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FIVE GOLDEN SLUMBER SOLUTIONS

Calling all pregnant women!  You might have realised by now that your body is producing a miracle-a-minute.  The extraordinary way that your system has naturally turned into a baby-nurturing-wonderland is incredible.   Blows your mind, doesn’t it!?  Your baby is getting the goods and this is always a reassuring thing, however, sometimes the flaw in the system is when YOU need to rest.

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YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT A NEWBORN WHEN…

When talking with expectant mums, I’ve always majorly under-played the extent to which their life is about to change.

Sure, there’s going to be lots of new joy, wonder, and excitement, but a newborn, by nature, can leave you a little.. rattled, scratching your head, wondering how the heck you got yourself here (although I’m sure your memory isn’t quite that bad).

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THE WONDER OF SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT

Baby loves a snuggle and don’t we all, but what recent research shows us today is that cuddling our babies uninterrupted and skin-to-skin, directly after their birth, has some truly staggering benefits.

So what is skin-to-skin contact? Skin-to-skin contact or Kangaroo Care (KC) is when a naked baby is popped tummy-down on the mum’s or dad’s bare chest.  In the instance of Kangaroo Care, a top is worn over you both.  I know… cute.

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CONFESSIONS OF A DOULA – WHAT YOUR BIRTH TAUGHT ME

The word ‘doula’ is a Greek word and it means to ‘mother the mother’.  A perfect job description.

As a doula, I’m not medically trained, like a midwife, nor do I have the expertise to deliver a baby.  But what I do offer is a supportive role in the journey of a pregnant woman.  I support her in many ways and I work with her, to create a positive and memorable birth.

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SIX KIDS – ON A ROAD TRIP

We recently took the kids on a road trip to Noosa, the happiest place on earth.  From our house in Sydney, that means approximately a 14-hour drive straight (not including bladder-related interruptions).

Being a little inclined to take on a challenge, we thought this could be fun.  We were dying for some warmth and what could be better to provide this than sunny Queensland.  We figured that with any Griswald-style blowouts it would take us closer to 16 hours.

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