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contentsBIRTH SPECIAL • FEB/MAR 2010 ISSUE 33

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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

Holiday activities

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.

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