“Home births are like letting your child not wear a seatbelt”. What a headline! What medical reporter could resist rushing to the news editor on sighting an academic article which packs such a quotable punch in its conclusions. No wonder Lachlan de Crespigny and Julian Savulescu, authors of … [Read more...] about “Home births are like letting your child not wear a seatbelt”. Really?
Every day somebody downloads my free birth preferences template . I hope that the hundreds of people who have downloaded it in the months since I put it on my website have found it useful. Now to support my work with home birth hopeful parents through the Home Birth Workshops which I run for the … [Read more...] about More free stuff! A free download all about home birth
Top Tips from my previous NCT groups Antenatal tips Enjoy your lie-ins and be impulsive. Life as you know it isn’t over when the little one arrives, but it’ll definitely be different! Stocking the freezer can be a lifesaver. You’ll appreciate not having to think about what to eat next … [Read more...] about From my NCT clients – top tips for labour and birth
Along with every other professional with even the smallest interest in childbirth, I’ve been glued lately to the BBC’s wonderful “Call the Midwife” on Sunday evenings. It’s a cut above other historical dramas, because so many of the storylines are based on the true-life recollections … [Read more...] about Call the Midwife
Research article - I have just seen this thanks to sharp eyes of a fellow NCT antenatal teacher.Comparing the odds of postpartum haemorrhage in planned home birth against planned hospital birth: results of an observational study of over 500,000 maternities in the UKAndrea Nove, Ann Berrington and … [Read more...] about Women should be told PPH more likely in hospital than in home – research shows
I've often been asking medical professionals what the bottom line is for maternity services as regards the cost of home birth versus hospital birth because we so often hear of women being told "you can't have a home birth because we just don't have the resources, sorry". So it is very useful that … [Read more...] about Ten “medical emergencies” which people imagine would be tragic in a home birth.
We had a powerful home birth group meeting at midwife Carol's home this week (thank you Carol!) One mum told us her brilliant, inspiring and funny home birth story and we shared lots of information about issues from home birth after caesarean to midwives and biscuits. The next meeting is on 11 … [Read more...] about Great home birth group meeting!
Standing alone among all the ignorant dross being spouted in our national press about caesareans and home birth lately was Lucy Cavendish's smashing, well-informed, knowledgeable and humane article in the Independent. And a mum called Louise has sent me her lovely birth story to cheer me up. What … [Read more...] about Home Birth: Truth and Propaganda
I am very pleased to be able to offer a simple four hour course for couples which I call Skills for HypnoBirthing. It is NOT the full Mongan HypnoBirthing course - that takes about ten hours to deliver to a couple in their own home and I still offer that wonderful course. But it is a great … [Read more...] about SKILLS FOR HYPNOBIRTHING
I doubt I will be seeing the final film in the "Twilight" trilogy unless by accident. I didn't see the other two. The relative hotness of R-Patz and Taylor Lautner does not fire me (though as the mother of two pallid West London schoolboys I feel a slight patriotic pride to see girls swooning over a … [Read more...] about Childbirth as horror: Ten Twilight-Related Facts About Childbirth