Most women on arriving at hospital in labour are given a vaginal examination to assess their progress and the position, station and if possible presentation of the baby. Or, I should say, are "offered" a vaginal examination. Few women decline it; most women accept it because they don't realise … [Read more...] about The purple line
So...watch for an outbreak of babies called Pete in Buckinghamshire very soon. … [Read more...] about Seen in the Metro newspaper today….
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
Preparing to have a baby using hypnobirthing has become such a popular option that it's becoming quite a jungle of different hypnobirthing “products” out there. So here's a quick potted guide for mums-to-be who are finding all the different brand names and methods confusing. Firstly, though, if … [Read more...] about Which hypnobirthing course is right for you?
Royal Baby update. Since I last wrote a blog post, the fervour has settled down now into a steady stream of commemorative china, gift-ware and tins of shortbread. But some of the uncertainties I looked at have now clarified a bit. It is now definitely known (and I am not just getting this from the … [Read more...] about Royal Baby…afterthoughts
Like the whole world, I'd like to extend my warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their little boy, who is now THIRD in line to the throne. There was a lot of speculation about the birth, for most people centred on the boy/girl stuff and the issue of the … [Read more...] about Royal Baby has arrived… Kate, hypnobirthing and a roomful of fidgety men
After your baby is born Dads - see if you or another kind person can tidy up the home, change bedsheets, put on laundry etc before mum and baby return. Your first night home together will be very strange. Don’t panic and congratulate yourself for small achievements (eg. going to the loo, … [Read more...] about From my NCT clients – top tips for your early days as a parent
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
For my NCT groups: Some postnatal landmarks First few minutes after your baby is born Baby is given APGAR score Parents on an emotional high/feel overwhelmed Mum/baby skin to skin contact and bonding Umbilical cord may continue to pulsate for a few minutes or is clamped and cut … [Read more...] about Postnatal Landmarks
Up to a quarter of births in the West are induced by one means or another. Only half of those inductions take place because of a medical or obstetric reason. The rest take place because of the woman's dates. The date on the calendar is not the best way of indicating that a baby should be born right … [Read more...] about The Waiting Game…some thoughts on induction of labour