores it’s reported effects on creativity.    By Emma McNerlin   Pregnancy gets some very bad press when it comes to the effect it has on the mother’s brain. Add this to the nausea, painful joints, swollen breasts and […]

  • How COVID-19 Is Impacting Pregnancy
    How COVID-19 Is Impacting Pregnancy

    Midwife Emma McNerlin examines the emerging evidence surrounding COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2) and pregnancy and how being pregnant in a pandemic may affect your plan for birth.  By Emma McNerlin   As we welcomed in 2020, little did we know that life as we knew it was about to change. On 5 January, the World Health Organisation […]