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Archive for September, 2009

Circumcision: The Endless Debate

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Male circumcision is a touchy subject. People argue passionately for and against circumcising male babies, presenting evidence to back their arguments up. Not surprisingly, it’s an issue that confuses many new parents. And the debate has flared up again with the inquest into a UK baby’s death fr

Breastfeeding: Not as Natural as it First Seems

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As I write this blog I am wondering how much longer I will be breastfeeding my baby. Ethan is almost eight months old and I think I’ve done well to get this far. I’m not sure either of us is ready to stop yet. Sadly, though, the decision may have been made for us. I have had laryngitis f

Central Coast Maternity Services Statistics

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Normal Vaginal Birth North Gosford Private    42.4% Gosford Hospital    56.9% Wyong Hospital     93.4% John Hunter            66.2% Caesarean Rate North Gosford Private    43.6% Gosford Hospital    32.10% Wyong Hospital    2.3% John Hunter Hospital    22.7% Induction Rate North G

Meeting other Central Coast mothers

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If you are like me and didn’t go to school on the Central Coast and spent most of your previous life somewhere on the F3 traveling to and from Sydney, when you become a new mum you can find yourself feeling rather alone and isolated. Even those women who have lived here all their life can feel

Birth Story – Homebirth on the Central Coast

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I took my decision to have a home birth for the birth of my second child very seriously, I had a good birth experience for the birth of my first child, but I had to be strong and actually leave the hospital during my labour to stop the doctor from intervening unnecessarily. This was due to the fact

“As the twig is bent so the tree grows” – Cranial Osteopathy

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  The baby and infant is particularly vulnerable to a strain of the cranium.  A persistent strain has the potential to cause nervous system interference and development problems.  Cranial Osteopathic treatment can remove strains in these babies and children (i.e. “bent twigs”) The cranium is

Birth Story – Gosford Hospital

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My name is Alison. I have been fortunate enough to have two really great birth experiences. I attribute this to the quality midwifery care I received, and my own ability to birth! For both babies I  received antenatal care by the midwife who also helped me to birth my baby and then visited me afte

Breast is Best

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There are lots of names for breasts: Boobs, melons, hooters, fun bags, jugs, to name just a few. But “milkies” is what my daughter chose to call breasts. After all, they were there to produce milk for her, and not just any old milk, the perfect milk. The perfect milk for the perfect li