Will Hypnobirthing Mean A Pain Free Labour?

The term ”Hypnobirthing” is probably a little off-putting to many mums to be, after all, labour can be a scary enough prospect. For many, the thought of ‘being hypnotised’ while giving birth is such a bizarre concept that they run a mile! And those who don’t know about how hypnosis works may have their own ideas, often very far from the truth. If I didn’t know the facts about how…

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Jamie Oliver’s Plans To Tackle Childhood Obesity

TV chef and healthy eating campaigner Jamie Oliver has launched a petition calling for improved     food education in schools around the world. The petition urges governments to provide practical food lessons to children in an attempt to improve the current rising childhood obesity levels. The World Health Organization (WHO) regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century. Obese children…

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Give Your Child A Safety Password

This is so simple and yet so effective. Enough so that it may just save lives. We all know about the importance of teaching our kids about “Stranger Danger”. We make sure they know that they should never talk to, or accept anything from strangers when they are on their own. We teach them that adults do not need help from children, so if a stranger asks them to “just…

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Single Mum Looking For Work

Hazel Leese-Dixon As a single parent, in fact as any parent, returning to work following a career break can seem rather daunting.  Not only do you have to find work, you have to do it whilst managing a family, a home and somehow you try to retain tiny pieces of a personal life.  There are only 24 hours in a day and we have to sleep for some of these,…

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Attachment Parenting In Practice – Babies and Toddlers

Hazel Leese-Dixon As a parent, I generally follow what is known as Attachment Parenting.  This style of parenting is intuitive and is designed to encourage children to become emotionally secure people.  I started Attachment Parenting principles during pregnancy and birth.  I now use Attachment Parenting (AP) every day.  As every parent knows, it can be difficult sometimes to get parenting decisions right and AP isn’t a foolproof method to avoid…

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Attachment Parenting In Practice – Pregnancy and Birth

Hazel Leese-Dixon As a parent, I tend to follow what is known as Attachment Parenting principles.  Essentially this style of parenting is intuitive and focuses on encouraging your children to become emotionally secure people.  The journey to achieving that is often bumpy and perhaps doesn’t always turn out quite as you hoped.   Never-the-less, in my opinion, Attachment Parenting provides the most definitive way to nurture children into secure adults.  It…

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Managing Eczema

From around 3 months old my daughter development eczema. As a baby she would scratch her skin in her sleep so badly that she would often wake with severe scratches.   Scratch mits didn’t really help nor did keeping her nails short. As soon as the eczema became apparent, I sought advice through orthodox medical professionals. Their support was slow going and she continued to suffer. She was prescribed hydrocortisone cream and…

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Managing A Milk Allergy

Milk allergy occurs when your baby’s immune system reacts to proteins in milk. It is the most common childhood allergy, affecting between 2%-7% of babies. There are two types of milk allergy, firstly that which causes delayed reactions such as eczema, vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation, and stomach cramps. The second causes immediate reactions such as rashes, swollen lips, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and difficulty breathing. In more serious cases it…

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Dairy Free Weaning Recipes

  Chicken with Sweet Potato, Swede and Carrots  Ingredients: 1 Chicken Breast ½ a sweet potato peeled and diced 1/3 swede peeled and diced 1 Carrot peeled and diced   Makes 3 portions Freezable Preparation time 20 minutes   Bake the chicken fillet in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Check juices run clear before you remove. Finely chop the cooked chicken. Steam vegetables until tender. Steaming is…

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Your rights to breastfeed in public

It’s surprising just how many debates arise over the way in which we feed our babies. Breastfeed, or bottle feed? There seems to be a stigma attached to both. Yes, I understand the huge benefits of breastfeeding, and yes, I did choose to breastfeed my own baby for the first 3 months, but honestly, is it any business of anyone else how we feed? With breastfeeding so much in ‘the…

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