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A Beginners Guide to Tandem Breastfeeding

If you’re a pregnant mom with a nursing toddler, congrats! Many mothers who start breastfeeding dont continue, and you have defeated the odds. If you dont want to stop nursing when Baby #2 comes along, you dont have to. Tandem nursing—or nursing two babies at once—is becoming more popular with the rise in breastfeeding rates and its perfectly safe to do: Your toddler wont hog your newborns milk because the breast has the amazing ability to adjust to the demands its given. Plus nursing both kids has been shown to improve the bond between siblings and relieve engorgement for moms.

I want to give you some tips to tandem breastfeeding

Find the right position

Breastfeeding both children at once mean creativity looking for the right position. There are two main positions to consider: One is the « football hold » and the other is the « cradle position. » When latching for the football hold, you bring the baby to your breast and position her so her legs and body are under your arm, with your hand at the base of the head and neck—as if you were holding a football. For the cradle position, you cradle the babys head in the bed of your arm with his abdomen against yours, keeping him in line with the rest of his body.

Once you get these positions down, you can choose a number of combinations when youre breastfeeding the two babies. For example, the baby can be held in a football hold and the other child in a cradle position or you may choose to double cradle, where both children are held in a cradle position, with the newborns legs resting on top of the toddlers.

Have an order in mind

If feeding a baby and toddler, try to feed the infant first because of his more immediate nutritional needs, at least until your colostrum is gone and transitions to a lighter milky color.

Take a break

Tandem nursing can be exhausting—especially if you feel like you never get a break. A good way to cope is to try to sleep when the newborn sleeps and get the toddler to nap at the same time. The toddler will not feed every 2-3 hours like a newborn, so take a break and rest with your baby.

Get ready for the critics

Since tandem breastfeeding is less common than nursing one-on-one, you may get the occasional irritating comment from friends, family members or strangers.

Ce’s good to have a response ready for these moments. Something like « I have researched the pros and cons of tandem feeding and found it to be safe, plus it works well for our family » works because those judging havent typically read-up on the method.

Find the Finding a support group also helps surround you with people who support your decision. La Leche League is the go-to organization when it comes to support for breastfeeding and a great resource for local groups. Otherwise, dont be afraid to ask about groups at your hospital.




El bebé emocional de Enrique Blay

Hoy quiero compartir un encuentro que os puede ser de mucha ayuda si estáis embarazadas o tenéis un bebé, este sábado 10 de marzo por la mañana, con el psicoterapeuta Enrique Blay, con la charla « El bebé emocional » donde nos hablará de lo que sienten y perciben los bebés en las etapas de gestación, nacimiento y crianza hasta los 2 años. Enrique Play es psicólogo con amplia experiencia entorno a la maternidad respetada y respetuosa.
Esta charla está organizada por Amana Doula, dentro del ciclo « Charlas Abiertas alrededor de la Maternidad » a través de las cuáles se pretende llegar a familias.
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Día: 10 de marzo
Lugar: LLUÏSOS DE GRÀCIA Plaça del Nord 7-10 Barcelona
Duración aproximada: 1 hora y 45 minutos
Aportación por persona: 12 € [Parejas: 16€]

What happens if I go past my due date?

According to research, only about one in 25 (four per cent) of babies are born on their exact due date. About one in five babies are born at 41 weeks or after. So rest assured, you’re not alone in wondering when your baby will make an appearance!

If you’re only a few days past your due date, most doctors won’t offer to induce your labour for a while. Although most babies remain healthy, obstetricians do worry when pregnancy continues several weeks past their due date. That’s because, after 42 weeks of pregnancy, a small number of babies die unexpectedly while they are still inside the womb (uterus) or shortly after the birth. Most hospitals follow guidelines which recommend offering induction of labour when you’re 41-42 weeks pregnant. This is based on evidence that babies are healthier at birth and more likely to be born safe and well when hospitals induce labour at or beyond 41 weeks. This approach seems to reduce the number of caesareans that are needed too.

If your pregnancy has been straightforward, you’re likely to be offered induction at 41 weeks. The timing may vary according to your hospital’s policy. In some areas you may be offered an induction at between seven days and 10 days after your due date, in others it may be two weeks. This is because it’s still not known when the ideal time is to induce labour in overdue mums. You may prefer to have your labour induced at 42 weeks, by which time you may have had enough of being pregnant. Or you may prefer to wait and see what happens, particularly if you’ve had a baby before, as the risk of stillbirth is lower for women who’ve already had a baby.

If your obstetrician suggests an induction, ask if your hospital usually offers inductions at a certain date, or if it’s due to your individual circumstances, such as your age, your weight, or complications in your pregnancy, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you have and she’ll take your wishes into consideration when an induction date is suggested. If your obstetrician suggests an induction, ask if your hospital usually offers inductions at a certain date, or if it’s due to your individual circumstances, such as your age, your weight, or complications in your pregnancy, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you have and she’ll take your wishes into consideration when an induction date is suggested.
If you’ve spoken to your obstetrician but you’re not sure about having an induction, you could ask for a day or two to consider it. See what your midwife thinks, read our information on induction with your partner and talk to friends who’ve had an induction. Though keep in mind that every pregnancy is different.

If there are no risks to your pregnancy and you don’t want to be induced, you could ask to be monitored every two to three days, to check that your baby is well. This should be offered to you if your pregnancy continues beyond 42 weeks.



Hipopresivos: perfectas para el postearlo

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En definitiva, se trata de un método holístico que considera al cuerpo como un todo y concibe el entrenamiento de forma global, integrando la postura y la respiración, con especial atención al cuerpo de la mujer.

¿Cómo funcionan los hipopresivos?

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Con los ejercicios hipopresivos podemos devolver esta función reprogramando la respuesta muscular ante las situaciones de aumentos de presión del día a día. ¿Cómo? Mediante un incremento del tono muscular en reposo, es decir, de la contracción muscular que se realiza de forma involuntaria y sostenida en el tiempo. Asimismo, se puede mejorar la respuesta muscular ante los aumentos de presión puntuales, ya que incrementa el soporte central ante las actividades que demandan fuerza.

La beneficios más destacados que nos ofrece esta técnica en las mujeres que acaban de dar a luz son:

  • Mejora el aspecto estético del abdomen, reduciendo el perímetro abdominal en un periodo de tiempo relativamente corto.
  • Mejora los problemas de incontinencia urinaria.
  • Son ejercicios potencialmente beneficiosos para mejorar la vida sexual.
  • Es altamente recomendable para la recuperación y la tonificación en la etapa de post-parto.
  • Evitar y combatir la depresión postparto.
  • Mejora la salud de nuestra espalda.

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Having a Baby in Barcelona

If you are having a baby in Barcelona there are some things you need for you postpartum and the legal/professional life.

How to register your baby’s birth in Barcelona?

During 2017 some hospital offer to register your baby directly in the hospital, so you don’t need to go to the « Registro Civil ». They will give you a document call Cuestionario para la Declaración de Nacimiento en el Registro Civil. Make your baby’s name is correct!! This document is signed by the doctor or the midwife that was with you during the delivery.

In case your hospital doesn’t offer this service you must register your baby at the local Civil Registry Office (Registro Civil) within eight days of the birth. You can go directly to Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 3. If your married only one of the parents needs to go, but if you are not married then both parents must attend the registry office

If you intend to apply for a non-Spanish passport for your baby, remember to ask for a full birth certificate (certificación literal). In addition to the documentation provided by the hospital, you must also bring any national insurance documents belonging to the parents and a marriage certificate, which must be officially translated into Spanish. Don’t forget to bring your passports and identity cards (and copies), in case they are required to verify your identity.

Maternity and paternity Leave: do you qualify?

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Maternity and paternity leave can be taken part-time if an arrangement has been made with the employer ahead of the birth. In the case of patenity leave, a part-time day must be no less than 50 percent of the full-time workday. In the case of a birth (versus an adoption), the mother cannot avail of part-time maternity leave until after the mandatory six-week, full-time maternity leave period after the delivery.

Extended maternity leave is also available for women who cannot perform their job because it puts their pregnancy at risk. Extended benefits are also offered to breastfeeding mothers if their job prevents them to nurse.

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La prueba de la rana – Doula Barcelona

Existen algunas manera curiosas para detectar si una mujer está o no embarazada, de hecho muchas habréis oído sobre « la prueba de la rana » y es que antes, para saber si una mujer estaba embarazada, se usaba una rana o sapo hembra.La prueba de la rana era una prueba de embarazo que se utilizó comunmente hasta los años 60 del pasado siglo, cuando se desarrollaron los métodos inmunológicos, es decir, los típicos test de embarazos actuales. La prueba de la rana es una prueba efectiva y de hecho se continúa usándo en zonas rurales de muchos países latinoamericanos por su simplicidad y bajo coste. Consiste a inyectar a una rana o sapo hembra, bajo la piel, la orina de la mujer que se cree que puede estar embarazada. La orina de una mujer embarazada contiene la hormona GCHque estimula la ovulación del animal. Si la rana desovava en 24 horas, el test se consideraba positivo. El animal sobrevivía y podía ser utilizado para otro test, a pesar de que con demoras de unos 40 días. Este test se desarrolló en Sudáfrca en los años 30 del siglo XX por los investigadores LancelotHogben, Zwarenstein y Shapiro.
De hecho existe otro método muy similar y que se suele llamar igual pero que está basado en otro fenómeno biológico que requiere machos en vez de hembras, fue desarrollado por Galli Mainini en Argentina (1947), con el sapo Rhinella arenarum . Si se inyecta orina de una mujer embarazada en el saco linfático dorsal del sapo esto provoca la eyaculación del animal dentro de las tres horas siguientes y confirmaría que la mujer está embarazada.

¡Curioso! ¿No? ¿Conocéis algunas otras pruebas de embarazo tradicionales?
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Testimonials of our Prenatal Course Parto y Movimiento

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Hoy mi pequeño cumple una semana y acabamos de volver de su primera cita con el pediatra. Cogió peso y altura lo que significa que la lactancia va muy bien. Esto se lo debo a Vicky porque el apoyo que nos ofreció con este tema ha sido enorme. A parte de que Vicky estuvo a nuestra disposición cuando la hemos necesitado en el hospital y en casa, nos enseñó de manera muy eficaz como hacerlo bien. Como dice Vicky, amamantar no duele si sabes cómo hacerlo y ¡es cierto!

Un abrazo, Vicky y muchísimas gracias por todo!

Alexa Profir mama de Robert


My partner and I searched for English antenatal classes here in Barcelona and found Vicky very easily online. She was extremely quick to respond to our enquiry and very helpful. As soon as we arrived we were made very welcome.

Vicky had a great way of making both the practical and theroy easy to understand, interesting and even fun. Her course is not just aimed at mothers to be and is also brilliant for fathers to be.

We have both learned so much and feel she has been a massive help for preparing us with the birth of our baby boy here in Spain. It really has exceeded both our expectations and would highly recommend Vicky’s classes to parents to be here. She has also been supportive via the telephone when we have needed some help during pregnancy.

Victoria and Adam

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Being pregnant with our first in a foreign country it was important for us to find an Antenatal course in a safe environment. We read about Vicky’s services online and after mailing forth and back with her, we agreed to give her international Antenatal class a shot. And we’re so happy that we did.

Vicky’s classes have provided us with information, exercises and confidence about giving birth in Spain. She has prepared us for our (soon) new roles as parents and given us a network of other parents-to-be.

Thank you, Vicky.

Tatiana & Emil


Vicky was an amazing support to me and my husband before and after the birth of my baby girl Alia. We had a prenatal session with Vicky before the birth at home which was invaluable for my birth that ended up being a very long (36hours) and tough labour. She taught us things about labour that hadn’t even come up in the prenatal course we had already done…

Zara (Alia’s mum)


El papel del padre en el parto y primeros días del bebé

El momento del parto es un momento perfecto para que el padre esté de forma presente y participe de la forma más activa posible, porque aunque esté dando a luz su compañera él puedo hacer mucho por ella, aunque solo sea estar a su lado y tratar de satisfacer sus necesidades.

De hecho las des cours de préparation à l'accouchement son una oportunidad ideal para que ambos aprendan sobre la fisiología del parto, los cuidados del bebé, y también compartir la experiencia con otras parejas que están en nuestra misma situación.

Durante la fase activa de parto el padre es un apoyo muy necesario para la mujer. Puede ayudarla a sobrellevar el periodo de dilatación, acompañándola, aliviando los dolores con masajes y ofreciéndole lo que pueda necesitar en cada momento, tanto en casa como en el hospital. También puede ocuparse de las cuestiones más prácticas como llevar la documentación requerida, llevar la parte administrativa y asegurarse de que se está cogiendo todo lo necesario y pactado previamente. También puede ayudar midiendo el tiempo de las contracciones, llamando a quién considere necesario…

Una vez el bebé ya está aquí lo primero que necesita es el contacto físico con su madre, por tanto no debería ser apartado de su lado, pero si la mamá ha sufrido una cesárea el papá puede ofrecerse para el piel con piel. Lo ideal es que los primeros chequeos como medirlo y pesarlo esperen si el bebé está sano, aunque normalmente se realizan en la propia sala de partos, o si se lleva al niño a una sala contigua, el padre puede acompañar al bebé.

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¿Cómo portear en invierno?

Si te has decidido a portear durante el invierno… ¡Lee este post que te ayudará y aclarará algunas dudas!

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¡Muchas os estaréis preguntado porqué hablo de bebés si podemos portear a un niño! Pues aquí van algunos consejos para vosotras, en caso de portear a un niño que ya camina es recomendable colocarle el abrigo antes de colocarlo en el portabebés y que el porteador se coloque su abrigo, es decir, que el portabebés quede por fuera el abrigo para así facilitar que el niño pueda subir y bajar sin problemas.

¡Y hasta aquí mis consejos para mamás y papás porteadores estos días de frío!

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Giving birth in Barcelona

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The degree of medical contact with pregnant women is reasonably high in Spain, with more antenatal tests, scans and intervention during childbirth than in some other countries,. The standard of care in Spain is highly regarded, both public and private, although women are generally required to have held a private insurance policy for a certain amount of time to cover maternity costs, while state healthcare does not have any time restrictions.

Choosing the specific clinic for delivery is a decision future parents should handle with care. You can give birth in Barcelona both in private and public hospitals. Everything depends on the personal preferences of the parents-to-be and whether the future mother has medical insurance. If you are a resident of an E.U.-country, in order to receive free medical service in a public clinic, it is sufficient to present the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

On the other hand, one can choose a private clinic in which payment will be charged on a daily basis or they can be covered by a private medical insurance. There is a good reason for this charge – private clinics in Barcelona very often resemble expensive hotels, boasting personal rooms, individual service, excellent food, and 24/7 presence for mother and baby.

Normally, in private or public, you can get a guided tour of a clinic before the childbirth and in public you can find some hospitals with private rooms meanwhile in private hospitals all rooms are private.

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You need to know that not in all hospitals not allow gas or air, although epidurals and pethidine are available. Birth in Spain is seen as a fairly straightforward medical process and alternative birth methods, such as water births, and birthing plans are not as common in Spain as in other countries but in Barcelona you can find at least two hospitals with the possibility of dilation in water. However, you can still write your birthing plan in Spanish and take it with you.

Home births in Barcelona, meanwhile, are not covered by the state health system.

Apart from that, one should bear in mind that during childbirth Spanish doctors widely administer epidural anesthesia (in 98% of the cases). The epidural is considered completely safe for both mother and child and allows the mother to move through the whole process in a more comfortable and less painful way. However, if this option does not suit your vision of the ideal childbirth, you can always choose to decline the epidural anesthesia.