Why babies cry, and how to soothe them

I recently came across a quote which I feel is very appropriate to the topic: “Because babies don’t come with owners’ manuals!” Probably one of the most difficult times in the parenting journey is the first six weeks of your baby’s life. Not only are you completely exhausted as you adjust to being a parent, but it is so hard …

Out with the old, in with the new

Father with newborn baby

A new baby ushers in the new in every sense of the word. New routine, new responsibilities, new roles, and a whole new way of thinking. When we talk about new, what is more exciting and more daunting than being handed a little, wriggling bundle and being told: “it’s all yours”?   I often watch the expression on parents’ faces …

Too soon: Prematurity and early arrivals

Premature babies are those born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. The earlier a baby is born, the greater chance there is of developing complications associated with prematurity. In my experience, it is not only the baby that is premature. Mom and Dad become parents prematurely as well.   The experience is very difficult for all concerned. While modern medicine has …

Establishing early gut integrity

  Our modern society has led us down a path of distrusting the natural process of childbirth and towards an often clinical, scheduled event. I must add that in no way do I want to add to the guilt that many mothers feel when they are unable to deliver naturally or when they struggle to breastfeed.   In my own …

Role of the paediatrician in the first days of life

What is the role of the paediatrician? Following delivery of your baby and for the duration of your stay in hospital a paediatrician will attend to your baby’s wellbeing. However, I really enjoy a quick visit from an expectant couple prior to the delivery. Very often parents have read or heard about what is important in the first hours of …