From the Daily Mail 14/12/06More women are choosing to give birth at home.Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that 17,279 UK births in 2005 took place at home, compared with 15,198 in 2004.Analysis by the NCT showed that the biggest increase - 18.9 per cent - was in Wales, where … [Read more...] about More women choosing home birth
A study published in the International Journal of Breastfeeding has found a link between epidural anaesthesia and unsuccessful or hard-to-start breastfeeding.This link is not new: a study in 1997 found much the same link.This one blames the effects of fentanyl, the opoid often used in epidurals, on … [Read more...] about Epidural anaesthesia and breastfeeding
Tamzin's home birth choiceTuesday, December 5, 2006Bodies actress Tamzin Malleson has revealed that she chose to have a home birth after witnessing the horrors caused by inept gynaecologists and obstetricians in the BBC drama.The TV star, who is mum to seven-month-old daughter Teddie with co-star … [Read more...] about Actor chooses home birth shock horror
WELL DONE NANCY!!!!My HypnoBirthing client Nancy gave birth beautifully and peacefully in her home birthing pool last week...on film!She was being filmed by Bernadette Bos, writer and director of the Home Birth Diaries series on Discovery Health and Home. Berny is making a new series, which will air … [Read more...] about Nancy has her baby!
Mum's anger at lessons on breastfeeding07 Nov 2006A MUM has sparked controversy after she was reported as saying she will take her seven-year-old son out of classes in a protest at him being given lessons on childbirth and breastfeeding.Val Bickley, of Barnard Castle, says her boy is too young to be … [Read more...] about Is this the stupidest mum in Britain?
Obvious if you think about it. Breastfeeding = cuddles with mum at home.This is from Medical News:Breastfeeding Boosts Mental Health31 Oct 2006 A new study has found that babies that are breastfed for longer than six months have significantly better mental health in childhood. The findings are … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding over 6 months boosts mental health
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