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The Lulla doll. Sleep longer. Sleep better.

The Lulla doll. Sleep longer. Sleep better.

Posted on 23 June 2015 by Kristrun

sleep_helpWe are happy to announce the arrival of the the Lulla doll in Hong Kong. Sleep is an ongoing topic in our clinic and a day does not go by without the subject of babies’ sleep being addressed. We are truly happy to bring the Lulla doll to the market in Asia – it is such a simple, safe and practical solution for better sleep for both parents and babies.

As many of you know, Hulda and Kristrun come from Iceland – that odd little cold country way up there. The woman who invented the Lulla doll is also Icelandic. In Iceland it is very common for parents to co-sleep with their babies, and it comes very naturally to Icelandic parents to keep their infants very close to them in the beginning. Of course this is universal, but in Iceland we normally take this one step further and sleep with our babies in our beds, or at least very close to our beds – and sometimes for a long time.

Eyrun, the founder of the Lulla doll was heartbroken to see her friend having to leave her little newborn baby in the Special Care Baby Unit every night for two weeks. Eyrun went ahead and designed the amazing Lulla doll that plays a real life recording of the breathing and heartbeat of a mother at rest in order to keep the babies calm whilst away from their parents. The recording lasts throughout the whole night, unlike many white noise machines that only last for a few minutes. Lulla’s aim is to also help babies stabilize their own breathing and heartbeat, resulting in longer and better sleep.

We are so proud of Eyrun and her team in Iceland – the Lulla doll has been recognised all over the world, there has been lots of media involvement and they have received many awards and grants. The Lulla doll is now available for every newborn, and is a perfect solution for all healthy babies as well as those who unfortunately need to spend time in hospital (or anywhere else) away from their parents.

The Lulla doll is now available in our webshop – we can ship anywhere in Asia (additional charges will apply outside of HK). We are just a click away. http://annerley.com.hk/index.php/Product/714/The-Lulla-doll.html

Do you want to know more? Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

The Annerley team 

 

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Pain relief in labour; a quick guide to Entanox and Pethidine

Pain relief in labour; a quick guide to Entanox and Pethidine

Posted on 22 June 2015 by Kristrun

pain_relief_birthA very quick guide to Entanox and Pethidine as a pain relief in labour  - sometimes we all need just a quick reminder.

Entonox

Mixture of oxygen and nitrous – oxide in form of gas. This is often called laughing gas. You breathe this through a mask or a mouthpiece during the contractions. You have to use it for at least 2-3 contractions to before you become aware of the full effect, breathing in and out during the contractions.

 Positive:

  • Works very quickly and also goes out of the body very quickly
  • Simply to use
  • You control the pain relief yourself
  • Usually a good pain relief, especially in the beginning but mostly it helps with breathing and relaxation
  • Doesn’t slow labour down, and can speed it up if you can relax well
  • No extra monitoring and no effects on the baby

Negative:

  • Doesn’t always help to relax
  • Sometimes nausea and feels like being mildly drunk

Pethidine

This is an opiate drug, similar to morphine. It has strong pain relieving effects and relaxes the body. It is used early in labour, but not until the contractions are regular and strong and preferably not before 2-3 cm of dilation. It is administered by intramuscular injection, and works usually within 30 minutes. The effects last about 3-4 hours

Positive:

  • Helps to relax, effective for women that are tired, having their first baby and have not been able to relax
  • Takes away the edge of the pain, but not totally
  • Simple to use

Negative:

  • Dizziness, feels like being heavily drunk sometimes
  • Nausea
  • You don’t control pain relief yourself
  • Takes long time for the drug to leave the body
  • Crosses the placenta into the baby and can sedate it if given shortly (1-2 hours) before the birth
  • Can slow labour if given too early

Also read: Luminas Pain Relief.

Do you want to know more? Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

 

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For dads-to-be, a few useful things to know about breastfeeding

For dads-to-be, a few useful things to know about breastfeeding

Posted on 18 June 2015 by Kristrun

breastfeeding_onbedThe more that dads and partners know about breastfeeding, the greater chance there is of it being a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Fathers and partners can positively influence the initiation and duration of breastfeeding.

Surveys of mothers have shown that fathers are considered to be more important in relation to supporting breastfeeding than health professionals.

After the birth of a baby, the partner’s favorable attitude towards breastfeeding was found to be a very important factor in the decision to continue breastfeeding.

It is important to reassure your breastfeeding partner, but don’t pressure her. Research also tells us that a woman is 10 times more likely to breastfeed if her partner is supportive.

Women whose partners positively accepted the breastfeeding decision were 6 times more likely to be breastfeeding at 4 months compared to women who did not receive this support.

Benefits of breastfeeding:

  • Nutritionally perfect for baby
  • Natural immunity
  • Easily transportable
  • No preparation of equipment required
  • You can do it anywhere
  • Cost free

How do we know baby is getting enough?

  • You can hear baby swallow
  • Baby is content and happy after a feed
  • On average a baby should wet 6 cloth or 4 disposable nappies in a 24 hr period

Practical Tips – things you can do

  • Thank her for being a wonderful Mum
  • Remember we all benefit from hearing we are doing well
  • Understand that having a new baby can be very tiring for both of you, so why not start making dinner on a regular basis.
  • Encourage her to rest & take time out for herself, i.e. have a sleep, read a book, go for a walk alone or to meet a friend, have a bath. If you have a problem going to sleep due to snoring then get this stop snoring device.

When breastfeeding is established you can give the baby expressed milk, while mum takes a break.

 Be informed about breastfeeding yourself and enjoy every moment.

Do you want to know more? Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

 

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Trusting your helper by Allsion

Trusting your helper by Allsion

Posted on 15 June 2015 by Kristrun

Helpers_training ”A ten-minute interview plus a reference is rarely sufficient to determine whether you trust another human being. While trust at first sight is possible, the more likely scenario is that both ample time and proper training are required to learn to trust your helper. This is true for most working relationships but never more true than when the employee lives with you at home. Now that you’ve decided to hire a helper, how do you increase the chances of having a meaningful, trustful relationship?”

Click here to read the full article on SASSY MAMA. 

Check our schedule for FREE workshops Allison runs at Annerley. Hiring a helper? Let us help guide you. In just one hour, we will discuss how to effectively and efficiently navigate the often rough waters of hiring and training a helper. Click here to book. 

 

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Outdoors? In this heat?

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Outdoors? In this heat?

Posted on 15 June 2015 by Kristrun

Outdoors in this heat?The steaming hot summer weather of Hong Kong is a fact we cannot hide from. For me this is an annual thing to share with you; the importance of bringing your babies and children outdoors despite the very hot weather. It can be challenging to come up with ideas and to drag the whole family out of the well air conditioned apartment to spend the day, or even an hour, in the hot and sticky outdoors. But as parents, we are responsible for stimulating our children and exposing them to the world – it will make them smarter and they will sleep better then ever after a day outdoors.

To make it very simple, when a baby is born – their “memory” (let’s call it memory; brain function or synapses) is stored in big blocks – very big blocks. As the baby grows, their memory will be broken down into smaller blocks, and as the baby touches and feels – heat, cold, rough, sand, hard, soft – the memory breaks into even smaller pieces that can be put together in a number of different ways. The more a child feels and experiences, the smaller the memory components become, and the more components the better.

The outdoors is far more important than the indoors because it offers so much more variation on the same theme. For example, sand can be hot, cold, wet, fine or coarse. Grass can be soft, spikey, sticky, cold or warm. The weather itself offers endless variations. Then there is the multitude of different sights, sounds and smells outside…. The list goes on and on, and again, the more differences the better.

But where to go? What to do?

We have fantastic beaches in Hong Kong, and even if it´s hot it is super nice to stay under the umbrella on the beach even with small babies. Make sure you have shade with you or make sure you can rent some at the beach.If the trip involves a short boat ride – even better! So much to see, smell and feel whilst bumping along on a sampan. In fact, just the boat ride there and back can be an adventure for a baby! .http://www.littlestepsasia.com/articles/play/top-10-family-beaches

The public pools here are great. Be well prepared and enjoy cooling down in the water. A good tip is to go early when it’s less crowded and the pools are cleaner. If you are bringing your baby for the first time you will find a few useful tips here: http://www.annerley.com.hk/blog/planning-your-babys-first-trip-to-the-pool/ from our blog last year.

There are so many parks in Hong Kong and just to give a child or a baby a chance to walk on grass becomes very valuable. I used to bring my kids sometimes in the rain and let them play in the puddles. It´s cooler – the sun is not shining and it´s a great way to get them exhausted without having to worry about sunscreen and overheating. Take shoes off in a safe place and let them feel the earth with their toes. http://www.hong-kong-hotels.ws/attractions/parks.htm

It takes a little preparation to really enjoy being outside with a baby when the temperatures are soaring, but it is doable, and it is so important. It is always good to get out, so beat the heat, make sure everyone is well hydrated and enjoy!

Xx

Kristrún

Do you want to know more? Consultation with the midwives, available on Skype (face time or other platforms), over the phone or in the office. Click here to book. More information about our services on our website.

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