All posts tagged: postnatal

Here's to 2020

This time of year can be full of posts declaring bigger and better for the year ahead – but I’m just going to keep doing what I do: small groups & private sessions for parents and writing useful posts here. My work aim for this year is to keep keeping it simple with honest, realistic information, good support and as much reassurance as I can dish out for parents. My role as a practitioner is about confidence, wellbeing, community, being heard and feeling less alone. The one change I need to make is to shout about it more and your help is vital – your recommendations, feedback and post sharing makes all the difference, so please do share my details with anyone who is pregnant or who has a new baby. Thank you!Jx

New Baby Services & Groups

In those early days weeks with your new baby, you will start to find your feet, although life may still feel chaotic and overwhelming. And you can start to think about what support you might need and what groups you can start to go to. Breastfeeding support La Leche League provides support and drop-in sessions women who are breastfeeding. http://www.laleche.org.uk to search for your local groups Sling hire & consultations North East Sling Library provides sling hire as well as private consultations for parents across the North East. http://www.northeastslinglibrary.co.uk to find our more and to find your local sling library Mother Cuppa I run weekly sessions for information, support and reassurance – as well as company, conversation, tea & cake – for you to come along to with your baby from new to crawling. Suitable from birth. Baby Massage I run a 5 week course for mums and their babies. I run small groups so sessions are informal and friendly with conversation, tea, cake and reassurance about all things baby. The sessions are relaxing for …

Birth, Baby & Family Directory

The Birth, Baby & Family Directory is an essential guide to the best services and practitioners for parents, along with a range of brilliant shops and products. As a trusted source of information for parents and families from pregnancy through to teenagers, it is essential for me to be able to provide links to the best services, products and practitioners for children, parents and families across Newcastle & Tyneside. I only work alongside businesses who are experienced, professional, recommended and who fit in well with the supportive ethos of Birth, Baby & Family. Supporting small businesses is important to me and this is a network of wonderful people who are passionate about what they do, who are excellent at what they do and I recommend them to parents… The Core Team is a pool of specialist knowledge… The Birth, Baby & Family Practice – antenatal classes, postnatal support, baby massage, weaning an ongoing parent support Debbie Donaldson – pregnancy & postnatal fitness specialist plus running and hulahoop courses Julia McCarthy at Sanctuary House – massage and reflexology Puddle Ducks – aquanatal, …

For postnatal & early parenting

Providing postnatal support and sessions for those early days, weeks and months with your baby is one of my specialities and passions. I am well trained and I have  worked with parents for a number of years so my practice is based on up-to-date research, first-hand experience and the different needs of parents – I aim to provide you with good information, coping strategies and reassurance so you can feel supported as you find what works for you and for your baby. My role is not to tell you what to do or how to parent, it is mainly to listen, to provide ideas and perspective and to make you tea. All of my postnatal sessions are about small groups and 1:1 appointments with tea, cake, chat, offloading and questions to ease isolation and have a chance to be listened to. Baby Massage Mondays & Fridays | 1-2.30pm | £35 Mother Cuppa Wednesdays | 1-3pm | £5 Weaning Workshop Thursdays | 1-3pm | £20 1:1 Appointments new baby | baby sleep service | being a …

Mental Health Awareness – Birth & Becoming A Mum

Birth can be awesome – it can leave us feeling strong, with super-woman like powers or it can also leave us with conflicting emotions, we can feel battered, bruised and in shock.  For some women birth and becoming a mum brings only positives, for others there are a range of mental health issues to deal with. There may be pre-existing mental health issues or there could be anxiety, panic, depression, stress or rage caused by shifting hormones, change, lack of control, lack of sleep, lack of support, isolation and loneliness. This mum thing really isn’t easy but so many of us put on a mask and tell everyone we are ok. Some of this is to do with our expectations about birth – reality can come as a shock, especially when we have our first baby and nothing to compare it to. And then there are the expectations about life with a baby. There can be and is so much joy and love with our babies but the day to day reality can be tough …