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Are winter babies different?

The simple answer is yes. There are a lot of myths about what kind of baby you’ll have, based on when they are born, such as: Monday's child is fair of face Tuesday's child is full of grace, Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go, Friday's...

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How royal babies affect mums-to-be

While newspaper columnists are debating the fact that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is already pregnant, it’s worth looking at how a royal baby tends to affect all women who are pregnant around the time of a royal birth. First - names. George and Charlotte have topped...

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Second Baby Syndrome

Most of us have heard of the second child syndrome - but what about second baby syndrome… The Maternity Nurse Company believes it might be the first to coin the phrase but our experienced maternity nurse candidates know for sure that it’s real - so what is it like?...

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What should I know about giving birth in my forties?

Today, over forties are the only UK age group with a rising pregnancy rate. ONS statistics show that while only 12,032 women in their forties conceived in 1990, 28744 did so in 2016. One reason for this is that more women over forty are able to conceive, using the...

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Is a water birth right for you?

Many women opt for a water birth today, which can make it seem the new ‘normal’ but one thing the Maternity Nurse Company team knows is that there is no such thing as a ‘normal birth’. Every birth is different and every woman needs different approaches to her birth...

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Post Adoption Depression – Mireille’s story

There’s been a lot of talk about post adoption depression in the media recently. Give than post-natal depression has only recently become a subject that’s taken seriously. We thought we’d talk to some of our professional nannies who’ve deal with this subject. We...

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Should new mums diet?

There are plenty of old wives tales about what new mums should and shouldn’t eat. For example that breast-feeding mothers should drink beer (or milk) to help them produce more milk. That’s false. Not only that, but a new mum doesn’t need to eat any special or...

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Measles and your new baby

There have been more than 400 cases of measles already in 2018 - making this officially an outbreak. Young children and babies are at risk from measles because it is highly infectious. Although it can be a minor (if deeply unpleasant) experience. It can also, in very...

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Jaundice and newborns

Jaundice is a common condition which can cause new parents a lot of stress and worry. There are several forms of jaundice and medical expertise is required to differentiate between them. The most common - physiological jaundice - affects around 60% of full-term births...

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Should I go on holiday in late pregnancy?

Well, the honest answer is - that depends. First baby or experienced mum? Family history of challenging births? Natural nest-builder or restless in your third trimester? All these, and many more, will influence how late you should consider travelling in late...

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Bank holidays with a newborn baby

If there’s one group that isn’t looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend. It’s often parents of young babies. Not because they don’t love their new arrival but because they’ve already had experience of the disruption to routines that a Bank Holiday can bring.  For...

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Royal wedding ideas for little ones

Whether you are a monarchist or a republican, a royal wedding tends to be both an educational opportunity and a test of your patience! The fact that Harry and Meghan’s special day is also the FA Cup final means that life as we know it is likely to grind to a halt....

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To swaddle or not to swaddle?

New mums are swamped with information and much of it is conflicting. When we were asked recently about swaddling, we thought it was a good opportunity to speak to our night maternity nurses about whether or not they recommend swaddling babies. Here’s what we found...

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Taking your baby on a ski holiday – what you need to know

Many new parents don’t even consider taking their new baby on a skiing holiday. For any number of reasons including: It’s better to wait until our newborn is five or six and can learn to ski. It can’t be done - there’s no way that I can ski and have my baby around. It...

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Who knows best for you and your baby?

This week we’re going to tackle a difficult topic. Because it’s about how expectant and new mums can be put under pressure to do without the sources of support and expertise they feel they need. As one of our clients put it. “As an only child, whose mum talks...

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Preparing your home for a new baby

A Maternity Nurse Company candidate recently suggested to us that this would be a great topic for our blog. When we asked why, she said, “New parents do so much work to get ready for their new baby, but sometimes they forget the simple things that would really improve...

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Baby brain and how to deal with it

Whether you call it baby brain. Brain fog or pregnancy brain. If you’ve experienced the symptoms it can be one of the most frustrating and misunderstood symptoms of pregnancy and early motherhood. A recent report in the Medical Journal of Australia has found that it’s...

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The Maternity Nurse Guide to newborns and cold weather

Should you take your baby out in cold weather and if so, how should she be dressed?  For parents of winter babies. It can be a real challenge to decide whether it’s better to keep your child indoors or give them a chance at some fresh air.  Our experienced maternity...

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Breast feeding at family events, what’s acceptable?

Breast feeding can be a minefield, and probably few events create more tension for a breastfeeding mum than family activities. The first thing to be aware of is that it’s absolutely legal to breastfeed in public in Britain and in Scotland. It’s actually illegal to...

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