contentsBIRTH SPECIAL • FEB/MAR 2010 ISSUE 33
IN DEPTH 8 LANGUAGE OF LOVE
Kim Henry looks at how non-violent communication can enhance relationships
12 HEART OF CHILDHOOD
Jack Petrash guides us through the middle years of parenting our children FAMILY LIFE 11 SUNDAY SELECTION
Reclaim family Sundays
15 SPIRITUAL PARENTING
Natalie Fee learns how to let go as children grow
16 MODERN DAD
Adharanand Finn learns from the experts how to live in the present
33 SLING FEATURE
All about babywearing
98 THE GOOD LIFE
Janet Ross shares her life in the country LEARNING 41 EDUCATION NEWS
42 AN ADVENTURE
What happens when your home educated children want to go to school
45 NATURAL LEARNING
Gill Kilner shares how birth has been a natural part of home education
47 ON THE BOOKSHELF
Great green reads for children and adults
49 CRAFT PAGES
How to make your own birth journal SEASONAL FOOD 51 ON YOUR PLATE
Raw chocolate and sugarfree cupcakes
52 USE YOUR LOAF
Baking with children
55 FAIRTRADE FEASTS
Delicious veggie recipes from around the world WELLBEING 61 HEALTH TIPS
Take off your shoes and enjoy the ritual of tea
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17 BIRTH SPECIAL 18 BLISSFUL BIRTH An exploration of how to let go of fear during pregnancy and birth and open up to the possibility of a blissful birth experience. 22 BREATHING LOVE Sharing birth stories is an incredibly healing act – sit back and enjoy these empowering stories from our readers. 26 TREE OF LIFE Often referred to as the tree of life, the placenta is viewed as scared in many cultures – this article explores how to regain that. 29 HOW TO HAVE A LOTUS BIRTH Lotus born means allowing the placenta to detach naturally of it’s own accord – find out how to have a lotus birth. 30 POSTNATAL CARE Looking after your body during pregnancy comes easily to most but what about afterwards? Follow these tips for optimum wellbeing.
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In this section we celebrate the empowering act of birth through insightful articles, shared stories and useful knowledge. From natal hypnotherapy to lotus birth we’ve got it covered. And whether you are planning a family,
pregnant or have already birthed your babies, you’ll find something to inspire you inside. 18An exploration of how to let go of fear during pregnancy and birth and open up to the possibility of a blissful birth.
22Sharing birth stories is an incredibly healing act – sit back and enjoy these empowering stories from our readers.
26Often referred to as the tree of life, the placenta is sacred in many cultures. Cher
29Lotus born means allowing the placenta to detach naturally of it’s own accord – find out how to have a lotus birth here.
30Looking after your body during pregnancy comes easily to most but what about afterwards? Follow these tips.
The Green Parent 17 MEET OUR READERS This issue we have five wonderful sling wearing readers to try out baby carriers. Read about their experiences inside.
85 GREEN LIVING PAGES This issue our Green Living Pages are all about fairtrade. We meet the farmers and the producers behind the products and share the success stories. Everything from fairtrade chocolates to ethical nappies is contained inside. Find out how you can make a difference.
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LAURA WINGFIELD, 28 lives with her husband and children; Phoebe, nearly three, and Ezra, four months, in a village in Cambridgeshire. Describe yourself: Creative, passionate, chatty Favourite read: The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule Best place in the world: The
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ROSLYN RHODES, 31 is married to Paul and has five boys, Marcus 14, Josh 10, Mathew five, Irwin three and Benjamin, five months. They live in Derbyshire. Describe yourself: Content, homely and outdoorsy Best place in the world: In the middle of the peak district walking and having a recognised body such as The Soil
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picnic with my family Hobbies: Making baby clothes by recycling charity shop finds, hill walking, camping and cooking Pets: Snake Edible treat: Dried fruit and chocolate, especially together.
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EMMA SHEPHERD, 34 lives near Cardiff with husband, Dave and their two daughters; Gwen, two and Molly, five months. Describe yourself: A creative, nurturing, anti-consumerist Favourite film/book: Amelie and the Tales of the City novels Best place in the world: On my
Dr.Hauschka, Nvey Eco, Sophyto, Spiezia, Herbfarmacy, Green People, Essential Care, Jo Wood, Weleda, Santaverde, Neom, Madara,
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Planet Botanicals, Pinks Boutique, Saaf, L'Artisan, Raw Organic, Circaroma, La Claree, Jigsaw, Naturetis, Pai, Edelbio, Lavera Biguine Bio,
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62 POWER OF FLOWERS
Exploring how flower essences work and what they are used for HOUSE & GARDEN 67 AT HOME
Cool clothes with ethicsCheck out this fabulous fairtrade top on page 84
What’s inside? 76 learning fabulous fairtrade toys and swimming lessons for children in Sri Lanka
80 health and beauty luscious face masks to win and our favourite beauty products 82 eco living ethical fl owers and fairtrade treats tried and tested 84 bumps and birth changing bags to give away
88 real nappies handmade nappies and organic cotton 84 fashion ethical jewels and schoolwear
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sofa under a blanket with a good book, music, fire and a piece of cake Memorable experience: Molly’s moonlight homebirth Hobbies: Photography, cooking, making stuff, walking, reading.
KATE ALLISON, 29 has recently moved to Malvern with husband Sam and their baby Matilda, who was born July 2009. Describe yourself: Quiet, happy, homeloving Favourite read: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, or anything by Roald Dahl Best place in the world: Miljet
Island, Croatia Most memorable experience: Becoming a mother Hobbies: Walking, cooking, mountain biking, reading Favourite edible treat: My mum’s chocolate ginger trifle!
ROSE WOOD, 27 lives in Cambridgeshire with her boyfriend, Cliff, and their two children Zander, two and Gaia six months. Describe yourself: Outdoorsy, thought-full, creative Favourite read: Women Who Run With Wolves Best place in the world: Machu Pichu, Peru or
Green fuel for heating, and growing your own
68 SECRET LIFE OF
PLANTS Susun Weed reveals the healing properties of yarrow BUMPS & BIRTH 69 NEWS AND VIEWS
Art therapy and natal packs with a difference
Iris Coates shares how elimination communication works and talks to parents GREEN TRAVEL 79 WHERE TO GO Best places for a magical eco wedding ETHICAL FASHION 81 WHAT’S NEW? Best ethical clothes for older children REGULARS 7 EARTH NEWS 58 HOW TO SUBSCRIBE 82 NEXT ISSUE 83 ASTROLOGY
COMPETITIONS Email or send details on a postcard to address on page 6 58 Free beauty products 88 Chocolate face mask 92 Fairtrade changing bag 94 Nappy giveaway 96 Win love gifts
Jo Middleton explains what baby led attachment is and how it works closer to home, Glastonbury Tor Memorable experience: Giving birth, in particular Gaia’s birth as it was a hypnobirth Hobbies: Growing veg, anything arty, running Edible treat: Cheese board!
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