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Birth ZoneBirth Zone, the pre-natal specialists here in the UAE, have two exciting launches to report. Firstly they are inviting pregnant women and their partners to come and view a wonderful film about birth in the comfort and luxury of the Anantara Resort and Spa, on The Palm, Jumeirah. Attendees will be given the opportunity to meet other pregnant women and fathers-to-be, over a casual drink and nibbles.

The screening takes places between 2pm – 6pm on 6th September 2014 and costs just $29. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the pregnancy, birth and parenting specialist panel, who will be at the event to answer any questions. Read more

Picture1If you have just moved to Dubai (maybe even for the first time as an expat) you might feel overwhelmed with starting your new life here.

As women, we are natural nurturers, we always look after others, our kids, husband, family and friends, and too often we forget that we need to be well taken care of , in order to be able to offer the best care for others.

After having the experience of moving 9 countries so far here are some of my top tips when it comes to feeling good in a new country: Read more

support-group-dubai2A series of support groups is being launched in Dubai to offer advice and psychological support to patients suffering from chronic illness. The initiative, offered by the German Neuroscience Center, is designed to address the lack of support group services in the UAE and help patients overcome the isolation often associated with chronic conditions.

The German Neuroscience Center will host free monthly sessions at the clinic led by counsellor Dr. Jared Alden (an American board certified psychologist and counsellor) starting on Monday August 11th 2014.

Chronic diseases are defined as long-term health conditions, which often do not have a cure and impair the quality of life e.g. diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s, arthritis and chronic auto-immune diseases. The groups will be open to patients, family members and friends and cover a range of topics related to living with chronic illness.
Attendees will profit from practical tips how to live with certain diseases to increase the quality of life. Read more

Last week I anxiously sat next to my 11 year old son as he bravely ate scrambled egg! Why was this such a big deal I hear you say. Well this was the first time he had eaten egg since suffering an anaphylaxis shock aged six at his friends birthday party. The news was great he is not allergic to eggs anymore so Friday mornings before rugby training he can now look forward to a plate of bacon, black pudding, baked beans and a fried egg (sunny side up!!). Unfortunately I still have to carry an Epipen around with me as he is still highly allergic to sesame and peanut. I do not require just one Epipen but four as he needs one on him at all times at school, one in the nurses room, one that I leave at home and one that I carry with me.  Read more

What Vaccinations Does My Child Need for Living in Dubai?

Most scheduled medical visits during the first two years of life involve vaccinations. Living in an expat environment presents a great number of challenges to parents wishing to get their child vaccinated; is the local vaccination schedule similar to the one followed in the home country? Are there vaccinations that are not given locally that might be needed in the home country? What is the quality and safety profile of the vaccinations given locally? Read more

It can be difficult enough to stick to your exercise routine without throwing travel into the mix. Here are some suggested exercises to do while you’re away.

1. TRX
This handy fitness tool can easily be stashed away in your luggage. Theses suspension belts can be attached to any firm anchor point for a full body workout using your body-weight as resistance.
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