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Helping Slow Labours
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Helping Slow Labours

Helping Slow Labours by Lenore Kilmartin Labours that progress slowly can be challenging.  Nothing is wrong.  It's just taking time for the baby to move down.  So how to help things along? First and foremost, stay encouraged.  Especially first-time labouring women.  ...

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The Baby-Moon
postpartum

The Baby-Moon

The Baby-Moon by Lenore Kilmartin Finally...you are home with your new baby.   You have given birth and now the important task of getting to know your baby is at hand.  You are exhilarated but tired, excited but slightly anxious.  How will you manage?  Will you ...

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Postpartum Reality
breastfeeding, mothering, postpartum

Postpartum Reality

Postpartum Reality by Lenore Kilmartin How can any first-time mother possibly know what the postpartum period will be like?  There really is no way to mentally prepare for the change a new baby brings.   No book, no class, no friend can truly describe the reality of life with a ...

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Learning to Mother Through Breastfeeding
breastfeeding, mothering

Learning to Mother Through Breastfeeding

Learning to Mother Through Breastfeeding... by Lenore Kilmartin After months and months of preparation, anticipation and some trepidation, you’ve done it!  You’ve birthed your baby.  You’ve welcomed your little one into the world and you are beginning your mothering journey. You gaze ...

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A Natural Continuum - What Babies Biologically Need
breastfeeding, sleep

A Natural Continuum - What Babies Biologically Need

A Natural Continuum... by Lenore Kilmartin “Breastfeeding again…is she really still hungry?”  “Don’t you ever put that baby down?  You’re going to spoil her.”  “Your baby sleeps where?  In your bed?   You’ll never get her out of there.”  And so it goes… ...

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Motherhood Lessons
mothering

Motherhood Lessons

Motherhood Lessons... by Lenore Kilmartin “Being a Mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one.” ~unknown Old houses work fine…so do used cars, second­-hand clothes, inexpensive foods like beans and lentils, dented tins, bruised apples and ...

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Babies and the Holidays
breastfeeding, holidays

Babies and the Holidays

Babies and the Holidays… by Lenore Kilmartin   The tree is decorated, presents are wrapped, special treats are waiting to be placed on the festive plates…and baby is crying, and grizzly, and clingy… Guess what? It’s the holiday season ­ a favourite time of year for almost ...

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But I don’t want to be induced
induction of labour, labour, childbirth

But I don’t want to be induced

But I don’t want to be induced… by Lenore Kilmartin   I don’t want to be induced”, you think to yourself, hoping that your care provider will cut you some slack and continue to monitor you while your baby picks his/her own birth-day.    You’ve heard that prostaglandin ...

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Hey baby
mothering

Hey baby

Hey baby… by Lenore Kilmartin   Hey, sweet baby of mine, its you, me and the moon shining brightly through the window…I look down at your chubby face, your brow furrowed, nursing at my breast, eyes closed, starfish hands, and I can no longer remember life without you even though ...

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Moaning
labour, childbirth

Moaning

Moaning, by Lenore Kilmartin   Moaning in childbirth is a universal sound exhibited by labouring mothers the world over. Midwives and caregivers know that a mother who is moaning through contractions is labouring well and using her low­toned voice to move her baby down. Mothers who ...

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