Alternative labour technique

Making it ‘Easi’ to give birth

Based on NLP and life-coaching techniques, Easibirthing is the UK version of the US-based Hypnobirthing approach, and it helps pregnant women develop tools to remain focused and in control during labour. Working on eliminating negative beliefs, the classes teach self-hypnosis and relaxation strategies to give mums-to-be the best chance of a stress- and pain-free, natural delivery. Easibirthing instructor Dessi Kassab recommends attending a class when you discover you’re pregnant and then continuing from 20 weeks. Dh3,500 per couple for a five-session course, contact 055 365 4555 or dessikassab@gmail.com. Dessi is also hosting two FREE intro sessions at The Change Initiative on December 4 and 18, 10.30-11.30am.

New resource

Join the club

Popular mummy blogger Mum Of Boys (Louise Emma Clarke) has set up a new mums’ group. Aimed at bringing together like-minded mums for meet-ups such as coffee mornings, play dates, movie screenings and even nights out, The Mum Club will offer a relaxed, supportive atmosphere and events at a pocket-friendly price. The group will also support local charities on a monthly basis, highlighting their valuable work in the community. Check out the Facebook page for more information and how to sign up. www.facebook.com/themumclub

Help at home

Sublime Rest easy over the festive season; trained, qualified nurses from Sublime Home Healthcare will be on hand to help with everything from home nursing to breast- or bottle-feeding, establishing routines and even simple babysitting, from newborns to older children. Prices vary depending on service. www.sublimehomecare.com

B.A.B.E. Bump And Baby Education – a team of two qualified British midwives who also have UAE experience – offers more than just antenatal classes. Once you’ve delivered, they’ll rock up at your home to make sure you’re coping, baby is thriving and all is well. There’s a range of packages available and these can be tailored to meet individual needs. 056 934 9478

Babies and beyond A team of certified health professionals fully trained to British standards will visit you at home and help with a range of services including general postnatal visits, newborn care, babysitting, feeding, sleeping and weaning. Prices vary depending on services required. www.babiesandbeyond.ae

Inspire me

Looking for some inspiration to get your pre-baby body back? follow @fitmum_Dxb on instagram. mummy, midwife, triathlete, personal trainer; could there be a better combination? Zoe Cresswell’s no-nonsense, practical approach will have you fitter and healthier in no time.

Bespoke baby treasures

Little souvenirs Dutch baby superstore Just Kidding now stocks Pearhead products, a range of adorable keepsakes designed to commemorate Baby’s special moments. Featuring cute ideas such as journals, baby books, frames and handprint sets, as well as a range of festive items including Christmas baubles, the range is available at branches around town. Prices start from Dh35. Visit www.justkidding-me.com.

Surprise me Make reading more fun with a personalised story from My Little Surprises. A range of books (Dh195) on different topics such as potty-training and sleeping is available in English, French and Arabic at www.mylittlesurprises.com

Make it personal If you want to make your baby’s linens and accessories that bit more individual, head to DB Babies where any of their personalisable products can now be embroidered free of charge. Choose from a wide range of products from bibs to blankets, and have either a simple monogram or your baby’s full name. Product prices vary and the embroidery service can be accessed either in-store or online. Visit www.dbbabies.com.

Great value delivery

Thumbay Hospital, the private teaching hospital in Al Ghusais, has been running a Book Now Pay Later scheme whereby women can access affordable delivery packages by signing up through a special camp. Normal deliveries can cost from as little as Dh4,999. 04 603 0555

Prenatal pampering

Clarins pregnancy pack

There’s a brand new pamper pack on the market for mums-to-be, and it comes chock-full of the luxurious yet natural and effective goodies that we’ve come to rely on from Clarins. There’s a lovely body treatment oil for daily bump moisturising, stretch-mark minimising cream to keep the pesky stripes at bay, an energising emulsion to soothe tired legs and reduce swelling, plus sunblock to deter pregnancy-related pigmentation, and even a little soft bunny toy for the new baby. All of this comes with a detailed pregnancy beauty guide by Jacques and Olivier Courtin-Clarins that’s full of great tips. Dh429 at leading retailers.