Have Your Kids Had Their Smallpox Vaccination?

Have you vaccinated your kids against smallpox? No?  Why on earth not? Oh, wait… I’ve not given my kids the smallpox vaccine, I doubt anyone reading this has – why? Because there is no more smallpox. Barring a few samples in two high security labs the disease simply does not exist anymore. Look it up… Continue reading Have Your Kids Had Their Smallpox Vaccination?

Post Natal Care; My After The Birth Story

This post is mostly for the #MatExp folks who I have been trying to keep up with on twitter (it really wouldn’t have fitted into 140 characters!) Heads up other readers this isn’t a very happy or positive story, although thankfully we were ok in the end. If you are expecting a baby and anxious… Continue reading Post Natal Care; My After The Birth Story

"Three Parent Babies" Science, Hope and Parliament

Just sometimes, I feel very proud to be British, which isn’t very British I know. Today is one of those days because MPs have voted to allow scientists and doctors to create so called “three parent babies”. //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/450244859?et=jHH5jlM5Rlp9jxXADy2D6A&sig=_EF2q2WherJMZMFIPA1mOdS9B5ILsi9uNGXc1h-TdaI= View image | gettyimages.com As a scientist myself I find this fascinating; the great challenge to better… Continue reading "Three Parent Babies" Science, Hope and Parliament

Some Important Lessons From Disney – About Measles and Vaccines

//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/532702693?et=HKVej50RRwplJ40d_wKaCA&sig=GRpUT06a9BNVlR4b7-0-k_qp5z-jHhMsDMF-UslVdZU= View image | gettyimages.com This will be quite a quick post as I am short on time and a lot has been written on the subject already (by much better and more important bloggers than me, see below). But it’s a news story that has had very little attention in the UK* so I… Continue reading Some Important Lessons From Disney – About Measles and Vaccines

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I’ve written previously here and here about the draft guidance from NICE on where women should give birth, but (as you’ll have noticed if you were anywhere near UK media this morning) the final version is now out.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