Starting with feeding and ending with weaning – everyone has an opinion

This article was originally published in The Conversation on 5th March, 2015 Starting with feeding and ending with weaning — everyone has an opinion. By Olivia Carter, University of Melbourne With a chuckle an old school friend of mine confessed that when he was a teenager he would try to destroy his best mate’s chances…

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Protecting your pelvic floor in pregnancy

This year the world focus for continence awareness week (June 23-29) is on protecting your pelvic floor, especially around the time of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. To help raise awareness and to provide practical support, the Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA) have developed a range of new resources for women and expectant mothers including a…

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New book helps mums to understand baby blues

The Black Dog Institute have released a new book ‘Overcoming Baby Blues’ to help women suffering from perinatal depression.  The book, authored by Professor Gordon Parker, Kerrie Eyers and Professor Philip Bryce, aims to shed light on this important, and often misunderstood, mental health issue. The book combines the personal stories of more than 200…

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MamaBake – helping busy mum’s!

We just came across MamaBake, aimed at helping mums’ free up some time from cooking.  MamaBake is group, big batch baking for Mothers.  You get a group of mums’s together, all cook up one big batch meal to share amoungst the group, and everyone goes home with a basket of freshly cooked meals for the…

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Just Speak Up…about postnatal depression

Up to one in 10 Australian women will experience depression during pregnancy and this increases to one in seven in the postnatal period (the year following birth). Anxiety is thought to be even more common. An initiative of Beyond Blue, the Just Speak Up campaign aims to promote awareness of depression and anxiety in the…

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Bump to Baby released in the US

We are excited to announce that after months of work, Bump to Baby has been adapted for the US market and is now available to buy, with a new title  – The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy: The Authoritative Science-Based Nutrition Guide for Mother and Baby.  For more details and to purchase…

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Free quit smoking app for mums-to-be

If you’re pregnant or planning to be, Quit for you – Quit for two provides support and encouragement to help you give up smoking. It will take your mind off the cravings with fun exercises and games to keep your hands busy. It distracts you when you feel the urge to light up, with practical…

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New national Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website launched

The Australian government Pregnancy Birth & Baby helpline has just launched its new website www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au to complement its existing service which provides free phone advice about pregnancy, childbirth and your baby’s first year. With Australians increasingly turning to the internet for health information, the new website will improve access to expert, reliable help and support…

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Jindi cheese recall due to listeria

The sad news of an Australian woman who has miscarried following listeria infection linked to soft cheese manufactured by the Jindi Cheese company is an unfortunate but important reminder of the importance of food safety in pregnancy and avoiding foods which could be infected with listeria. This includes soft cheeses, cold meats and chicken, raw…

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Spicy Chicken & Tortilla Soup

Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 15 mins Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, peeled, halved then finely sliced 1 small red capsicum, seeded and diced 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 1 teaspoon cumin ¼ teaspoon chilli powder 3 medium Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped 4–5 cups hot chicken stock 400…

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