Top Five Tips for Expectant Parents

I love midwifery and have done since I first started in 2001. Part of my work is the privilege to introduce parents to the amazing “dance” that happens between the baby and mother during pregnancy and labour during a birth preparation course. If I could personally give five tips to every expectant parent here in…

Halfway to Baby

The Expat Bump Diaries: Week 21 Halfway there! Despite the nausea and tiredness early on, this pregnancy is going by super fast. I’m beginning to feel much more like a pregnant mama now as the bump grows larger and I can feel the baby moving. In fact, I felt the baby move much earlier than…

Doulas – Beautiful Caregivers

The word doula (doo-la) is a Greek word that means “woman servant or caregiver.” Today it mostly refers to someone who offers emotional, physical and practical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. Webster’s Online Dictionary defines “caregiver” as both “a person who helps in identifying or preventing or treating…

The Healing Power Of Laughter

Some of the happiest moments for us as parents are when our babies giggle. We share in their joy, being in the moment, feeling deep connections with each other. As comedian Victor Borge said, ‘’Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.’’ I can remember the joy I felt when my daughter first laughed at…

Surviving the Festive Season with Baby on Board

The time leading up to Christmas is intense for everyone, but when you’re carrying the most precious of cargos, there are extra challenges as the season-to-be-jolly approaches. With socialising, shopping and organizing to do, it’s good to stay mindful and have a few tips at hand so you and Baby can greet the New Year…

A Nanny or an Au Pair? What Is the Difference?

A question we often get asked is, “What is the difference between a live-in nanny and an au pair?” They are indeed different, and what suits your family really depends on your needs and situation. For a stay-at-home mom who needs an extra pair of hands or for a family that needs a few hours…

Baby-wearing – Revival of an Old Tradition

Strollers are without doubt among the most iconic tools of baby care in our society. In the 200 years since they have emerged in Victorian England, they have almost completely crowded out the traditional ways of transporting babies and toddlers. The starting point of the human baby-wearing culture is assumed to be approximately five million…