Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your waters have broken as women may experience a sort of "dripping" effect. I was very interested to read this from a midwife on an online forum: For years I was aware that women often had a watery loss about aweek beforethey went into labour and I just called it … [Read more...] about Waters or wee?
THE rapid turnover in London's maternity units could be putting mothers and babies at risk of infection.That's according to a report by the Evening Standard which highlights the "conveyor belt" service being offered in London's hospitals.Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show … [Read more...] about Homebirth in London “a pipe dream”
From MIDIRS 1994(hastily pasted in - may look a bit odd) Is water birth safe?The facts behind the controversy.The dust is beginning to settle after the press publicity which linked somebaby deaths with the use of water in labour. Now is the time to examine thefacts and determine whether there is … [Read more...] about Is Waterbirth Safe? Important article from mid 1990s.
From Scotland on Sunday Scrap routine scans say midwivesKATE FOSTER CHIEF REPORTERkfoster@scotlandonsunday.com)ROUTINE scans given to women in labour should be scrapped, midwives have claimed in a move that has sparked fears for the safety of mothers and babies.Gillian Smith, Scottish national … [Read more...] about Midwives campaign against routine 20 minute foetal monitoring
Robert Mugabe has reduced Zimbabwe to a state where women cannot even obtain sanitary towels. This woman is trying to get help:http://www.itv-thismorning.co.uk/NewsAndFeaturesArticle.aspx?fid=1496&tid=2 … [Read more...] about A cause to consider
From the tabloids: 15 October 2006 TV KERRY'S HOMING IN Debbie Manley & Alice Walker KERRY KATONA aims to give birth at home. The pregnant ex-Atomic Kitten has revealed she will have her third child in her new £400,000 house in Warrington, Cheshire. Kerry, 26, says she and her cabbie … [Read more...] about Good for Kerry
This is a lovely birth story and shows how easy birth CAN be. I like the rowan tree idea!The headline is a scream. Of course the tree surgeons did not deliver the baby. The mum delivered the baby herself.Baby delivered in park by tree surgeons04.10.06Givingbirth was no walk in the park for Carmel … [Read more...] about Baby born in Richmond Park
This article in the Mirror this week is pretty good. Except when you get to the end, and they suggest contacting British Doulas if you want a doula...Yuck! contact Doula UK please! BD are just a nanny agency, Doula UK is a network of independent … [Read more...] about At last – a sensible guide to birth in a newspaper
I've just discovered this depressing of birthing trends in Thailand. It seems every society has to go through a stupid phase of thinking birth is better if it's medicalised. More and more Thai women shun natural birth in favour of caesareans Elayne Clift Women’s Feature Service Imagine a … [Read more...] about Birth in Thailand
Young women are adept at coming up with excuses for smoking packet after packet of fags. "It stops me eating and I'm trying to lose weight" is the most common with "it's something to do wiv me hands... stops me biting my nails" coming in close behind. Now I've heard everything: just read … [Read more...] about Now I’ve heard everything