I've been doing some fiction writing. But I'm not sure this is entirely fiction.... A highly respected obstetrician came home to his wife one day with some worrying news. "Darling," he said, "I've just seen the specialist about those pains I've been having. I'm afraid I'm going to have to … [Read more...] about The Obstetrician and his Wife
"As the birth approaches you’re a bag of nerves, so you need to know your partner is ready to swing into action whenever he gets that call." That's what a big pregnancy and baby advice website is saying today in its advice for the final days of pregnancy. So you're a "bag of nerves", are you? I … [Read more...] about Final days of pregnancy
For the past few weeks I have been tweeting a short daily quotation from one of Ina May Gaskin's books. Today's was "Remember you have a real, live baby in there. Sometimes it's such an intense trip having a baby that you forget what it's for" It's from Spiritual Midwifery, and it's one of a series … [Read more...] about #inamayquote
What can a mum do to determine her baby's position? What can she do to improve her baby's position - even in labour? How much does it matter? Answer to question 1: more than you might think. Answer to question 2: same! Answer to question 3; Probably not that much UNLESS you don't like 3 day … [Read more...] about Babies who spin?
I've kept myself rather out of the doula world this year. Too many worries at home mean I've cut right back on this, my favourite work, because the emotional burden is just too much; I know how to put boundaries between work and home life, sure, but as a doula one is shouldering the … [Read more...] about SHIFT CHANGE SYNDROME
I've been finding out some fascinating stuff about reflux and colic and I'd like to share it with you.Every other baby I meet these days seems to have something called reflux but an awful lot of these babies seem to have what in my day we just called colic. It's really confusing - are they the same … [Read more...] about Is it reflux? Is it colic?
A breastfeeding helpline to support new mothers has been officially launched by the Government. Public health minister Dawn Primarolo announced a £150,000 year package for the advice line to give women practical support and information. Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed are less … [Read more...] about new breastfeeding helpline