A couple of days ago, the charity Birthrights published a report into maternal request cesareans. It found that 75% of UK maternity units were going against NICE guidelines and refusing women this option for giving birth to their babies. The story was covered by TV and online news, including this piece by Rebecca Schiller from… Continue reading Comments On Maternal Request Cesareans
When I was pregnant with MissM I spent two hours waiting for an obstetrician appointment. The clinic was rammed, one of the doctors was off sick. It’s annoying but it happens. The real problem was the video screen in the waiting room. This showed two videos on loop. The first was full of smiling midwives… Continue reading Breastfeeding Fake News
I’m a mum. I’m busy. So far so cliched. I don’t know if it’s true but there are plenty of people who would argue that my generation of parents have more stress, more demands packed into our limited head space, than any before. We should be raising our kids with infinite attention to every aspect… Continue reading Can We Celebrate Vaccinations?
I was wondering what to write next on this blog, I had a couple of posts in mind before Christmas that I never got time to write, but they are hardly topical now. However, thanks to the NCT twitter feed I have something new to be cross about: It’s a startling figure, I knew the… Continue reading Caesareans, Sex Lives and the Good Old Daily Mail.
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
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
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?
It’s well known fact of modern childbirth: Inducing labour sets off a cascade of other interventions which often lead, with grim inevitability, to an emergency C section.But is this actually true?update, 1/10/14 – Since writing this post the NCT have updated their information on inductions and removed the section quoted below. More on this here.… Continue reading Induction – Cascade – Caesarean Section
It was puree all the way when I weaned MissE. I’d heard of Baby Led Weaning (BLW) , where babies are given whole foods and feed themselves, but I was terrified of her choking. To be honest, she was my first baby and I was terrifying of pretty much everything. By the time her sister… Continue reading Pureed Evidence – Is Baby Led Weaning Scientifically Better Than Spoon Feeding?
Choosing a home birth is dangerous, unethical and akin to driving your child around without a seat belt on according to recent stories in The Independent and Mail Online. The articles are based on a review published in the BMJ . So should we be enforcing tougher rules to prevent reckless women endangering their babies… Continue reading Is Home Birth As Dangerous As Not Letting Your Child Wear A Seat Belt?