A study which concludes that water birth does NOT increase infection risk in mothers or babies. They also found that water birth reduced the need for analgesic drugs and shortened first and second stage labour. Result! So please could more hospitals invest in wireless monitoring kits so as to reduce … [Read more...] about Water birth and infection risk
This is a really interesting study. Did you realise that pre-eclampsia might be linked to dietary factors?The BMJ has published a study done in Mexico involving women at high risk of pre-eclampsia. The women given food bars with high supplements of L-arginine (an amino-acid) and anti-oxidant … [Read more...] about Pre-eclampsia: has this study found a simple, low cost dietary answer to protecting women?
Some of my HypnoBirthing colleagues are a bit disappointed with this report from the BBC...the same old "you are getting very sleepy" cliches are trotted out, the linking is clumsy...but hey, chaps, we have come a long way. You can watch the report here: … [Read more...] about The NHS trial of HypnoBirthing: BBC reports (sort of)
I've just put the dates for all future CHISWICK AND HAMMERSMITH HOME BIRTH GROUP dates in my diary right up to the end of 2012.I've also put them on the HOME BIRTH GROUP page on my website not to mention Facebook and I've tweeted the link with my @dailybabystuff Twitter username.I run the Home … [Read more...] about Home birth group
I've been finding out some fascinating stuff about reflux and colic and I'd like to share it with you.Every other baby I meet these days seems to have something called reflux but an awful lot of these babies seem to have what in my day we just called colic. It's really confusing - are they the same … [Read more...] about Is it reflux? Is it colic?
Practising Midwife May 2009Sara Wickham's article breaks into the accepted idea of 10 centimetres exactly as the universal "fully dilated" measurement.I have always thought 10 centimetres was a suspiciously round number. I mean, did someone at the Academie Francaise des Sciences, where the metric … [Read more...] about “The Folly of ‘Fully'”
Another fantastic birth story from a HypnoBirthing client today.Her waters broke early one evening, she went briefly to hospital for a check, and within 24 hours she was having 20 second surges every five minutes (she rang me around 7pm to tell me). This intensified through the night, she managed … [Read more...] about Great birth story
Major study in the Netherlands shows home birth as safe as hospital for low risk mothers, reported 15 April 2009:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7998417.stmVery stupid and annoying columnist called Melanie Reid in The Times the next … [Read more...] about Home Birth Safety – major study
The language around birth is very important. With HypnoBirthing it is all-important since hypnotherapy is an entirely language-based therapy.in this month's "Practising Midwife", the distinguished midwife Sara Wickham discusses euphemisms such as "pop" - "often preceded by the word just"..."an … [Read more...] about Euphemisms and birthing language
Back in October 2006 - have I really been a doula all this time? I noted with interest in this blog a midwife discussing the phenomenon of the cervix "weeping" a few days (5-7) before going into labour.Well whaddyaknow, my current birth client seems to have had that exact experience last night, at … [Read more...] about Pre-labour cervix weeping