Looking for donations for P2B Solomon Islands Tour with Solutions Pa Marovo

In November I am heading to the Solomon Islands with the Marovo Medical Tour through Solutions Pa Marovo (http://www.solutionspamarovo.org) Access to healthcare is extremely difficult in the Marovo Lagoon. The nearest doctor may be 160kms away, across open ocean. Even if a journey is successful, the costs of reaching and remaining in a hospital centre Read More

The Thompson Method

P2B recommends the Thompson Method to many of my breastfeeding mum’s. The rest and digest is believed to reduce reflux and colic symptoms. Cradle baby: comfortably in your arm, elbows relaxed by your side First breast: roll baby onto the side to face your breast Align baby: baby’s lips to mother’s nipple Baby self‐locates: tongue Read More

Tummy Time

Tummy time is so important for your baby. Tummy time strengthens your baby’s head, neck and shoulder muscles and builds their upper body strength so they are able to sit up, crawl and walk! Tummy time should be initiated as part of your baby’s play routine from hospital discharge. P2B always asks the question… can Read More

Baby Sensory Play!

Sensory play for babies! Babies love to explore with their highly tuned senses. Sensory play is essential for their brain development. Everyday activities such as playtime, nappy changing and feeding offer a fantastic opportunity to develop your baby’s senses. P2B encourages parents to start their sensory journey with their baby through simple yet effective activities. Read More

Swaddles!

Is it no wonder parents are often overwhelmed and confused with all things parenting. Swaddles/wraps are just the starting point. This is a photo was taken during a P2B private antenatal class today. These are just some of the swaddles and wraps that these soon to be parents had purchased. Yes, they had more (found Read More

Nipple Shields

I go to many homes postnatally and find mum’s using nipple shields. Nipple shields maybe a temporary solution for sore & crack nipples BUT they only mask the underlying issue: incorrect/poor attachment. We need to investigate why there is pain, why there is nipple damage and why the baby is not correctly latching to the Read More

Neonatal Testing

It is important to know that most babies are born perfectly healthy.  However, occasionally a very small number of newborns might suffer a disorder and/or illness that are not obvious through routine antenatal screening processes, or even immediately at birth. The aim of routine screening tests offered to parents and their baby(s) is to help Read More

Being Dad

Being Dad: For 40 weeks mum has the opportunity to gradually bond with their baby as the baby grows and kicks (unfortunately usually in the early hours of the night). After birth this bond is strengthened through skin to skin contact and breastfeeding. A father can not feel his baby growing and kicking inside him Read More

Listeria

Listeria is a bacterial infection transmitted from eating contaminated foods.  With Australian food standards, Listeria infections are extremely rare.  However, it is important that all pregnant women avoid high risk foods because of the significant risk they pose. Listeria crosses through the placenta to your baby and can lead to miscarriage, still birth, premature birth Read More

Postnatal Exercise

Being physically active is very important for our health and wellbeing.  This is especially true post pregnancy, though it is important to start off gently and progress slowly.  There have been significant changes to your body both during pregnancy, and the birthing process, some of which can take a few months to get back to Read More

Postnatal Depression

  Postnatal Depression; one of the most difficult parts? …. Asking for help. For the majority of women, childbirth is the most physical & emotional experience! Parents have mix emotions on the arrival of their baby: exhaustion (from the birth) and elation (following the birth). Men’s experience of pregnancy and birth is often different …. Read More

Mastitis

  Mastitis means inflammation of the breast. It can be caused by blocked milk ducts (non-infective mastitis) or a bacterial infection (infective mastitis). The causes of mastitis are varied and are not inclusive to poor drainage of the breast.  This can be caused by poor attachment of the baby at the breast or limiting the Read More

11 Overtired signs that are often overlooked and/or misinterpreted

11 Overtired signs that are often overlooked and/or misinterpreted Waking up after one sleep cycle (approx. 45 mins) Multiple daytime napping aka power-naps (approx. 20 mins) Early morning wake ups (3/4/5 am) Falling asleep when being held / on the bottle / on the breast Sleeping well until midnight then waking constantly until morning Difficult Read More

Labour broken down!

Labour is a journey into the unknown and every woman labours differently.  Generally, for first time mothers, labour will take anytime between 12 – 16 hours. Knowledge can go a long way in helping reduce the anxiety often felt by impending mothers before the birth of their baby.  Your antenatal classes will elaborate more on Read More