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Better Babies began in 2017 when I was struggling to get pregnant myself and was growing tired of doctors trying to prescribe drugs rather than address the underlying issues. Issues that I was seeing in more and more of my friends.
I was also conscious of the rapid rise particularly in autoimmune, allergies and neurological issues including rising issues around mental health in children – without consistent information as to potential causes or increased risk factors. At the same time, I was aware that the advice we are given for raising children has barely changed in decades, despite the fact our world now looks very different.
So, I went looking in the latest science and leading forward thinking experts for answers. More specifically, I went looking for some practical things I could do to potentially mitigate some of the pressure modern life is imposing on our minds and bodies.
As an investment banker for nearly a decade and a half, I decided to turn my geekiness and ability to process vast amounts of complex information in to finding answers. Two years later, after trawling through hundreds of pieces of the latest medical research, assembling the Better Babies advisory board (see below) and graduating from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition: betterbabies.com was born. Exactly a year after my son Matteo was born.
Better Babies is the collection of everything I have found on my journey. What i’ve realised is that awareness is one of our most powerful tools. Awareness of some of the modern and often well hidden factors that increase our risks to both physical and mental health. After that its about avoiding the ‘bad’ where you can and boosting the tools to support the good stuff. Simple as that!
Mahantesh is a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and practises both for the NHS and privately on Harley Street. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Bernhard Baron Fellowship. He also has a Diploma in Clinical Risk Management.
He has edited four textbooks in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has published several articles in esteemed medical journals including The Lancet , one of the medical community’s most respected journals. He is a big advocate of the power of meditation and mindfulness.
Christophe is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as the Academic Director of iCAAD: Europe’s leading institution focused on the treatment of Behavioural, Mental and Emotional Health issues.
His specialism and focus is issues arising from childhood.
Taj has been an osteopath for over thirty years but specialises in cranial osteopathy in the pediatric field. She was at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London for over ten years. She lectures internationally, is the head of clinical studies at the Osteopathie-Schule Deutschland in Hamburg and is a faculty member of the Sutherland Cranial College.
She is the author of several books.
Natalie has a Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training as well as a Diploma and Award in designing Pre and Postnatal Exercise Programmes. She is an author and specialises in nutrition.
Emilia has a PhD in pharmacology and more than ten years experience as a research analyst in the pharmaceutical sector of a major global investment bank. She then went on to become Deputy Research Director for Asia in Hong Kong for another global institution. Emilia is mother to two boys.
Dr Anand was one of the first doctors in the UK to gain the Fellowship of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine in 2012, the only accreditation in the field recognised in Europe, and sees patients with sexual problems alongside his general practice. Anand also teaches trainee doctors in sexual function as part of his Programme Director role, educating them to become GPs, and speaks locally and nationally with the British Society of Sexual Medicine.
He is secretary to the Primary Care Testosterone Advisory Group, and is a visiting lecturer in sexual function at Brighton and Sussex Universities Medical School. Anand has undertaken a series of web seminars for the British Medical Journal on male and female sexual function and contributes to Men’s Health, NetDoctor and Good Housekeeping.
Emmy has 15+ years of experience focusing on women’s mental health and is the founder of the Recover Clinic in London. Emmy has discovered remarkable patterns in the ways women are conditioned to respond to trauma and life-challenges. She’s devoted her life to sharing her learnings with sufferers and has created an approach to the treatment of mental illness that aims to help individuals strive for holistic balance. Her unique approach focuses on the person behind the illness, not just the physical symptoms.
Emmy is a seasoned media commentator and speaker, having presented talks and run workshops around the world, with her personal mission being to redefine mental health treatment and make it more accessible. As a mum of two, Emmy has a personal passion for engaging with women about maternal mental health.
Each month we will be giving away a curated box of goodies to suit the individual stage of your Journey, worth £100. To enter the draw and join us, enter your details below. Winner announced at the end of the month.
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