Month: May 2015

Mum thanks midwives for home birth dream come true

Lisa Spelling was looking forward to a healthy, happy pregnancy, except that her weight meant that medical professionals had labelled her as “high risk.” Although this may not be a major issue in theory, for Lisa this label meant that her desire to plan a natural home birth with minimal intervention was not fully supported. Lisa, 34, said: “When I first registered with my midwife at my GP surgery, I was told my increased Body Mass Index meant I’d ticked the ‘high risk’ box on the forms. “It was explained to me that my pregnancy would be under consultant-led...

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Emotional open letters from Sharon Osbourne and Victoria Beckham

“You’ll never fall because I’m there to catch you,” says Sharon to her three children. Sharon Osbourne and Victoria Beckham are among many celebrities who have written wonderful heart warming letters to their children. The open letters were published by TIME to celebrate Mother’s Day in America. The letters revealed the vulnerability of even the greatest celebrities and showed that being a mother is a learning curve no matter who you are.  Sharon writes “I still remember the first thing I thought when I became a mom. It was, “Oh, God, what do I do with this baby?” She...

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Toddlers face life’s first big interview

Attempting to get into the best schools, universities and jobs is a tough and demanding time for many people worldwide. Yet in Hong Kong, the pressure starts earlier, with parents trying to get their children into the best nurseries and kindergartens, hoping to give their children the placement that will help them to succeed in life. To help with the process, there are now classes designed to help the toddlers with the all-important interviews. Most of the interview class pupils age around 18 months, with some pupils even starting classes as young as eight months old. Interviews for nursery...

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Children turn to pets and not their siblings

Research recently carried out by the Centre of Family Research found that when children are facing adversity, such as illnesses, bereavement, instability and divorce are more likely to confide in the family pet than any of their brothers or sisters. They found that in a surprising number of cases children turn to pets rather than their peers, developing a stronger bond with their furry (or scaly) confidants. Matt Cassels, a psychiatric researcher from Cambridge University, believes this is because “they may feel that their pets are not judging them.” He adds that “this is even though they know their...

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5 things to consider before having a second child

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child still fresh in the nation’s thoughts, many parents might now be questioning whether to follow in the royals’ footsteps by adding to their brood. In anticipation of the discussions the royal baby is likely to spark amongst couples, Relate has come up with a list of things to consider before deciding to try for second baby. Relate counsellor, Denise Knowles said: “The decision to have your first child is arguably the biggest commitment you’ll ever make, but choosing when to have your second can be equally daunting. “It’s totally normal...

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