Pregnancy around the world


Did you know that…


In Japan, pregnant women are often given gifts of Shirasu –  tiny white fish, which is high in calcium


Inuit women need to finish any sewing or knitting projects in pregnancy so their labour won’t be too long


Chinese women try to control their temper, their thoughts and any gossiping in pregnancy so as not to influence the personality of their unborn baby


In Polynesia, women are looked after and pampered throughout their pregnancy, which involves regular massages



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I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.