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More care, less cash

More care, less cash

Posted on 22 October 2013 by hulda

Annerley. Playtimes. More care

In a city known for high prices, a mother’s critical postnatal health services
are – surprisingly – free.

“Private clinics offer a greater degree of convenience, with services such as home visits for weighing the baby and removing the stitches. Mothers who are looking for a second opinion or even affirmation that they’re doing the right thing and that their baby is perfectly healthy and normal, often find the support they’re looking for in private clinics.”

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, right? While it’s true that few things of value come free, in Hong Kong, if you have an ID card or are a resident aged 11 years or younger, you can participate in the Health Authority’s postnatal mother and childcare programme absolutely free. At no cost to you, the programme certainly presents excellent value! It includes initial baby monitoring for conditions such as jaundice, check-up and removal of stitches, breastfeeding advice, family planning, a schedule of immunisations that cover baby from newborn to Primary Six, developmental and growth monitoring, diet assessment and hearing screening. Cantonese speakers can also attend parental education classes.”

Read the full article online from the October Issue of Playtimes here

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Carried away

Carried away

Posted on 22 October 2013 by hulda

The burdens and bonuses of BabywearingAnnerley. Playtimes. Babywearing

“As residents or natives of Asia, we certainly don’t need to be told that babywearing – wearing or carrying your baby in a sling or other form of carrier – is a very traditional practice. But, traditional doesn’t necessarily equate to good. When pushchairs and prams promise an easier life for mums and dads – not
only saving parents’ backs from the strain of carrying a baby, but also providing a useful trolley for carrying shopping and baby paraphernalia – you might think twice about babywearing. And yet it is becoming an increasingly popular practice.”

Read the full article from the October Issue of Playtimes online here.

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One way to stay focused through labour and birth

Posted on 18 October 2013 by hulda

At some point during your labour you will be wondering about why all this hard work has to be a part of it.   It is in fact often quite challenging and  it is very important to stay focused in your head and constantly have happy thoughts to go to, reminders that keep you on track.

When you have had more than one baby, you realise that in most ways,  you benefit from all the experience of the first one / ones.  They also shape your thougts a little, i.e. if it has been hard, you may be worried.  Essentially, also, if it was hard, you may find this birth and baby easier, as it is at least not the same challenge as last time.

If all was very easy first time round, you may also benefit from that in the sense that at least you have positive experiences to refer to and can be hopeful of the same.

In any case, it is always quite important to see the positive side of things and constantly remind yourself that you get much further with those kind of thoughts than if you are always very sceptical.

 

I was teaching an antenatal class the other day and was looking for something to show all the parents to be that might be positive for them.  A good story is worth telling, but then I saw this picture of my now 15 year old girl, from when she was 2 and got a hold of my makeup bag (which does not hold much but a lipstick and mascare btw) while sitting in the backseat of the car, and as I waThey grow up so nices driving and unable to attent to her, she managed to smear lipstick all over her face and chest and surrounding areas of the car.

It was one of those moments that would have been easy to loose it a little, but then again, how adorable is that?

And looking at the picture,  it really reminded me of the very important point that we always must remember, starting from pregnancy and then throughout the birth;  after this comes a baby.  A baby with all the colors of the rainbow and such amazing things and experiences that all of what you are going through becomes so completely and utterly worth it.  A baby that grows up and uses your lipstick, plays soccer with you and cuddles you many times every day.

I took the picture and showed to the antenatal class, and told them that this was one of the things I used while having my babies – a picture of the older ones.

 

So find your own picture, stick it in your wallet or print it out and keep with you when you go into labour.  Picture of anything nice, that makes you smile and happy and keeps you focused on what you need to be focused on.

My picture of Freyja is now plastered on the wall in the antenatal class room and no one really understands why, – but it makes everyone happy.

 

Have a good weekend,

Hulda

 

They grow up so nice

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What’s so great about wearing your baby?

Posted on 11 October 2013 by Kristrun

Baby wearing has been practised for centuries around the globe. But it seems that we, in the industrialised world, are only recently realising its benefits.

Not so long ago, common advice was to “put baby down” as often as possible so it does not “learn bad habits” and be unable to soothe or settle itself. Now some are thinking differently and co-sleeping, attachment parenting and baby-wearing are becoming increasingly popular.BabaSling

These fancy names are all behind the theory that, instead of “teaching” your infant or child independence by encouraging him to deal with situations alone, one remains emotionally and physically available to the child for as long as she needs and wants it.

This harbours a deep bond between parent and child, increasing a sense of well-being and resulting in a happy, confident child who will seek independence instinctively and happily when he or she is ready and be more content and confident when that happens. In fact, there is some suggestion that babies who are worn often gain independece faster than those who are not, as they are less anxious and more secure, having had their needs fully met from birth.

All that time and bonding increases the mother’s confidence too as she becomes increasingly in tune with her baby and in her ability to know what her child needs. Some evidence suggests that attachment parenting and baby wearing results in a decreased risk of post natal depression.

“Baby wearing is a natural extension of kangaroo care” says Annerley midwife Olavia. “This practice was developed for premature babies when it was realised that skin-to-skin contact with a mother’s chest could do a far better job at regulating a tiny baby than any incubator, and the positive effects are not only physical, but emotional too – both for baby and mother.” Skin to skin contact is now widely encouraged following all births.

There is also evidence to suggest that baby wearing improves a baby’s learning of language and socialisation. Being so physically close to another person for long periods of time means they quickly pick up human cues, expressions and language.

As well as all these developmental benefits, it is also very convenient to have your little one strapped to your body as it leaves your hands free to do other tasks. You spend less time soothing and rocking

and settling baby also as, as Olafia points out “babies who are worn cry less!”

It is especially pertinent here in Hong Kong, where the environment can be very unsuitable for a stroller or pram!

It can take a little getting used to, especially when your baby is very small, but it is well worth the effort. We all know babies stop crying when we pick them up and carry them. Because they love it and that is where they want to be.

We have several baby carriers available at Annerley and Kristrun is always happy to give a demonstration!

What’s so great about wearing your baby?

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