Check out my new article on the Conversation, written with the lovely Dr Amy Mitchell, on the shaming of new mothers and why it needs to end: The Shame Game And don’t forget to also check out the MotherCare project. We are currently recruiting mothers of children aged under two.
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I’m currently participating in a series of podcast interviews with Nicky from Practical Research Parenting. The latest podcast is part one of the Possums Sleep Intervention. During this podcast, I discuss the new approach to parent-infant sleep that I developed working with Dr Pamela Douglas, and that is in use at the Possums Clinic. You […]
The instinct to suck is present moments after birth and plays a crucial role in supporting babies’ early growth and development. Like sexual behaviour, sucking has a predictable developmental trajectory. It is strongest in infancy and gradually fades as children age. There are individual differences in the degree to which children suck and how the […]
Not only do professionals, researchers and the media persist in describing particular baby behaviours as more or less ‘independent’; but they also encourage parents to think that the ‘independent’ behaviours are superior. Parents are encouraged to waste precious time and energy making their baby ‘independent’. So the baby who suckles to sleep sucking his thumb […]
With much excitement and joy, I’d like to announce the ‘birth’ of my new book: Becoming Mum. Becoming Mum is a truly unique self-help book. It is the first book written to support women, all women, through the psychological passage to motherhood, empowering them to become the kind of mother they wish to be. Becoming […]
Feeding a toddler can be anxiety-provoking, frustrating, stressful and messy! Many a well-meaning parent has become trapped in feelings of guilt or anxiety about what or how much their child eats. Fortunately, feeding our fussy toddlers doesn’t have to be so difficult. Here’s how to feed a healthy toddler in five easy steps: Accept that […]
Many women choose to breastfeed their baby and want to maintain breastfeeding for a specific length of time. Yet, many women also fall short of their own personal goals around breastfeeding or find themselves struggling with breastfeeding at some point. I’d like to share my advice, as a psychologist and as a breastfeeding mother, on […]