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In these unusual times, many of us will be experiencing a whole rollercoaster of emotions. For children, especially, situations such as these can be particularly bewildering or scary. Fear is one of our basic emotions and a normal and adaptive answer that helps us stay alert and take the...
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.
Doula guide - research
Discover some of the impacts that doula support has on birth outcomes and satisfaction with the overall birth experience, as well as what it is that makes it so effective.
Doula guide - what can a doula do
We hope you're enjoying our series of articles about having a doula in Belgium. So far, we have published:- Part 1: What is a doula?- Part 2: What kind of qualifications do doulas typically have?- Part 3: When and how can a doula help me on my journey?- Part...
Doula guide - doula training
Take a look at other articles in this series:- Part 1: What is a doula?- Part 2: What kind of qualifications do doulas typically have?- Part 3: When and how can a doula help me on my journey?- Part 4: What does the research say? While the doula profession is...
Doula supporting parents - www.thevillage.be
Take a look at other articles in this series:- Part 1: What is a doula?- Part 2: What kind of qualifications do doulas typically have?- Part 3: When and how can a doula help me on my journey?- Part 4: What does the research say? The concept of an experienced...

A Different Start

Abbi Vyncke, volunteer organiser of the BCT's NICU Parents support group, shares the story of her own daughter's miraculous journey from NICU baby to fun-loving toddler in the BCT's quarterly Small Talk magazine.
Every child in Belgium is entitled to a monthly child allowance payment. But did you know that you can choose the child allowance fund that best aligns with your family's values? – Guest post in collaboration with Infino
Growing Miracles founder Roxanne Davies
Having a new baby is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. Early years specialist Roxanne Davies tells us how she supports parents and their babies through Growing Miracles.
Children with spades dig snowy ground on a bright day
The Infino family allowance fund has partnered with Wallonian forestry co-management project Nassonia to fund the planting of 13,000 trees – the number of children born in 2021 who are affiliated with Infino.