Interview with Kicki Hansard, author of The Secrets of Birth (The Green Parent)

Kicki Hansard April 20 cover

The April/ May edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to doula trainer Kicki Hansard about her book The Secrets of Birth, the importance of language and why pregnant women should consider hiring a doula.

Saying someone delivered your baby completely takes away your power and makes it sound like the stork came. No, YOU birthed your baby, no matter how the baby was born. I always say pizzas are delivered, grapefruits are sectioned and babies are born.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

 

 

Interview with Emma Pickett, author of The Breast Book (The Green Parent)

Interview with Emma Pickett, author of The Breast Book (The Green Parent)

The Breast Book July 2019

The August/ September edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to breastfeeding expert Emma Pickett about The Breast Book, which aims to help demystify breasts for nine- to 14-year-old girls and challenge some of the messages ingrained in society.

It’s very British to snigger about breasts and I’m asking young girls to start challenging society’s norms – Emma Pickett

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

 

Interview with hypnobirthing expert Hollie de Cruz (The Green Parent)

Interview with hypnobirthing expert Hollie de Cruz (The Green Parent)

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The December/ January edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to birth coach Hollie de Cruz about how hypnobirthing can transform your labour and birth, and even your life. Her book Your Baby, Your Birth: Hypnobirthing Skills for Every Birth is out now.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

Interview with Dr Amy Brown, author of Breastfeeding Uncovered (The Green Parent)

Interview with Dr Amy Brown, author of Breastfeeding Uncovered (The Green Parent)

Amy Brown Dec 2017 - Jan 2018

The December / January edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to Dr Amy Brown, an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University, about her book Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies? and how society is undermining   women’s confidence in their ability to breastfeed.

I can’t understand why we happily drink cow’s milk, which comes from another species, but are so disgusted by breastfeeding. People sit in coffee shops pouring cow’s milk into their drinks while criticising someone for breastfeeding at the next table. It’s messed up.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

 

Books I finished in May 2017

Books I finished in May 2017

I’m not sure what happened to my reading in May but the only book I finished was a short one read on the train to London and back. I must have dipped into lots of others and spent way too much time faffing around.

GoodSkinSolution

Book read

The Good Skin Solution: Natural Healing for Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea and Acne – Shann Nix Jones

I’ve had rosacea for years (I’ve mentioned it a few times on the blog, particularly when some friends and I were doing the H2Only challenge in aid of the RNLI) and have tried various creams and potions, long-term antibiotics and prescription gels to get it under control. The antibiotics worked to an extent (but who wants to take them indefinitely?), the rest not so much. Since being pregnant with my second child (who is now 20 months old) I’ve been taking an “ignore it and pretend it’s not there” approach but the time has come to wrestle with it again. I’d been looking into the link between rosacea and our gut microbiome and when I saw that this book was on offer on Kindle for less than £2 I decided to check it out.

Shann Nix Jones is the co-founder of Chuckling Goat, supplying freshly made goats’ milk kefir and natural kefir skin care products from her family farm in Wales. Kefir, a probiotic drink made from live culture fermented milk, is said to help restore the balance of the gut microbiome, having a knock on effect on your skin and general health.

The book goes into detail about the importance of the 2kg of bacteria that sit in your gut and I must have been convinced, because I am now a fully signed up Chuckling Goat customer. Apparently rosacea is a very stubborn condition and will take at least six three-week courses of kefir (and some dietary changes) to tackle, but I’m willing to give it a try. And that’s a post for another day.

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