Baby Blues

In the words of Alanis Morrissette, isn’t it ironic? Here we are celebrating the birth of a child 2000 years ago who was born to a poor family, and the Spanish government are in the process of taking away the ‘baby cheque’ for new arrivals born into similarly poor families.

If you know of someone who is heavily pregnant and due any day now don’t be surprised to find them chugging down curry, riding up and down in cars with bad suspension on bumpy roads and clearing out the local Farmacia’s stocks of castor oil. If you can deliver your bundle of joy by December 31st then you will still receive a rather tasty handout from the government of 2’500€, but after that? Sorry, no dice. Apparently gynaecologists have been hearing many pleas for birth inducement and tales of hardship, and we can only speculate how many midwives will not be able to tell the time when it comes to births on New Year’s Eve. Imagine delivering your baby one minute past midnight and knowing you’d missed out on enough money to keep your family going for a couple of months. (To pile irony on top of irony, by the way, not only did Sir Elton and David became proud fathers, Alanis also became a mum on Christmas Day).

Then we also have the old-new problem of bills: energy charges are about to ramp up another 10%, it is cold in Mallorca right now and babies need to be kept  warm and cosy. I have a friend who works in a soup kitchen in Palma, she’s told me about more and more Spanish people queuing for food, whereas before it was more likely to be immigrants from South America or Africa who needed some help. It’s all looking a little bit bleak isn’t it? How can we turn this around and make 2011 a year to look forward to? I’m a great fan of resolutions, but I won’t bore you with my (very predictable) resolutions, although having just spent some time in the wilds of France I can tell you that the ban on smoking in bars will definately work much better in the North of Europe than in the South. It’s far too cold to pop outside for a grouty round here, so I predict lots of people will either a) give up smoking all together or b) go into business as patio heater sales people and make a fortune.

It’s a bit of a sad way to end the year I think, and it looks as if we will all have to find new ways to survive and keep going in the next one. Sticking together, being inventive, working hard and keeping a smile on your face sounds a bit ‘jolly hockeysticks’, but I honestly don’t know any other way of doing it. But, hey, if you are pregnant then congratulations, and let’s be honest, when you’ve just given birth to your brand new baby would it even pop into your mind that you’d missed out on a handout when you’d just won the lottery?


Having a Baby in Mallorca

There’s a lot to write up – but bear with me.

If there’s anything in particular you want to know about then send me an email. Vmc



Excellent (but pretty full on) natural birthing book is The Gentle Birth Method by Gowri Motha. Be prepared for a more eastern approach – very much on the natural earthy end of the scale. Very optimistic and positive

Excellent website is For pre-conception, pregnancy and parenting advice.

Pre-natal yoga and meditation
Karen and John – Yoga to be
Private classes near Alaro – 610 331 879
Or email

Homeopathic stuff
In Spain for all Homeopathic remedies ask for granulos (larger pills), apart from the pre-natal Caulophylum and Pulsatilla – ask for those in globulos (eeny weeny pills)
Don’t let the pills touch your hands – take them from the lid
You can order these from many pharmacies or have a homeopathic pharmacist make them up for you. In Mallorca the only place I know of is one of the two pharmacies on Caller Balanguera – Salvat Pharmacy – 24hour.

Midwives – for anti natal and post natal visits and for home births

Recommended therapists (Mallorca)
Cranio sacral therapy For pre and post natal
Maria (Deia and Mondays in Palma) 679 860 401
Lakshmi (Biniamar and some days in Palma) 649 067487
Howard (Alaro and mobile service) 686 504 867

Vicki (Andratx) 649 090 886

Sue (Near Binissalem) 600 680 333
Joyce (Palma, may-sept only) 619 830 666

Gudrun (Bunyola/Palmanola) 690 294 058

Lakshmi (Biniamar and Palma) as above

Pregnancy massages
Vicki (Andratx) as above
John and Karen (Alaro) as above
Howard (Alaro, Santa Ponsa and mobile) as above