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Meet the Dil Se concert musicians: Shama & The 515 Crew

We are delighted to publish this blog to share the work of Shama and The 515 Crew in the music industry based in the UK and working internationally. We are grateful to Shama and The 515 Crew Team for supporting us raising funds to set up a Pregnancy Wellbeing Programme. They will be performing live along with Eastern Euphony at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, London on 16th February 2019. Concert details could be found here. IFWIP Founder, Dr Raja Gangopadhyay, recently had the opportunity to meet Shama and members of The 515 Crew (including the lead musician Hinal Pattani) and was truly inspired...

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Dil Se: a Bollywood Musical Extravaganza to support the work of IFWIP

Please come and join us for a memorable experience: Saturday 16th February 2019 at Beck Theatre, Hayes, London (6 pm onwards) After three sold-out shows in a row, Eastern Euphony brings their fourth production Dil Se, a Bollywood musical extravaganza support the work of International Forum for Well-being In Pregnancy (IFWIP). We are grateful to Eastern Euphony for organising this wonderful musical evening at the iconic Beck Theatre, Hayes, London (Grange Rd, Hayes UB3 2UE). Book your ticket now Tickets pricing: £10.00, £15.00, £20.00, £30.00 Click here to book the tickets   Purpose The funds raised would be used to create a unique, world-class Pregnancy...

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You came, conquered & began a revolution…

We are delighted to publish this blog written by IFWIP Founder, Dr Raja Gangopadhyay.     I would like to congratulate you all for your commitment and contributions in creating a history at the House of Commons, UK Parliament, on 10th December 2018, during the #HopeDec10. The event was a huge success and inspired us all to work together and make a change in the lives of the mother and families. It was fascinating to see how the wellbeing was discussed in the context of the definition of health by the World Health Organisation: "Health is a state of complete...

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Is it possible to prevent birth trauma?

We are delighted to publish this great blog by Tricia Murray. Tricia is a Therapist, Coach and Doula supporting mums through pregnancy, birth and early parenting. She is Founder of the Birth and Baby Academy,  Edinburgh Birth and Baby and Juno Perinatal Mental Health Support. Tricia lives in Edinburgh, UK, with her husband and 4 sons.      Is it possible to prevent birth trauma?                                                                          ...

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Reiki during pregnancy and perinatal period

We are delighted to publish this blog written by Marie Mamonia from Denmark. She is a mother, Reiki Master, poet, and a published author. She is the founder of We Make Peace.     It is an absolute delight to share my Reiki practice and philosophy with you on this blog for IFWIP which shares so much fantastic information where new mothers can gain help and guidance through pregnancy. Probably one of the most important times of our life to be healthy and embody peace is during pregnancy. I work as an intuitive healer, Reiki master, EFT and Matrix Reimprinting practitioner....

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An event in the UK Parliament to raise awareness of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

This blog has been written by the IFWIP Founder, Dr. Raja Gangopadhyay, Consultant Obstetrician.     I am very pleased to announce that I have a great opportunity to organise the following event at the House of Commons (#HopeDec10):   ‘Importance of addressing Mental Wellbeing during Pregnancy’  Monday 10th December 2018, 12.30 pm – 5.30 pm House of Commons (UK Parliament)   I am very grateful to the following MPs who have kindly sponsored the venue: Mr Richard Harrington MP (Watford) Mr Tim Loughton MP (East Worthing and Shoreham) Mr Norman Lamb MP (North Norfolk)   Background and aims This event is dedicated to all...

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Becoming Us – Preparing parents for beyond birth

We are delighted to publish this guest blog by one of our Board of Advisors, Elly Taylor. In this article, Elly outlines the importance of supporting parents during the transition to parenthood and her work in this field through Becoming Us.     Becoming Us – Preparing parents for beyond birth   It’s a common complaint from parents that “preparation for parenthood” classes cover birth and maybe basic baby care, but stop well short of what really happens after you get the baby home… Even though I was studying psychology and counselling at the same time I became a new mother,...

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Opinion poll: Can stories on the social media cause fear of childbirth?

Tocophobia is a common condition affecting about 14% women. Some recent media articles are discussing whether birth stories available on the social media can lead to a fear of childbirth.     Please take part in this short survey and let us know what do you think? There is only one question in the survey and takes only a few seconds to complete. This is entirely anonymous and no need to enter your personal details.   Create your own user feedback survey

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Pregnancy and Wellbeing: 10 interesting stories on the web

We are going to post a blog regularly based on 10 recent stories published in different websites related to pregnancy and parenting. Please let us know your thoughts and comments.     1)  'Mums-to-be get just FIVE hours' sleep at night during pregnancy' This interesting article published in The Sun reported a recent survey of 2000 parents. The results showed the common occurrence of sleep deprivation during pregnancy affecting 9 out of 10 pregnant women. Partners were affected too. One-third of the partners reported that they slept on the sofa or spare rooms so that their partners could sleep better.   Read...

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Linos Muhvu joins IFWIP Board of Advisers

We are delighted to announce that Linos Muvhu from Zimbabwe is joining us as a member of the Board of Advisors. He is a very passionate and committed Maternal Mental Health advocate in Zimbabwe and beyond. He has sent us this brief overview of his journey: "I was born in Ndanga area in Masvingo Province, Zaka District in Zimbabwe. My upbringing was in a typical Shona village, with typical Shona values, morals, norms, standards, cultural practices, and entertainment. It was a culture I fully assimilated and was to use effectively to reach my destiny. In the process of soaking myself in my people’s way of life,...

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