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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
You’ve probably (hopefully) been told at some point that you should write a birth plan…. Yet, so many women don’t do this… some women believe it’s best to go with the flow, other women are told birth plans aren’t worth the paper they’re written on and other women just...read more
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 things...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
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