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 […]

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Baby Feeding FAQs

What is cluster feeding? Is it normal? When does it happen and how long does it last? Cluster feeding is a term given to a ‘constant session of breastfeeding’ – that is the baby seems to feed, feed, feed endlessly usually in the early evening. It is a term for what seems like never ending […]

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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 […]

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Tongue Tie

Tongue Tie is a term used to describe the high attachment the frenulum on the undersurface of the tongue. There are a number of Frenums in the oral cavity, but only the lingual and labial frenum cause problems. Lingual Tongue Tie is a fibrous band of tissue which prevents complete extension of the tongue and […]

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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 […]

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Customised Feeding Plan

Feeding your newborn.  Have informed options before giving birth. We all hear about birth plans and try and make informed choices about how we want the baby to enter the world; however, in many cases, things don’t always go to plan.  This is the same for feeding your newborn.  As a midwife for over 42 years, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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