To listen and reflect
Like many, the JUNO team has spent the last couple of months listening and reflecting on discussions, campaigns and protests happening around the world. We have considered as a team (still remotely) what this means for us and JUNO. We have always tried to be diverse and to reflect all families, but we are aware that we have more to do and we apologise for our shortcomings. Our aim is for all families to feel welcomed by and reflected in JUNO, and we would encourage all families to send in submissions.
The importance of intuition in healing
I was really inspired by Suzanne Askham’s feature on healing. She talks about how a good night’s sleep can bring a clarity and wisdom that allows you to follow your intuition, to stay positive and to share that positivity with the patient.
To press some flowers
Our craft feature is about flower pressing. I too used to have a wooden flower press as a child, so when I found some gorgeous jasmine flowers, I tried to press them to see if I could preserve that summer moment. I need to open the press to see if it’s worked…
The joy of babywearing
There is so much fantastic babywearing content in this issue. I love all the voices in our reader reviews, sharing what they love about their favourite carriers. I also love Melinda Painter’s image that accompanies Cath Darling’s feature. Melinda writes: “Babywearing is such a tactile experience and I wanted to translate that to my work – from the raised ink to the texture of the fabric. I carried my twins from 4 weeks old, and I still carry them now from time to time, at nearly 6.” If you are new to babywearing, check out the Best Buy and Review pages for lots of carrying wisdom.
How “special” it is to have a newborn baby, but also how overwhelming
Naomi Stadlen shares reflections from mothers on what she calls the “special time” after birth. Sophie Messager looks at the “four pillars of postnatal recovery” and how we can support new mothers. With many of us living apart from our families, both features are powerful reminders that, whilst having a new baby can be magical, it can also bring huge pressure and we need to find ways to support new mothers.
Saffia Farr started her working life as a City lawyer before moving to Egypt then Kyrgyzstan with her water-engineer husband. She now lives in the Bristol area and is mum to three children. Her involvement with JUNO started in 2009 when she had an article published about her experience of ante-natal care in Kyrgyzstan. She became editor of JUNO Magazine in 2011.