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How To Change The World In 12 Weeks

Changing the world? Sounds a bit trite, a sweeping generalisation and definitely impossible? Some days I think that too, some days the weight of the vast task of making anything better seems too great. But more often, I believe in the small things that we do every day for the better. I hope to show you a tiny glimmer of hope if you are currently under a big fat doom blanket.

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ParentingHope Marshall
4 Mistakes You Can Avoid When You Have A Baby 

I want to talk to you about how to avoid making some mistakes that can lead to a more stressful or negative experience during birth for many people. Mother nature and just pure human error or accident mean that we cannot ensure that we or someone else has a perfect birth, and I would suggest that you exercise some scepticism towards anyone that tells you that you can have a good birth if you just do x, y and z. 

That story really upsets me because it leads to the parents who tried hard, who did everything they thought they had to do, being let down by their experience and feeling that they are to blame. When you are sleep deprived and uncertain of the new landscape ahead of you, feeling that you did something fundamentally wrong or failed can have a huge effect and should not be minimalised. 

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ParentingHope Marshall
Making The Most Of Mat Leave With Busy Lizzy

When I was pregnant I found the concept of ‘maternity leave’ really daunting. Being used to my daily over-an-hour commute to London, fast-paced job and social life with non-mum friends, I just couldn’t imagine what ‘staying at home’ would have been like. Having moved to a new area not long before and having no friends with children, what was I actually going to do all day every day? 

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ParentingHope Marshall
“Do I need a doula if…?” 

I’m going to start by saying, you don’t need a doula. You don’t need a birth pool or a TENS machine. You don’t need gas and air or an epidural. You don’t even need a hospital or a midwife. All these things are options that you can choose or not choose. Yes really! Some of us want to prepare before giving birth by having these things available close by if we want them during labour. Some of us feel that we only need to call these tools into action as labour progresses and don’t want any prophylactic intervention. These choices are personal and should always be treated as such. 

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ParentingHope Marshall
Tips For Parents With Anxious Children: Unleashing Your Hidden Parenting Superpowers. 

One question that parents often ask child therapists is this: “How can I stop my child feeling so anxious?” And this is, of course, a very understandable question - it can be heartbreaking to watch your child experience anxiety. Anxiety is characterised by so many uncomfortable experiences - Their minds can swim with thousands of negative thoughts, about all the potential bad things that might happen, and they might start to ask a lot of questions about these possibilities.

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How Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapy Can Help You Recover From Birth

Women’s bodies are amazing! Growing and giving birth to a baby however astonishing can put significant stress and strain on a woman’s musculoskeletal system. Statistics show that after having a baby half of women have a weakness in their abdominal or pelvic floor muscles. Up to 60% have a separation of their abdominal muscle (Diastasis Recti) at 6 weeks post birth. 45% may experience some urinary incontinence which can remain present for years following the birth. 25% of women giving birth experience ongoing pelvic pain which may become chronic.

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Mama Meet Ups TW

A new club for parents in Tunbridge Wells. Local mum Frankie has started a wonderful community for parents to feel less isolated in their parenting journey. We caught up with her to find out more about the meet ups

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ParentingHope Marshall