16 Apr 2015
April 16, 2015

Nils and Jill in Spain (2)

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Kika spent hours translating both of our slides so professionally into Spanish – and then did consecutive translation for every talk we gave as well as coordinating all the various conferences. Thank you KIKA!! Nils and Kika went to Albacete (southeast of Madrid) to a hospital to speak to staff, and then a conference arranged.. read more →

16 Apr 2015
April 16, 2015

Nils and Jill in Spain (1)

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The long trip via London to Spain and the jet lag meant that we were very relieved to see our friend Kika, (Dr Carmaela Baeza) and be taken to her family home. What a privilege to have friends in so many parts of the world!… I often think that working with mothers and babies and.. read more →

16 Apr 2015
April 16, 2015

Nils and Jill in the USA (3)

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All trips have highlights, but afterwards there is also a longlasting glow of happy memories of meeting wonderful people, sharing a passion for making a difference to mothers and babies. This post comes with an inadequate selection of photos, and our sincere  thanks to everybody that made our trip amazing. I am sure we posed.. read more →

16 Apr 2015
April 16, 2015

Nils and Jill in the USA (2)

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This blog is behind: one of the hazards of modern travel is that one keeps up to date with all the latest versions of aeroplane viruses that appear: some enforced rest follows. Need a better anti-virus for aeroplane mode! Conferences are exciting, but people who come to them make a choice aligned to their convictions… read more →

28 Mar 2015
March 28, 2015

Nils and Jill in the USA

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Nils and I have just come back from 5 weeks of travelling in USA, Spain, Sweden and UK. We each did about 30 talks total so it was a whirlwind tour! Here are some pieces from the USA. We landed in Cleveland to stay with Susan Ludington  who heads up the USIKC (United States Institute.. read more →

The Neuroscience of Birth – and the Case for Zero Separation The greatest myth of all…  “Mothers and babies should be cared for separately.” “Mothers need their rest, babies need their observations. They also need to learn to be strong and independent”. Zero Separation means exactly what it says. The neuroscience of Birth is totally.. read more →

“Baby should sleep through the night”. Not true. Newborn babies should NOT be sleeping through the night. Some basic science to the rescue. It is sleep cycles that wire the brain, that leads to healthy development and learning. A sleep cycle is about one hour, and whether it is the fetus in the womb, newborn,.. read more →

Almost all mothers seem to be advised: “Your baby should feed every 3 hours, preferably 4 hourly” Health professionals provide all sorts of reasons in support of this statement but not a single one of them is based on a scrap of evidence. Not a single one can be supported by any science, nor by.. read more →

12 Feb 2015
February 12, 2015

A Doula’s Advice for New Parents

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There seem to be a lot of mothers on blog sites struggling with exhaustion and trying to get little ones to sleep. As a mother of three (even though it was a while ago!), I remember well my body feeling like lead from lack of sleep and my brain feeling numb from exhaustion and everything.. read more →

10 Feb 2015
February 10, 2015

Mythbuster 3: Early bottle with formula

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Many midwives and neonatal nurses are eager to feed newborn babies, and seem to think a bottle formula is the perfect solution. “Don’t worry, it is only one bottle” You are right to worry: one bottle of a single formula feed  is enough to cause harm! The baby is born with a sterile gut. She.. read more →