That's the question which was waiting in my inbox this morning, This came in today from a 20 year old expecting a baby this summer. Darn good question. This was my answer: "How a doula can help you? Studies show that if you have an experienced woman with you all through your labour you feel safer … [Read more...] about “How can you help me achieve a natural birth?”
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
It was International Women's Day yesterday so I decided to take the day off, or at least the afternoon ( the morning was taken up by a Maternity Services Liaison Committee) and head for the Wellcome Institute on Euston Road where I'd heard there was to be a lecture about midwives and doctors through … [Read more...] about A woman of a good life and conversation
What can a mum do to determine her baby's position? What can she do to improve her baby's position - even in labour? How much does it matter? Answer to question 1: more than you might think. Answer to question 2: same! Answer to question 3; Probably not that much UNLESS you don't like 3 day … [Read more...] about Babies who spin?
There are still places available in my March 2012 Hypnobirthing Course at the Kite Studios, Bassein Park Rd (just off The Askew Road and opposite the Ginger Pig!) Contact me for an enrolment form Places start at just £210 per couple! … [Read more...] about March places still available . . .
I've been busy the past week researching and writing the last essay for my NCT antenatal teacher's diploma and it is about "Informed Decision Making".Most of the essay I spent agonising over whether the educated, supported middle class mums in my classes had really exercised "informed decisions" … [Read more...] about Just sounding off about One Born Every Minute
According to a letter in today's Times, bagels were given as gifts to women who had recently given birth, and to midwives, in the Jewish community of 17th century Crakow. The circular Shape was supposed to represent fertility/life etc. Besides which, as we all know, many women newly delivered are … [Read more...] about Bagels and birth
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