Category Archives: Expat baby

A home birth in Jamaica

It’s a week since my baby girl Julia landed, and I wanted to share how and why I choose to birth at home here in Jamaica. It’s an unusual choice here, in Kingston anyway… I’m sure country mamas are popping out pickneys at home in the Jamaican countryside every day! It’s definitely disapproved of by obstetricians. But, once I’d made up my mind it’s what I wanted, somehow all the details fell into place.  Two good previous deliveries plus two years of teaching and practicing HypnoBirthing certainly helped give me the confidence I needed to go ahead. I had fantastic support, and I’m delighted to say the birth went perfectly.

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Two Babies and a 10 hour Flight

The only people interested in reading this post will be other poor devils approaching some massive journey and wondering how they will manage, and those of you with a sadistic bent! I just flew home alone from London to Kingston Jamaica, with my 7 month old girl and a 2 year old boy, and mainly kept it together except for a total loss of plot at Jamaican Passport Control right at the end. This is how it went…

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My first Jamaican TV appearance!

After  advertising my HypnoBirthing classes on Facebook, a producer from Smile Jamaica on TVJ, contacted me to ask me if I’d like to come on the show! Though I was pretty terrified as to how it would go, as most Jamaicans I’ve met seem to think HypnoBirthing is Voodoo or just simple insanity. Continue reading

Travelling with a Baby

At the age of one, my baby has done 6 Transatlantic flights between Jamaica and England and a handful of short European ones.  It’s been some journey. If only it wasn’t so lovely to see friends and family, no sane mummy would do it ever again! Here’s what I’ve learnt.

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Things that go bump in the night

 2.30 am and I wake up sweltering and thirsty (one too many Red Stripes may have had something to do with that!) I stumble off down the stairs in the dark to go and get a drink of water, when BANG! scuttle, scuttle, something leaps out of my way and hits the glass door hard.

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Home is where the heart is

Our first 6 months had flown here in Jamaica, and as the Caribbean summer starts to swelter, many of the expat wives take off for the cooler climes of home. Suddenly, it was our turn, I packed up my baby boy and set off for the airport…

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Our Jamaican-English-Irish baby is born!

Our Jamaican / Irish / English baby was born last Thursday, 22nd March, weighing in at 8lbs and 7ozs.  I was in hospital for just 1.5 hours before having him, though I’d been having contractions for a while before that…  even at the market shopping that morning!

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