On Wednesday May 12th, Juno’s Paediatric service will become a paid subscription costing £9.99 per month. Before you flip the table or throw your phone into a hedge, let us explain what the changes are, why we are making them and how it will improve your service with Juno.
What are the changes?
From Wednesday May 12th, parents will need to subscribe £9.99 a month to start a conversation and share a concern with one of our paediatricians. However, you will now be able to access our midwives AND paediatricians with the same, simple subscription. This means we can offer the very best advice and support throughout your pregnancy and into parenthood.
All existing midwifery subscribers:
You can now speak to a paediatrician with the same subscription and will not be prompted to resubscribe. Your subscription now covers both specialists. Bonus!
All existing subscribers without a midwifery subscription:
All your existing conversations with a paediatrician will remain free.
If you start a new conversation or set up a child profile, you will have to subscribe.
If you choose to subscribe, you will still get a free two-week trial.
What hasn’t changed?
The app remains completely free to download.
You will not be asked to subscribe until you have created a bump or child profile.
If you subscribe you will still get a free two-week trial.
Why are the prices changing?
Good question. The answer is – Juno has BIG plans for the future. And as we all know from life, big plans require a bit more money. With our new subscription plan we will reinvest it into our service, making it more effective and efficient.
What does this mean for you, the parent, though?
We are going to make Juno more comprehensive, opening up the doors to potential 24hr, 7 days a week service. It is proven that anxiety hits us most during the night and we are working hard to alleviate that issue.
We also plan to offer more for every parent and parent-to-be:
More practical and personal medical content straight from our specialists.
One-on-one consultations to address and pre-empt common childhood concerns.
Different ways to interact with our specialist: video, zoom sessions, regular check-ins, etc.
Watch this space for updates as there will be plenty to come to improve your Juno journey soon. Get in touch if you have any ideas to change your experience for the better, we would love to hear from you.
And thank you for taking care with Juno.
You can download Juno now for IOS or Android and start your two week-free trial.
Juno is nothing without the healthcare professionals that operate it. It’s time to meet the midwives that make our midwifery service so special. Thanks to their contributions to Juno, they can ensure that every parent-to-be gets the guidance they need, when they need it. Each of our midwives are proud supporters of our healthcare system, with many also working with the NHS. By using Juno, they can release the pressure on it and make sure it is protected. They champion the importance of midwifery and allow new parents the possibility of accessing prenatal advice, wherever they are. I think it’s fair to say – we love our midwives!
Midwifery has never been more relevant than in this moment. In a time when restrictions hinder our access to health information, online support has never been more vital. Pregnancy can unearth a host of dizzying questions that can be anxiety inducing for any mother. Whether it’s a niggling query that keeps you up at night or a new pressing concern, Juno’s midwifery team is here to help. Each of our expert midwives have different skills and experience to give the best range of advice. This includes a variety of expertise in birthing styles, from a range of settings (hospital, community, etc).
Meet the team
Midwifery on Juno may have only just begun, but we have already seen many expectant mums turn to our midwives for support. It already appears that our service comes at a crucial moment for healthcare and our midwives think it’s an important step for midwifery. Here is an introduction to our excellent team of midwives and the variety of experience they boast.
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We are living in a constantly evolving world with regards to technology, social media and people looking for support online. As a midwife, I have seen over the past few years how important it is for us to have a presence online so that we can offer online medical support and reassurance when people need it most. I’ve noticed it even more since the start of the Pandemic.
All services within the NHS are overstretched due to Covid-19, meaning you are now seeing more and more women unable to access maternity care when they need it the most. Which means it is perfect timing to find alternative routes to access professional advice alongside your normal maternity care.
Finding the right medical advice online.
I came across an article from the BBC recently about maternity services and how they are suffering during the pandemic. You can read it here. Women are struggling to access the care that they need, during the most important time of their lives. Our maternity services were stretched prior to the pandemic, so it is no surprise to see women turning to facebook groups for support from other mothers. Whilst having this support network is important, it is also imperative to note that this is not professional advice. This means women are potentially being given the wrong advice when looking for support from friends, family and social media groups.
By creating Juno – we will be able to give vital support and advice via an app so that women and parents-to-be can choose to access medical advice in a quick, safe way. Not only that, it also gives us as midwives a voice online to be able to support women. In a tech-heavy world, where everyone picks up their phone to google symptoms, I believe this is vital support that we need to implement nationally for everyone in pregnancy, postnatally and beyond.
The importance of midwifery.
Women are missing face-to-face appointments with their midwives, consultants and some are going months without seeing a healthcare professional because of the pandemic. As a midwife, I know how much this will increase anxiety levels for women and their families. If we can provide an online service like Juno to run alongside NHS care, this will help reassure and alleviate anxieties in pregnancy. I absolutely love being a midwife and caring for women and families. We become midwives because of our compassion and how passionate we are about maternity care. This is why we’ve created a service to offer online support as much as we possibly can. With lots of medical services now offering online consultations and advice – it’s about time midwives had an online presence too!
During pregnancy, you have so many questions that need answering and that’s what we are here for. Early pregnancy, when you haven’t met your midwife yet, is the most common – as you have so many symptoms in the first trimester and it is nice to be able to access reassurance if you need it. We also find that a lot of women come to us between 16-25 weeks of pregnancy. You normally don’t see a midwife during this time and there are so many questions you may have.
Why Juno is the future.
I had one woman access advice online who was pregnant for the first time with twins. She was bleeding in early pregnancy and was very worried about losing one or both of her babies. I gave her support, reassurance and guidance throughout her whole pregnancy and she gave birth to two beautiful healthy babies. She felt that having access to midwifery support whenever she needed was invaluable and helped her enjoy her pregnancy more. This is why our Juno midwifery advice service will be invaluable for families and why I am so excited to be a part of it.
So if you are planning to have a baby, pregnant or have a newborn baby, please download Juno and contact us whenever you have any questions you need answered. We are currently available 8am-8pm, 7 days a week and run a fast response service with highly experienced midwives available at the touch of a button.
Sound the klaxon and stop the press! Midwifery advice is coming to Juno!
Recently we’ve been thinking hard about how to better help parents-to-be across the UK. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right pregnancy advice, at the right time. But we want to change that. We are partnering up with Ask The Midwife to provide fast guidance for new mums throughout their pregnancy journey.
Ask The Midwife’s Hannah Harvey (BSc) is joining Juno to ensure that the advice given is trustworthy, friendly and reassuring. With all her experience, she brings a team of expert midwives to be at hand when parents need them most.
What is Ask The Midwife?
In 2016, Hannah Harvey created Ask The Midwife as an online platform to give women access to midwifery advice whenever they needed it. Whether it was guidance during early pregnancy, or after birth with their newborn baby, Ask The Midwife aimed to bridge the gap with online interaction between midwives and women. Whilst having over 10 years experiences practising midwifery, Hannah is also a mum-of-three (and nearly four!). We couldn’t think of anyone better to help lead Juno, pass on her expertise and help parents with their questions or concerns.
At Juno, we are determined to continue Hannah’s endeavour to give reassurance, support and accurate and up-to-date information for every parent-to-be. We think that midwifery advice should be readily available at all times and if pregnant women are in any doubt, they can just ask Juno. Together, we hope to become a refuge of reliable guidance for parents throughout pregnancy and beyond.
Why midwifery matters.
During pregnancy, a midwife can’t be there all the time to answer your questions. There are always moments of doubt and worry over what is happening to your body and baby. We want midwifery advice to be easily accessible, delivered fast and unique for every user. Here are some key figures about midwifery and its use within the UK:
- 43% of women did not see the same midwife every time or almost every time during pregnancy.
- 8% did not have the name and phone number of their midwife.
- 75% of women had not met any of the staff who cared for them during their labour and birth before.
- 23% reported that when they contacted their midwife they were not given the help they needed.
These statistics clearly show that adopting a midwifery service is a step in the right direction for healthcare. With the help of Ask The Midwife, we hope to meet the demands of midwifery advice and help as many pregnant parents as possible.
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Juno is bursting with excitement and pride to reveal Dr. Shruti as our Clinical Lead. She joins the rest of Juno’s expert team of paediatricians to deliver reliable and exceptional advice to parents. We are delighted to have a professional with the calibre of Dr. Shruti to help guide and shape Juno going forward. With a wealth of experience at her disposal, she also brings together our network of highly qualified paediatricians for a better, coordinated care.
Dr. Shruti is described as ‘the full package, with great communication and clinical skills. She has an enthusiasm for working to improve and change practice, as well as being a kind and approachable colleague.’
“My constant drive and motivation are some of my strongest attributes fuelling achievements in my career thus far.”
“Uniquely, I am dual qualified in General Practice and General Paediatrics. My plethora of experience places me in a privileged position to better understand the complexities and challenges faced by both primary and secondary care in our incredible, yet overburdened, healthcare system.“
“This makes me perfectly placed to join Juno! My vision is to integrate the different interfaces of healthcare with technology in this evolving digital era. I aim to lead the transformation and delivery of specialist healthcare advice as we know it.”
“To better manage the challenges faced by health organisations in the current climate of the NHS, I have undertaken formal training in leadership and management, a particular area of interest. This has enabled me to adopt a positive, reflective and resilient approach to my leadership and handle any challenge with a sense of calm.“
“I will apply these skills in my role as Clinical Lead of Juno, to facilitate collaborative partnerships between clinicians, but most importantly to deliver easily accessible and exceptional standards of patient-centred care. Championing patient safety is paramount every step of the journey.”
“This app enables parents to access expertise at their fingertips, empowering them to manage common conditions with confidence. This enables a reduction in unnecessary visits to the GP and A&E, with better experiences and outcomes for children and their families. I genuinely believe Juno is going to revolutionise accessibility to specialist healthcare advice as we know it.”
“I am extremely excited to join such an incredibly passionate and committed team, whose ethos, values and behaviours align with my own high standards and expectations. My belief is that every interaction is not only an opportunity to teach, but also to learn. With the help of the powerhouse behind Juno, I hope to learn a lot.”
I think it’s safe to say that people across the country are a tad unmotivated. After a disruptive Christmas and the emergence of a New Year lockdown, morale is low. We are in desperate need of inspiration! As a writer, writing this, I can honestly say, “I need inspiration!” Well, after days mining the internet for every ounce of creative content, I can happily say, “Humans are amazing!” We are resourceful, resilient and unrelenting in our endeavour to procrastinate into infinity. There is no limit to our creativity and ways to support and inspire each other, even in our darkest moments. Remember those things called art, theatre and music? Good. Need some culture in your life? Well, you’re in luck. Here is the very best virtual art, theatre, music and culture you can find online in isolation.
Tour iconic destinations
Exploring cultural cities and landscapes of the world was so 2019. The majority of people haven’t been able to leave their local area for almost a year and we all need a healthy dose of escapism. Whether it’s taking a tour of Rome’s Colosseum or yomping over the incredible sights of Machu Picchu, You Visit has everything you need to indulge the explorer inside you. I have absolutely no shame in sharing that I watched an entire tour of New York City, starting in a helicopter before being led around the city by my virtual tour guide Maria. So why not take the family on a guided tour now? It was informal, fun, addictive and I’m on my way to Barcelona now.
Explore The Royal Academy of Arts
Nothing beats seeing art in person. Physically stepping into galleries and absorbing the artwork with your own two eyes is unique as it is meditative. However, The Royal Academy of Arts is providing multiple experiences to cater to our art health during isolation. As well as virtual tours within the historic RA building, there are also plenty of other ways to experience art in the RA from every conceivable angle. Watch this dizzyingly insightful video about the RA’s Summer Exhibition presented by Grayson Perry. It gives an engaging introduction to art and is the perfect kickstart for anyone needing a bit of creative inspiration.
Watch the National Theatre online
We’ve all completed Netflix over the last year. We have even enjoyed some of those TV shows we promised to ourselves never ever to watch (Selling Sunset). So what is there to watch next? The National Theatre has a catalogue of breathtaking performances available for rent or subscription. From Warhorse to Shakespeare’s Othello, there is no better fix of culture than some of the finest actors in the world treading the boards. I know what you’re thinking, is this perhaps a bit pricey just to get a culture fix? But to have unlimited theatre for a year, at only £83, is well worth it. Just think, a single ticket in the West End could cost double that amount! Help the theatre industry and give yourself enriching entertainment.
Listen to the best quarantine concerts
Music cleanses the soul. At times music has been our primal source of joy and escapism, however, at other times it seemed our patience was wearing thin. Playing the same songs by the same artists was no longer a source of joy, but a medium of tedium. But the most important thing to remember is that there is so much more music for you still to be discovered, or an artist you haven’t heard of, or a song you haven’t memorised in entirety. The New York Times posted an article containing the 10 Best Quarantine Concerts Online which shows an incredible breath of music ready to inspire. There is something for everyone on this list with a huge mix of genres and watching these performances live is just the icing on the cultural cake.
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2020. You will not be missed!
Whilst it’s incredibly easy to dwell in the past and revel in just how bad 2020 was, I’m not going to. Instead, I think it’s important to focus on how 2020 might have changed us all for the better. As we have become more remote in our work and lifestyle, it has forced us to look more inward. Keeping physically fit and mentally fresh has never been more important for the sake of ourselves as well as our family. This blog is dedicated to health trends, fitness tips and wellness exercises to be healthy and happy in 2021.
If 2020 was the year of sleep health, 2021 will surely be the year of circadian rhythms. What are circadian rhythms? I hear you ask. Circadian rhythms are innate physical, mental and behavioural shifts over a 24 hour cycle. All these natural changes respond primarily to light and dark exposure and affect most living things on our planet. And before you start palming this off as nonsense, please see that the 2017 Nobel Prize for Medicine was won for the discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. See, science.
Whilst sustaining a strong circadian rhythm will not eradicate our insomniac woes, we predict it will have an incredible impact on human health in 2021. With light as the central part of the solution, you can improve your circadian rhythm simply by adopting exposure to bright light when you are meant to. Products by Lumie have been constructed to give you a boost of light during the day, whilst dimming lights in the evening improve your circadian health. Restricting your eating times to when it is light will also have a positive effect on your health, as is setting a consistent bedtime (if that’s possible).
It won’t be long before an array of apps are brought out to help measure and manage our natural biological clock. An app called Timeshifter is already optimising circadian health and eliminating jet lag for travellers with healthy light and eating habits. Start 2021 with some light therapy and reset your biological clock for better physical and mental health.
Reconnect with Nature
Isolation has become such a prevalent part of my vernacular. It seems I can’t go a day without mentioning ‘isolation’ or ‘self-isolating’ at least once. So after all this time stuck indoors (isolating), it’s not just important to get outside but integral to our wellbeing. We require a renewed freshness and vitality or, as the Japanese say, “iki-iki”. We should follow their lead and make our connection with nature an important health prerogative in 2021.
‘Forest bathing’ became a Japanese national health programme in 1982, promoting millions of people to walk along healing forest trails. Studies support a host of health benefits: reducing blood pressure, lowering stress, improving cardiovascular and metabolic health, enhancing concentration, memory and energy. Nature is the mother of all health kicks.
In Britain, we are spoiled by some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. With national parks and rambling trails at our disposal, it’s time to make nature an important part of 2021. Simply go for a walk, surround yourself with nature and start to feel healthier again.
Join Online Fitness
This one isn’t necessarily ground-breaking, or innovative, or even new! But it is important. Often during 2020 it felt like we reached our limit with online fitness classes with Joe Wicks haunting us eternally in our dreams. However, there is an absurd amount of online fitness alternatives to be found online to help rejuvenate our interest and boost our physical fitness. Whatever level you are you can find something for you.
The Nike Training App is great for long or short workouts, focusing on strength, endurance or mobility. There is plenty of variety to get yourself started, keep you enthused for a long time and it’s completely free. Youtube has everything you need when it comes to online fitness. As long as you can stand the barrage of ads, it’s free and gives plenty of variety to your workout.
Do you miss that yoga or pilates class? Chances are they are still doing the class, but online. After a quick search on Instagram, you will be able to find a live zoom workout that works for you. Finding a local class is a great way to help your physical wellbeing and support an independent trainer.
Increase your Immunity
For some reason (pandemic), increasing our immunity and metabolic health has become a prime objective for 2021. But what exactly is metabolic health? Metabolic health, in essence, means balance. Having good metabolic health suggests that you have the ideal levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, body weight and blood pressure. Having an unhealthy metabolic health directly could increase a person’s risk of a stroke, heart disease, diabetes or even COVID-19.
As it happens, your metabolic health and immunity are linked. Scientists have found throughout the course of COVID-19, people who are metabolically unhealthy seem to be more at risk of getting severely ill when they do get infected with the virus. This is surely a wake up call for many of us to improve upon our metabolic health and therefore our immunity.
How do we improve our metabolic health? A bit of exercise doesn’t hurt, but the best remedy is the food we eat. A ‘flexitarian diet’ is a trendy and laid-back way of eating food that removes the stress of all-or-nothing diets. It is inclusive of all food groups, but moderation is the key. If you like meat, have meat! But in small quantities. This eating scheme is a unique way of allowing someone to feel like they’re making a difference (for the climate, planet, animals, etc.), without restricting their entire lifestyle. Improving our metabolism and immunity is not about going to extremes, but finding that happy balance.
Child Health Tech
Every year we come across a new hoard of health apps to help guide us, protect us and improve our way of life. Babylon has become almost a norm for people wanting quick access to GPs without having to go to your local surgery. This is testament to Babylon’s use and innovation in the healthcare market. However, whilst this service has improved the immediacy of healthcare, it still doesn’t have the specialist care some users require. Cue the parents.
When it comes to child healthcare, anxiety-driven parents need a specialist opinion. Juno was created to fill this void and provide parents with a reassuring way to get advice on their child’s health. Boasting an entire network of GMC & MRCPCH registered paediatricians, it gives parents that clarity and confidence they desperately need. Like Babylon, it is an entirely remote service that saves parents that arduous journey to their local GP and gives them all the guidance they need from their phone. With paediatricians responding to a parent’s concerns in less than 5 minutes, it’s a quick and reliable resource of child healthcare.
Yes, the country is still in tiers. Yes, there is still a worldwide pandemic. All the more reason for apps like Juno. Download and sign up for better child health in 2021.
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Sure, I was sceptical at first. ‘Instant access to a network of highly qualified child healthcare specialists from your phone’. Could that really be true? However, after trying Juno for myself I can now say I am no longer a sceptic, but a believer. That is why I created my own guide on how to use Juno.
Getting started couldn’t be easier. Juno is simple to use, reassures you every step of the way and directs you straight to great child health advice. Here is my step-by-step guide to help you get started on your own Juno journey.
Step 1 – Discovery & Download
I’m a part of a baby group on WhatsApp. We all became new mums around the same time so it’s a safe space for advice and tips on parenthood. One of the mums said her daughter was ill over the weekend and suggested an app called Juno helped her almost instantly. The whole idea sounded inspiring! I went on the App Store and downloaded Juno right away, not thinking I would have to use it any time soon.
“This app is just Brilliant!!! I honestly can’t recommend it enough. I contacted the paediatrician who came back to me within 5 mins and was very thorough and saved me a trip to A&E.” – Review by Wakelin88.
Step 2 – Signing Up
Sooner came much quicker than I thought, my son was poorly over the weekend and I couldn’t get a GP appointment until Monday. I suddenly remembered my friend using Juno, so I thought I would give it a try. Initially, I was a bit worried about giving my phone number and email to a company I didn’t know, I wasn’t in the market for spam. But I was reassured on every single screen about the legitimacy of the service and in just a minute I was signed up. Easy as that.
“My son had a cough and I contacted a doctor through this app. It was reassuring particularly now that getting an appointment with my GP is difficult.” – Review by SonsolesML.
Step 3 – Create your account
Before contacting a specialist, I had to create an account for my son. I was anticipating long and arduous documents to filter through, but the process couldn’t be easier. I filled in our current GP information, my son’s medical history and allergies and that was it. It wasn’t too long or short, but just the right information that made me feel secure. I was happy knowing the doctors had this information readily available when I talked to them.
“It’s a great alternative to visiting a GP or paediatrician. Juno is an easy way to speak to a specialist in a few minutes and online, which is particularly convenient and reassuring during Covid.” – Review by Paul Lehair
Step 4 – Asking a Specialist
After creating my son’s account, I was immediately offered to contact a specialist. I described my son’s symptoms, sent the message and waited for a response. I had no idea how long I would be waiting for, but I was cautiously optimistic. Only 5 minutes later, I was messaging a specialist paediatrician! Once the conversation had started, I tapped on their name to read their work history, bio and credentials. It was hugely comforting to know that I was speaking to a real person and not just a computer.
Step 5 – Reassured in moments
After a short discussion on the app, the doctor gave me some great advice and eased my concerns. What else can I say? Every part of Juno was incredibly easy, fast and reassuring. Given all the current restrictions with COVID, going into hospital isn’t very alluring or even feasible. Juno gave me a quick and reliable second opinion and saved me a trip to A&E. I hope this guide has been useful to help you get started and learn more about the brilliance of Juno!
“Highly recommend this app! When my son fell ill over the weekend and I was extremely concerned, I managed to speak with a paediatrician through Juno who responded within minutes with really helpful advice! Would definitely be using this again in the future!” – Review by EC-Oscar6.
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Does this sound familiar?
Expecting Parent – “I don’t believe in gadgets or technology. I’m going to bring up my baby the natural way.”
Parent of Four (laughing hysterically, non-stop, unapologetic) – “We’ll see.”
Turns out that babies are a lot of hard work. Who knew? Each unique bundle of joy comes with their own foibles, needs and aggravations. In these unquestionable times of doubt that surrounds us all, isn’t it time to make our lives easier, not harder? It’s time to give in to the plethora of technology laid before you to make your life easier, quicker and quieter. Whether it’s a product to help with your morning routine, an app to look after your baby’s health, or a gadget that keeps on entertaining, here are the 5 best bits of baby tech and gadgets to get you through 2020.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine
Sterilisation✔️ Filtration✔️ Temperature control✔️ Painfully convenient✔️
Tommee Tippee is a smart solution to a problem that plagues parents in the early hours of the morning. Simply load up the machine with formula and water and add in the correct setting for pure bottle perfect. After first shooting steam to sterilise the bottle, the filter removes any impurities from the water, before delivering the ideal temperature. All in under 2 minutes! It’s a no brainer for blurry-eyed parents everywhere.
£72 from Amazon
Fridababy Windi Gas and Colic Reliever
Let’s talk about farts, baby. When it comes to timely and essential baby healthcare products, Fridababy has their finger on the pulse. Gas is a pain in the butt. Now you can relieve your little one’s strife with this handy tool called Windi. It’s safe, easy-to-use and transportable, so you are able to look after your baby’s tummy 24/7.
$15.99 at Frida Baby
This is the sort of baby-friendly product to help everyone sleep better at night. Gro-hush utilises babies’ love for white noise by reminding them of their innate sensation and pre stressful life in the womb. This portable speaker gently produces soothing white noise into your baby’s ears to help them relax and nod off. And hey, if it doesn’t work on them, it will probably work on you.
My Happy Planet Baby Wipes
Happy planet. Happy baby. Finally, we have a product that is sustainable and attempting to tackle the solution of non-recyclable baby wipes. Keep your conscience and baby’s bottom clean with these non-plastic, totally biodegradable wipes that you could even throw in your garden after use! Although we wouldn’t necessarily recommend that…
Juno – The Child Healthcare Advice App
Whether it’s keeping track of our money or tracking our way to work, apps are changing the way we live. New health innovation – Juno – has recently been released to help reduce parents’ anxieties about their child’s health. Thanks to Juno, you will be able to easily contact a highly qualified paediatrician (child doctor), straight from your phone without the hassle of travelling to your local GP.
Download Juno now on IOS or Android.
You toss and turn in your bed to try and find that comfy spot (a space that has become far more elusive in recent weeks). You flip the pillow, but it makes no difference. Your mind races, leaping from one unfinished tangent to another, totally unable to switch off. Then you hear it. A whinge reverberates down the corridor. You hold your breath, hoping it goes away, but you hear the whinge again entreating into your bedroom. The subtlest of cries begins to transform into a full-blown tantrum and you realise all hope is lost. You decide to give up on sleep.
Here you are again, hunched over, cradling your newborn in your arms. You stare lovingly at the being that has brought you so much joy, yet so many sleepless nights. You attempted to stem the flow of tears, but as they say, ‘there ain’t no rest for new parents’. The tears are one thing, but in truth, there has been much bigger worry plaguing your mind of late. A concern that keeps you up at night. A question about your baby’s health. Anxieties flush through you as you grab your phone and decide to quickly Google the problem.
After an hour of non-stop searching, you are no closer to finding an answer. Instead, you are only gripped by a more intense anxiety and lost in a sea of misplaced views and advice from unknown sources. You squeeze the bridge of your nose with your fingers and feel the pain behind your eyes. You try to remain calm, but your adorable baby is still whinging and moaning. ‘Enough is enough,’ you decide. You will call your local GP when they open and put your worries, and hopefully yourself, to bed.
You realise it’s Sunday. ‘F@*#’.
As soon as the clock, which you’re pretty sure is running slow, strikes 8 AM you call your local GP. Hold. Hold. Hold. Hang up, try again. Hold. Hold. You’re through! On the coldest of mornings, the receptionist’s voice is warming and assuring, but you can’t get an appointment for a couple of days. ‘Great. Another couple of sleepless nights for me.’
Buzz-Buzz. Your phone vibrates with a start, almost as if it were surprised itself. Your friend, another new parent, has sent a link…
Juno. The child healthcare advice app.
Your head feels fuzzy, perhaps slightly delirious from lack of sleep. ‘Why not!’, you yell within your own head (remembering that you are trying to get your baby to sleep). After signing up with ease, you are able to contact a specialist paediatrician. You describe the spots on your baby’s face and send a picture to go with it. ‘Is this really going to work?’ you ask yourself.
The kettle boiled, tea is brewed and before you know it – a notification pops up on your phone. One of Juno’s child healthcare specialists has got back to you.
The tone is reassuring, the advice is clear and a wave of calm rushes over you. The relief is palpable as the worries, which clung to you only 10 minutes before, subside into nothingness.
You type, ‘Thank you.’
The doctor replies, ‘You’re welcome. Let us know if anything changes’.
And like some sort of magic elixir, you and your baby are fast asleep. The weight of the world lifted off your shoulders. The tea you made is over-brewed and will no doubt go to waste, but who cares.
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