UK Childbirth

'Crack Binge' Mother Gave Birth In Motel Bathtub & Cut Umbilical Cord With Her Teeth (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK

A woman who gave birth in a motel bathtub under the influence of crack cocaine has told authorities she cut the umbilical cord with her teeth. Chr...

A Diary of a Mum-to-be: The Third Trimester

Louisa Daniels | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

The pre-labour cramps, unbelievable pelvic pressure and lack of sleep that has dominated the last two weeks, is only overpowered by the intense excitement that I feel toward meeting the little person that has made my body his home for most of the past year.

Mystery & Miracle Of Baby 'Ejected' From Womb Of Dead Mother (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

Medics are baffled after an unborn baby was apparently “ejected” from the womb of his mother during a fatal motorcycle crash. The little boy...

Microbirth: Why 'Seeding Baby's Microbiome' Needs to Be on Every Birth Plan

Toni Harman | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Harman

The latest scientific research is now starting to indicate that if the baby is not properly seeded with the mother's own bacteria at birth, then the baby's microbiome, in the words of Rodney R Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, is left "incomplete". Consequently, that baby's immune system may never develop to its full potential, leaving that infant with an increased risk of developing one or more serious diseases later in life.

Women Told They Can Never Have Sex Again After Faulty Implants Cause Severe Injuries

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Women whose faulty implants have ruined their sex lives are taking legal action against the implant manufacturer, according to BBC News. The mesh i...

Brit Gives Birth On NY Street After Woman Steals Her Cab

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK

A British woman gave birth in the street in New York city after a taxi she waved down to take her to hospital was swiped by a passer-by. Polly McCo...

No Child Should Be Born to Die

Karen Elson | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK
Karen Elson

I cannot imagine being in labour and forced to trek miles and miles in the hope to deliver in safe conditions. One woman I met Kula, delivered her baby on the side of the road in the dark with the threat of snakes and other dangerous animals to contend with. She had walked miles from her village to the one where we met to hire a canoe. She didn't make it as far as the village before she gave birth and her baby only made it as far as the water's edge when it passed away as she waited for two hours for a canoe to take her and her newborn baby to the clinic. Kula's story shocked Kate and I to the core. We were overwhelmed with grief for her.

16lb Baby Named ‘Little Fat' Delivered In China (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK

When it comes to bouncing bundles of joy, there’s a new heavyweight in town. Meet Xiao Pang – a 16lb (7.2kg) newborn whose nickname translates...

Nervous Father-To-Be Arrested For Smoking Cannabis In Delivery Room

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

A man has been arrested after he was discovered smoking cannabis in a hospital delivery unit as his partner prepared to give birth. David Bastin w...

A Diary of a Mum-to-be: The Second Trimester and Making Time to Relax

Louisa Daniels | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

To come back to worrying for a moment, I want to share with you the things that have concerned me, and made me rush to hospital to get checked out. I have had skin reactions: red bumps on my legs in the hair follicles, and huge lumps under my arms.

Saving Mothers' and Babies' Lives in DRC

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When Agnes Lunkembesa gave birth to her ninth child, she decided enough was enough. But although she knew perfectly well how babies were made, she had no idea how to stop them being made.

Nature vs Brands

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

Bounty has come under attack for exploiting the sense that they are on important government business (they distribute child benefit forms). They imply that you need to give them all your personal data in order to get child benefit.

Born in South Sudan

Agus Morales | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

Giving birth can be risky in South Sudan's Western Equatoria state, which has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. To help make childbirth safer, Médecins Sans Frontières midwives are working with traditional birth attendants - and a pregnant doll.

When Childbirth Goes Wrong

Liz Campbell | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Campbell

In December 2011 Lisa, 33, suffered an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) - which affects 1 in 10,000 births - when fluid from her womb leaked into her bloodstream. The embolism triggered two heart attacks in quick succession and caused massive haemorrhaging of her womb. Her baby, Louie, also perished. Sadly, mother and baby never got to meet.

The Joy of Boys: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Prince

Emma Jenner | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Jenner

Raising a boy has its own particular joys and challenges. Duchess Kate and Prince William have some experience looking after younger brothers James and Prince Harry, but being a parent is entirely new. Here are some of the things that new parents of sons have to look forward to.

Baby Shower? How About a Placenta Party?

Sophia Moseley | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sophia Moseley

Are you amongst the small number of parents who are thinking about what is still an unusual and some might say repugnant practice of helping reduce the risk of post-natal depression and increase your 'happy' hormones? ... There is a growing trend for placentophagy - the act of mammals eating the placenta.

Preparing For Birth- How Yoga Can Help

Tara Lee | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tara Lee

As her big day draws near Kate will be feeling both excited and nervous as she prepares for the birth of the royal baby. It has been reported that Kate has been using yoga to help her through her pregnancy. The Duchess of Cambridge is one of a growing number of expectant mothers turning to yoga to help ease physical and emotional strain.

Maternity Ward Sales Reps, Ultrasound Parties and 3D Models of Your Foetus - Welcome to the Commercial Face of Childbirth

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

Off my face on painkillers and hormones after an emergency c. section and haemorrhage, I was repeatedly pressured by a sales rep to buy baby photographs. She kept returning to see if I'd 'made a decision'; I could barely decide which way up my baby was supposed to be. Of course this should be banned. It's borderline barbarism and places commercial factors above maternal wellbeing.

Gas and Air

Amanda Prowse | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

Mid way through my pregnancy, I sat opposite my midwife, the first and only time I saw her, and whilst nibbling my organic carrot sticks and sipping herbal tea, stated that under no circumstances did I want drugs or intervention, I wanted my birth to be as 'natural' as possible. She had smirked a little and nodded through her stifled giggle.

Human Rights in Childbirth - From Niche Cause to a Global Movement

Toni Harman | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Harman

Over the past year, I've become a champion of a niche cause. Few people have heard of it. But it's a cause that directly affects the health and well-being of millions of women around the world. That cause is human rights in childbirth.

Newborn Baby Pictured In Still Intact Amniotic Sac

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK

Huddled in its still-intact amniotic sac, this newly delivered baby is unaware it has even been born. The captivating snap revealing a caesarean d...

Maternal Bliss and Bondage

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Taking a lesson from history, we should be asking what social inequalities are contributing to women's and mothers' mental, physical and psychosomatic health problems. Traumatic, stressful, debilitating childbearing should never be accepted as the status quo.

WI and NCT Report Finds Women Unsupported and Midwives Pushed to Their Limits

Ruth Bond | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ruth Bond

Maternity care is a journey, and all too often, there are points along the way where women are let down, left uninformed, and disempowered, and the lack of midwives lies behind this. Government directives, clinical guidance and decades of policy based around 'choice' is only worth the paper it's printed on,

Quality Of Maternity Care During Childbirth Varies Widely Across England, Warn Experts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Many expectant mothers are not getting the best possible care during childbirth, experts said after research showed wide variations in maternity care ...

Water All the Way!

Dr Gowri Motha | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Gowri Motha

Water births are gaining in popularity, although some people still consider them to be rather unconventional! I personally believe water birthing gives the mother, baby and partner the best possible experience.