So much of modern motherhood is targeted at looking good, even when you feel crap, and making your baby look good, even when he or she won’t settle or feed or stop crying – all in the shortest time possible.
Hello Baby! uncovers all the myths of perfection new mums see on Instagram and provides down-to-earth, no nonsense advice about everything you need to know about your baby’s first year.
With casual style and a hilarious sense of humour, Heather Irvine, a psychologist and mother who works with new mums every day, acts as the friend sitting across from you in a cafe who always understands, constantly reassures, gives you the best practical pointers and shares her muffin with you.
Hello Baby! is packed full of the latest information on issues that affect modern Australian mums, including:
* What a mother needs to know about herself in the first few months
* How to get your baby sleeping soundly
* Essential tips to boost your feel-good factor
* De-stress techniques like meditation and mindfulness
* Managing those really dark days
* Tips for bonding with your baby
* Coping with mother-in-laws and post-baby friendship fluctuations
Heather Irvine is a clinical psychologist with over fifteen years’ experience working with a range of psychological presentations including women adjusting to parenthood, child behaviour difficulties, trauma, anxiety, depression and personality disorders. She has worked both in Australia and a range of locations throughout Northern England and London in the UK. Heather grew up in the small town of Pearl Beach NSW with her two sisters, mother and father—media personality and child psychologist Dr John Irvine. Heather was awarded the WH Ward Prize at the University of Newcastle for her Masters thesis on parent training models. Heather remains the youngest female appointed director of the Central Coast Grammar School. She is the current Chairperson of the Central Coast branch of the Australian Psychological Society. Heather is also the clinical director of the READ Clinic, which with its twenty-two psychologists is one of Australia’s largest psychology practices. Heather speaks regularly on local ABC radio, writes regular articles for the magazine KidzontheCoast, and has appeared on a number of television programs regarding parenting, including 60 minutes. She is regularly quoted in numerous other articles regarding women and children in a range of family and health magazines. She was recently awarded the prestigious Roger Wurm Award for her presentation at the 2013 conference for the Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ASPOG). She is currently happily married to a husband in the wine industry and has two gorgeous sons. She participates enthusiastically but rather unskillfully in a number of charity fun runs and triathlons.