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TIPS e-newsletter 8

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Welcome to the eight TIPS e-newsletter. As always there is a lot to tell you about. 

Firstly can I thank everyone who voted for us in the BabyGROE Natural Choice Awards. I am thrilled that we have been nominated not just for one but for two categories (Ethical Business and Health professional - Midwife). The award ceremony will take place in Chester on 13 June so here’s hoping that’s our lucky day!

We have just added our results for ergonomic baby baths and cuddle towels online so check these out for the very best in bath time fun. If you are looking for the very best baby wipes then go to our ‘Results just in’ page where you will be able to read about the latest trial of the brand new Jackson Reece baby wipe. I was delighted to join Colin and Janet at the Glasgow Baby Show where I gave baby skincare advice to parents and met up with lots of TIPS testers who popped along to say hi. Thank you for your support and it was great to meet you all face-to-face.

As always, the TIPS parent testers (now over 260 of you!) have been busy with new trials and we await results of the following trials: six decongestants, one tooth gel, a thermometer soother, a nipple cream, two new nappy creams and more baby skincare products.

Here at TIPS we want to feature all kinds of ‘family’ shots so this time we have a wonderful picture of single mum Kirsten breastfeeding her gorgeous baby girl . We met at the Glasgow Baby Show and you can read about Kirsten’s story, as recently featured in the news. Don’t forget to check out the latest TIPS bump, baby and toddler too. Please send me your pictures and if you are featured we will send you a personally dedicated Breastfeeding: the essential guide as a thank you.

You can still check out our FAQs on breastfeeding and baby skincare but read on to see my top tips for our featured websitesevents, book reviewarticlepodcastsCD review (new) and of course the latest TIPS competition winners. Remember that TIPS have a regular e-competition, e-newslettercompetition and numerous e-newsletter mini-competitions – do give them all a go. Read on for details of some wonderful new prizes on offer.

Remember if you’re not ‘in’ you can’t win!

Happy testing!


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Dedicated advice line: Remember you can contact me on my own Speak Now number, you can call me anytime on 09064006215* if I am unable to answer immediately, press 1 and you will receive a free text to alert you when I am next free.

My speciality subjects are breastfeeding and baby skincare although I am happy to take calls on any midwifery related issues.

Press and Media: If you are looking for expert advice on midwifery related topics you can also call me on my advice line.

*£1.50/min from a BT landline. Calls from Mobiles and other networks may vary.


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured products :: Ergonomic baby bathstipsducktipsduck


Ergonomic baby baths – these include the winning Tummy Tub (Best of the best), Tigex bath support (Best support), Mamas & Papas Acqua 2-stage bath (Highly commended) and Safety 1 st supports (Budget buys).

You can read the full baby baths reviews here.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured products :: Cuddle towelstipsducktipsduck


Cuddle towels – including the winning Tots Bots Bamboo hooded towel (best of the best), Cuddledry baby apron towel (Best innovative), Coocoose (Highly commended and Clevemama (Highly commended) towels. You can read the full cuddle towels reviews here.

Pictured below is Molly enjoying the TIPS testing experiene!



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tipsducktipsduckFeatured website ::

The Prenatal Company (


Lexie (founder) contacted me a few years ago to order copies of my Babycare -back to basics™ leaflet. We have been in touch ever since and I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you all about her wonderful business. Launched in November 2007, The Prenatal Company is a bespoke private pregnancy service which offers women continuity of care with the same midwife. Women need to know more about their pregnancy choices and birth options early on in pregnancy. As well as trained professionals, midwives are your most knowledgeable concierge on everything pregnancy and birth related. Prenatal Company midwives take care of everything so Mums can enjoy their pregnancy with confidence, knowing that they are getting the best care available. The Prenatal Company package includes: up to twelve one to one appointments with a qualified midwife, all blood testing, accessible ongoing antenatal support all done at times convenient to Mums either at home or at work. In addition the package includes access to two types of antenatal class and a baby first aid and ailment class. Like a wedding, giving birth to a baby is one of the biggest days of a Mum’s life - it requires thought, research and guidance. Think of The Prenatal Company as a birth planner!
To find out more about the pre pregnancy screening, private or corporate packages of antenatal and postnatal care please contact Lexie on

07917 654 000 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured website ::www.kellymom.comtipsducktipsduck

Kellymom (


I often recommend this website to my new Mums who may be having breastfeeding is an American site with wonderful resources on all breastfeeding related subjects. Like the information on the TIPS website, information on offers evidence-based, accessible information and above all realistic advice. Whatever your question you will find the answer here


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured book :: Call the Midwifetipsducktipsduck

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth


This is a true gem of a book and I would highly recommend it to anyone, even if you have no experience of midwifery or childbirth. It is beautifully written with a poignancy that is, at times, utterly heartbreaking. As a midwife and mother I could relate to every story but it is the honesty and clarity of detail that shines through every page. I defy anyone to read this and not be deeply touched by the courage and strength of the real people featured. The stories are interlaced within the historically accurate backdrop of life in the St Nonnatus Convent and charts the early midwifery life of the author Jennifer Worth. Do not miss out on this wonderful read.
Also by Jennifer Worth: Shadows of the Workhouse


tipsducktipsduckFeatured event :: 28th Triennial International Confederation of Midwives Congress 2008tipsducktipsduck


I am delighted to be joining my friends from Bickiepegs at the midwifery event of the year. I look forward to meeting midwives from all over the world at this landmark conference where I will be giving away signed copies of my book and discussing my work on cup feeding. 
The ICM Triennial Congress is an international event where midwives from all over the world come together to informally network, and share knowledge and experience by means of an outstanding scientific and professional programme. Together with the ICM, the Royal College of Midwives looks forward to delivering a truly memorable congress focused on the global impact and importance of midwives to women and the newborn across the globe.


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured article :: Cord blood banking - Midris Digesttipsducktipsduck


Following on from our featured event, I am delighted to announce that my article on cord blood banking will be the ‘Hot Topic’ in the June issue of Midirs Digest. This will be available from the Midirs stand - number 54 (Silver sponsors of the ICM). This is yet another new departure for me and my aim is to give midwives an overview of this fascinating subject which is highly emotive. I include the history, international legislation in place, UK recommendations for practice and how cord blood banking differs between public and private organisations. I also highlight the issues surrounding UCB collection and the potential for future therapies within this pioneering area of science. The full reference for this article is:

Trotter S (2008). Cord blood banking and its implications for midwifery practice: time to review the evidence? Midirs Midwifery Digest 18: 2 159-164



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Joyful Pregnancy Double CD and Blissful Birth Double CD
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On CD1 of Joyful Pregnancy and on CD1 of Blissful Birth, Janey Lee Grace (author of the Imperfectly Natural books and Radio 2 presenter) talks about her experiences of pregnancy and birth. She also gives tips on how to keep healthy and achieve as natural a birth as possible. 
On CD2 of each set, Glenn Harold, clinical hypnotherapist, guides you through hypnotherapy sessions. These are designed to relax you during pregnancy and prepare you for labour, as well as help you make time to relax and recover after your baby’s birth.

I have read both of Janey Lee Grace‘s books. This made listening to her talk about her pregnancies and births even more interesting. On CDs 1, Janey gives good advice about healthy eating and natural living, most of which is included in her books. She also describes the visualisation techniques she used during labour and I thought this was really useful. Janey’s explanation was very clear and all pregnant women could easily adopt this technique to very good effect during labour. I really wish this CD had been available before the birth of my daughters.
The practical audio information on CDs 1 is great but it would have been nice to have some video content too. Janey talks about natural skincare and alternative therapies and it would have been lovely to see examples of these as well as listen to her talk about them. There are several hypnotherapy sessions on CDs 2. Joyful Pregnancy has one 30 minute session that can be used throughout pregnancy. CD 2 of Blissful Birth has two sessions: one for the last few weeks of pregnancy and one to be used after your baby’s birth. I listened to each session several times and found that I enjoyed them more each time. Once I got used to Glenn’s voice, I found him very relaxing and despite having lots of other things to think about I always felt very relaxed after listening one of the sessions. Glenn gives lots of positive affirmations to think about according to the stage of pregnancy you are at. With soothing music and Glenn’s clear voice it is very easy to block out other thoughts. I was induced with my second daughter and had to stay in hospital throughout my labour. These CDs would have been absolutely perfect – I could have put my headphones on, listened to Glenn and completely shut out all the things that were going on around me in the labour ward. They would have been useful during my first labour too. I find it difficult to switch off in busy places, but Glenn’s hypnotherapy sessions would definitely have helped me relax while I was in labour in hospital. They are all very positive and would have helped calm my first time mum nerves!
Glenn advises to listen to the relevant hypnotherapy session once a day. In my experience, it may difficult for most mums-to-be to do this. During my first pregnancy I had a very long maternity leave, and plenty of time. Second time around I was a very busy mum with a toddler and very little time to myself. Although it would be nice to listen to a session every day, I think every other day or a few times a week is more realistic. 
Joyful Pregnancy and Blissful Birth Double CDs each cost £14.95. I think this is excellent value for money. They contain a lot of useful information and the hypnotherapy sessions are good - so they will be used over and over again throughout your pregnancy. I did consider hypnotherapy during my second pregnancy but sessions were just too expensive. With the Joyful Pregnancy and Blissful Birth Double CD sets you can enjoy the benefits of hypnotherapy without spending a lot of money. 
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Reviewed by Sue (TIPS parent tester)

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured podcast :: Kamillosantipsducktipsduck


I was lucky to be invited by Kamillosan (winner of a recent ‘Highly commended’ TIPS Award for their nipple ointment) to take part in a radio day on breastfeeding issues in readiness for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (11 – 17 May). You can read about the day ‘here’. The good news is that we were able to feature breastfeeding in a positive light (this is all too rare these days!). We were also able to give advice and tips on how to support and encourage new mums in the early weeks of feeding, when confidence may need a boost. Over the coming months, I will be working closely with Kamillosan to help provide commonsense, evidence-based materials relating to breastfeeding support for new parents (this includes Dads too).


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured podcast :: My baby radiotipsducktipsduck


I have now recorded seven interviews for covering the latest advice and tips on; breastfeeding, baby skincare, allergies, breast pads/treatments, cup feeding and nursing bras. I would like to thank Joanne and Peter for their support over the past few months and, with more planned in the future, for helping to train me up in the art of radio interviews! I plan to add a selection of these podcasts to the TIPS website so you can listen to them when you wish. Meanwhile you can click on the two links below to listen to my interview about breastfeeding carried out in November 2007 and during National Breastfeeding Awareness week in May 2008. For more expert help and advice on many other parenting issues My Baby Radio is online 24/7 (with chill-out music during night hours).


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TIPS now on pack…

My son noticed this product in John Lewis Glasgow. We were so excited we had to buy it! We are now looking forward to seeing the TIPS award logos popping up all over the place.



TIPS Forum coming soon….
You may have noticed the message online saying we are moving web hosting. This is in order to bring you even better services including your very own TIPS forum where you can chat together online (as long as you don’t discuss ongoing TIPS trials) and give each other support and advice. More information will be sent to you shortly so watch this space!


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tipsduck :: TIPS::Competition winnerstipsduck


15 March – 14 April 2008
Q : What recent newspaper featured a story about TIPS? (you will find the answer in our news section on the press cuttings page)
A: The Scottish Farmer Newspaper
Winner: Helen from Bexleyheath

15 April – 14 May 2008
Q: What is the TIPS toddler wearing in latest newsletter no.7?
A: Sunglasses
Winner: Joanne from Wolverhampton


e-newsletter 7 main competition

The winner of the Tummy Tub complete with toddler stool and towel is Holly from Southampton

e-newsletter 7 mini competitions:

The lucky winner of the Green Mums wooden train is Emma from Leicester
The two lucky winners of the Sleep sense books are Priscilla from Basingstoke and 
Debbie from Clopton
The three lucky winners of Lilypadz breast pads are Farhana from Ilford, Sarah from Lythamand Catriona from Skelmorlie
The five lucky winners of Organic Babies gift sets from green People are Jenny from Neston,Catriona from SkelmorlieHolly from SouthamptonJulie from Dundonald and Lorna from Port Glasgow


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Remember you can contact me on my own Speak Now number, you can call me anytime on 09064 0062 15* if I am unable to answer immediately, I promise to call you back. My speciality subjects are breastfeeding and baby skincare although I am happy to take calls on any midwifery related issues.

Press and Media: If you are looking for expert advice on midwifery related topics you can also call me on my advice line.

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Here is a cheeky picture of baby Mia, all ready to face the elements in her new coat! A signed copy of Breastfeeding: the essential guide (dedicated to Mia of course) is on its way.
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Here is another cheeky chappie having fun on a swing. George‘s happy little grin has won his mum a signed copy of Breastfeeding: the essential guide.
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I am delighted to introduce you to Kirsten and her baby girl. They are the picture of happiness and contentment. Well done Kirsten and your copy of Breastfeeding: the essential guide is on its way to you.
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Here is Debbie showing off her wonderful 39+ week bump. A few days after this picture was taken her son Lyle was born (he has just celebrated his first birthday!). A copy of Breastfeeding: the essential guide is on its way to you to say thank you for sharing this picture. .
If you would like your baby or todder to feature in the next issue of the TIPS e-newsletter, just email me their picture.
Babycare – back to basics™ leaflet (version 7) – out now!


This award winning leaflet is 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 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. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like a free copy.

We are working on the draft for version 8 - so watch out for updates on the TIPS website.

TIPS welcomes two new team members

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We are delighted to welcome two new faces to the TIPS team. Pamela will be dealing with any enquiries regarding advertising and sales, while Michael(already famed for his TIPS animations) will be busy setting up the new TIPS forum. Take a peek (above) and on the TIPS ‘about us’ page (where you can email them direct). We think you will agree they were very cute toddlers!

TIPS top tips!

For the best quality essential oils try these websites:

TIPS competitions
Boobe Buddies -competition

I have managed to organise a unique prize for the winner of this newsletter competition. In the TIPS e-newsletter 7,
I told you about Pip Wheelwright and her inspiring story about her Boobie Buddie breastfeeding dolls. A limited supply of her wonderful dolls (now fully safety tested) has just reached the UK and Pip has generously agreed to offer us not only one but two pairs of dolls (one blonde and one ethnic) up for grabs (worth £82). These really are the most innovative dolls to hit the market and their ingenious use of magnets allows children to role play by letting the dolls hold hands, kiss and breastfeed (there is a mummy and a baby dolly in each set). So if you wish to win one of these amazing doll sets all you have to do is answer the following question:
How tall is the baby doll in the set?(For more details go to boobiebuddiesbfdolls where you will find the answer on the ‘doll variant page’) Email your answers to Brigitte. We will announce the winner in newsletter 8.


Cuddle towels mini-competition

We have one of each winning cuddle towel on offer to the lucky winners of this mini-competition.
To enter email the words 'Cuddle towels' to Brigitte. We will announce the winners in the TIPS e-newsletter 9

CDs mini-competition

We have two sets the Joyful Pregnancy and Blissful Birth CDs for the winners of this competition.
To enter email the words 'JLG CDs' to Brigitte. The winnerswill be announced in the TIPS e-newsletter 9.


Freedom Slings mini-competition

Our friends at Freedom Slings have kindly donated two of their gorgeous swaddle socks (one cream and one white). These silky soft pod-type blankets will help to keep your baby snug and secure. Check out these and other wonderful products at (more about the slings later in the year)
To enter email the words 'Swaddle socks' to Brigitte. We will announce the winners in the TIPS e-newsletter 9.


The Prenatal Company mini-competition

Our friend Lexie at The Prenatal Company has kindly donated £25 Marks and Spencers vouchers for this competition.
Here is the question: At which appointment with your midwife at The Prenatal Company will they offer you the option of listening to your baby's heart rate? Go to 'Private schedule of care' page on theprenatalcompany
for the answer. Please email your answers to Brigitte. The winner will be announced in our e-newsletter 9.


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