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Neural Tube Defect – Emotional impact on Parents

Neural Tube Defect, such as Spina Bifida, is the second most common birth defect in the world. This article gives a comprehensive overview of NTDs and the emotional impact on parents. Neural Tube Defect Emotional impact on parents upon the diagnosis during pregnancy & beyond Neural Tube defect (NTD) is a type of birth defects. NTDs develops when the baby’s neural tube does not close completely during early stages of pregnancy. This is the second most common birth defect after the congenital heart defects. About 300,000 babies are diagnosed with NTDs each year. (Ref) With the help of global public...

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Beyond Birth Trauma and PTSD – How we can support families and make a difference

We are honoured to publish this wonderful blog written by Emma Jane Sasaru  who is doing an inspirational work in supporting mothers and families. Emma is from United Kingdom (UK) and working tirelessly in 'raising awareness of perinatal PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, and birth trauma by talking at conferences, campaigning, blogging and helping with the setting up of strategic pathways in local Trusts and helping develop education for healthcare professionals'.      Beyond Birth Trauma and PTSD – How we can support families and make a difference - Emma Jane Sasaru We sometimes go through things in life that completely change us....

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Pilates during pregnancy and beyond…

We are delighted to publish an interview with Nikki Williams-Quamina from Devolin-Mai Pilates (UK) regarding the practice of Pilates during pregnancy and perinatal period. Nikki is a Midwife and an experienced Pilates instructor and trains women both during pregnancy and post-childbirth period. Please find the interview below: IFWIP: What is Pilates? Nikki: Pilates is a group of low-impact exercise and breathing techniques which aims to strengthen the body, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.  Regular Pilates practice can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. Pilates was developed by German-born...

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Websites for perinatal anxiety – what do the women want?

We are delighted to publish this guest blog by Dr. Donna Moore from the United Kingdon. Dr. Moore is a lecturer and research consultant at The Open University. She has been researching perinatal mental illness and internet use for the last 9 years and has presented her findings at several international conferences. Donna’s background is in counselling and she has enjoyed helping many women and their families with perinatal anxiety, not least because she went through it herself with both of her children. Her current work with Dr. Gini Harrison involves researching perinatal anxiety websites and how they may be...

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It’s A Sling Thing…

We are delighted to publish this article written by Jennifer Littlejohns, Co-director of It’s A Sling Thing. Jennifer is a Baby Carrying Consultant trained by both Slingababy and L’Ecole a Porter (JPMBB). She has been using slings since her first child was born, including whilst pregnant with her second child, who is now nearly 2 years old. Her approach to slings is that they are versatile tools that can be used in a variety of ways to support parents to meet their needs and the needs of their baby. Please find the article below: It’s A Sling Thing... When asked to...

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Exploring Family and Systemic Psychotherapy in pregnancy and beyond

We are delighted to publish this informative article written by Ms. Sreety Das. She is a renowned Family and Systemic Psychotherapist from S.R Das Consultancy Limited (London, UK) and a Social Worker. She has been working with individuals, couples, and families for the last 14 years, particularly with families who have multi-agency or social care involvement. (Correspondence details: please send your correspondence by email to Sreetydas@gmail.com)    Please find the article below: Family and Systemic Psychotherapy This is also known as family therapy and can help individuals, couples and families explore their close relationships to better understand and support one another....

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Bereavement and beyond…

In our Inspiring Stories category, today we are honoured to publish a brief summary of work of David J. Roberts, LMSW, from the USA, who is doing an exemplary work of providing information, support, and resources to individuals and families who have suffered the death of a child or other catastrophic losses. We thought his work could be relevant to the mothers/ families who experience bereavement during pregnancy or post-childbirth period. David is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Utica College in Utica, New York, USA. Sadly, David experienced the death of a child when his daughter Jeannine...

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Postpartum recovery with yoga

We are delighted to publish this article on postpartum yoga by Anja Brierley Lange.  She is a yoga teacher and yoga teacher-trainer, Aromatherapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Self Care Alchemist.  About the author  Anja is the founder of Yoga Embodied and Soma Aroma. Here she shares her passion for holistic health and wellbeing. Her approach is elective having qualifications and experience in Ayurvedic medicine (BSc, PGDip), yoga, clinical aromatherapy, flower essences amongst others.  Her specialty is in working with women to facilitate space to create healing, and empower women to feel confident and balanced with their menstrual cycle, feminine health, pelvic awareness as well as during...

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Mindfulness as a Shelter for New Mothers

About the author Rebecca Ryan is the author of Mindfulness for Mothers, a renowned Meditation Teacher and Pre and Postnatal Yoga Teacher from Australia. Rebecca also supports the work of IFWIP as a member of the Board of Advisors.   Mindfulness as a Shelter for New Mothers We have been warned by the popular media and psychology academics to “mind the hype” surrounding mindfulness and meditation. Any practice that has been lavished with praise and attention, as mindfulness has, is bound to attract criticism. And rightly so. It’s appropriate to test the veracity of claimed benefits of mindfulness, and also to...

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Use of EFT during pregnancy and the postpartum period

About the author Christine Sutton is a complementary therapist and therapy trainer based in Solihull, UK. She has 15 years experience working with EFT, Reiki, and Reflexology to help deal with emotional issues and increase well-being for her clients. Her client base is very wide but she has a particular interest in supporting people who are dealing with cancer and also, more recently, those who are struggling to either become pregnant or who are having problems during pregnancy or the perinatal period. Christine and her husband Philip Davis teach Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Reiki for self-help purposes and they also...

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