UK Birth

Mothering the Mother: New Mothers Need a Focused Period of Rest and Recovery

Heng Ou | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Parents
Heng Ou

During pregnancy a woman's body must go through a stunning transformation. Her blood volume will nearly double to support the growing foetus, her organs will be pushed to the side by an expanding uterus, her breasts will swell in preparation for lactation and her hormones will rise and dip exponentially.

Mum Honours Airline That Helped Her Deliver Baby In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents

A woman who gave birth on a plane decided to name her newborn son in honour of the airline. Saw Let Htu, who was flying from Singapore to Myanmar on a...

Midwife Rode Inflatable Swan To Reach Woman In Labour

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Parents

A determined midwife wasn't going to let anything stop her from delivering a baby, not even a major flood. Cathy Allen, who works at the Katy Birth Ce...

The Caesarian I Wish I'd Had

Lisa Barry | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barry

April is caesarean awareness month and exactly three years and seven months since I had mine. It was the day we welcomed our second daughter into our lives and so a memory I will always cherish.

These Police Officers Helped Deliver A Baby On A London Street

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Parents

Two police officers helped a woman deliver her baby on a street in London. PC Steve Parmenter and PC Rob Ruston from the Tower Hamlets Borough noticed...

Mindful Birthing: Using Mindfulness During Labour

Liz Lowe | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

I had thoroughly prepared for a positive birth experience, but not for one that went so far off plan. It took me a long time to be able to discuss the birth calmly, and even longer to forgive myself for decisions made in moments of panic.

Photographer Captures Birth In Back Seat Of Car

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Parents

A photographer was lucky to capture the moment a woman gave birth in the back seat of a car, right outside the maternity unit. Paula D'amore from Flor...

Giovanna Fletcher Details 'Intense' Birth Experience

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents

Giovanna Fletcher has opened up about her "intense" labour with her youngest son, Buddy Bob. The 31-year-old author, who gave birth to her second chil...

Anne Hathaway Gives Birth To A Baby Boy

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Parents

Anne Hathaway has given birth to her first child with her husband Adam Shulman. The couple welcomed a baby boy, who they have named Jonathan Rosebanks...

Mum Watches Son Being Born In Heartwarming Surrogate Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Parents

A new mother was photographed as she watched a surrogate give birth to her son. Kim Overton, 45, who documented her reaction to the birth of her seco...

Grandmother Who Gave Birth Aged 55 Hits Back At Critics

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Parents

A grandmother who gave birth to triplets aged 55 has hit back at critics who have called her "selfish". Sharon Cutts and her 40-year-old boyfriend Stu...

These Graphic Photos Show What A Placenta Really Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: Readers may find these photos graphic. A birth photographer who believes the role of placentas is often overlooked has published a series o...

Brothers' Wives Give Birth At Same Time On Same Day

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Parents

Two brothers' became dads at the exact same time on the same day just in time for Easter celebrations. Matt Thayer and Stephen Thayer, from North Car...

Touching Photographs Capture The Beauty Of Caesarean Births

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Parents

Warning: some readers may find the photos below graphic. A group of photographers have shared emotive pictures of women giving birth via caesarean se...

Meet The Celebrity Babies Born In 2016

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

It's always exciting when a celebrity baby is welcomed into the world. Find out which famous faces had new additions in their families in 2016 with ou...

Mum's Nude Birth Photo To 'Inspire' Other Women Removed From Facebook

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

Some readers may find the photo in this article graphic. A mother who shared a nude photo of herself minutes after giving birth at home has questione...

Maternity Care For Pregnant Women Varies Depending On Where They Live

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

The care women receive when giving birth in England varies depending upon where they live, and this variation is concerning, a new report has conclude...

Mum Celebrates Baby's Birth With Complete Strangers After Text Mix Up

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents

A new mum celebrated the birth of her baby with three complete strangers, thanks to a text message sent to the wrong number. Lindsey Lashley, from Geo...

Tackling A Four Letter Word

Mags Deakin | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Parents
Mags Deakin

Being risk averse does not mean the primary focus is on the baby, there are many variables involved in a good outcome. A healthy baby does not mean that the mothers wishes have been ignored, to suggest that the two are mutually exclusive is irresponsible and does nothing to promote trust and respect between families and professionals.

Mum-To-Be Applied Full Face Of Makeup During Labour

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Parents

For most women in labour, the last thing on their mind is ensuring they've got a full face of makeup on for their newborn's arrival. But for New York-...

The O.C. Actor Ben McKenzie Has Become A Dad

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Parents

Ben McKenzie, best known for his roles in 'The O.C'. and 'Gotham', has become a dad for the first time. The 37-year-old actor's girlfriend Morena Bacc...

New Mums In Britain Have The 'Shortest Hospital Stays' After Giving Birth

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents

British mums are sent home from hospital after childbirth more quickly than in any other developed country, new research suggests. They spend an av...

Why Birth Preparation Is for Dads Too

Deborah Pryn | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

There was a loud sigh, the sound of snoring and then a sudden jolt as he jumped, waking himself and his wife up. Yes, the other evening it was another dad who fell asleep first during the relaxation session at the end of one of our Wise Hippo hypnobirthing classes. And you know what? It's so often the way!

Mum And Baby Who Both Nearly Died After Birth Celebrate First Mother's Day

SWNS | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Parents

A mother has told how she feared she'd never see her baby grow up after both of their hearts failed during and after birth. Louiser Chapman, 24, f...

Three Things you Need to Know About Water Births

Deborah Pryn | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

What do I wear? Will I get cold? And what happens if I poop? these are the most common questions my clients ask about water births. As someone who's ...