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
"As the birth approaches you’re a bag of nerves, so you need to know your partner is ready to swing into action whenever he gets that call." That's what a big pregnancy and baby advice website is saying today in its advice for the final days of pregnancy. So you're a "bag of nerves", are you? I … [Read more...] about Final days of pregnancy
For the past few weeks I have been tweeting a short daily quotation from one of Ina May Gaskin's books. Today's was "Remember you have a real, live baby in there. Sometimes it's such an intense trip having a baby that you forget what it's for" It's from Spiritual Midwifery, and it's one of a series … [Read more...] about #inamayquote
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.
I've been reading "Trick or Treatment" by Simon Singh, the book which sparked a libel action by chiropractors who accused Singh and his fellow author of damaging their reputations. The chiropractice issue is not my concern and personally I have no axe to grind either way; I'm more interested in how … [Read more...] about Trick or Treatment
It is so exciting when you get that call or text to say that one of your clients has had her baby and it's especially good to know she has had the experience and support she hoped for. This month I have been working with four mums-to-be who found me on Google after meeting at their National … [Read more...] about A rush of babies…
I was wondering this morning what I could do to mark Mothering Sunday - have sent my mother her British Library e-card and will await whatever is planned for me tomorrow....but what more can I do? Then I spotted my lovely Ina May's Guide to Childbirth on the bookshelf and decided to promote it to … [Read more...] about Ina May Quotes start here (for Mothering Sunday)
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!
One modern version of the old-school strict baby routine addresses the problem of diminshing supply by getting mothers to express milk as well as breastfeeding. Routine for a breast-feeding baby at one week: 7am - Baby should be awake, nappy changed and feeding no later than 7am. - He needs 25-35 … [Read more...] about Snippet: from “The Food of Love” by Kate Evans