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

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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 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 doula Natalie Meddings (The Green Parent)

Interview with doula Natalie Meddings (The Green Parent)

Cover July 2018The August/ September edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

I spoke to doula and home birth expert Natalie Meddings about why choosing a home birth can be a “common sense” decision for many women.

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 Milli Hill, author of The Positive Birth Book (The Green Parent)

Interview with Milli Hill, author of The Positive Birth Book (The Green Parent)

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

I spoke to Milli Hill, the founder of the Positive Birth Movement, about The Positive Birth Book and how women can be empowered to have the birth they want.

You have rights and you have choices. You can be in the driving seat and decide what feels right for you. You have options and it’s worth exploring them. And finally, you can do it! You CAN do it.

I was very taken with this book and have since been recommending it to all my pregnant friends. It contains everything you might ever want to know about birth and is written in a relaxed, chatty style. I wish I had read it before I had my two children! Whatever a positive birth means to you, this book will make you believe you can do it.

 

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Books I finished in February 2017

Books I finished in February 2017

I did a bit better with my reading in February than I did last month, but I’m still finding it challenging to knuckle down and finish books instead of having several on the go at the same time.

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Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

I’d heard good things about Liane Moriarty and picked this up on a whim in a charity shop. I was glad when it turned out to be less “chick lit-ty” than I feared. It was an intelligently-written look at relationships, bullying and the damage that secrets can do. I loved the interview snippets from the supporting cast of school parents and although you know early on that there has been a murder, I didn’t guess the identities of the victim or the perpetrator. I wonder whether everyone relates to a different character (mine was Madeline)? I’ve since found out it’s been made into a star-studded TV series (my copy doesn’t have the photo cover). It would make a great book club book.

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The Positive Birth Book – Milli Hill

I was lucky enough to read a preview copy so I could interview the author for The Green Parent and have since been recommending it to all my pregnant friends. Whatever a positive birth means to you, this book will make you believe you can do it. It contains everything you might ever want to know about birth and is written in a relaxed, chatty style. I wish I had read it before I had my two children! It’s due out in March.

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Clutterfree with Kids – Joshua Becker

This wasn’t quite what I’d expected – I was hoping for a more practical step-by-step guide to decluttering, a sort of “KonMari with kids” – but it was an easy-to-read overview of minimalism as a whole with some focus on families with children. Is it even possible to be clutter-free with kids? You might need a bit of an extra push to actually get started on the toy cull, but at least you’ll know why it’s a good idea.

 

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