All mums-to-be want to equip themselves and their baby with the must have items to make life with a new baby as smooth as possible, as well as making their mini-me’s just too cute to resist. And with the clever marketing from big department stores and baby warehouse catalogues programming you to ‘Buy! Buy! Buy!’, many people end up practically mortgaging their house to pay for it all. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Many items which you think are essential, you can actually get by easily without, saving you money, while making your baby happier. Below is a list of my essentials, from someone who did all this themselves! Continue reading →
“The power of a birth plan isn’t the actual plan, it’s the process of becoming educated about your options!” ~ Jen McLellan (plussizebirth.com)
“If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any!” ~ D. Korte
Writing a birth plan (or you may wish to call it “birth preferences”) is a great way to be clear about your intentions for how you envision the birth of your baby. It is not meant to give you unrealistic expectations but rather to open up communication and bring the birthing team to a closer understanding as to what each other hopes for. It is also helpful for your support team to know ahead of time what your wishes are, so that important decisions need not be discussed in detail on the day, when the vulnerability of the labouring woman can make decision-making difficult. Give your care provider a copy and discuss your wishes ahead of time, but always bring an extra copy on the day, as it may have been forgotten or lost, or you may have different staff on, on your big day! Continue reading →
This is my first ever blog post, targeted at expectant Dads, and originally written as a guest post on the Beer + Bubs blog here!
So your wife or partner has hit the magical 40 week mark. “What now?” I hear you ask.
Well, expect an increasing barrage of well-meaning friends and family to drop the following… “So, any baby news yet?”, “Are you STILL pregnant?”, “Must be a little too comfy in there!”, “When are you getting induced?”, “Time to serve the eviction notice eh!”, “How long will “they” let you go over?” and not to mention these little gems “You’re HUUUUGE!” and “Are you sure you’re not having twins?” (It is a miracle the speakers of the latter 2 don’t get a punch in the face!) Continue reading →