Article featured in Mother & Baby magazine 2013 – Use of Sound in Pregnancy. Jay Kelly is a Hypnotherapist and Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner, mum of four and soon to be surrogate mum. Here she talks about how she uses affirmations and positive words as part of her therapy and tells her own personal experience of the power of music. “Affirmations … Read More
Emotional Bank Account
How many of us are overdrawn, emotionally, physically, mentally? This is a technique that I first started using when I joined the Fertile Body Method training about 6 years ago! And something I have used since. It’s really quite simple, and for those who are very left brained you can make this super list worthy if you like! Even if … Read More
End Period Poverty
End Period Poverty. The #endperiodpoverty is very much in the news at present. It is about time. So many people do not even know it is a thing. I didn’t until last year. I didn’t grow up with money, and after 11 years as a lone parent to 4 daughters, this is currently still the case, but sanitary products have … Read More
Really simple mindfulness breathing technique
Square Breathing. Really simple breathing technique to calm the mind and body down. You can make your count of 4 as long or as quick as you need to. I chose the number four because it keeps it simple. If you have a really busy mind, look around you for something with square lines (tv, picture frame, window, shed etc) … Read More
Surrogacy. A gift worth celebrating.
3 years ago my life was totally engulfed in surrogacy. I was midway through a labour that resulted in my friends meeting their baby for the first time. Once the baby was born I wanted the world to know that “this is a thing”, a thing people can do. That I had just experienced a life-changing year, and I was … Read More
Different routes to becoming a mum
There are many different routes to becoming a mum. Today has been a breath of fresh air, and a deep debrief, all at the at the same time. It’s been such a busy few weeks and I’ve barely had time to stop and think, or do anything but work-home-parent. Today I had to fit in yet another thing, but this time … Read More
Fear releasing “what ifs….” etc.
The yearning for a baby is such a strong thing, and the fear of it never working out can be huge. I want to refer you to the ebook that I created called The Little Book of Hope here, because I want you to keep the hope alive. Recently I was talking of doom and gloom about a political issue … Read More
Ways to keep calm in pregnancy
You can never have enough support. And there’s a wealth of it out there. Netmums, Facebook groups, NCT classes, friends, I could go on… My most favourite support group in recent times is the Positive Birth Movement. A non-judgmental grassroots movement. The group aim is to enable free to access to support. An organisation aiming for all women to have … Read More
Why I really want to hold your baby
Why I really want to hold your baby. I’m quite an expert you know. Four babies of my own, one surrogate baby successfully created and delivered safely for her awaiting parents. Maybe we will manage to create another. Who knows. I don’t want any more babies. But I so want to hold yours. And yet Continue reading »
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The mayonnaise jar and the coffee
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the coffee… A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty […]
9 Tips for Long-Haul Flights with small children
“You’re brave” is all that I heard for a month before embarking on my travels exploring Australia with my four children. The eldest being 6, a tantrum filled 3 year old & 10 month-old twins. Most people get their travelling out of their system before they have children and then settle down and enjoy ‘less […]