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In the Caesarean Bundle I discuss many of the common comments and judgements around the way we birth when it's a caesarean. Often it can be our own judgements too. I know for me, I had always had the opinion that caesareans were for those who were "too posh to push"...read more
Sienna was born on 21st November 2017 during an almost home birth from which I decided to transfer as after hours of second stage, she did not appear to progress through the birth canal. I am not quite sure why but it resulted in a forceps delivery which left her with...read more
Here's my kit list for a birth bag. I call it a birth bag and not a hospital bag as many of the people I work with plan homebirths. My suggestion is even if you are planning a homebirth is to have a bag in place so that you can swiftly transfer. If you want to keep...read more
I had always been suspicious of birth in hospital. It seemed to me that the women that went there to have their babies were not sick so why should they be in this cold and sterile environment? I had made up my mind as an adolescent to have a homebirth if I ever fell...read more
When I moved to Edinburgh from Italy, I was entering in the third trimester of my second pregnancy. The past three months had been really tough, alone with a 3 years old boy as my husband had already moved to Scotland, managing work, international moving, anxiety,...read more
My labour started around 6pm on a Friday evening – 2 days before my due date. I was out walking with my husband at the River Almond. I got a tight period pain that lasted about 30 seconds then stopped. We enjoyed a lovely walk round the river which took around an hour...read more
Jamie was almost two weeks late, just like his big brother, but the similarities between their two births end there. With my first boy, I was induced and, due to ‘ failure to progress’ was pushed along in my labour journey until, 34 hours after my contractions first...read more
Kim's story Around 36 weeks I started experiencing Braxton Hicks at night and one night they were so strong I got excited thinking I'd be going into labour and I'd have my baby soon; I was so excited I didn't sleep and got up the next day exhausted and with no baby in...read more
This is such an empowering birth story and I'm so thrilled my friend Sarah has agreed for me to publish this. What I love about this birth story is how someone who has had some a complex birth history managed to turn it around to take ABSOLUTE control of her birth and...read more
Just one day? Years ago, I used to run antenatal classes for the local twins club. I remember saying to mums – “Birth is just one day of your life – try not to get too focussed on it and focus instead on how you’re going to manage your babies”. This was way...read more
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