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The art and science of breastfeeding

Dr Abby Baskett explains the art and science of breastfeeding to new and expectant mothers. It’s incredible what our bodies are designed to do and how they do things at just the right moment, often without any conscious direction. When it comes to …

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Do's and dont's of toilet training

Ditching the nappies and learning about the loo is a significant stage for any child, and a daunting time for parents! Take comfort from these simple do’s and don’ts of toilet training.   WHAT TO DO: Look for signs of readiness in your child and …

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Nursery: a Scandinavian styled dream

Raffaela Jenkins shows us around her daughter’s idyllic nursery and playroom, a haven of calm and creativity. Melbourne mother-of-two Raffaela Jenkins has always loved being creative, and one of her favourite outlets is decorating her children’s …

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Best exercises for strengthening your core muscles

Jane Gibson shares her tips for strengthening your core. 1.  Sit against a wall and try to make the outside surface of your shoulders touch the wall. Hold for up to 20 seconds then relax. Repeat this up to 10 times to engage your back muscles and …

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Fit tips for postpartum mums

Postpartum exercise empowers you – body, mind and soul. Fitness expert Jane Gibson explains how you can make it a core part of your life. While pregnant with my first son, I felt an overwhelming pressure from social media to attend ‘preggy-yoga’ …

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How to help your child feel understood

Steps to help you communicate understanding to your child to help her navigate negative feelings. The key to helping your child feel understood is to acknowledge his feelings. Follow these steps to get more in tune with your child: Label the …

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10 surprising things about Leap Year babies

February 29 comes once every four years - a day that must surely be one of the quietest days on the calendar for midwives! Here are some surprising things you might not have known about this special day.   Leap day, on February 29th falls only …

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Lisa’s speedy hospital birth

Mother-of-three Lisa Powell’s deliveries got progressively quicker with each baby; her first labour was around 28 hours, the second was five hours and her third and most recent birth was a mere two hours long. Lisa needed a little help to get each …

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Joanna’s redemptive water birth experience

Joanna Crawshay’s birthing experience with baby Nixie, now aged three, didn’t go to plan. Joanna went into labour unexpectedly, a few days before Christmas in 2016, and Nixie was born six weeks premature. She then spent 28 days in NICU. “I was lucky …

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Stephanie’s rural home birth

Andy and Stephanie Gudgeon are seasoned Waikato farmers and have chosen to give birth to all four of their children at home. Heidi, Eden, Isaac and Hazel (who are 11, nine, six and three respectively) were all born on different farms over the past …

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