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Why a $2 squeeze bottle is a lifesaver after giving birth

Why a $2 squeeze bottle is a lifesaver after giving birth

Have you thought about the first time you will use the toilet after giving birth? A personal question, I know...but it's worth serious consideration. Some postpartum women find going to the toilet isn't an issue at all. Others report that it is more excruciating than...

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A natural cold remedy that’s safe for breastfeeding

A natural cold remedy that’s safe for breastfeeding

Having a cold during the early postpartum days is the worst. You feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. All you want to do is curl up in bed and ignore the world...but you’ve got this newborn whose needs feel very urgent. It’s really common for new mums to ignore their...

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Will I love my baby at first sight?

Will I love my baby at first sight?

You've probably imagined it a thousand times in the past few months...that magical moment when you first meet your baby. Except, for some women, it turns out to be not so magical. Some mothers do feel an instant rush of love and connection with their baby. Others bond...

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Interview with Julia Jones about Newborn Mothers Collective

Julia Jones is a heart-centred entrepreneur. She’s an Ayurvedic postpartum doula with over ten years of experience. She is a mentor and a coach to many postpartum professionals around the world, including me. One of Julia's most transformative offerings is Newborn...

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The one kitchen appliance all new mums should have

The one kitchen appliance all new mums should have

People are always telling mums to use slow cookers. It's true they are very convenient, but they have one big problem. The problem with slow cookers is that they are slow! To benefit from a slow cooker, you need to be thinking about what you're going to eat six to...

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Who will tell you that you’re amazing?

Who will tell you that you’re amazing?

Maybe you're not quite sure what it means to plan for the postnatal time. After all, the baby's change table is all set up, and you have enough nappies to build a small fort - what else matters? Well, to begin with, baby-planning is very different from postnatal...

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The one kitchen appliance all new mums should have

Creamy Greens & Coconut Soup

Do you love creamy soups? I do! They are so easy for a newborn mother's depleted digestive system to manage. This silky green soup is very high in iron and magnesium, thanks to the kale and spinach. It's the ideal vitamin-dense combo for supporting your uterus and...

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When babywearing doesn’t work for you – Part 2

When babywearing doesn’t work for you – Part 2

So we're looking at ways you can make babywearing work better for you, if you are having discomfort or you're just not "getting it." In part 1 of this post, I gave you two strategies: adjust your baby carrier, and adjust your posture. But there is something else you...

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The one kitchen appliance all new mums should have

When babywearing doesn’t work for you – Part 1

Babywearing is often recommended to new mums as a way to free up their hands & still be close with their baby. But there is a bit of a learning curve, so if you've tried babywearing and felt overwhelmed, or couldn't get comfortable, here are some tips that might...

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The one kitchen appliance all new mums should have

Herby Persian Noodle Soup

Protein-rich foods help a new mother's uterus return to normal size after giving birth. With its dark leafy greens, hearty beans and lentils, this soup is a new favourite of mine. It's actually a version of Asheh Reshteh, a Persian recipe that Tanya at Nourished...

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How to ask for help (and actually get it!)

How to ask for help (and actually get it!)

One of the things that new mothers are often told is “ask for help if you need it.” But it’s not always that easy. It can feel really hard, and kind of awkward, to ask for help, even if you really need it. Or maybe you’ve had the experience where you did ask for help,...

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How to Overcome Isolation as a New Mum

How to Overcome Isolation as a New Mum

One of the things I hear all the time from new mothers in Canberra is how isolated they feel. They didn’t realise that motherhood would be so lonely. And maybe you can relate to this, if you’ve just had a new baby, and you’re really struggling to keep in touch with...

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How to build your (postnatal) village with 3 simple lists

Village-building is a skill we’ve lost, so it’s good to be very intentional and structured with our approach. We’re going to make three lists. List #1: who do you want in your village? Make a list of all the people in your life, who are geographically close to you,...

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5 scary risks of not receiving postnatal support

5 scary risks of not receiving postnatal support

Earlier I wrote about the benefits of postnatal support. But in a way, it’s misleading to talk about benefits, as though postnatal support is something “extra” or a bonus. Since intensive postnatal support is the biological norm for our species, we should really talk...

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The 8 great benefits of postnatal support

The 8 great benefits of postnatal support

We are wired to receive intensive support during the postnatal time. From a biological standpoint, this is normal for human beings. As social animals, we evolved to give and receive support, especially during significant life transitions. You don’t get much more...

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How to get enough sleep as a new mother

How to get enough sleep as a new mother

As a new mother, you may have heard that sleep deprivation is just part of the job. I disagree. Newborn babies don't need a sleep routine - but newborn mums do. Your baby will sleep whenever and wherever. It's normal and healthy for newborns to catnap throughout the...

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