To expecting mothers everywhere. 5 reasons to consider ignoring every baby sleep book on the market.

1. There is no magic solution to babies waking. Definitely not one that you can only access for $30 in your local book store. Trust me. if there was a magic solution parents everywhere would be shouting it from the roof tops. 2. Many parenting books make you feel like a failure. It is classic … Continue reading To expecting mothers everywhere. 5 reasons to consider ignoring every baby sleep book on the market.

Breastfeeding during the first week – an overview

So, Breastfeeding is rarely like it seems in the hallmark cards.

Understanding what is “normal” can give you some great insight into the behaviour to expect from your your baby, and how that changes (so quickly!!) over the first week.

Each day is a new adventure when you are learning how to breastfeed and infant.

You might think you need an electric breast pump, breastfeeding pillow and heard about supplements for breast milk production among all the other baby stuff. But the best thing you can invest in is good breastfeeding education in your pregnancy for you and your partner and good postnatal support so you have the time to learn and fall in love with your baby.

Following is a very basic overview of what you might expect from a well baby born at term.

Of course, if you are looking for more information, I am always here.

Shifra’s first bath (a family experience)

Shifra was approximately 2 weeks when she had her first bath. A few notes on the video below: 1. The bath is in the kitchen sink. clean, easy to fill and empty, and with a good height bench to work with 2. bath water is lovely and warm. warm enough for anyone to comfortably bathe … Continue reading Shifra’s first bath (a family experience)

What are the first three months with a newborn like?

Let’s talk about preparing for life in the postpartum period. In particular, I want to run through a really rough timeline about what you might expect in the first few months of your baby's life.   The baby that you have. Before we start saying what's normal, it is really important that we have a … Continue reading What are the first three months with a newborn like?

We need to talk about ‘difficult women’ being punished in our medical system.

Hospitals are interesting places where the rules of the real world are suspended. There is a new language to learn, unwritten and uncommunicated expectations on women and families to behave in certain ways, and punishments when the behaviour of visitors doesn't comply with the new norms. 

 Women are stripped of their names, clothes and autonomy. Rebranded 'mummy' or 'honey' because who can keep up? (I was recently working with a medical student who asked me, "if I don't call her the lady in bed 6 what do I call her?)