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Giving the Gift of Parenthood

Surrogacy is fast becoming an accepted pathway to parenthood for many people in the UK

Surrogacy is fast becoming an accepted pathway to parenthood for many people in the UK

By Sarah Jones, Chair of Surrogacy UK.

There has been a lot of talk about surrogacy in the news in recent weeks. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced the arrival of their third child who was born thanks to a surrogate. More recently, Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black announced that they are expecting a child through surrogacy.

These high-profile cases bring surrogacy into the spotlight, but they often bring up more questions than  they answer. So what is surrogacy really all about? How does it work, who uses a surrogate and why would a woman carry a baby for another couple?

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a way for a childless person to become a parent, with a surrogate carrying their child. People who want to have a child in this way are referred to as intended parents, or IPs. It is an amazing gift from a surrogate and her family to a person who, for many reasons, is not able to conceive a child themselves. It can be a wonderfully rewarding experience for everyone involved.  For surrogates, it is a chance to do something truly extraordinary and create a family for someone else. For those who are unable to have children by any other means, surrogacy can be a light at the end of a very long tunnel. Continue reading

New CQC research reveals lack of awareness over right to choose where to give birth


CQC #YourBirthPlanNew research commissioned by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that more women must be made aware of their right to choose their birth hospital.
 
The research, which surveyed over 1,000 women who had given birth in England in the last three years, found that 40% either weren’t aware or didn’t feel they had a choice about their birth hospital.
 
Of those who choose their hospital 53% stated  this was a ‘very important’ decision, however 57% spent less than an hour choosing theirs, suggesting a lack of awareness about the amount of information that is available to help make an informed choice.
 
The CQC is encouraging all expectant parents to understand their right to choose where to give birth and to use CQC inspection reports in order to help make an informed, considered decision.

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How to exercise through each of your trimesters

Always listen to your body first and foremost when exercising

Always listen to your body first and foremost when exercising

By Andrea Rennie at Powerhouse Fitness, a specialist retailer in gym and fitness supplies. In this article, she shares their top tips for exercising through each of your trimesters during pregnancy. Read on to find out more.*

If you’re an expecting mother, you may be under the impression that your pregnancy is a time when you should be taking things easy. However, while that’s true to a certain extent, you can still achieve a healthy level of exercise that can be very beneficial, and make life easier down the line.

The NHS recommends that you keep fit during pregnancy, as it helps you adapt to your changing body shape and weight gain, can make labour easier, and give you a healthy head start to getting back into shape. With these benefits in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of my top tips for exercising through each of your trimesters. Continue reading

Oxfordshire Baby & Toddler Show: Sunday 10th September 2017

Oxfordshire Baby & Toddler ShowTickets for the Oxfordshire Baby and Toddler Show are on sale now!

Toddle About are proud to announce that we will be working with Bright Spark Events once again this year as they bring the Oxfordshire Baby and Toddler Show back to The Kassam Stadium on Sunday 10th September.

The show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county, with over 100 fantastic stands all under one roof, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool. There will be great shopping, parenting experts, a fantastic demonstration programme, activities, refreshments and fun-filled family entertainment.

To make sure everyone has a fun day, the little ones will have a large soft play area to enjoy and there will be special guest appearances from Anna and ElsaFireman Sam and Minnie Mouse throughout the day, with photo opportunities.

There is a jam-packed programme in the Demonstration Area, with a whole range of different activities and taster sessions for you to try, including baby and toddler first aid, baby massage, hypnobirthing, baby yoga, music and movement classes, baby signing and much more.

You can also get your hands on one of 300 exclusive goody bags containing come great treats! Goody bags are strictly limited and will only be available to advanced ticketholders so make sure you get yours by buying your tickets early, before they all go.

If this wasn’t enough Bright Spark Events are also proud to have won the Top 100 Mumpreneur award in 2015, Mumpreneur Silver website award, Best Business Women Awards finalist for excellent customer services in 2016.

Whether you are expecting your first or have a little one in pre-school, this is the premier parenting event in the county, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool in Buckinghamshire – we look forward to seeing you there! Continue reading

Pregnancy Myths – Busted

Pregnancy Myths - Busted

Article written by Emma’s Diary for Toddle About.

When you discover you’re pregnant, the list of things you can no longer do just seems to grow. While each pregnancy, expectant mother and unborn child is different, the experts at Emma’s Diary have busted ten of the most frequently asked – and some unusual – pregnancy myths.

  1. Can I fly?

It’s usually safe to fly while you’re pregnant. However, some airlines won’t let you fly after week 28 of your pregnancy, so it’s always best to check what your airline’s policy is. If you’re travelling for more than five hours, there’s a higher risk of thrombosis, but it’s not clear if this increases if you’re pregnant.

  1. Can I have a hot bath?

It’s best to avoid very hot baths due to the risks of overheating and fainting. Becoming too hot can harm your unborn baby, particularly in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Always make sure you drink plenty of fluids.

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Northamptonshire Baby & Toddler Show: Sunday 24th September 2017

baby-show-WEBTickets for the Northants Baby and Toddler Show are on sale now!

Toddle About are proud to announce that we will be working with Bright Spark Events once again this year as they bring the Northants Baby and Toddler Show back to The Benham Arena for the fourth year.

The show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county, with over 100 fantastic stands all under one roof, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool. There will be great shopping, parenting experts, a fantastic demonstration programme, activities, refreshments and fun-filled family entertainment.

To make sure everyone has a fun day, the little ones will have a large soft play area to enjoy and there will be special guest appearances from Anna and ElsaFireman Sam and Minnie Mouse throughout the day, with photo opportunities.

There is a jam-packed programme in the Demonstration Area, with a whole range of different activities and taster sessions for you to try, including baby and toddler first aid, baby massage, hypnobirthing, baby yoga, music and movement classes, baby signing and much more.

You can also get your hands on one of 300 exclusive goody bags containing come great treats! Goody bags are strictly limited and will only be available to advanced ticketholders so make sure you get yours by buying your tickets early, before they all go.

If this wasn’t enough Bright Spark Events are also proud to have won the Top 100 Mumpreneur award in 2015, Mumpreneur Silver website award, Best Business Women Awards finalist for excellent customer services in 2016.

Whether you are expecting your first or have a little one in pre-school, this is the premier parenting event in the county, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool in Buckinghamshire – we look forward to seeing you there! Continue reading

Buckinghamshire Baby & Toddler Show: Saturday 29th April 2017

Buckinghamshire Baby & Toddler Show

Tickets for the Bucks Baby and Toddler Show are on sale now!

The Bucks Baby and Toddler Show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county. There will be great shopping, parenting experts, a fantastic demonstration programme, activities, refreshments and fun-filled family entertainment.

To make sure everyone has a fun day, the little ones will have a large soft play area to enjoy and special guest appearances from Fireman Sam, Minnie Mouse and other favourite characters throughout the day, with photo opportunities.

There is a jam-packed programme in the Demonstration Area, with a whole range of different activities and taster session for you to try, including baby and toddler first aid, baby massage, hypnobirthing, baby yoga, music and movement classes, baby signing and much more.

You can also get your hands on one of 500 exclusive goody bags containing come great treats! Goody bags are strictly limited and will only be available to advanced ticketholders so make sure you get yours by buying your tickets early, before they all go.

Whether you are expecting your first or have a little one in pre-school, this is the premier parenting event in the county, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool in Buckinghamshire – we look forward to seeing you there! Continue reading

Yoga Magic – How yoga helps new mums to be healthy and happy

Mother and Baby Yoga Classes

Postnatal yoga classes give you the opportunity to use your body strongly and safely.

By Qualified Yoga Teacher,  Lisa Valentine

Yoga is amazing. It can deliver both physical and emotional benefits to anyone – and it is particularly beneficial for mothers in the weeks and months after giving birth.

Having a baby changes everything, from fluctuating hormones and a new sleep schedule to how you negotiate your new identity as a parent. Pregnancy and birth obviously take a toll on the mother’s body too, and it’s natural to want to get back into shape, the way we were before we had a baby. But that instinct isn’t always helpful – our bodies are constantly in transition, so it may not be possible to return to exactly the way you were before. Having said that, you can certainly expect to be healthy, vital, and strong again. Continue reading

Milton Keynes Leads The Way With Advanced Pregnancy Scans

Humpty Bumpty

Humpty Bumpty specialise in non-diagnostic 3D and 4D ultrasound scans.

The Very Latest and Best Pregnancy Scans Now Available in Milton Keynes

Busy businesswoman Lucy Johnson juggles being a mother of four young boys with running her own successful scanning clinic for mums-to-be.

The 33-year-old Buckinghamshire business owner set up Humpty Bumpty in Milton Keynes, after having a detailed scan during her one of her own pregnancies.

Lucy felt a deep bonding experience having seen on screen what her first son Lennon looked like before he was born and decided she wanted other pregnant women to have the opportunity to enjoy something similar.

Lucy loved being pregnant, immersing herself in all aspects of parenthood and the idea of setting up a baby scanning clinic was conceived and Humpty Bumpty was born!

Lucy said: “At Humpty Bumpty we specialise in non-diagnostic 3D and 4D ultrasound scans that allow parents and their family members to see the baby before it’s born, providing a positive bonding experience that lasts a lifetime. Continue reading

Oxfordshire Baby & Toddler Show: Sunday 19th February 2017

Oxfordshire Baby & Toddler ShowToddle About are proud to announce that we will be working with Bright Spark Events once again this year as they bring the Oxfordshire Baby and Toddler Show to The Kassam Stadium, Oxford on Sunday 19th February 2017.

The Show is the biggest and best parenting event in the county, with over 80 fantastic stands all under one roof, celebrating everything pregnancy to preschool. There will be great shopping, parenting experts, a fantastic demonstration programme, activities, refreshments and fun-filled family entertainment.

To make sure everyone has a fun day, the little ones will have a large soft play area to enjoy and there will be special guest appearances from Fireman Sam, Minnie Mouse and Anna and Elsa throughout the day, with photo opportunities.

There is a jam-packed programme in the Demonstration Area, with a whole range of different activities and taster session for you to try, including baby and toddler first aid, baby massage, hypnobirthing, baby yoga, music and movement classes, baby signing and much more.

You can also get your hands on one of 500 exclusive goodie bags containing come great treats! Goody bags are strictly limited and will only be available to advanced ticket holders so make sure you get yours by buying your tickets early, before they all go. Continue reading