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Do you have a first aid kit at home? Life First...

First aid instructor Kate Ellwood gives some advice on the 'must-haves', 'nice-to-haves', and 'why nots' to keep in your family first aid kit.

Man on a mission: Meet photographer David Sdika

Brussels-based family photographer David Sdika tells us how a chance encounter sparked his interest in photography, how he's still figuring out the best way to share his daughters' photographic legacy with them, and how he carves out some 'me' time between work and family life.

Inked at 40

Village elder, Siobhán McGonigle shares her story of getting inked for the first time at 40.

A doula’s dream birth – Thainy & Kaël’s big day

Brazilian doula and mum-of-two, Thainy Macêdo, always knew she wanted to have her second child at home, and had a dream team of her husband, mum, doula and Zwanger in Brussel midwives, ready to support her. Here she shares the story of her son Kaël's beautiful birth, in words and pictures. Enjoy!!

The midwife calls the midwife – Hanne’s birth story

Zwanger in Brussel midwife shares the story of the birth of her first child, her daughter Cécile. With an induction almost on the cards, Hanne knew that her baby would find her own way. A beautiful homebirth, surrounded by her partner and colleagues.

Wings to discover the world – Culture Kids in Overijse

Pascale Croonenberghs, educator, entrepreneur and mother of two wonderful girls gives us an insight into the heart of Culture Kids, which opened its doors in 2018.

Crowd Cooks? Yes please! – Review

At village HQ we sometimes joke that the first thing we'd do if we won the lottery, would be to hire a chef. It's...

Facing lockdown as a family – St. John’s school counselors give...

In these unusual times, many of us will be experiencing a whole rollercoaster of emotions. For children, especially, situations such as these can be...

A gentle welcome via cesarean – one mum’s Brussels birth story

Kasia Ortiz knew that her third child would need to be born via cesarean. In this article, she shares how finding the right medical team meant she could make her medically-needed cesarean as natural as possible.

Meet Kate from Simply Hypnobirth

Through Simply Hypnobirth, 'Brit-now-Belgian' Kate Ellwood empowers women to birth their baby with calm confidence. She shares her story of moving to Belgium with a 3-month old baby in 2006, and of finding her passion supporting expectant parents.