Along with every other professional with even the smallest interest in childbirth, I’ve been glued lately to the BBC’s wonderful “Call the Midwife” on Sunday evenings. It’s a cut above other historical dramas, because so many of the storylines are based on the true-life recollections … [Read more...] about Call the Midwife
There are moments when an adage you've heard for years suddenly becomes true through experience, instead of merely true because people say it is true, and I've had a weekend full of such moments. On Saturday I drove to Suffolk to collect our new puppy, new because he's 7 weeks old, not because he's … [Read more...] about A New Normal: Thoughts on baby advice
"There's nothing like a new baby. It matters not a jot how it was born". This headline is what got me into Twitter trouble today. I found myself trading angry tweets with a TV presenter who presents programmes about crafts and property. How did I let this happen? I love crafts and property! I make … [Read more...] about “@KirstieMAllsopp: there’s nothing like a new baby. It matters not a jot how it was born” < discuss
I think most of us have always assumed that having a vaginal birth does some damage in the ladybits area. One of the most depressing thoughts for any woman during pregnancy is the idea the process of "pushing a baby out" will damage the pelvic floor so badly that from that moment on, she'll be at … [Read more...] about Stress Incontinence: another myth about childbirth busted
Research article - I have just seen this thanks to sharp eyes of a fellow NCT antenatal teacher.Comparing the odds of postpartum haemorrhage in planned home birth against planned hospital birth: results of an observational study of over 500,000 maternities in the UKAndrea Nove, Ann Berrington and … [Read more...] about Women should be told PPH more likely in hospital than in home – research shows
At last! The research study we have all been waiting for. This is the abstract of a study I've just read about thanks to MIDIRS and the NCT library service: I reproduce it here without further comment.... Potential effects of chocolate on human pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. di Renzo … [Read more...] about Chocolate IS good for you in pregnancy!
What does the word "Alternative" mean to you? Does it mean something a bit whacky? Something you might try in a wild moment or if you were desperate for a remedy for an incurable condition? Here are a few uses of this annoying word which I've found on Wikipedia: Alternative comedy, a range of … [Read more...] about I hate the word “Alternative”
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