Monthly Archives: March 2012

A new kind of antenatal course…

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Antenatal classes are undoubtedly a great chance to quiz your midwife, learn more about giving birth, check out your hospital’s facilities and meet other mums-to-be, right? Of course. But, just in case you want to turn yours into a luxury weekend complete with yoga, spa treatments and delicious food…check out the new Luxury Antenatal Parenting Weekends run by expert midwife Nikki Khan. I know Nikki as a source of birthing wisdom from my work writing features for Prima Baby Magazine where she’s resident midwife. So when she told me she’d launched an antenatal course I knew it would be worth its weight in gold.

The course involves a four day, three night, weekend at The West Bay Club, Yarmouth. Workshops hosted by Nikki herself focus as much as possible on you and your pregnancy, labour and newborn days with just 10-12 other couples to ensure an intimate group. Nikki will talk you through everything from your maternity rights and benefits, to keeping fit, common complications, your birth plan, pain relief and positions during labour, looking after your newborn and breastfeeding, as well as offer one-to-one consultations. And to give yourselves time to process all that information; the course includes a pre-natal massage and £50 spa treatment as well as a group physiotherapy and yoga session. Possibly one of the most invaluable parts of the course is the chance to spend a few days in beautiful surroundings with your partner focusing on your pregnancy and all the incredible experiences you have to come.

If this all sounds quite heavenly, check out Nikki’s website for more info! 

Childcare Troubleshooter

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Whether your childcare provider is a nursery, childminder or grandparent, you are bound to have a few little niggles. It’s when those niggles grow into full-blown issues that you might want to call in the experts! This month I’ve written a Childcare Troubleshooter feature for Prima Baby and we’ve got the Daycare Trust, author Allison Lee, and childcare expert Dr Miriam Stoppard offering their advice. As well as behaviour expert Judi James giving her tips on how to broach the issue. If you could do with some daycare back-up, pick up a copy of the March issue of Prima Baby now…

The Two Year Review…

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This morning I found myself swinging the hoover around while cleaning yoghurt off the wall while trying to get freya to agree that the sun is YELLOW and a CIRCLE. Repeat after me CIRCLE. The girl who still calls every colour green looked both shocked and confused by my pushiness. Why was I acting so mad? It was the day of her two-year development review and she was having it at home. From the day I received the letter with the details of the appointment I knew it would be one of those days.

One of those days where I would try to disguise the fact that I constantly have a toddler on a high-speed rampage through our flat, it is her mission to unearth every single possession we have (whether it be toy, teddy or teapot) and decant it not just in the wrong place but all over the place. I also knew that not only would I feel the need to make our home look tidy, clean and safe, but, (and I still had enough sense to know this) the actual reason for the health visitor’s visit was not to see that my cushions were on the sofa, but that my child is developing well, and is happy and healthy. So, that is why I spent the morning pushing her to tell me the colour of Winnie the Pooh’s top (RED) while I ran from one chore to another. By the time the health visitor arrived I felt absolutely cream crackered and Freya was still insisting the sun was the sun.

And once again I learnt too late that I needn’t have worried. The health visitor didn’t get out her white gloves and check I’d dusted on top of the telly but she did make Freya feel at home and as my little girl showed off all her toys, pointed out her body parts, and fetched her favourite book I could tell she was happy with her. And apparently two-year-olds don’t usually know all their shapes and colours! Who knew? As the health visitor told Freya she was a very clever girl and we wouldn’t see her again until she started school I breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe the sun can go on being the sun for a little while longer.