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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Book Review: Baby Books

How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out: A guide to pregnancy and birth straight from the midwife’s mouth by Clemmie Hooper Everything you wanted to know but were too embarrassed to ask. Clemmie offers a funny, frank, open and unbiased view on delivery options, pain relief, hospital bag essentials etc. A perfect guide […]

Child Support Groups at Abergavenny Community Centre

At Abergavenny Community Centre we understand the value of support groups and, through providing a nurturing environment, we strive to develop the ‘whole village’ approach to raising children. A number of support groups run sessions at the Centre: Abergavenny Twin Group Are you expecting or already a parent to twins? Do you want to meet […]

The Delivery Girls

Left to right; Wendy Scrimgeour, Mandy Jones, Pippa Nicholas, Haf Lane, Kate Taylor, Jo Price, Brydon Williams In September next year, a group of eight local midwives from Nevill Hall hospital will climb onto their bikes to take part in a London to Paris cycle ride. This will be part of a women’s only event […]

Nana’s Kitchen : Orange Polenta Cake

When I want to breathe a bit of summer into our wintry days, this recipe never fails; it reminds me of Italian holidays. The cake bursts with a tangy orange flavour and is delicious served as a dessert with ice cream or a drizzle of fresh cream. Ingredients 250g softened unsalted butter 250g caster sugar […]

Breastfeeding Peer Support

If you’re pregnant and planning to breastfeed then learning as much as possible in advance about this ancient art is a very good idea. In this day and age when not all women have experienced breastfeeding within their own families, the internet makes it very easy to find breastfeeding videos online. However there is still […]

GIGGLES, DRIBBLES & BURPS

  It must be Baby Rhyme Time at Abergavenny Library! Every week Abergavenny Library echoes to the sound of singing and giggling as babies and toddlers enjoy free Baby Rhyme Time sessions. Babies love rhymes and songs, and sharing the experience is a lovely way for mums and dads to bond with their young children. […]

The Benefits of Hypnobirthing

Image courtesy of Milan Jurek

Having a baby is an exciting and positive life changing experience, but it can also create mixed emotions. A woman’s body is naturally designed to give birth, but sometimes fear and anxiety about labour and giving birth can get in the way of this. Perhaps this may have been fuelled by ‘scary’ birth stories or […]

Lushtums

Time For Mums I love being a Mama. It really is the highest privilege. I love spending time with my children, watching them become their own little people and supporting them to grow and explore this amazing world. Having two children under the age of 5, I have often pondered the question, ‘What Makes a […]

Abergavenny Birth Centre

Readers who have delivered their baby at Nevill Hall Hospital will already be familiar with the excellent work and support offered by the midwifery team and hospital staff. Did you know there is now an Abergavenny Birth Centre in the hospital, which opened as recently as last September? The new Birth Centre is led by […]

Abergavenny Bowls Club

What a great game and leisure sport BOWLS is. Here in Abergavenny the club at Avenue Road has a long bowls history and an active present. Our Family Finals Day, held to celebrate the end of a season, was held last September. Starting at 09.30 in the morning the finalists achieved their individual and pairs […]