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In the past, any form of exercise during pregnancy was considered to be a NO GO and pregnant women were encourage to adapt a sedentary lifestyle. However that is no longer the case, it is such an important part of a healthy pregnancy. It is recommended to keep active...read more
What is it you expect from your birth partner? How can they support you? Is it coaching, touching, being present or possibly staying well away from you? Working as a doula now for over 3 years, I’ve been at various births and witnessed a number of birth partners as...read more
Did you know that if you PLAN to birth at home you are much less likely to have: Caesarean birth (Hospital 11.1% and Home 2.8%) Forceps (Hospital 6.8% and Home 2.1%) 3rd/4th Degree Tears (Hospital 3.2% and Home 1.9%) Blood Transfusion (Hospital 1.2% and Home 0.6%)...read more
You've found out you're pregnant - brilliant - congratulations. After the initial excitement so many of us are affected by pregnancy nausea/sickness, extreme tiredness and lethargy in those first few weeks. Whilst it is crippling, it's generally a brilliant sign...read more
“Take all the drugs” – is something I hear so often in context of birth. And whilst I never have a judgement of a woman who NEEDS pain relief, because sometimes they do, it’s sad that many women go into birth feeling that is their only option. Why have we come to...read more
How many times did you google - "first signs/symptoms of pregnancy"? Did you do it before or after your test? Was it a planned or unplanned pregnancy? How did you feel when you found out? Finding out Finding out you are pregnant can be one of the most amazing...read more
How can you prepare for an induction? Why’s it important? Can you still have a positive birth if you’re having an induction? What are your choices?read more
I'm regularly having discussions with women about when the right time would be for an induction or caesarean. Currently our Caesarean Birth rate is at an all time high and increasing year on year. If you’ve only recently found out about the Birth and Baby Academy,...read more
How would you feel if you were told to "lie back and think of Britain" when it came to the birth of your baby? All too often - this is EXACTLY what happens with women around birth - and we are made to feel if we dare to question our care or ask for more information,...read more
Following on from last week’s post about homebirth, I wanted to touch on this week why it’s important who’s at your birth. One of the changes that we know all maternity services across the UK are trying to change is that women get to know their midwife (or...read more
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