03 Feb 2015
February 3, 2015

Mythbuster: breastfeeding and bottles

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“Breastfeeding is stressful for newborns, and even more  for preterms”. “Give the baby a bottle, it is a much safer way to feed.” There is good clinical evidence that bottle feeding is harmful in low birth weight babies. Breastfeeding is regulating, not stressful. And yet: hospitals in our country (and all over the world) persist.. read more →

Here is a film of a water birth at home that I was doula for  last week. It shows the wonder, dignity and peacefulness of birth  I  encourage you to share it with friends and show young people  how gentle birth can be. Watch the video here > For me personally the best part was.. read more →

I was thinking of this year and one of my best highlights are the births that I have supported and the wonderful couples with which to have the privilege to share their birth journey… So I include my translation of a wonderful Swedish Christmas carol from Carolla to think of when breastfeeding (or trying to get.. read more →

At a birth recently a mother was being separated from her newborn, and not for any real good reason, she was totally distraught and expressed her distress. She was told: “It is only for two days, then you will have her with you for the rest of your life.” It is not the first time.. read more →

Last week Jill and I attended the 10th International Network or KMC in Rwanda. But this was also an opportunity to visit the gorillas in the Virunga mountains which form the borders of DRC, Uganda and Rwanda. We hiked for five hours before finding them in an open clearing, feeding peacefully. It was an awesome.. read more →

Nils has just had a new article published!  It is in the latest online issue of Pediatric Research – which is a high profile journal. In it he proposes an explanation on how the “Back to Sleep Campaign” has lowered the number of SIDS cases over the world. No-one has so far been able to.. read more →

01 Dec 2014
December 1, 2014

Nils delivers 32 talks in 7 USA cities

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This October I was in the USA where I visited 7 cities and delivered 32 talks. In 3 cities there were conferences, including Los Angeles to the Doulas of South California (DASC); and the NOMAS conference which is for doctors, nurses and speech therapists with a specific interest in feeding the preterm infant. I presented.. read more →

28 Nov 2014
November 28, 2014

What a new baby really needs

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So many people ask what one REALLY needs for a baby. The answer is… not much! Marketing for baby things is hugely successful at making everyone spend unnecessary amounts of money! So here is a list of the “must-have” things to buy for your tiny baby. You need: Nappies: look at the variety of nappies.. read more →

25 Nov 2014
November 25, 2014

An overwhelming letter of thanks to Jill

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Dearest Jill We both wish to say a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to you for all that you have done for us. Your gifts to us have been plenty and great and we are not sure you can ever be thanked enough. But we will attempt to, by letting you know what a wonderful,.. read more →

21 Nov 2014
November 21, 2014

Jill reflects on two October births

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It always interests me how very different and unique each birth is. That is what makes each birth so special – watching how the expectant mother copes with the labour and digs deep to find strength to cope with the surges when they get intense. The mum often surprises herself at how strong she is.. read more →