Know your Maternity Rights

Newborn

Having a baby is a very special time in anyone’s life but it is worth looking up your rights before you take that step into parenthood. I have had six children and each experience was very different. When I worked for a supermarket they followed the governments maternity scheme to the letter: The first 6 weeks – 90% of full pay The next 33 weeks – £139.58 or 90% of your earnings – whichever is less The next 13 weeks –… Continue Reading “Know your Maternity Rights”

Techniques for having a more comfortable birth

Newborn

You might think that how easy or how long your labour is will be determined by factors outside of your control – the size of the baby or whether it’s your first or second child, for instance. Of course there are lots of variables, but there’s also a lot you can do to prepare yourself mentally and physically and have the most comfortable experience possible while giving birth. Here are some of the best techniques to ease the birthing experience:-… Continue Reading “Techniques for having a more comfortable birth”

Baby Proofing the Home

Stairgate

From the moment those two blue lines appear on a stick, babies change your lives in many ways both mentally and physically. Nothing prepares you for the moment you first hold them in your arms and that rush of love that comes with it and then moments later that rush of panic as this small person is yours to keep and look after. Initial fears of hurting them when changing their nappy and clothes or them wriggling out of your… Continue Reading “Baby Proofing the Home”

My Newborn Equipment Essentials (and what to avoid)

Newborn

Are you expecting a little bundle of joy? No, this isn’t one of those announcements from me – those days are gone now, however there seems to be a real baby boom with my friends at the moment and as a mother of six they have been busy asking me what my newborn equipment essentials were, as well as what to avoid. A Moses Basket – they are only in them for the first 2 or 3 months but I… Continue Reading “My Newborn Equipment Essentials (and what to avoid)”

It’s Good to Talk!

Incontinence

Did you know that 1 in 3 women over the age of 18 experience a condition at some point in their lives, and for millions of women, it is pregnancy and child birth that bring about this condition? This condition is bladder sensitivity or adult incontinence. Adult incontinence is one of the last taboos of pregnancy if not motherhood. The fact of the matter is that a lot of women experience this, making a wide spread condition. The issue is… Continue Reading “It’s Good to Talk!”