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Staying healthy starts with a happy gut...

As we prepare for the festive season, spare a thought for your gut! Remember to be kind to it, or you might be reaching for the medicine cupboard sooner rather than later. Purely by coincidence, this newsletter has a microbial theme (Let them Eat Dirt featured book, Rhythm fermented drinks and Caprera foodie website) which we hope will help you find ways you can eat better and easily boost your friendly bacteria. By doing this you will not only cheer up your gut but you're also very likely to improve your mood. Research has highlighted a direct link from our gut to our brain, so even small changes to what we eat could have a big impact on our mental health.

We start with our main newsletter prize: this offers our readers the chance to top up their friendly microbes with an amazing probiotic prize. Our friends at Rhythm Health have kindly offered one lucky winner not one but two packs (you can treat your best friend too!) containing five bottles of Life Shot 50 (worth £100). These VIP probiotics are sure to make your insides smile, as they help to repopulate your gut microbiota.

Our first featured book 'Let them Eat Dirt' follows on beautifully from our last book review of The Microbiome Effect. If you read this you will already know how excited I was about this new field of study: the microbiome and epigenetics. Let Them Eat Dirt covers the same topics but with an American twist, which means that some of the examples mentioned in the book do not apply to British or European practices. However I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it offers additional tips and advice which we would all do well to follow.

Our second featured book is The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour. While the subject of labour and birth is vast, the most important principle we learn from Ruth's book is that 'feeling safe and loved' is key to safe birthing. If every birth facilitator and parent-to-be (not just mums but dads too) were to read this excellent booklet and incorporate its wisdom and ethos into their birth plan, birth could become a more relaxing and satisfying experience.

Our first featured website is Holiday Essentials, the brainchild of Shona Jones. This newly hatched Scottish business which offers a bespoke gift boxes service. 'My Scottish Boxes' can be tailor-made for corporate or charity events and personalised gifts for special occasions, including 'Welcome Boxes' (for letting agents) and 'Wedding Boxes'. We have three My Scottish Box gift sets up for grabs too!
Our second featured website is a simple but original idea. Caprera.com is the largest network of independent food and drink producers in the UK. It's an online marketplace where customers can order food directly from a variety of quality independent producers throughout the UK. What's more, just enter ‘CAPRERALAUNCH’ at the beginning of the check-out process to enjoy £5 off your first order!
Our third featured website is Smalls, a range of merino garments for children that look as good as they feel. It was founded by Cat Pharo (Freelance Stylist and Art Director) and Emma-Jane Adam (ex Digital Marketing), both New Zealand-born mothers-of-three, who fell in love with merino babywear. Enter our mini-competition for a chance to win a gorgeous merino wool misty rose pink tank top (worth £32.50).
Our featured event is an exhibition featuring the Coralie Bickford-Smith's book: The Fox and the Star, taking place at the William Morris Gallery. This exhibition runs from November 2016 to February 2017 and tells the fascinating story of how the book was conceived and produced, with original illustrations and rarely seen proofs. The exhibition will appeal to all ages, from serious book lovers to families who will be able take part in hands-on activities. William Morris’s Kelmscott Press edition of Reynard the Fox, one of Coralie’s key inspirations, will also be on display.

Our featured charity is Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity (GCHC), formerly known as Yorkhill Children's Charity. This name change came about when The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, The South Glasgow University Hospital and The Glasgow Teaching and Learning Centre were relocated to the brand new state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in 2015.

Check out our wonderful selection of three Top Tips: new Scottish legislation on a smoking ban in cars, Petit Pierrot, who offer immersive interactive French lessons (win a French songs CD worth £20) and why it is much better for you and your environment to opt for natural and plastic free sanitary protection by one of our favourite manufacturers Natracare (win a Natracare gift set!).
As well as our regular mix of features, check out the latest My Story: Baby after a disabled child. This features Kat's touchingly honest account of her latest pregnancy, at the age of 40, following seven years taking care of her three children including B who has special needs. Kat's strength of character and dogged determination to fight for her family will inspire you.

Our Top Treats are: Whisky Frames - photo frames made from whisky barrels (with a mini-competition for your chance to win a frame worth £60) and Blade & Rose, a trendsetting range of leggings and clothing accessories founded by designer Amanda while she was on maternity leave (we also have a festive gift set worth £50 up for grabs - we will draw this in time for Christmas!). Our Top Value products are a reusable IKEA baby change mat and Beco baby swim pants. These products are not only great value for money but they are kind to the environment too so it's a win win!
We have a brand new selection of TIPS Testers' Pix for you to enjoy including some adorable photos of a dad and big brother cuddling skin-to-skin. Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? We're always on the lookout for photos of babies, toddlers, families, bumps, scans, breastfeeders, baby-wearing, baby-led-weaning and grandparents. So please email us your photos! I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.

Last but not least we have some wonderful competitions for you to enter, including our main Newsletter Prize: Rhythm Health Life Shot 50 drinks. We will be announcing three new TIPS awards for Weleda Baby Calendula products and your chance to win a special Weleda gift set. We also have Diary Doll pants up for grabs, two lovely Butterfly gift sets by Green People and three gift sets by My Scottish Box at Holiday Essentials (worth £30 each) and our featured DVDs: Tubby Snowball and The Closer We Get. Altogether our prizes are worth over £500 so email your entries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and you too could be a TIPS winner!

Remember if you are not 'in' you can't win!

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tipsducktipsduckMain newsletter competition:tipsducktipsduckRhythm Health and Rhythm Cleanse

www.rhythmhealth.co.uk 

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Introduction by Sharon Trotter:

As our theme for this newsletter is 'Staying healthy starts with a happy gut' we are delighted to be able to offer our readers the chance to top up their friendly microbes with an amazing probiotic prize. Our friends at Rhythm Health have kindly offered one lucky winner not one but two packs (you can treat your best friend too!) containing five bottles of Life Shot 50 (worth £100).  These VIP probiotics are sure to make your insides smile, as they help to repopulate your gut microbiota. Anyone would benefit from this extra boost to your immune system but if you or any of your friends suffers from digestive problems including: irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, food intolerances or you need a post antibiotic top-up then this wee drink could be a life saver. 

It seems that a happy gut leads to a happy brain, so topping up your probiotics could also boost your mood and reduce your chances of feeling depressed (read 'Fermented foods, microbiota, and mental health: ancient practice meets nutritional psychiatry' to find out more!).

Want to read about how I came across this innovative product range and why it is so special? Check our feature on Rhythm Health in e-newsletter 37 

Suffice to say I have been a fan ever since and I now place an order (which I share with a friend) for these yummy probiotic drinks every 3-4 weeks.

To find out more go to:

www.rhythmhealth.co.uk 

FAQs: www.rhythmhealth.co.uk/faqs/#1 

logos  www.facebook.com/rhythmhealth.co.uk ~  @RhythmHealthLTD

Main competition 

 

For a chance to win 2 packs of 5 Rhythm Life Shot 50 drinks (worth £100 and delivered chilled to the lucky winner) email the word ‘Rhythm’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 41. Please remember to give your name and address in your email so we know where to send your prize(s) 

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product 1 :: tipsducktipsduckDiary Doll period pants... we've got your back covered!

 www.diarydoll.com 

Come in sizes 1 (6-8), 2 (10-12), 3 (14-16) and 4 (18-20)
Cost: £9.95 per pair
Colours: Jet Black, Grey Marl, Baby Pink and Dotty Blue

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Created by TV presenter Carol Smillie, Diary Doll pants are lightweight, breathable and super soft. They also include a secret waterproof panel to protect clothing and bedding against any embarrassing leaks, making them perfect for period, pelvic floor, menopause, or post maternity problems.
Made in Britain, Diary Dolls are completely washable and look and feel exactly like your favourite pants.
Wear them with your normal protection, and nobody need ever know!
What our TIPS Testers thought (review carried out in June 2014):
I came across this innovative product at a midwifery conference and was lucky to meet up with Carol Smillie. She kindly offered to give me 4 pairs (one in each size) to review and a further 4 pairs to give away in a mini-competition. Our TIPS Testers just loved these clever pants so rather than write a review I am just sharing their comments:

  • I love that they come in their own wee storage bag as it makes them easy to locate in even the messiest of underwear drawers!

  • They are really good quality and I love that they can be machine washed and tumble dried too.

  • The material was lightweight and has a waterproof lining just in the gusset area, I was expecting to get over hot wearing them but I didn't at all, you can wear them all day and stay comfortable.

  • I normally wear pads with wings on and love that I don't need the wings with these as they give such a secure fit. Plus I can wear tampons without the fear of leaking a bit (I have a very heavy flow sometimes!)

  • I am a pretty average size 10/12 and I found them nicely fitting and very comfortable. They were a deep Thai style fitting but very pretty and not frumpy at all, in fact they were totally not what a was expecting for waterproof pants.

  • They washed up and dried well and easily pack back up in the carry bag.

  • I thought that they were a really good idea for days when you just need that little bit more confidence, for example going out, interviews or sport either for days when you period is heavy or if you are prone to small leakages.

  • I just loved the way they fitted so neatly, washed perfectly but above all they gave me great peace-of-mind.

  • You obviously still need to use your normal protection, but I think these are a useful addition to any knicker drawer.

  • I was very pleased to be offered a place in this trial. For me, periods are a nightmare, wearing two night time pads as I somehow manage to leak either at the front or back, sometimes both! I have such a heavy flow that even with wings there is no protecting my underwear or pyjamas/bed sheets.

  • So reading that they should be used WITHOUT wings left me slightly sceptical. But I had nothing to fear! They felt so comfortable on, fit me like a dream and were so lightweight.

  • The stitching around the legs was so comfortable, I find my underwear digs into my legs during the night and this was not the case for these.

  • I haven't had a single leakage at all! You can't even tell they are waterproof, I imagined a 'nappy-like' gusset area for the waterproof section but you would never know these were waterproof until trying them out for yourself.

  • These are absolutely ideal if like me you suffer from heavy flow, night time leakages or like me you wake up ding the night in a panic thinking your bed sheets may not have survived the night. They have given me a worry free night’s sleep during my period which is just fantastic. I'm very impressed!

Diary Dolls are available in 122 Boots stores across the UK, at Debenhams, John Lewis and in pharmacies across the world. On QVC over 400 pairs sold in 8 minutes.
When Kate Winslet openly admitted ‘by third sneeze, it’s game over’ on Graham Norton’s chat show, sales rocketed.
Carol Smillie comments: ‘Sales have really taken off, over 35,000 in fact, but not without a little resistance. We underestimated the level of taboo that still surrounds this whole topic. The launch into Boots is a huge deal for us – it’s a big step towards getting this sensitive but very common problem out in the open and getting more people talking about it.’
To keep up to date with news from Diary Doll go to:

logos www.facebook.com/DiaryDoll  ~ @DiaryDoll ~ www.pinterest.com/diarydolls/
 

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For a chance to win 1 of 4 pairs of Diary Doll pants (worth £40) email the words ‘Diary Doll’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2017 (remember to say what colour and size you would prefer). We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 41.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product 2 :tipsduck tipsduckGreen People Butterfly Conservation gift sets (from £5.50 to £19.95) tipsduck tipsducktipsduck tipsduckWin 1 of 2 of these wonderful gift sets worth £26!

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This festive season Green People will be supporting the Butterfly Conservation with donations from sales of their beautiful special edition gift collection. The natural ethereal beauty of these gentle creatures is reflected in the stunning hand drawn designs by in-house designer Anna Parkinson.
With a selection of organic gifts for women, men (including people with sensitive skin), plus stocking fillers and gorgeous tree hangers, you’ll be sure to find a beautiful gift for everyone on your list!
To find out more go to:
www.greenpeople.co.uk/shop/by-product/organic-gifts

logos  www.facebook.com/GreenPeopleOrganic @GreenPeopleUK

For a chance to win one of two Butterfly gift sets (worth £26) check out mini-competition

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For a chance to win an 1 of 2 Butterfly gift sets (worth £26) including the Revive (Body Wash and Body Lotion) and Nourish (hand cream) email the words ‘Green People’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 41.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product 3 :tipsduck tipsduckNew TIPS awards for Weleda Baby Calendula products! 

Read on for  your chance to win a gift set with 3 full size Weleda  Baby products: Body Cream, Fragrance-free Baby Oil and Tooth Gel (worth £22)...

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We are delighted to announce three brand new TIPS® awards for Weleda Baby Calendula products. 

  • Best organic for Weleda Baby Calendula Body Cream: brand new trial of this extra thick moisturising cream which we have included in the baby lotion category. Go to the Awards section of our website to read the full review... 
  • Best unscented for Weleda Baby Calendula Baby Oil (fragrance free): Weleda first introduced this versatile oil in 1959. Another version of this product with natural essential oils was later added to the range (this won Best of the best baby oil in our 2010 TIPS trials but this is no longer available in the UK). Due to the latest advice from baby massage institutions to avoid using oils containing essential oils in the early days, Weleda's unfragranced baby oil is more popular than ever. So we have now tested the  fragrance-free version and Our testers loved it. Go to the Awards section of our website to read the full review...  
  • Best of the best for Weleda Children's Tooth Gel: this excellent tooth gel was awarded our Best of the best Children's Toothpaste award in 2010 so we knew it was a great product. The reformulation of this classic product was retested over the past few months and we are pleased to say it remains Best of the best! Go to the Awards section of our website to read the full review... 

For more information about Weleda go to:

www.weleda.co.uk 

logos www.facebook.com/weleda ~ @WeledaUK

 

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For a chance to win  gift set containing a full size version of Weleda Baby Calendula Body Cream, Fragrance-free Baby Oil and Children's Tooth Gel  (worth £22) email the word ‘Weleda’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 41. 

 

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 tipsduck:: Featured tipsducktipsducktipsduckwebsite 1  tipsducktipsducktipsduck Holiday Essentials - www.holidayessentials.biz

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Holiday Essentials is a newly hatched Scottish business which offers a bespoke gift boxes service. 'My Scottish Boxes' are available for corporate or charity events and personalised gifts for special occasions. Holiday Essentials 'Welcome Boxes' can be tailor-made to letting agents' requirements, and their 'Wedding Boxes' include table top boxes for the children, and pamper boxes for the adult guests!
Every item in a Holiday Essentials gift box is made in Scotland by small businesses in the Glasgow, Fife, Perthshire, and Clackmamanshire areas.
In January 2016 Shona left her post as senior charge nurse in A&E to follow her dream, and start her own business: Holiday Essentials. She applied for and was accepted into Entrepreneurial Spark, a people and business accelerator powered by RBS. The support and mentoring provided by this scheme has been vital to the early development of this fledgling business.
Shona also helps manage a seasonal ice cream shop in Elie, Fife where she is based.
Holiday Essentials has tripled its turnover in its first year. Clients include: individuals, RBS, University of Edinburgh, Scotland Tours and Scotland Golf Tours. Shona is on hand to personalise each box, which can be ordered for any type of event and perfectly tailored to individual needs and requirements. The My Scottish Box can be dual-branded with a company logo.
We are delighted to be able to offer our readers the chance to win 1 of 3 My Scottish Boxes.
Each My Scottish Box contains:

  • JSCeramics Celtic heart-made by husband and wife team who specialise in ceramics (www.jsceramics.co.uk )

  • Bag of Fudge by Gordon & Durward, sweet makers from Crieff (www.scottishsweets.com )

  • Soap and lip balm by Siabann Skincare- handmade in Alloa (www.siabann.com )

  • Scottish scented luxury Jo MacFarlane travel candle exclusive to Holiday Essentials - made in Anstruther (www.jomacfarlane.com )

  • Stag Bag - canvas bag with a silhouette of a stag on it, really nice it is too! - from Glasgow (bravescottishgifts.com)

To find out more go to: www.holidayessentials.biz

logos www.facebook.com/holidayessentialsscotlandltd ~ @Hdayessentials

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For a chance to win 1 of 3 My Scottish Boxes gift sets  (worth £30 each)  email the words ‘Holiday Essentials' to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 41.

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Caprera - www.caprera.com 
Read on and find out how to get £5 off your first order 

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If you love quality food and drink, then be sure to visit Caprera.com
For too long big companies have dictated what we should be eating, how food should be produced and where it should come from. We have let ‘good food’ be redefined, twisted, and distorted to such an extent that food now branded as 'finest' hardly warrants such an accolade - why do we accept this as a treat?
We deserve better! We want ‘good food’ to actually mean something again.
So what how can we define really 'good food'?

  • It is produced without the use of chemicals, preservatives, or artificial flavourings and colourings.

  • It is produced without the use of genetically-modified organisms or seed varieties.

  • It is produced without the use of antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones.

  • It is grown and produced with pride, by caring independent producers, who mindfully source their ingredients and reject mass production.

  • Good food & yummy products include meat, cheeses, charcuterie, cakes, biscuits, pickles, jams, oils, teas, coffee, whisky, and much more...

Caprera is the largest network of independent food and drink producers in the UK. It's an accessible online marketplace where customers can order food directly from quality independent producers throughout the UK. Caprera delivers anywhere in mainland UK.

Special offer for TIPS readers:

  • Just enter ‘CAPRERALAUNCH’ at the beginning of the check-out experience to enjoy £5 off your first order!

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Smalls: a range of merino garments for children that look as good as they feel  - www.lovemysmalls.com 

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About Smalls
Smalls is the creation of art director Cat Pharo and marketing consultant Emma-Jane Adam, both New Zealand-born mothers-of-three, who fell in love with merino babywear. Emma-Jane explains: “Alongside building careers in the UK, we have built our families and now have three gorgeous kiddies each who are the inspiration for Smalls. As babies, our kiddies became addicted to the skin- loving miracle fibre that is superfine merino. Wrapped up snug in merino, they stayed warm in the cold British winters and cool in summer or indoors. The problem was that as our kiddies grew, the ranges did not...and so Smalls was born.
A collection of next-to-skin active-wear and loungewear, designed with thought. Focusing on quality and longevity over ‘fast fashion’, Smalls are made to last. Worn and loved every day by our own kids, we are sure your little people will love their Smalls as much as ours do!”
Smalls is very proud to have won the 2016 Smallish Design Awards, Junior Online Awards, and Angels & Urchins Awards, also shortlisted for Loved By Parents Awards and Slick Mummy Awards. 2015 awards included: Smallish Best Eco Brand, Little London Best Product and Junior Magazine Best Activewear. And to top it all, Smalls was honoured to be named 2015 ‘Incrediwools’ as part of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Campaign for Wool. (www.campaignforwool.org/2015/09/02/say-hello-to-the-incrediwools)
5 BIG Reasons to love Smalls’ Supermerino

  • Thermo genius: cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold, merino naturally regulates body temperatures all year round.

  • Tough cookie: wear them lots, machine wash whenever. Merino won’t fade shrink or pill, Smalls are naturally antibacterial, so never get smelly.

  • Skin loving: Smalls won’t irritate the skin; the antistatic fibres repel dust, which can cause allergies and asthma. Merino is breathable, keeping skin dry and less prone to eczema. And there’s no itchy label.

  • 100% natural: super soft Smalls are made with eco-friendly fibres and are built to last so they can be handed down.

  • Sustainable: Smalls merino comes from TRULY happy sheep, we use Zque approved wool, which is the very best in the world.

To find out more go to

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For a chance to win a merino wool misty rose tank  (worth £32.50)  email the words ‘Love my Smalls' to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 41.

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tipsducktipsduck:: book review 1  :: :: tipsduckLet Them Eat Dirt - Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized Worldstipsduck

By B. Brett Finlay & Marie-Claire Arrieta

Published by Windmill Books (September 2016) 

RRP: £12.99 Paperback - 304 pages

Available from Amazon

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Review by Sharon Trotter
The Microbiome Effect was reviewed in our last e-newsletterso you will already be aware of how excited I was about this new field of study: the microbiome and epigenetics. Let Them Eat Dirt, is about the same topics but with an American twist, which means that some of the examples mentioned in the book do not apply to British or European practices. This said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book: it offers additional tips and advice which we would all do well to follow. The authors use detailed evidence (fully referenced at the end of the book) alongside real life scenarios to describe which microbes make up our microbiota and microbiome. They explain why these microbes are so vital to our everyday health and how to keep our delicate inner ecosystem of friendly bugs fit and healthy. Diversity is key to its success. We also learn about the importance of prebiotics (food for our gut microbes) and probiotics (live strains of bacteria that populate our gut) on our microbiota (our complete microbe ecosystem) and why the ongoing overuse of antibiotics needs to stop. Superbugs are taking over: unless we address these issues we will be facing a catastrophic public health emergency.
Microbiome is the latest buzzword in the world of medical research, and with it comes lots of exciting possibilities including personal microbiome analysis. Resulting microbe deficiencies could be replaced, using simple dietary tweaks, so that our immune system can function better. The aim would be to reverse the recent spike in non-infectious autoimmune diseases including: asthma, allergies, obesity, diabetes, intestinal diseases and mental health disorders like autism.
The authors suggest that the rapid rise in such conditions which adversely affect public health can be linked to the vital importance of the first 100 days of life in terms of developing the immune system. Small changes to the diet of pregnant women, a better understanding of why vaginal birth is so important, early breastfeeding, a reduction in the use of antibiotics, as well as the addition of probiotics, could have a huge impact on all our lives. The authors provide many examples of new treatments and explanations of how research has increased our knowledge of how the microbiome protects us. By following a few simple dietary and lifestyle changes we have the potential to trigger far-reaching effects to the health of our individual microbiome.

Pregnancy and birth tips to keep yours and baby's immune system healthy:

  • eat a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables plus yogurt and fibre

  • top up your friendly bacteria with diverse probiotics (avoid high sugar varieties). Get more information in our article on Rhythm Health including lactobacillus acidophilus to reduce the risk of vaginal thrush and Group B Strep (GBS).

  • aim for a vaginal birth as this coats your baby with friendly bacteria, also known as 'seeding'. This helps to kick start your baby's immune system by populating their gut with protective microbes that will then be fed by oligosaccharides (indigestible to the baby) found in your breast milk

  • if you have to have a caesarean section consider 'seed swabbing technique' (artificially wiping your baby's face and body with swabs innoculated with your vaginal secretions - as explained in our book review of The Microbiome Effect) to artificially 'seed' your baby's microbiome at birth. It might also be worth delaying antibiotics until after delivery so as to avoid further damage to the delicate microbiota. This will still give you protection against infection while avoiding early exposure to antibiotics for your baby

  • skin to skin contact with you and baby's father (not health care professionals), especially in the first hours after birth will help with breastfeeding and bonding, as well as transfer friendly bacteria via skin and breast milk

  • antibiotic eye ointments should not be used. This unnecessary and potentially damaging practice is still followed in the US and Canada but has already been stopped in Europe

  • reduce use of antibiotics for premature infants

  • increased use of prebiotics and probiotics may be more useful to prevent and treat infections.

Childhood - tips to keep your little one's immune system healthy:

  • encourage the development of a healthy gut - the first 2-3 years are key to this (after 3 years 60-70% of the microbiome is fully developed so much harder to change)

  • use baby-led weaning from six months (preferably not after baby is 7 months old): this is thought to be the 'window' of opportunity to increase diversity and avoid allergies

  • milk feeds are still vital during this period alongside the introduction of foods one at a time

  • introduce yogurt and kefir probiotics to help maintain a stable microbiota from six month onwards as part of baby led weaning.

  • consider trying probiotics to treat baby colic

  • try to reduce the use of antibiotics, especially for ear infections as it has been found that most ear infections are caused by viruses or the eardrum may be red just because a baby is crying in the doctors surgery. Swabs should be sent for analysis and antibiotics only given if a bacterial infection is confirmed.

  • remember that babies who use teats or dummies are at higher risk of ear infections because this increases negative pressure in the ear leading to more infections. Breastfeeding also helps by providing antibodies against infections.

  • family pets and social interaction is good for your baby and should be encouraged with care because it is associated with increased microbial diversity, which in turn helps to develop a healthier immune system

  • encourage hand washing using soap (not antibacterials) and water should before eating, after using the toilet, after contact with someone who is ill, following trips on public transport and after touching animal waste

  • hand wash bottles and feeding equipment carefully (pay attention to teats) using plain soap and hot water - this is just as effective as sterilising for babies of any age

  • wash fruit and vegetables with water and keep uncooked foods separate from cooked foods

  • explain the importance of 'feeding your tummy bugs' to your toddler. If they understand that their 'tummy bugs' will be much happier if they are fed with lots of healthy foods then they are less likely to be picky,

  • follow a 5210 diet - 5 portions of fruit or veg, < 2 hours of screen time per day, 1 hour of exercise per day and 0 sugary drinks = healthy child!

Research, science and general health:

  • A worrying rise in children affected by autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) could be associated with a damaged microbiome. Gut conditions are also much more common.

  • Fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), used in China since the fourth century, have been shown to have a dramatic effect on children suffering from intestinal conditions and ASD.

  • Treatment needs to be carried out early to avoid irreversible complications to the central nervous system.

  • Vaccines are vital to public health and, contrary to inaccurate historic publicity, there is no proof they are associated with autism. A healthy gut leads to a strong immune system which in turn will reduce any minor side effects from immunisations.

Tips for a healthier immune system for everyone:

  • eat a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables, plus live yogurt and fibre

  • take probiotics every day to help feed your friendly tummy bugs

  • take plenty of exercise

  • only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary. Best to get a bacterial confirmed than take them for a viral infection as this will not help.

A happy healthy microbiome that works well keeps us healthy on the inside and on the outside. Future research on the by-products of microbe activity, known as metabolomics, might help diagnose someone's risk of disease before symptoms occur. This may sound like science fiction but it could be closer than we think.

Personalised diets, perfectly tailored to your own unique microbiome may soon be common place. Meanwhile the best advice is to opt for a more diverse diet that is rich in fermented foods and daily probiotics. The saying: 'You are what you eat' has never been truer.

For more information about the authors and their work go to:

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tipsducktipsduck:book review 2  ::tipsduckThe Basic Needs of a Woman in Labourtipsduck

By Ruth Ehrhardt, Certified Professional Midwife, doula, and Helping Babies Breathe facilitator and trainer 

Available from Amazon £3.45 or 0.00 (Kindle) or £6.06 (Paperback)

Truemidwifery.com

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Extract of Foreword by Michel Odent
To bring together what is important in such a small number of pages is a feat. I hope that, on the five continents, all pregnant women, midwives, doulas, doctors, etc. will take the time to assimilate the contents of this chef d’oeuvre: it will be a turning point in the history of childbirth and therefore in the history of mankind.
About Ruth Ehrhardt
Born in Switzerland, Ruth moved to South Africa with her South African-born mother and younger sister when she was eight years old. She has lived there ever since. Ruth's mother Carol bought a protea flower farm near Ceres (a small town, approximately 2 1/2 hours from Cape Town) and accidentally ‘fell’ into catching the babies of the local farm labourers who called for her because she had ‘healing hands.’ Carol was the midwife for Ruth's first birth.
The mother of four home birthed children, Ruth trained as a WOMBS doula with Irene Bourquin in 2009. She completed the Paramana doula course with Dr Michel Odent and doula Lilliana Lammers in London in 2010 and studied Advanced Midwifery with Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt and the Farm Midwives in 2011.
Ruth developed Home Birth South Africa in 2010 with colleague Lana Petersen. This website provides information and advice about home birth in South Africa. Ruth and Lana also run the Cape Town home birth gatherings: quarterly events for mothers, doulas, midwives and interested parties seeking information, resources and support about home birth in Cape Town and surrounding area.
Ruth is part of the team that organises the annual Cape Town Midwifery and Birth Conference. This event is an opportunity for South African birth professionals and the women they serve to share their experience and good practice, promote and support safe pregnancies and births.
Ruth is also one of the directors of The Compassionate Birth Project, a project aimed at addressing the abuse being experienced in South Africa’s labour wards.
Ruth currently works with Marianne Littlejohn of Birthrite Midwifery and is registered as a traditional midwife in South Africa.

Review by Sharon Trotter
Few publications have the ability to grab your attention and focus your mind as well as this one. When I opened the envelope containing my review copy I was expecting at least 100 pages of text, so I was surprised to find little more than a pamphlet (this is not a criticism). While the subject of labour and birth is vast, the most important principle we learn from Ruth's book is that 'feeling safe and loved' is key to safe birthing. If every birth facilitator and parent-to-be (not just a mother but the father too) was to read this excellent booklet and incorporate its wisdom and ethos into their birth plan, birth could become a more relaxing and satisfying experience. Ruth's simple but concise text describes the perfect approach to birth, all backed up by the very best evidence. Without doubt, this is a rare gem that deserves to be shared widely!

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 tipsducktipsducktipsduckFeatured charity :: Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity (GCHC) tipsducktipsduck www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org  and www.facebook.com/GlasgowChildrensHospitalCharity  

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Our featured charity is Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity (GCHC), formerly known as Yorkhill Children's Charity (featured in e-newsletter 35).

In 2015 The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, The South Glasgow University Hospital and The Glasgow Teaching and Learning Centre were all relocated to the brand new state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. This necessitated a rebranding of this famous charity.
Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity sits firmly at the heart of the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, raising money to ensure that young patients and their families receive the best possible care and experience. Although the charity has changed its name, their mission remains the same.
They need your continued support to help the 160,000 babies, children and young people who are treated at the new children's hospital every year.
This Christmas the charity hopes to raise £200,000 to fund a neurosurgical endoscope, which will make surgery safer for children with brain tumours, cysts and hydrocephalus.

To find out more and to make a donation go to:

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tipsduck:: Featured DVD 1 tipsducktipsducktipsduck Teletubbies: Tubby Snowball... tipsducktipsducktipsduckread on for how to win 1 of 3 DVDs

Cert. U
Contains 6 brand new episodes + Special Features.
Running time: 72 minutes, RRP: £6.99

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It’s a cold day in Teletubbyland and snow falls on the Teletubbies! Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po as they find big snowballs, dance with a snowman and watch children make a caterpillar out of snow.
Episodes:
• Snowball
• Packing
• Number Four
• Flying
• Taps
• Party
Special features include:
• Behind the Scenes For Grown Ups: Building The Set featurette
• We Wish You A Merry Christmas

About Teletubbies
First launched in 1997, Teletubbies is one of the most successful global children’s brands of all time. Aimed at preschool viewers, it has reached over 1 billion children to date. The original episodes have aired in over 120 territories in 45 different languages. Teletubbies is produced by DHX Media.

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For a chance to win 1 of 3 Teletubbies DVDs (worth £21email the word ‘Teletubbies’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 41.

 

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 tipsduck:: Featured DVD 2 tipsducktipsducktipsduck The Closer We Gettipsducktipsducktipsduck 

DVD £11.99 

Vimeo-On-Demand streaming £3.99 - download £6.99
Running time: 82 minutes.
Available from September 2016
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SOMEWHERE is delighted to announce the release of HOT DOC’s International Documentary winner: The Closer We Get. This film has also won the Women Filmmakers Award from Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival, and Best UK Feature from the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.
Directed by Karen Guthrie and produced by Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, The Closer We Get is a powerful and exquisitely-shot autobiographical portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption. The story is told by director Karen who is also a reluctantly-dutiful daughter. Karen takes viewers under the skin of the household she returns to for this long goodbye.
Her mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke. This brings Karen back home when Ann least expects it. But Karen isn't the only one who returns to help care for Ann in the crisis: her prodigal father (the unfathomable but endearing Ian who has been separated from Ann for years) also reappears. Armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to confront her family story before it's too late, and to hopefully come to terms with the aftermath of the secret her father had tried - and failed - to keep from them all. Could Ann's stroke turn out to be some sort of life raft from them all?
With candour, warmth, and much unexpected humour, Karen in her role as family confidante, busybody, therapist and spy tells a compelling story and shares a unique portrait of contemporary family survival.
Karen said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the success of The Closer We Get both in the UK and internationally - I’ve heard from audiences all over the world how much they have been touched by my family’s story and how much they identify with it. In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have hoped for more! Releasing now on DVD and VOD makes everyone who worked on the film so proud, as we know it allows even more people to share this wonderful story with us.”

Review by Sharon Trotter
They say the camera never lies and this film is a perfect example of why this is so true. From the atmospheric opening frames and Karen's (almost) monotone narration, this poignant fly-on-the-wall documentary draws in the viewer with its minutiae of everyday life. Running through the seemingly simple layers of domesticity we glimpse the devastating effects of a family at near-breaking point, and somehow we see them come together. The apparent normality of family life, after Ann's stroke has left her unable to look after herself, belies the life-changing effects this is having on each and every member of this family, on two continents. At times this documentary is heart-breaking but there is also a gentle humour that is infectious. This story could be about any family, which is why it works so well. We could all learn a few things from it about humility, strength of character and how the passage of time can, if you let it, heal almost anything. The film is beautifully edited with one particular shot that moved me to tears as Karen's father Ian walks slowly up the hill towards home, after another trip away. No big reunion, just an old man walking up the street with his suitcase. At first I did not notice him, not until he came closer to the camera. Through her seamless filming techniques, lays bare people's character, without the need for confrontation - this brings any imperfections into sharp focus for the viewer.
If, like me, you enjoy attention to detail and are willing to invest 90 minutes of your time to watch this beautifully crafted piece of social history, then I promise you will feel the richer for doing so.

To find out more:

 

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For a chance to win a copy of this DVD (worth over £12) email the words ‘The Closer We Get’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured offer :: 25% Discount across the range of Tiny Trolls of Norway until the end of December 2016...tipsducktipsduck

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Tiny Trolls of Norway bring you ‘Mum's List’, the movie...

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About Mum's List

Tiny Trolls of Norway are proud to have invested in bringing upcoming British film ‘Mum’s List’ to cinemas across the UK on 25 November 2016. This is one of the most memorable, beautiful and heart-warming stories of recent years. A percentage of the profits will go directly towards helping bereaved families.
Based on the bestselling novel by St John Greene and starring Rafe Spall and Emilia Fox, ‘Mum’s List’ tells the inspirational real life story of Singe and Kate. The lives of this family from North Somerset were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer. During the last few months of her life, Kate wrote her list of thoughts and memories to help Singe, the man she loved, create the best life possible for him and their two sons, after she was gone.

About Tiny Trolls of Norway
Tiny Trolls of Norway design, manufacture and sell high quality outdoor wear for children aged 1-8. The company lives by the philosophy 'There's No Such Thing As Bad Weather, Just Poor Clothing'. Founder Elaine has created a range of functional and beautiful clothes that kids love to wear. She is determined to get Britain's children's to play outside – whatever the weather!

About the discount
To celebrate the release of Mum's List Tiny Trolls of Norway are offering our readers a 25% discount across their range until the end of December 2016. To take advantage of this great offer visit the website (www.tinytrollsofnorway.com/) and simply enter the discount code mumslist1 at the checkout.

 

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured My Story :: Baby after a disabled childtipsducktipsduck

Our latest My Story features Kat's touchingly honest account of her latest pregnancy, at the age of 40, following seven years taking care of her three children including B who has special needs. Kat's strength of character and dogged determination to fight for her family will inspire you. You can read this My Story here...

 

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top value :: IKEA baby change mat and Beco Baby Swim Aqua Nappies ::tipsducktipsduck

We are featuring two great value items that will not only make life easier for new parents but save you money and they are also environmentally friendly!

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IKEA TUTIG washable baby change mat - Size: 90x70 cm

Machine washable - Waterproof backing with loop for hanging up

£5 (item code: 102.566.13)

When out and about with your baby, it's really handy to have a washable mat in your change bag: you can use it in public baby changing rooms, or anywhere suitable facilities aren't available. You could use disposable change mats instead, but they can only be used once and are not eco-friendly. This lightweight IKEA change mat folds small, is easy to wash and can be used again and again. It's great value for money and guilt free! What's not to like?

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Beco Baby Swim Aqua Nappies - Reusable Washable Kids Swimwear Nappy (pink or blue) 

Available in four sizes (3-6, 6-12, 12-18 and 18-24months).  £8.99 (available on Amazon)

Here's another product that gets a big TIPS  thumbs-up: Beco Baby Swim Pants. My granddaughter (who is 26 months old) has been wearing the same pair (in between washes!) since she was 5 months old and her  Beco Baby Swim Pants still look as good as new. It's so much better than throwing away disposable swim pants that ultimately will end up in landfill. So here is another great value solution that is also kind to the environment.  

 

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 1 :: Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Act 2016 : : tipsducktipsduck

In Scotland smoking will be banned in cars carrying children from 5 December 2016. 

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Adults who light up in vehicles where there are children aged 18 years and under will be liable for a fixed penalty fine of £100.

www.protectyourkids.scot

We all have an obligation to protect children from risks to their life and health caused by exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and to ensure that every child in Scotland has the best start in life. Growing up in a smoke-free environment is an important part of that.

Research has demonstrated the dangers of second hand smoke (SHS) and the negative health impacts that it can have. These include increased risks of heart disease, respiratory diseases and cancer. Exposure to SHS in cars involves higher concentrations of health-threatening chemicals than in larger, open areas. Even if the windows are opened or air conditioning is used, harmful particles can remain in the atmosphere long after the visible smoke has disappeared. The restriction of a vehicle also means individuals are unable to move away from the smoke.

The Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Act 2016 creates a new criminal offence, committed by any adult (aged 18 or over), where that adult smokes in a private motor vehicle in the presence of a child (under 18 years of age) while that vehicle is in a public place. The aim of the Legislation is to protect children from the harmful effects of exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) in a confined space. You can find full details of the Legislation within the link below.

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 2 :: Club Petit Pierrot - www.clubpetitpierrot.co.uk   tipsducktipsduck

Read on for your chance to win a CD (worth £20) in our mini competition...

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About Club Petit Pierrot

Club Petit Pierrot passionately believe that children learn French best while having fun, and by being fully immersed in the language. To successfully teach with the immersion method, teachers need to provide children with an appropriate learning environment full of opportunities for communication! All the teachers at Club Petit Pierrot are experienced, qualified to work with children, and trained to teach French. Founder Stella Bataille arrived in London in 1989. She worked at L'École des Petits, a teacher in "Petite Section" for three years. Having a lot of children with no knowledge of French at the beginning of the school year, Stella started to research and develop her own techniques, specifically for those children. Having found that there were no French lessons for children of a very young age in London, she decided to create her own programme (Pierrot) which is now offered to thousands of children across London. Only a few children joined the first class, but the popularity of the programme quickly grew - mainly by word of mouth. The name Pierrot, originally a character from Commedia dell’Arte, is a symbol of Pantomime in France. He appears in many French paintings, plays, songs and poems. Pierrot is a fun, engaging character who represents French culture and also encapsulates the playful and creative way these classes are taught. Theatre has also had an influence on the creation of the activities and language techniques, particularly mime and physical theatre, as they are very visual and energetic.

Classes are available in the London area for

  • Up to 2 yrs (Parent & Toddler): Multi-sensory session, music & movement

  • Up to 4 yrs (Parent & Toddler): Multi-sensory session with arts & crafts, music & movement 

  • 3-8 yrs (Drop off): different age groups - Fun worksheets, arts & crafts, language games, songs, role-play & movement  

Fees (per term)

Registration Fees

  • £28 Registration fee for new pupils

  • £16 Registration fee for new siblings

  • 10% discount for all children attending twice a week

Sessions:

  • ½ hour - £114 per term

  • ¾ hour - £169 per term

  • 1 hour - £199 per term

  • 1½ hours - £240 per term

  • 2 hours - £310 per term (Chelsea extension until 1pm + £70)

Play session: Free for members, £60 per term for non-members

Club Petit Pierrot’s CD

Give your children the opportunity to pick up French not as a foreign language, but as a second mother tongue! So many reasons make this an excellent CD:

  • 36 original French songs & rhymes - 30 new original and 6 re-mixed traditional ones

  • a booklet with full lyrics and translation, as well as tips to practise further

  • lots of different musical styles

  • children listening to the CD will have fun while effortlessly absorbing French vocabulary, linguistic patterns and grammatical structures

  • great practice for an authentic French accent and good pronunciation.

  • suitable for all ages, even from birth, and can even be enjoyed by French children too!

Throughout her 20 years of teaching experience, Stella Bataille, Director/Founder of Club Petit Pierrot, has created songs and rhymes designed to teach French to children of different age groups, which cover topics up to Key Stage 2 level of the National Curriculum.

Stella sings her rhymes, and the music has been brilliantly arranged, recorded and mastered by talented composer and musician Alex Grigelis, former Deputy Musical Director and keyboard player in Disney's West End hit musical "The Lion King".

To find out more go to

 

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For a chance to win a copy of the Petit Pierrot CD (worth £20) email the words ‘Club Petit Pierrot’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 41.

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 3 :: Natracare - Organic and natural personal care since 1989! tipsducktipsduckwww.natracare.com

How changing your sanitary wear can also help the planet...

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Not all tampons and pads are the same! While many menstrual products can be irritating for the skin and damaging for the planet, some alternatives offer a healthier period.

Natracare’s range of personal care products are made from only sustainably sourced, organic, and natural plant derived materials. They are totally plastic-free, fragrance-free and chlorine-free, so super gentle on the skin and on the planet. Natracare tampons are exclusively made from organic 100% cotton and abide to the same absorption regulations as conventional brands: they will keep you protected when you need it most.

Natracare is praised for its ethical and environmental commitments, and has a truly unique story. Natracare was launched in 1989 when mum of two Susie Hewson, learnt about the dangers of dioxin pollution and plastics in sanitary protection. The launch of the range was a direct response to these concerns, and Natracare became the first brand in the world to offer natural and organic tampons and sanitary pads. Today, the company is responsible for the education and promotion of healthy menstrual hygiene. Natracare is completely transparent about the ingredients in their products, and the whole range is Vegetarian Society approved. Natracare products are widely available in organic shops, health shops, pharmacies and online. 

To find out more go to:

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For a chance to win a Natracare gift set worth approx £20 (1 pack of baby wipes RRP £3.99; 1 pack of nursing pads RRP £2.79; 1 pack of maternity pads RRP £2.59; 1 pack makeup wipes RRP £3.99; 1 pack panty liners RRP £1.65; 2 packs Ultra Extra pads RRP £2.19; 1 eco-themed bag)  email the word ‘Natracare’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 41.

 

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tipsducktipsduck:: featured article:: Moeders voor Moeders - geluk kun je delen = Mothers for Mothers - luck you can shared  :: tipsducktipsduck

Fascinating way to help childless couples by donating female urine

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About Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW)
RNW Media is a media organisation for social change. In parts of the world where change is hard to achieve because freedom of speech is restricted, RNW use media to make lives better.
RNW work with people aged 15 to 30. If you want to change society, young people are the ones who make a difference. But to shape a better future, they need information. So RNW helps them access independent journalism and media. RNW three core themes are democracy and good governance, sexual health and rights, and international justice. This reflects the ideals of their home country The Netherlands, with its democratic tradition, open-minded attitude to sexuality, and global standing as the home of the International Criminal Court.

About Mothers for Mothers - established in 1931
Mothers for Mothers, a nationally active organisation, is part of the pharmaceutical company Aspen Oss. For 85 years, Mothers for Mothers have recruited pregnant women to help other women with fertility issues. This special tradition of helping other women to get pregnant is something this organisation is very proud of. These women understand that although collecting urine may seem strange, the Dutch have been doing this since 1931 so it's nothing new to them.
2011 RNW archive feature on the use of donated urine to help childless couples:
This article is part of the RNW archive. RNW is the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide or Wereldomroep, which was founded as the Dutch international public broadcaster in 1947. In 2011, the Dutch government decided to cut funding and shift RNW from the ministry of Education, Culture and Science to the ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about RNW Media’s current activities can be found at www.rnw.org
Amongst the most famous Dutch exports are tulip bulbs, cheese and greenhouse vegetables - urine is not quite such a well-known export. However, pregnant mums all over the Netherlands donate their urine to the Mothers for Mothers. This urine used to make a hormone preparation that helps women around the world get pregnant.
Pregnant mums' urine contains the hormone Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). HCG is used in the pharmaceutical industry to make a drug (Pregnyl ) for women with fertility problems, to increase their chances of getting pregnant. The scheme is unique in the world.

Eight bottles a week: Cathy's story
Cathy, from the southern province of Brabant, is five weeks pregnant. She is taking part in the scheme for the second time. She doesn’t mind collecting her urine in a bottle for three months. Cathy has two friends who have trouble getting pregnant, so she’s happy to help.
“I donate to Mothers for Mothers because I wish the same happiness as I have for others. I’ve got a little one of my own. I want to share that happiness with other people. If you can help someone by collecting your urine, I’ll do it straight away. It does mean peeing in a pot every morning for three months. But I’m happy to do it.”

Criticism - not everyone is supportive of Mothers to Mothers
Mothers for Mothers has come in for criticism in recent years. Pregnant mums who had been donating urine were outraged to discover that Pregnyl was also being prescribed as a slimming drug.
Cathy fills eight bottles of urine a week. All over the Netherlands, drivers pick up the bottles from pregnant women taking part in the Mothers for Mothers scheme. They deliver the urine to the pharmaceutical company MSD in the southern town of Boxtel.
Pregnyl manufacturer MSD denies any involvement in promoting the drug for weight loss, and the effectiveness of Pregnyl for this purpose is unproven. The Dutch health inspectorate is fining six doctors 150,000 euros each for wrongfully prescribing Pregnyl.

Hormone manufacture
MSD receives around 30,000 litres of urine a week. A conveyor belt carries the bottles in blue crates to a machine that automatically checks the contents.
The urine is poured into a huge vat and cooled, then the hCG hormone is extracted. The tens of thousands of litres ultimately yield just a small quantity of the hormone, says Wim Derks of MSD.
“For a whole week we’re left with around 100 litres of HGC concentrate. That’s the unrefined hormone solution, which in our factory in Oss we then process into the real raw material used to make Pregnyl.”

How Pregnyl is used in IVF (test tube fertilisation)
Pregnyl is sold all over the world to women who need help getting pregnant, including Dutch women like Hetty Veraart. Hetty discovered her fallopian tubes were blocked and she would never be able to get pregnant spontaneously. Injections with hormone drugs like Pregnyl stimulated her eggs to mature and ovulation to occur. It then took 18 months for her to get pregnant through IVF.
“It was mainly hard psychologically because it really affects you,” she says. “Every month you’re scared and wondering what will happen, especially with IVF. But you’re willing to do anything, including this. I had a beautiful daughter, who’s now eight months old.”

  • Hetty’s now thinking about having another baby.

  • Mothers for Mothers is celebrating its 80th anniversary this summer. The organisation will carry on collecting urine until other products make Pregnyl obsolete.

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 tipsducktipsduck:: event - exhibition  :: Coralie Bickford-Smith: The Fox and the Star :: tipsducktipsduck

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP 

9 November 2016 – 29 January 2017 (Admission Free)

Special event: Coralie in conversation - 26 January 2017, 7-8.30pm (tickets £5 - £8) 

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© Coralie Bickford-Smith

www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/coralie-bickford-smith

The William Morris Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of The Fox and the Star, by award-winning illustrator and author Coralie Bickford-Smith. 

Coralie Bickford-Smith graduated from Reading University where she studied Typography and Graphic Communication and currently works in-house at Penguin Books. Her designs for the covers of the Penguin Classics clothbound series have attracted international acclaim and refer back to the world of Victorian book bindings. In 2015 Coralie wrote and illustrated her own book, The Fox and the Star, which was published by Penguin and won Waterstone’s Book of the Year.

The Fox and the Star is Coralie Bickford-Smith's beautifully crafted tale of loss, friendship and discovery. This exhibition will tell the fascinating story of how the book was conceived and produced, with original illustrations and rarely seen proofs. Taking inspiration from William Morris’s Kelmscott Press, every physical detail of this modern classic, from the cloth binding to the carefully chosen paper was a labour of love.

This exhibition will appeal to all ages, from serious book lovers to families who will be able take part in hands-on activities. William Morris’s Kelmscott Press edition of Reynard the Fox, one of Coralie’s key inspirations, will also be on display.

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tipsducktipsduckTop Treat 1 :tipsduck tipsduckWhisky Frames - www.whiskyframes.com 

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About Whisky Frames

Wife and husband Kristen and Ross are both passionate about the local and traditional crafts of Scotland’s industrious past and their frames pay homage to the rich history of the whisky industry and local cooperages. Kristen studied sculpture and loves interior design, while Ross has a background in engineering. Parents of two young daughters this family affair aims to create new products that utilise rustic materials which might otherwise go to waste. 

Every Whisky Frame is hand made by repurposing Scottish single malt whisky barrels into elegant yet rustic photo frames. Each frame is unique and great care is taken to retain the knocks and patina the cask has endured over its lifetime. Kristen and Ross source genuine Harris Tweed from the Outer Hebrides, buying directly from the weavers to ensure quality and provenance. You can personalise your frame with monogrammed rivets or have a laser engraved message. A selection of backing patterns are available, you can even use a specific family tweed or tartan to make your frame truly unique.  Whisky Frames would make ideal wedding presents, groomsmen, a special memory or just as a piece of whisky art. You can choose from three types of Whisky Frames: Chime, Ring Chime or Bilge. 

Thanks to the generosity of Kristen and Ross we are delighted to be able to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a Bilge Frame (worth £60).

The Bilge frame is made from the bulging part of the whisky cask. This large single photo frame makes a wonderful rustic yet refined gift or addition to your home. It holds a 4×6″ picture landscape or portrait. Can be free standing or hang on the wall. Although each frame is slightly different they are near 30cm x 25cm in outer dimensions and stand vertically or horizontally by a movable steel rod in the back. The frame is front loaded and held tight with Perspex secured by simple copper screws for easy picture changes.

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For a chance to win a Bilge Frame (worth £60) email the words ‘Whisky Frames’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 41.

 

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tipsducktipsduckTop Treat 2 :tipsduck tipsduckBlade & Rose -  www.bladeandrose.co.uk 

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About Blade & Rose

Blade & Rose is a leading British children’s clothing brand specialising in a trendsetting range of leggings and clothing accessories. Designer Amanda created this company while she was on maternity leave. Amanda named it after her children's middle names: ‘Blade’ and ‘Rose’. Each item in the Blade & Rose collection is unique and has the trademark design on the bum. Amanda made sure the fabric used for each product was durable, functional, would wash well and most importantly was soft and kind to children’s delicate skin. The initial range quickly sold out and now this British family business has stockists all over the world including Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, Greece, Japan, China, Taiwan, UAE, New Zealand and Australia. It is now expanding to the USA. Blade & Rose will continue to expand its clothing range with matching accessories and new designs.

New seasonal designs for the 2016 festive period

Celebrate your baby's Christmas in style with Blade & Rose’s festive collection of leggings and accessories.  

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is back with his new reindeer friends and they’re sure to spread some Christmas joy. Little cherubs will look adorable in Blade & Rose’s charming Reindeer Leggings, made of top quality, warm, durable and stretchy fabric, in wintry pale blue or in merry Christmas colours, both featuring red nosed reindeers on the bum. Complete the look with Blade & Rose’s 100% cotton Reindeer Reversible Bandana Bib (£6), leggings available in sizes 0-4 yrs (£10), bobble hat (£13) and reindeer matching socks - 2 pack (£5.50). Blade & Rose has even launched a soft and cuddly Rudolf toy wearing mini B&R Reindeer Leggings to match your tot. Made of super soft knitted fabric, the new Rudolf toy features a rattle inside for hours of jolly jingling fun (£14.95). You can win the full set (worth £50) by entering our mini-competition below.

Blade & Rose’s other new collections include Crazy Cat, Fifi Flamingo, Oheo Owl, Pinapple, Pow, Classic Car, Rainbow, Red Daisy, Robin, Tractor, USA Flag, ZAP and Patty Pumpkin all designed with matching tops and two new hoodies. Also part of the new range is the adorable plush Toy Collection. Each of the toys wears leggings to match Little Ones' Blade & Rose leggings. These are set to be the new collectors ‘it’ item. The Toy Collection includes Crazy Cat, Danny Dino, Freddie Fireman, Sammie Solider, Katie Kitten, Martie Monster, Maddie Mouse, Oheo Owl, Paddie Pirate, Roxie Rabbit and Rocket. 

To find out more go to:

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For a chance to win the full set of Reindeer goodies (worth £50) email the words ‘Blade & Rose’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 15 December 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 41. 

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In this issue...

- article: Moeders voor Moeders

- book reviews: Let them eat dirt & The basic needs of a woman in labour

- charity: Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity

- DVDs: Tubby Snowball & The Closer We Get

- event: The Fox and the Star, exhibition at the William Morris Gallery

- offer: 25% off Tiny Trolls of Norway 

- products: Diary Doll Pants, Green People Butterfly gift sets, and Weleda Baby Calendula giveaway

- top treats: Whisky Frames and Blade & Rose clothing

- top tips: Smoking in Cars, Club Petit Pierrot French classes, and Natracare giveaway

- top value: IKEA baby mat & Beco swim pants

- websites: Holiday Essentials, Caprera & Smalls


regular features...

- My Story: Kat's story: Baby after a disabled child

- TIPS Testers' pix!

- main competition: 2 x Rhythm Live Shot 50 x5 (worth £100) 

- mini competitions x 12!

- competition winners

- Babycare - back to basics


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We have a brand new selection of TIPS Testers' Pix for you to enjoy. Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? We're always on the lookout for photos of babies, toddlers, families, bumps, scans, breastfeeders, baby-wearing, baby-led-weaning and grandparents. So please email us your photos This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ! I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.
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Here is a beautiful 3D scan photo of baby Aurora when she was safely tucked up inside mummy, age 35 weeks. Only a few days after this was taken Aurora made an early appearance weighing a petite 4lbs (see baby, breastfeeding and family pics below).

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These innovative pictures of Detti chart her journey through pregnancy number2. Eagle-eyed readers may remember that we featured pregnancy number 1 in our e-newsletter 35 (bump3). We will introduce you to baby in our next newsletter.

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Here are a few adorable pictures of teeny tiny baby Aurora (see our featured 3D scan) happy with her mum, dad and not forgetting big brothers Daniel and Jacob.

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Here is a precious image of toddler Lottie cradling her new baby sister Lulu

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This is our daughter Ashley age 2, breastfeeding her baby doll. Ashley is now mum to our first grandchild Mia (see Granny pic below). This picture proves that its never too early to start practicing as our Mia ended up breastfeeding for a full 2 years!

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We love these pictures of dad Allan enjoying skin-to-skin contact with his newborn son Matthew

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Here is one of my favourite pictures of me with our cheeky granddaughter Mia age 22 months. 
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This is a special but rare picture of Kat's four children altogether! Be sure to read Kat's amazing My Story!
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Here is a very proud big brother Charlie cuddling his new baby brother Matthew (see our featured Dad) - aaawww brotherly love at its best.

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Here are Soshanna's children, with their friends, enjoying their Rave-A-Roo tickets, won in our June newsletter - find out where the next kids rave will be: http://www.rave-a-roo.com/tickets 

 
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Above are Kat's children enjoying thir EggNogg colour-in table cloth, won in our Little Dish competition 

 

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Here is baby Cora with her mummy's The Party Box Rocks prize, all ready for her first birthday party in summer 2017!

Babycare – back to basics™ leaflet (version 9) hot off the press!

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This leaflet won the first Nursing in Practice Dermatology Award in 2008 and was also shortlisted for two General Practice Awards in 2011. Version 9 is hot off the press and will be distributed around the UK at various professional and parenting events. Health professionals and maternity units can buy hard copies – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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for more information. As well as all the hints and tips you need about baby skincare, skin-to-skin contact and feeding but, this leaflet now includes the latest and safest advice on reducing the risk of cot death. Version 9 includes a handy QR code to use it with your smart phones. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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The online version of the leaflet was updated in 2016.

My Baby Radio - podcasts

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New desktop radio player available! Launched on DAB digital radio in April 2010 - Broadcasting across Cheshire, Staffordshire and North East Wales. Sharon's interviews about breast feeding, tongue-tie, baby skincare, cup feeding, baby baths, cuddle towels, decongestants and much more are broadcast regularly. You can also download them here....

If you would like to listen to My Baby Radio directly from your desktop, and without visiting the website, you can download the new desktop radio player (you will need to have the latest version of Windows Media Player installed on your PC or laptop). Go to the My Baby Radio website to get the player.

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For a chance to win two packs of five Rhythm Life Shot 50 drinks (worth £100 and delivered chilled to the lucky winner) email the word ‘Rhythm’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 41.
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For a chance to win one of three My Scottish Box gift sets (worth £90) email the words ‘Holiday Essentials’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to win a merino wool misty rose pink tank top (worth £32.50) email the words ‘Love My Smalls to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Let Them Eat Dirt (worth £39) email the words ‘Let Them Eat Dirt’ to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to win a 1 of 3 Teletubbies Tubby Snowball DVDs (worth £21) email the word ‘Teletubbies’ to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to win a copy of The Closer We Get DVD  (worth £11.99) email the words ‘The Closer We Get’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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For a chance to win the 1 of 4 pairs of Diary Doll pants (worth £40) email the words ‘Diary Doll’ to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to win 1 of 2 Butterfly Gift Sets (worth £26) ness email the words ‘Green People’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to win a Bilge Frame with your own custom message engraved on the side (worth £60) email the words ‘Whisky Frames’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to the full set Reindeer goodies (worth £50) email the words ‘Blade & Rose’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to the Club Petit Pierrot CD (worth £20) email the words ‘Club Petit Pierrot’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to win a Natracare gift set (worth £20) email the words ‘Natracare’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to win a Weleda gift set: full size version of Weleda Baby Calendula Body Cream, Fragrance-free Baby Oil and Children's Tooth Gel (worth £22) email the words ‘Weleda’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Competitions: Total value £500

TIPS winners...

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The lucky winner of The Party Box Rocks is Becky from Kent


The lucky winners of  Little Dish GoGos are Amanda from Sussex, Sofia from London, Kat from East Sussex, Jo from Cambridgeshire, Danielle from West Yorkshire, Michael from LancashirePauline from Warwickshire, Mairi from Staffordshire and Kayleigh from Suffolk


The lucky winner of Eggnogg Shopping bag is Laura from Bristol


The lucky winnes of the Microbiome Effect is Kathryn from Manchester


The lucky winner of the Rave-A-Roo tickets is  Soshanna from London


The lucky winner of Green people Sun protection  is Elaine from Lanarkshire


The lucky winners of Weleda Jardin de Vie Fragrancess are Pip from Kent, Kelda from Ayrshire and Audrey from West Yorkshire


The lucky winner of Nurturing New Families is Michael from Lancashire


 

 


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Fascinating way to help childless couples by donating female urine:
Moeders voor Moeders - geluk kun je delen = Mothers for Mothers - luck you can share