Pre-Conception Care: What You Need To Know

   Pre-Conception Care: What You Need To Know

Planning a pregnancy can feel daunting and it’s perfectly understandable to start thinking about what you need to do to prepare for this big life changing event. Its important to remember that your health before pregnancy can affect the lifelong health of your baby.
These are a number of the things you can do before pregnancy to make your pregnancy and baby healthier – check out midwife’s tips!

Gas & Air ….Your Questions Answered!

   Gas & Air ….Your Questions Answered!

We’ve all heard about gas and air, often called laughing gas, being used in labour and stories of the often hilarious effects on the person using it. In fact, most films and tv shows will often portray a woman using it furiously whilst she is rushed off to have her baby.
Entonox – the medical term for gas and air, is the most popular pain relief during labour with around 80% of women choosing to use it.

Optimal Positions For Labour & Birth

   Optimal Positions For Labour & Birth

We’ve all watched labour and birth on tv or in films – and 9/10 births will be happening on a hospital bed of some kind, imbedding into everyone’s mind that birth has to take place on a bed lying down on your back.
In reality, lying on your back in labour can be a real hindrance…..in fact the more upright you are, with gravity on your side the better.

Your Hospital Bag Essentials

   Your Hospital Bag Essentials

Most of us in the third trimester will find some kind of urge to start nesting – planning, preparing and getting everything ready for baby’s arrival. One of the most common questions we as midwives are asked about is what to pack in the birth centre/hospital bag.
So read on for our top tips on how to pack your hospital bag.

Meconium: Your Baby’s First Poo

   Meconium: Your Baby’s First Poo

Whilst the first few hours and days after your baby’s birth can be a magical time……there are also much messier and less photogenic aspects of newborn life you’ll need to be prepared. Your baby’s first few poos fall firmly into this category – and despite not being a dinner table conversation, it’s important and actually quite fascinating!

How to Cope with Morning Sickness

   How to Cope with Morning Sickness

We’ve all heard about morning sickness, it’s one of the common assumptions about pregnancy and the question most pregnant women get asked about when they share their pregnancy news.
However, whilst it is very common to feel sick during the first few months of pregnancy, it can have a real impact on your physical and emotional well-being if you aren’t well supported and advised on how to try and manage it.

Healthy Eating In Pregnancy

   Healthy Eating In Pregnancy

What you eat and drink is important at any time in your life but in pregnancy it affects your baby’s health as well, both when you’re pregnant and after the birth.
It can however, be hard to try eating well if you are struggling with early pregnancy sickness and tiredness, or even later symptoms such as heartburn. Try not to worry too much if this is the case and do your best to eat a range of healthy foods every day if you can. 

Maternal Mental Health Week

   Maternal Mental Health Week

Maternal mental health week aims to focus on the issues of mental health that affect pregnant and new parents, which are often not discussed openly and in 2021 have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Pregnancy and the birth of a baby is supposed to be a time of great happiness and excitement, but for many new parents-to-be, the reality can be far from this.

Using Aromatherapy in Labour

   Using Aromatherapy in Labour

We all have a smell or scent that can conjure up a smile or make you feel happy whenever or wherever you notice it. It maybe a perfume that reminds you of a happy time, or the smell of freshly cut grass that reminds you of a summer or even the smell of baking bread! Smell is incredibly evocative and can be used during labour to help you feel calm and manage the power of contractions… we explore how to use and which oils may be right for you!

Exploring Natural Pain Relief During Labour

   Exploring Natural Pain Relief During Labour

As part of our labour and birth series we explore all non medicinal pain relief options. As midwives we know that most pregnant women are aware of medical options of pain relief available to them in labour such as gas & air or epidural but are less aware of the range of other non-medicalised options. Knowledge is power and preparation is key.

Colostrum Harvesting

   Colostrum Harvesting

Colostrum is the first breast milk that your body makes. Its colour can range from almost see-through to yellow. Your breasts will start to produce colostrum from about 20 weeks pregnant. As colostrum is made during pregnancy, it is possible to begin to hand express, collect and freeze colostrum before the baby is born. This is often called colostrum harvesting.

Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy

   Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy

Yoga in pregnancy is a great way to stay active and is healthy for you and your baby. It’s not too strenuous and can help you to relax as well as staying fit and building core strength.  Read on for how Yoga in pregnancy can help you!

5 Myths About Ante Natal Classes

   5 Myths About Ante Natal Classes

Whilst there are many websites, forums, Instagram posts, YouTube videos, Facebook pages, books and magazines all sharing advice on labour and birth, it can all feel a little over-whelming to try and find the information and advice that works for you. And this is where antenatal classes can really help – by having that one qualified, experienced midwife on hand who you can talk to and ask questions to help prepare for your baby’s arrival.

UFO – Not an alien invasion but positions for birth!

   UFO – Not an alien invasion but positions for birth!

When you think of giving birth, most people tend to imagine a bed of some kind involved – with the birthing person lying on their back or maybe sitting up…..In reality, labour and birth involves a lot of moving around, dancing, swaying, squatting – and very little lying on a bed!

Perineal Massage

   Perineal Massage

So firstly – what is your perineum? – Good question! It’s the area between your vaginal opening and your rectum (back passage). It includes the skin and your pelvic floor muscles….Throughout most of your life, you probably will not give your perineum a second thought. However, during pregnancy, your perineum will take on a greater significance as you prepare for childbirth.

Self Care for New Mums

   Self Care for New Mums

Self-care is easily banded around these days and often used to refer to a multitude of things you must be doing – making it all feel quite exhausting!

As a new mum – whilst the idea of self-care probably sounds incredible and like total bliss, you’re probably thinking ‘well when am I going to get the time to schedule that in?’.

Keeping Fit in Pregnancy

   Keeping Fit in Pregnancy

Keeping fit and healthy in pregnancy will make it easier for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It also helps with preparing you for labour and your recovery after you have had your baby. 

Birthing In Water

   Birthing In Water

Have you been thinking about where to have your baby? At home, in a birth centre or the delivery suite?  It can feel daunting to make a choice about what kind of birth environment suits you best and what kind of birth you would like to prepare and plan for.

In our series of blogs on birth choices – which we cover in detail in our antenatal course and advise and support you in making the best choice for you, we are going to start with waterbirths.

Birth After A Ceasarean Section

   Birth After A Ceasarean Section

When 1 in 4 births in the UK are via caesarean section operation, for many parents-to-be a vaginal birth after a caesarean is something to consider and plan for in their new pregnancy. What you decide to do may depend on several things. We outline some of the main considerations to take into account.

Emotional Changes Post Partum

   Emotional Changes Post Partum

It doesn’t matter the amount of love you feel for your child, postpartum depression can affect you. The baby blues have no time of arrival but it all happens after you give birth. A lot of new mums find themselves feeling weepy and irritable and not knowing why. But if it happens to you, don’t worry, most new mums go through it.

Will My Baby Be Born on it’s Due Date?

   Will My Baby Be Born on it’s Due Date?

Most babies arrive between 37 weeks and 41 weeks of pregnancy, usually within a week on either side of their expected due date. According to research, only about one in 25 (four per cent) of babies are born on their exact due date. Just under one in five babies are born at 41 weeks or after. Our midwife Amina advises ‘instead of a due date, think of it as a ‘due time’ of 5 weeks.

I’m pregnant ….what vitamins should I take?

   I’m pregnant ….what vitamins should I take?

Finding out you are pregnant can be such an exciting and exhilarating time – but can also be quite confusing too.  All parents-to-be want the best for their baby and often wonder if they need to take any extra vitamins or supplements to help their growing baby.

Blood Tests in Pregnancy

   Blood Tests in Pregnancy

During your first visit with your midwife – often called the booking appointment, you will have a discussion about your health, your medical history and any family medical history that is relevant, alongside information about yourself and your well-being… It may feel like a lot of blood tests and the number of vials can feel daunting – don’t worry, it will only involve one needle being inserted into your arm once to fill them all.

Pregnancy and Coronavirus

   Pregnancy and Coronavirus

Pregnancy or planning a pregnancy can naturally bring with a whole a range of questions and worries.  Being pregnant during a pandemic that is affecting so many can understandably cause even more anxiety and worries during such an unprecedented time.

Safe Baby Sleeping Practices

   Safe Baby Sleeping Practices

If you are expecting or are the parent of a newborn, do not fear – there are well established, commonly agreed upon measures you can take to drastically reduce the chance of something happening while your newborn sleeps.  In fact, since safer sleeping practices have been adopted among parents, there has been a steady decline in infant mortality since 1990.

Baby Milestones Up To 1 year

   Baby Milestones Up To 1 year

As soon as your baby arrives, you will be wondering how they will develop over the coming months and years. The anticipation of the baby’s “firsts” is something that parents all over the world await with excitement. From the first cry, first smile to step, these small gestures melt every parent’s heart. Learn what to expect when in these all important milestones

Optimal Positions For Labour & Birth

   Optimal Positions For Labour & Birth

We’ve all watched labour and birth on tv or in films – and 9/10 births will be happening on a hospital bed of some kind, imbedding into everyone’s mind that birth has to take place on a bed lying down on your back.
In reality, lying on your back in labour can be a real hindrance…..in fact the more upright you are, with gravity on your side the better.

Earliest Symptoms of Pregnancy

   Earliest Symptoms of Pregnancy

Whilst the most common way of finding out you are pregnant is by using a home pregnancy test, many of us will only take a test because we’ve experienced certain symptoms that have made us wonder…

7 Subtle Signs of Labour

   7 Subtle Signs of Labour

So you have been preparing for the new arrival for months now and you are looking forward to holding your baby in your arms. Labour starts in many ways for different women – some won’t feel any contractions until their waters break and for others their waters don’t break until they are deep into their labour!
Would you notice if these 7 subtle signs of labour start happening?

Relax, you’re in labour!

   Relax, you’re in labour!

One of the most important things that you can do to help yourself in labour is to learn about relaxation and we’re going to look at just how and why relaxation could help you…

Coping With Morning Sickness

   Coping With Morning Sickness

It’s one of the most well-known symptoms, one of the earliest signs and one of the worst parts of pregnancy, but (on the plus side!) it’s also a sign of a healthy and well established pregnancy.

Top tips to calm a crying baby

   Top tips to calm a crying baby

Assuming you’ve met his basic needs and he isn’t ill, hungry or in need of a clean nappy, you could try some of the following tried and tested methods for calming your crying baby…

Pregnancy Tips for Dads

   Pregnancy Tips for Dads

Pregnancy Tips for Dads! Well this is it - you're going to be a dad.  You're one half of the dynamic due that has created this new life and whilst your partner will have the task of carrying the baby and its delivery into the world, your role is to give support and be...

What you need to know about gestational diabetes in pregnancy

   What you need to know about gestational diabetes in pregnancy

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth. It can occur at any stage of pregnancy, but is more common in the second half. It occurs if your body cannot produce enough insulin – a hormone that...

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