Month: February 2014

Natures Aid Vitamin Drops

Essex Baby Review Natures Aid recently sent Essex Baby some Natures Aid Vitamin drops to a member of our product review team to test. One team member tried the vitamins out with her children. Read the product review to see what she thought. Do you use vitamins for your child? Which brand do you prefer? Product Description Natures Aid Award-Winning Vitamin D3 drops has been designed specifically for babies, infants and children. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that helps your body absorbs calcium for strong, healthy bones and teeth. This is especially important for children’s growing bodies. The...

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Birthing plan…what birthing plan.

Sorting out all the old baby stuff at the weekend, tucked in the side of a box, in a clear plastic folder, two pieces of paper and only slightly stained. Within minutes I was blubbing, I’d found my birthing plan: “We will use the water bath to sooth the pain, relaxing music and aromatherapy oils to help relax me”. We had put the hours in, preparing for the birth, attending NCT classes and reading all the books. One of my fondest memories from these classes, was the night my husband reverted to being a teenager and found it intensely...

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Baby delivered at Billericay Bus Stop in Essex

According to the Brentwood Gazette, a baby was delivered in a bus stop on the Noak Hill Road in Billericay on Monday. Mother Kathryn was six days overdue when her waters broke at 2.30am in the morning. She visited Basildon Hospital with her partner Danny but was sent home as she was not yet in labour. Later that day Kathryn attempted to return to the hospital, a short 20 minutes drive away from their home in Billericay. However, ‘Elsie-Rose’ was too impatient and decided to make an appearance much soon than they had anticipated! “I had a contraction and when I had the contraction I just had the urge to push and then she was born. I had to sort of catch her and wrap her in a jumper that I had,” Kathryn explained. An ambulance then arrived and took them to Basildon Hospital and remarkably, the couple were then home again by 8pm that evening. Read the full article here: http://www.brentwoodgazette.co.uk/Elsie-Rose-shocks-mum-dad-bus-stop-birth/story-20699019-detail/story.html Have you an interesting birth story to share? Did you little one not wait for you to make it to the hospital or birthing unit? Please share your experiences by commenting...

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Are Police Officers about to get criminal convictions if they take their children on holiday during term time?

There is an article in the Daily Gazette for Clacton, Frinton and Walton which says that “Police officers could be punished by the police force” if they take their children out of school during term time, for a holiday. The article quotes Mark Smith, chairman of the Essex Police Federation, as saying: “It cannot be right if a police officer receives a criminal conviction for wanting to spend time with his or her family.” Will police officers really receive a criminal conviction in these cases? This story annoys us at Essex Baby. Firstly, we do not think that police officers should get a criminal conviction for taking their children on holiday… surely there are so many more important issues to deal with? However, we do think that police officers should be dealt with in the same way that all parents are being dealt with in regards to this subject, as they should not be above the law. Secondly – and this is what really annoys us and what we think is the bigger issue – why does it seems like the government is constantly sticking their noses into matters these days that should be at the discretion of parents? Stop telling us what we can and can’t do for matters that are not really that big a deal. Have strong laws and punishments against things like pedophilia. Crack down...

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Essex mum of seven hit with social services bill after six of her children were taken into care

According to the Essex Chronicle a mum of six had her children taken into care and was then sent £300 a week bills to cover their upkeep. The mum has complained on two grounds: (1) that she cannot afford £300 a week, and (2) she never asked for her children to be taken into care. The newspaper reported that Ms Towers, 32, said: “I was told that if I didn’t pay the money then the visiting rights I had with them would be stopped. “I don’t think they had the right to ask me for the money – I didn’t want them to take my children away.” Ms Towers used to be married to the father of five of her children, but he suddenly died of a heart attack whilst looking after the children at home, when she was giving birth to their sixth child in hospital. Ms Towers seemed to lose everything after that time – her council house, her children, her dog, and even her mental health as she had to spend two years recovering from all the trauma in a psychiatric ward. Essex County Council have since apologised for sending her the bills. Take a look at the story and tell us what you think by commenting below. You can read the full article here: http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/Mum-hit-children-taken-care-Essex-social-services/story-20659529-detail/story.html#ixzz2uKVbnAis...

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