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Are Your Hips Too Small for Birthing?


‘Birthing hips’. No doubt you’ve heard this term and if you’re pregnant or planning to have a baby someday, wondered if you possess them. What are ‘birthing hips’ anyway? When people use the term, they’re usually implying that a person with wide hips will carry the baby well during pregnancy and have a relatively easy birth. Do you have wide hips? If so do you take comfort from the term? Conversely, If you have narrow or ‘boyish’ hips, do you assume it means yours are not ‘birthing hips’ and feel discouraged about your body’s ability to birth a baby?

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Prelabour intrauterine life


New reasons and new ways to prepare the prenatal environment. An overview of the “Primal Health Research Data Bank” will convince anyone that our health is to a great extent shaped in the womb. We have now compiled hundreds of studies detecting correlations between states of health in adulthood, adolescence or childhood and situations when the mother was pregnant. At the very time when such hard data are now available, other scientific disciplines confirm the paramount significance of the prenatal environment. For example, the conventional ways of separating and contrasting genetic and environmental factors in the genesis of states of health, behaviours, and personality traits are obsolete. When contrasting these two groups of factors it was commonplace, until recently, to refer only to the post-birth environment. Today we are in a position to understand that the expression of our genes is to a certain extent influenced by early experiences, particularly during foetal life.

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Doula; the Wisdom Keeper of The Timeless Art of Birth


Since the beginning of times, women have been supporting women during birth. This is evident throughout history from ancient civilisations all over the world. The word “Doula” comes from the Greek word ‘Δούλα’ which translates to ‘a woman who serves’. Doula is a professional with training and experience around birth who can provide support, before, during and just after birth in a practical, emotional and educational way.

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Breastfeeding and Jaundice


Jaundice is due to a build up in the blood of bilirubin, a yellow pigment that comes from the breakdown of old red blood cells. It is normal for old red blood cells to break down, but the bilirubin formed does not usually cause jaundice because the liver metabolizes it and gets rid of it into the gut. The newborn baby, however, often becomes jaundiced during the first few days because the liver enzyme that metabolizes bilirubin is relatively immature.

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Importance of Responsive Feeding


The importance of responsive feeding in establishing a good breastmilk supply. Responsive parenting e.g. responding promptly and appropriately to a baby’s needs is widely recognised as an important protective element for infant health, wellbeing and development. When babies feel secure in the care of a primary caregiver, they go on to have better outcomes socially, educationally and emotionally.

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Skin to Skin

Effects of Father-Neonate Skin-to-Skin Contact on Attachment


This study examines how skin-to-skin contact between father and newborn affects the attachment relationship. During the first three days postpartum, the intervention group members were provided a daily Skin to Skin Contact intervention with their respective infants. Each intervention session lasted at least 15 minutes in length. The outcome measure was the Father-Child Attachment Scale (FCAS). After adjusting for demographic data, the changes to the mean FCAS were found to be significantly higher in the intervention group than in the control group.

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Developmental Milestones


Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are called developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping). In the first year, babies learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Cognitive, or brain development means the learning process of memory, language, thinking, and reasoning. Learning language is more than making sounds (“babble”) or saying “ma-ma” and “da-da”. Listening, understanding, and knowing the names of people and things are all a part of language development. During this stage, babies also are developing bonds of love and trust with their parents and others as part of social and emotional development. The way parents cuddle, hold, and play with their baby will set the basis for how they will interact with them and others.

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50 Easy Ways to Be a Fantastic Parent


We've gathered our all-time favourite nuggets of advice from our board of advisors in one outstanding article that will have a profound effect on your whole family.

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Inspiring Parenting Quotes to Help You Stay Motivated


Although parenting is rewarding, there will undoubtedly be hard days and difficult times. Some of those especially hard times can be when your child misbehaves. Dealing with behaviour problems can cause you to focus on your hardships or to forget about the joys of raising children if you're not careful. But these parenting quotes can help you keep things in proper perspective when you are disciplining your child.

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Parenting Quotes to Live By



18 Hilarious Parenting Stories That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud


We were at the dinner table eating pizza when I asked my son Logan if I could use some of his blue cheese dressing to dip my crust. He obliged after a long deep sigh of annoyance. I was offended at this reaction and decided to remind him of the strenuous labour and delivery I had bringing his 9.9-pound body into this world—the old “I gave birth to you” guilt trip. His response: “Really Mom, how long are you gonna ride that scooter?” — Karly Molleberg

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