Up to a quarter of births in the West are induced by one means or another. Only half of those inductions take place because of a medical or obstetric reason. The rest take place because of the woman's dates. The date on the calendar is not the best way of indicating that a baby should be born right … [Read more...] about The Waiting Game…some thoughts on induction of labour
I've just read a great blog post explaining exactly how babywearing can help prevent postnatal depression and it's got me thinking about how Hypnobirthing can help in the same way. It's on a blog called Babywearing Downunder. Here's the … [Read more...] about Hypnobirthing and postnatal depression
"There's nothing like a new baby. It matters not a jot how it was born". This headline is what got me into Twitter trouble today. I found myself trading angry tweets with a TV presenter who presents programmes about crafts and property. How did I let this happen? I love crafts and property! I make … [Read more...] about “@KirstieMAllsopp: there’s nothing like a new baby. It matters not a jot how it was born” < discuss
At last! The research study we have all been waiting for. This is the abstract of a study I've just read about thanks to MIDIRS and the NCT library service: I reproduce it here without further comment.... Potential effects of chocolate on human pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. di Renzo … [Read more...] about Chocolate IS good for you in pregnancy!
Woman's Hour is a long-running radio programme which goes out in the middle of the morning. Most people who are able to listen to the radio attentively in the middle of the morning are: professional drivers such as taxi drivers Craftspeople Builders, decorators etc though these in my experience … [Read more...] about Women of Power and Influence
I have worked as a doula for many women like Felicia Boots. Wealthy, beautiful, sweet and determined to be the best possible mothers in the world. Women who have gamely transferred their whole lives, tiny children and all, to this big, old, ugly, lonely, rain-swept city of London and thus put … [Read more...] about The Felicia Boots tragedy – guess who will benefit?
What does the word "Alternative" mean to you? Does it mean something a bit whacky? Something you might try in a wild moment or if you were desperate for a remedy for an incurable condition? Here are a few uses of this annoying word which I've found on Wikipedia: Alternative comedy, a range of … [Read more...] about I hate the word “Alternative”
These tips for recovery after perineal trauma have been gathered from other antenatal teachers, doulas and mums. Please click here to tweet this! FORCEPS/VENTOUSE DELIVERY Before you go into labour have a water bottle with a squirty "sport" top in your labour bag. Why? Read on. Also a pack of … [Read more...] about Recovering from stitches, episiotomies and forceps/ventouse deliveries
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
That's the question which was waiting in my inbox this morning, This came in today from a 20 year old expecting a baby this summer. Darn good question. This was my answer: "How a doula can help you? Studies show that if you have an experienced woman with you all through your labour you feel safer … [Read more...] about “How can you help me achieve a natural birth?”