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02 Jun

One to One Midwives supporting Tommys

Charlie was born in September with a wonderful One to One experience. Labour was quick at only 2 hours 40 minutes, getting used to being a mum to a new born again happened pretty quickly too and he is just growing up too fast!

The one thing that is taking far too long however, is me getting my body back into shape! Now I have never been slim (I love chocolate far too much) but pre-baby, I was healthy and enjoyed exercise.

With my first son (now 5 years old) I was straight back to Buggyfit for my 6 week post natal check. This time, the desire to exercise didn't return so easily! It is now 8 months on and while I have lost 'some' of the baby weight, this has been down to a “healthy-ish” diet and certainly not because of any exercise. I do not however feel any pressure to return to my 'normal' body size but I do feel some exercise with baby would improve my motivation, get the blood pumping and perhaps meet some other mums along the way.

So back to Buggyfit I go (once I have dug out my trainers from under the bed). The fresh air, adrenaline and opportunity to mix with other local mums is actually really enjoyable!

It was at my first session back this week that I heard about the 'Baby Race' being run by BuggyFit instructors across the country in aid of the fantastic Tommy's charity (www.Tommys.org/babyrace).

Anyone can participate in the Baby Race and it can be completed at your own pace. The event will be held in the park (I'll be going to the Cheshire Baby Race in Northwich) and it will be a great event to meet other mums, dads and carers, have some fun and support a great cause. Tommy's are hoping to invest the sponsorship raised to open a new research centre dedicated to preventing miscarriage, which affects 1 in 4 parents.

So I've signed up and now have no excuses! Charlie and I will be crossing the finish line (hopefully without the rain) with a full heart, great satisfaction and a renewed enthusiasm for exercise.

One to One Midwives will be at the Cheshire event to cheer us all on and offer their support to Tommy's with a donated raffle prize.

I urge everyone reading this to sign up to the Baby Race and join 'Team One to One'; it is a great opportunity to have some fun, exercise (without the pressure), meet some new friends and have a feel good factor for helping such a great charity that is close to our hearts.

Can we expect to see you there?

Post by Lucy Hughes, Marketing Supervisor and Brand Ambassador

08 Oct

Your baby is crying - Now what?

Those first few weeks getting to know your baby can be a very overwhelming time. Your baby may cry a lot and you may find this difficult to deal with, especially if you are feeling very tired and recovering after giving birth. Here are a few tips that I have put together, that I found helped me when I became a mother, and have helped the mums I have cared for since working at One to One Midwives.

Hold your baby skin to skin

Skin to skin contact reduces stress levels for both mother and baby. Skin to skin contact is also great for dads.

Allow your baby sucking time

Allow your baby sucking time. Offer a clean finger for your baby to suck on for a minute or two. Sucking is a way babies sooth themselves.

Give a taste

Hand express milk from the nipple for your baby to taste or dribble milk over the nipple to entice your baby to the breast.

Provide Motion

Pick up your baby, rock, walk, bounce or dance. Babies are used to constant motion whilst in your womb. Proving motion reminds them of ‘home’. Wearing your baby in a sling/carrier is a great way to keep your baby happy and your hands free.

Offer swaddling

Wrap your baby for a little while in a suitable swaddle sheet. Check your baby’s skin temperature by feeling her tummy and make sure she is not too hot or too cool.

Stay Calm

Babies are sensitive to your stress levels. If you are feeling stressed and your baby will not settle with you- try asking dad or a relative to hold and walk with your baby to try settle them so you can take a break and calm.

Reduce the stimulation

Too much stimulation, for too long can be overwhelming for babies. Dim the lights, avoid loud sounds and give your baby a break from visitors by keeping them at bay until your baby has settled into their new environment.

Massage your baby

Light touch massage using a natural ‘nut free; oil such as olive oil after a warm bath can really help relax your baby and is great to bring up stubborn wind.

Burp your baby or bicycle his legs

Maybe there is a burp that needs to come up or gas that needs to go down.

Co-Bathing

Share a warm bath with your baby with dim lighting. Your baby will recognise the feel and sounds of the warm water alongside the sound of your heart beating next to her chest just as though they are back in your womb.

Early feeding cues

Waking up 
Licking lips & sticking tongue out
Sucking sounds
Rooting 
Hand to mouth activity 
Generalized body movements

Feed your baby before the last feeding cue.

Do something different

If none of these solutions work- try distracting your baby by singing, humming or blowing in their face. Go for a walk outside in the garden or try a walk in their pram.

Post by One to One Midwife, Michelle Ryan.


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