By Emma Atkinson, Midwife Attachment parenting sounded to me like a nightmare, as a parent who struggled with the new skills I was learning and felt “touched out” and overwhelmed a lot of the time. It seemed like an idea that was telling me to always be holding my child and never having the space […]
Social Interactions with a baby
Social interactions are basically any contact that we have with other people. Everybody’s social interactions are different. Some of us are social animals and some are more introverted, and this can change over time. Some people have lots of hobbies or very social workplaces. Some people need face-to-face contact to feel connected, others experience strong […]
Alcohol Consumption in the Perinatal Period
Alcohol consumption is pervasive and socially accepted in many cultures and societies. Women are drinking more often and larger quantities than ever before. This is important, as women during their childbearing years do need to know the impacts of alcohol on their bodies and potential babies. The advice on alcohol use in the perinatal period is […]
Mood and Food – Nutrition During the Perinatal Period. It is now widely understood in the field of nutrition and psychiatry that the way we eat impacts our mood and mental health. Our diets also influence our gut flora/ microbiota, and we now know that our intestines produce most of our body’s serotonin, a neurotransmitter […]
Exercise in the Perinatal Period
In the perinatal period we may be prone to higher-than-normal levels of anxiety and depression. This can change how we feel about ourselves and lead to agitation, feeling stuck in brain fog, low motivation, and difficulty planning forward. This can make taking care of our bodies difficult. If we can manage to get even a […]
Creating Healthy Sleep Habits
Sleep is important to your overall health. The following recommendations are designed to help you create healthy sleep habits. Getting a good quality night’s sleep is one of the essential foundations to overall health. Its purpose is to rest and regenerate your body and mind so that you wake feeling refreshed, full of vitality and […]
Mindfulness and Meditation
Simple tips to help reduce stress and anxiety in your pregnancy.
Some things to consider if you’ve just found out you’re having a multiple pregnancy.
Postpartum conversations to have with your partner about roles and parenting.