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Unique Family Activities

Summer is approaching, which means the kids will be off for six weeks so you have to plan fun days out full of activities to help keep them busy! You will also get to spend a lot more time with them whilst they aren’t at school and you aren’t at work. Contact us. Our favourite activities are listed below and we suggest that you should […]

Choosing A Baby Name

A name is one of the most precious things you will give to your baby. Sociologists, baby experts and teachers agree that your child’s name impacts on his or her personality, baby’s ability to interact with his or her peers, and how he or she is seen by total strangers – enough of this ‘his or her/he or she’ business, it’s a bit ponderous to […]

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Please contact us if you need any more advice about parenting or what to do with the children during school holidays. Address Lower Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9HD Telephone 01372 569 4531 Email

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Coping with an ill child

Coping with an ill child

West syndrome, otherwise known as infantile spasms, is an uncommon to rare and serious form of epilepsy in infants. It is named after the English physician, William James West (1793-1848), who first described it in an article published in The Lancet in 1841. Other names for it are “Generalized Flexion Epilepsy”, “Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy”, “Infantile Myoclonic Encephalopathy”, “jackknife convulsions”, “Massive Myoclonia” and “Salaam spasms”. The […]

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Teaching Kids to Save Money and Plan for the Future

Teaching Kids to Save Money and Plan for the Future

A young mind is like a sponge, ready to soak up knowledge. Teaching kids to save is one of the best things you can do for them at an earlier age. This will help to set the foundation for a secure, debt free future. You can actually start much earlier than you might think, when you when teach the concepts of saving money. Some parents […]

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Conception Tips

Conception Tips

When you have decided you want a baby, get your body ready. Take folic acid in supplement form, 400mcg a day, or it can be found naturally in aloe vera gel drink. Cut down on your caffeine intake. If you’ve come off the pill, there’s some dispute about how long you should wait before trying to conceive, but it’s probably best to wait 2-3 months. […]

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You have a choice where to have your baby. As long as there were no serious complications with your pregnancy, you can give birth at home, at a birth centre, or in hospital. You also have the choice of pain relief, no pain relief, a water birth, an active birth, and you may be able to opt for a planned caesarean.


Unless you request otherwise, your doctor will book you into hospital for the birth. You’ll be in for between 7 hours and 4 days depending on how you recover from the birth, and if there are any complications. Whilst there you will have access to a team of expert medical staff and the full range of pain relief. You may be able to opt for a water birth or an active birth. Some women who give birth in hospital feel the atmosphere is too impersonal and that they are part of a production line.


If you choose to give birth at home you will have two midwives in attendance. You should feel more relaxed in your own surroundings – which helps the birth process. Gas and air will be available and maybe pethidine (check first with the midwife), but you won’t be able to have an epidural. You can hire a birth pool if that is your chosen method. You’ll need to live within a fairly short distance from a hospital in case of emergency – 10-25 miles depending on local traffic conditions.

Birth Centre

Staffed solely by midwives, a birth centre will offer the same facilities as a home birth: air and gas for pain relief, maybe pethidine. The atmosphere is home-from-home and less impersonal than a hospital – although some birth centres are actually based in a hospital. A more relaxed surroundings which often leads to a more relaxed birth. Not available if you’ve had complications during pregnancy.

Active Birth

The idea is to stay active, move around, and give birth in an upright position. Advocates of this method claim that being upright helps the baby to travel down the birth canal and your labour will be shorter. You will need to be fit and experience no complications.

Water Birth

You spend your advanced labour and give birth in a birthing pool full of warm water. The water encourages your body to release pain relieving hormones and it allows you to move more freely. You are less likely to need pain relief and less likely to tear. And no, baby won’t drown in the water! If you find you do need pethidine or an epidural, you will have to come out of the pool. Many hospitals do not have birthing pools, and those that do usually have only one – which someone else may be using when you need it. To hire one costs around £120 per week – if you find baby is late in arriving there is a daily rate after the week is up.

Planned Caesarean

These are usually available only if there are medical reasons, such as a low placenta or if you have pre-eclampsia – unless, of course, you are willing to pay for the operation.

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Please contact us if you need any more advice about parenting or what to do with the children during school holidays.


Lower Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9HD


01372 569 4531