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 […]
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 […]
There is a baby under there!!
Covering prams with muslin wraps for some reason has become the norm for mums while walking babies. Our obsession with how long the baby must sleep during the day encourages mums to ‘de sensitise ’ the babies’ surroundings hoping he will sleep and not be disturbed by the outside world. Look around at new mothers […]
The First Six Weeks!
No one can really prepare you to have a baby. The physical changes in your body, the birth, the sight and smell of your new born and the emotional highs and lows and that’s just in one hour…it’s a beautiful change of a woman’s body and not everyone likes pregnancy. For women it’s a major […]
Pulled Elbow ~ OUCH
Safety 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 physical 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 […]
Babies eventually sleep…
“When they’re little, and you go for years without a good night’s sleep, you wonder if they’ll ever make it through to morning without finding some reason to wake you up. But then one day you look at the clock and it’s 7:30 a.m…… For a panicked moment, you wonder if your child is—well, I […]
Introducing your new baby to a sibling
SIBLINGS “Who is that new baby’s mum and dad?” asked a three-year-old boy, the son of two clients of mine, who had just welcomed their second child into the world. His parents were so excited to have their first born son visit his new baby sister, they had placed a huge wrapped-up truck […]