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
There are moments when an adage you've heard for years suddenly becomes true through experience, instead of merely true because people say it is true, and I've had a weekend full of such moments. On Saturday I drove to Suffolk to collect our new puppy, new because he's 7 weeks old, not because he's … [Read more...] about A New Normal: Thoughts on baby advice
"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
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
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”
FREEDOM FOR BIRTH – GLOBAL FILM LAUNCH GIVES BIRTH TO THE MOTHER'S REVOLUTION I am one of hundreds of individuals around the world hosting a screening of a new documentary that reframes childbirth as the most pressing global Human Rights issue today is launching with hundreds of premieres all over … [Read more...] about FREEDOM FOR BIRTH screening
Click here to tweet this! If there is one phrase I hate hearing it is this: “And then the birth plan went out the window”. I have to say it is not usually uttered by MY clients because my clients don't write birth plans - they write birth PREFERENCES . The idea that you can plan birth is … [Read more...] about HOW TO USE MY FREE DOWNLOADABLE BIRTH PLAN