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Discover our tips for looking after yourself during pregnancy and the postnatal period, and learn about rituals to celebrate your transition to motherhood.
Time to think about how you'll announce your baby's birth to the world? We're sharing some great local options, whether you want to go fully bespoke, personalise a design from a designer's existing collection, or go full DIY.
In this beautiful and heartfelt article photographer Ana Ionita – formerly based in Brussels –explains the value printed photos, and why we should consider baby and family photos as heirlooms.
At 15 weeks – just one week above the EU minimum – Belgium's maternity leave is among the shortest in Europe. But what if you want to spend longer with your newborn? Here, we look at some of the options you have.
New midwife-led units, or birth centres, in Brussels hospitals as from September 2024 will offer expectant mothers greater choice about where and how they birth. But at just a few months from the start date, is the healthcare system ready?
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As a freelancer in Belgium, it pays to be fully aware of your rights, options and obligations. And that's even more the case when you're expecting a baby. Start piecing the puzzle together with the help of our guide.
Cocooning in the weeks after birth brings a wide range of benefits for both mum and baby. In this article, hypnobirthing teacher Kate Ellwood looks at practices in other cultures and gives tips for prioritising well-being, rest, and recovery during this crucial period.
Our babies don’t stay tiny for long, which means that once our families are complete, there’s no point holding on to all that ‘stuff’ … especially when there are so many others in need. Find out where your donations can make a real difference.
A familiar face on the Brussels perinatal scene, Sophie Girard-Sequeira also helps parents heal from traumatic perinatal experiences through a highly effective 3-step Birth Trauma Recovery process.
Shopping for baby items is probably high on your to-do list when preparing for your baby's arrival. But it's easy to get overwhelmed! How can you figure out what you actually need, and how to source it in a wallet-friendly way? Read on!