What to pack for the hospital
Hospital bag Pack early, that’s my motto. I’ve seen many mums leave it to the last minute and arrive with a few things in a plastic bag. Below is a general list…add what you feel you may need. Enjoy!! For you Health insurance / Medicare cards Small amount of cash Lots and lots of undies […]
Pulled Elbow in children – ouch!!
Always be careful to steer clear of games that involve swinging or grabbing a child by their hands or arms. This kind of seemingly harmless play can lead to serious injuries, most commonly a pulled elbow. These sorts of injuries are completely preventable; here are a few hints to prevent any painful play-related episodes for […]
15 things a baby does not need!!
1. A swing – babies do no t need swings they need the floor! 2. A walker – babies will walk when they are developmentally ready to and walkers are dangerous 3. Seats – babies do not need seats, they do not need to sit up until they can crawl – they need to play […]
Let babies play
Mother nature has a plan for child development and we should not interrupt her plan which includes the following very basic steps. Your baby needs to be on the floor for all of his play time. And what I mean my the floor is flat on the floor, not in a seat, not in a […]
The process of normal development The more new parents understand what is normal is the more they can relax, encourage, identify and celebrate the achievements of their baby, rather than being consumed by worry about what’s normal and what’s not. When you bring your newborn home, they can immediately commence a small amount of […]
Serena, breastfeeding and her coach.
Serena Williams is without doubt one of the most formidable women of our times, a twenty-three time Grand Slam winner whose list of records and achievements can justifiably be labelled astonishing. If you’re a parent of daughters looking for strong female role models to provide an antidote to the slimming shakes and trout pouts spruiked […]
Tips for playtime with baby in a pram
You do not need to stay at home for your baby to do my feed, play, feed, play routine during the day. The pram is a perfect space for your baby to do some tummy time and back time to help him learn to lift his head, to decrease the chance of a flathead (by […]
Bathing your baby
Bathing your baby can be a wonderful experience for both you and the baby. The first thing to do is to be organised. Have the bath filled with really warm water usually at 38 degrees (best to have a floatly thermometer in the bath for accurate temperature) – anything cooler will have the baby screaming […]
How do I know I’m in labour?
Every woman comes into labour differently. To be in labour your cervix (the opening of the uterus or womb) must be fully dilated at 10 cms. The cervix must dilate to ten centimetres (ouch) for the baby to be born vaginally. Most women are aware of ‘painless contractions of pregnancy’ that are called Braxton Hicks […]
Consultations with Midwife Cath
Midwife Cath offers a variety of consultations. Phone and or Skype consultations are available for families around Australia and internationally. Private consultations for families living in Melbourne, Victoria are available only on Fridays. The consultations are available for pre birth consultations, breast feeding issues, parenting concerns or follow up developmental checks. You can see Midwife […]