Being a Birth Partner

Over the last 34 years (and before that as a student midwife!) I have had the opportunity and honour to stand beside many women and their birth partners, and be ‘with woman’, as they have laboured and birthed their babies. I have never lost the wonder in the...

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Breastfeeding matters!

Whether a new mother chooses to give a few breast feeds or continue to feed for months, starting and stopping should be her choice. It is really sad when lack of support means that the mother stops breastfeeding sooner than she planned or intended. Where does that...

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WMI

I have fairly recently discovered the joy of audio books. One such book is ‘Be Where Your Feet Are’. I was captured by the title and, although the content has turned out to be not as good as expected, I have taken some insights of wisdom from it. Mindfulness has an...

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Everyday Body vs. Birthing Body

When I say ‘Goodbye’ to expectant couples at the end of the fourth and final antenatal class there is a vibrant mixture between us all of excitement, hopes and maybe still a little nervous curiosity about the unknown that lies ahead. As I share information,...

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Caring for your baby at night – co-sleeping?

It is important to know that ‘cot death’ or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is very rare (1 in 3,710 of all births in England and Wales). It strikes me that almost everything that we do involves a ‘risk’. Often, we don’t think about this at all, such as when we...

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Body & Mind

As both a midwife and a mother of many years I have long seen how the mind and body are strongly interconnected. Our thoughts affect our body, and our body affects our thoughts. In addition to this, we are affected by what our mind and body detect in our environment –...

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Baby Sleep and Parental Lack of it!

One of the most common anticipated challenges that expectant parents express at our antenatal class dedicated to life beyond birth is that of lack of sleep and disturbed nights. Over the years there is more science and research that leads to new understanding and...

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Keep on Learning, Keep on Growing

I have always wanted to go to The Baby Show at one of the big exhibition centres in my capacity of an antenatal educator. I had a ticket for 2020, but obviously coronavirus put an end to that! Last week I attended Olympia for the 2021 Baby Show and had a great day! It...

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Pregnancy Massage

As a nurse initially, and then a midwife over the last 33 years, I have long known the benefits of kind, appropriate, reassuring touch. Along with eye contact and our body language we ‘speak’ volumes to those around us. Learning to become a massage therapist – first...

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Taboo Subjects – postnatal depression and suicide

Despite an increased awareness of the importance of mental well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic talking about postnatal depression can still be a difficult subject to raise – both for women themselves and for those around them. Yet we know that: 60 - 80% of woman...

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