Is Michel Odent out of touch with modern day birth?

My day started yesterday with being tagged in to a tweet containing this post Dr Odent Says no but is he out of date written by Mark @BirthingforBlokes. This is something I had been considering myself for a few days, having listened to his diatribe on Radio 5 live again about why men shouldn’t be at the birth of their child. Indeed, I wrote about this over four years ago in my blog piece Men at birth good idea or not?

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Holiday Essentials

The summer holidays are here and many of us are working out the logistics of family trips away, packing for sunshine (we hope!) with bulging suitcases, trying to work out what is indeed ‘essential’ and what can be left at home. These are a few products that I have discovered this year, that we won’t be leaving home without! Continue reading

Mumsnet Miscarriage Care Campaign (Is it enough?)

Straight off, let’s be clear, I am 100% behind the Mumsnet Miscarriage Care campaign… Time and again we work with parents who have been treated with such a lack of compassion ,that quite frankly, it is inhumane.

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BabyBjorn One Review

one meshLast year I was fortunate to attend the launch of BabyBjorn’s latest offering to baby wearing in the form of The Baby Carrier One. I was intrigued by what I saw as a move away from the traditional carriers that BabyBjorn have always been synonymous with and took the opportunity to really explore the carrier and also talk to the designer. Continue reading

Car accidents, Car insurance and a review of Diono carseats

caraccidentJust before Christmas, I was involved in a car accident just a couple of miles from home. Steph and Brock (then just 4 months old) were in the car with me. Driving up a country lane, we were confronted by a pick-up truck coming around a corner at speed, across the middle of the road, towing a large trailer. We stopped in plenty of time, but he was going too fast and we had to sit there and watch as he braked, skidded and then hit us head on. The impact was forcible and resulted in our car being written off.

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My Birth Story – The Birth of Brock

P1070506After the birth of my first child, my son, I had been left feeling like I’d had no real role, like a spare part, and feeling guilty about not knowing how to support Steph through the birth… It was this experience which led to me founding DaddyNatal so other men got the support and information they needed to be the birth partner they wanted to be.

Several years down the road, this is the story of the birth of our third child, born at home, from my dad’s perspective.

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Fathers Day, what does it mean for expectant dads?

Expectant Dad Fathers DayA couple of years ago, I was running a DaddyNatal workshop in Peterborough which was being filmed for BBC’s The One Show, which happened to fall on Fathers Day. At the end of the workshop I gave all the dads a card to celebrate their first Fathers Day. Having just done the DaddyNatal workshop with me, they understood why I did it, but I know many who would have said ‘Why did they get a card when they are not dads yet?‘ The point is, whether your baby has arrived already or is still waiting to arrive, you are already a parent, whether its a mum or a dad.

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Stokke : The Dads Audit

Continuing the series on brands and dads, today I conducted my audit of Stokke to see if I felt they were using positive images of dads in their marketing and whether they were supporting their involvement. This is not about product review, this is about the company and their inclusion or not of dads in their marketing.

Before conducting the audit of their website I had a preconceived idea of what I expected to find and must confess I was wrong.

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Busy Working Parents, a thought for today

hI know this has done the rounds before, but in case you havent seen it, with the current pressures on all of us, I thought a good time to just give you pause for thought.

It is something Steph and I are always conscious of and we try and ensure that quality time for our children. Sometimes of course this is very difficult when you are also doing something you are so passionate about, or when you are working for yourself or doing a full time job to support your family.
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