Author Archives: Andrea Wallman

Making an Informed Decision

An informed decision is a voluntary, well considered decision that an individual (or a couple) make on the basis of different options, knowledge, information and understanding. Any sort of decision can be difficult, but making informed decisions during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting is complex and has many layers (Goldberg, 2009:35). Even when given the pros, cons and alternatives there are many other factors and barriers, which can influence how an individual, or couple, make a decision.
There is no right or wrong way and what works for one person may not work for another, as individuals have different beliefs, circumstances and experiences that they draw on when making a decision. (more…)

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Are you looking after yourself?

Parenting may be a rewarding, exciting time but although there are many highs, there can be lows too. It is a new journey and you are learning ‘on the job’. Sometimes your baby becomes so much the centre of your life that his/her needs come before anyone else’s, including your own and your relationships with other people. This isn’t always intentional, for me it was about doing a better job than my parents, I desperately wanted to be a great mum; and I also wanted to be able to perform at this new ‘job’ that replaced the career I had left behind and been pretty good at. (more…)

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The Benefits of Baby Massage

‘Baby massage offers a wonderful experience and a special time to communicate both verbally and non-verbally with your baby’
Baby massage courses teach parents how to massage their babies. The IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) techniques used are drawn
from both Indian and Swedish massage traditions, as well as principles taken from yoga and reflexology. (more…)

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