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Born in Auckland New Zealand in 1953 Raewyn grew up without siblings. As a sensible and responsible child she loved being around and mothering the babies and small children of the friends and neighbours in her safe and idyllic family-oriented neighbourhood and found she was often called upon to babysit or to entertain younger children.
Later, as a ‘natural’ new mum herself, Raewyn found she was often the one advising other new mothers in the transition to parenthood because she was able to identify a baby’s needs when its own mother was perhaps clueless or struggling to do so.
Raewyn clearly had a ‘way’ with babies and that led her to study and employment in childcare later in life as her own children became independent. She went on to study and work in centre-based childcare and in sole charge support positions performing in relief, troubleshooting and advisory roles with babies, infants and preschoolers. It soon became very clear that new born babies held a special fascination...
As the result of word of mouth recommendations Raewyn has had a 15 year international freelance career as a Mother and Baby Coach / Maternity and Baby nurse. In that time she has been called upon to support, advise and guide parents and their newborn babies using her ‘magic blueprint for contentment’. Her work became her research and allowed her the great privilege of sharing these precious first weeks after a baby is born ...with parents and their babies from all walks of life and circumstances, and so to write her book.
From the beautiful London mansions of the English aristocracy, the country estates of the landed gentry, the luxurious New York loft apartments , the holiday houses in the playgrounds of the rich and famous , private planes, limousines, 5 star and 1st class travel with Saudi Royals, entrepreneurs, industrialist and corporate high flyers... to working class families who want to maximise the potential for joy a new baby brings.
Because Raewyn believes ‘Baby ‘ is an international language so the focus is the same whatever the situation or circumstance.... the wellbeing of mum and her new baby and the cycle of consequence that good practise effects....Bliss.
Raewyn is now based back in her childhood neighbourhood where her daughter, her husband and two of her four grandchildren also reside.
on May 22, 2011 :
Great to see a book available that has simple, practical advice to the mysteries of being a good mother. Have recommended it to all my 'new mother' friends who are struggling with the management of an extra set of lungs in the household.
(reviewed the day of purchase)