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Bringing positive emotions into your pregnancy through Gratitude.

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Gratitude is not only a strength of character, but it also has the benefit of increasing positive emotions. Research shows that when we  grow our experiences of gratitude with simple shows of appreciation at least once a week, we feel happier. When we increase our positive to negative emotion ratio, we enhance our openness to new […] Read More

Pregnant Mothers: 10 benefits of Positive Mindfulness on Pregnancy & Birthing

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Positive Mindfulness is a new approach to mindfulness which combines traditional mindfulness training with positive psychology. It is a programme first devised by Dr Itai Ivtzan which not only reduces anxiety, stress and depression but also increases happiness, positive emotions & wellbeing. This approach has many benefits for the pregnant, soon-to-be mother. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness […] Read More

Pregnant woman: depression during pregnancy is a very real and common experience. You are not alone.

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5-11 Sept 2016 is the first ever Perinatal depression awareness week; by bringing awareness to perinatal depression it moves beyond solely increasing awareness of Postnatal depression to also increasing people’s recognition and understanding of prenatal depression which is experienced by 15-20% of pregnant woman. There is an assumption that when a pregnancy is announced that […] Read More

How to make a strong parent-child bond early for the benefit of you both.

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As soon-to-be-parents we have all heard about the importance of the bond between a child and their primary caregiver, and bonding has almost become a buzz word in parenting circles. Do you find yourself thinking: How and when do I establish a parent-child bond? I am not feeling a connection with my bump, is there something […] Read More

“Infant Joy” by William Blake

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In this weeks Koan I bring you a poem by one of my favourite poets William Blake, about the joys of a new baby and naming them. Infant Joy “I have no name; I am but two days old.” What shall I call thee? “I happy am, Joy is my name.” Sweet joy befall thee! […] Read More

The use of Mindfulness in pregnancy- for inner awareness and stress relief.

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Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose in a non judgemental way (Kabat-Zinn, 1991) it is a state of being attentive and aware in the present moment (Brown & Ryan, 2003).   The word mindfulness is closely associated with a meditation technique within Buddhism however within personal development it is a state which can be cultivated through practice. […] Read More

Pregnancy Affirmations

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An affirmation script for early pregnancy Being pregnant brings me great joy. I can feel you my dearest baby, deep within me, I feel you. With each new day, I feel closer to you. I am happy, healthy and relaxed. I lovingly accept my changing body. I have lots of support around me. I nourish […] Read More

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