My client X asked me to be her doula for the second time, a year after I attended the waterbirth of her second child.We had some doubts about whether this would be a straightforward labour...but as it turned out, it was totally straightforward.X had some cervical issues that might well have given … [Read more...] about Great waterbirth
Jennifer Hall says it all:http://www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,,2186472,00.html … [Read more...] about Guardian letters page
This is a very good succinct article which summarises the issues around the rise in C-sections. Author Sarah Buckley points out that most women would rather have vaginal birth; she is of the opinion that the medical establishment pushes the C-section rate up; points out how much more risky … [Read more...] about The C-Section issue: “too posh to push”
I love this list! I can't disagree with any of it, try as I might. Fiona Dill writes for the local paper in Bermuda. Suddenly I wish I'd had my babies in Bermuda.Ten things everyone should know before giving birthBy Fiona Dill1. Be well informed: Gather as much information about pregnancy and birth … [Read more...] about Ten things to know when you are having a baby
From the Daily Mail 14/12/06More women are choosing to give birth at home.Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that 17,279 UK births in 2005 took place at home, compared with 15,198 in 2004.Analysis by the NCT showed that the biggest increase - 18.9 per cent - was in Wales, where … [Read more...] about More women choosing home birth
A study published in the International Journal of Breastfeeding has found a link between epidural anaesthesia and unsuccessful or hard-to-start breastfeeding.This link is not new: a study in 1997 found much the same link.This one blames the effects of fentanyl, the opoid often used in epidurals, on … [Read more...] about Epidural anaesthesia and breastfeeding
Tamzin's home birth choiceTuesday, December 5, 2006Bodies actress Tamzin Malleson has revealed that she chose to have a home birth after witnessing the horrors caused by inept gynaecologists and obstetricians in the BBC drama.The TV star, who is mum to seven-month-old daughter Teddie with co-star … [Read more...] about Actor chooses home birth shock horror
WELL DONE NANCY!!!!My HypnoBirthing client Nancy gave birth beautifully and peacefully in her home birthing pool last week...on film!She was being filmed by Bernadette Bos, writer and director of the Home Birth Diaries series on Discovery Health and Home. Berny is making a new series, which will air … [Read more...] about Nancy has her baby!
Mum's anger at lessons on breastfeeding07 Nov 2006A MUM has sparked controversy after she was reported as saying she will take her seven-year-old son out of classes in a protest at him being given lessons on childbirth and breastfeeding.Val Bickley, of Barnard Castle, says her boy is too young to be … [Read more...] about Is this the stupidest mum in Britain?
Obvious if you think about it. Breastfeeding = cuddles with mum at home.This is from Medical News:Breastfeeding Boosts Mental Health31 Oct 2006 A new study has found that babies that are breastfed for longer than six months have significantly better mental health in childhood. The findings are … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding over 6 months boosts mental health