7 Reasons Why Giving Birth In A Stable Definitely ISN’T Better Than A Hospital

How did Mary and Joseph know that baby Jesus was 7lb 6oz? They had a weigh in a manger. Boom-tish (and thanks to the NHS Epsom and St Helier twitter feed for that cracker standard joke) //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/451540593?et=Nj59damvQDRdbfMEMVO0Dg&socialOnLoad=on&sig=0POe5Rblihcw1dK7kfdymn28BbkqNlTHPT7O5Jfpw0s= View image | gettyimages.com I saw a link yesterday to THIS Article by homebirth advocate Milli Hill which claims… Continue reading 7 Reasons Why Giving Birth In A Stable Definitely ISN’T Better Than A Hospital

Breastfeeding: Not Glorious, Not Grotesque, Just Ordinary

So, inevitably, as soon as the media have finished telling us all how to give birth it’s time to start instructing us on how to feed those born as they should be babies. There were two main stories in the news this week about breastfeeding and a third which touched on it so, as this is my… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Not Glorious, Not Grotesque, Just Ordinary

Home Birth, Hospital Birth and Not So NICE Advice

I’ve written previously here and here about the draft guidance from NICE on where women should give birth, but (as you’ll have noticed if you were anywhere near UK media this morning) the final version is now out. The headlines mostly read something like this (From the Mirror): Mums-To-Be Warned “Have Your Baby At Home, It’s… Continue reading Home Birth, Hospital Birth and Not So NICE Advice

Paying Women To Breast Feed – Update And Early Results

I wrote last year about a new study that aimed to see if mothers in deprived areas could be encouraged to breastfeed by giving them shopping vouchers if they did. I promised to report back when the results emerged and a few are to be presented soon at a scientific meeting organised by the medical… Continue reading Paying Women To Breast Feed – Update And Early Results

When Is The Best Time To Have An Epidural?

Ok I’ll do it for you – Shortly after conception and for the next 18 years Boom-tish //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/173629237?et=B5aOrJnSTSpJTSRk587n8A&sig=M6yCgu8lZhjmtOVgcxEoxRjNGvJfKFgk8XdWdjCQ46o= #173629237 / gettyimages.com I wrote recently about a new study which disproved the idea that inducing labour increases the liklihood of a women ending up with a Caesarean section. Hot on it’s heels came another publication which called into… Continue reading When Is The Best Time To Have An Epidural?

In Which SouthwarkBelle Says Something Nice About The NCT

The following statement may come as something of a surprise to regular readers of this blog. Well done the NCT! No seriously. Last month I wrote about a new piece of research showing that inducing labour wasn’t as problematic as is often made out. I included a quote from the NCT website: Induction of labour… Continue reading In Which SouthwarkBelle Says Something Nice About The NCT