UK Childbirth

Five Undignified Moments Of Parenthood

Mark Thomas | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Parents
Mark Thomas

Pregnancy is the wrecking ball that obliterates both the internal structures of a woman and the foundations of both of our dignity. I started this blog with a view to being intolerably honest, and I feel I've not done this ethos justice if I skip this part.

Should Home Births Be Allowed?

Toni Harman | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Toni Harman

It's time for other countries to catch up with the UK with regards to supporting women's choices in childbirth. It's time for the majority of the Grand Chamber of the ECHR to catch up. Indeed five members of the Grand Chamber have already caught up.

When 'Exhausted New Mum' Is A Halloween Costume, How Are We Getting Postnatal Support So Wrong?

Emily Street | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

A photo that spread like wildfire online shows a young girl, dressed in a baggy sweat shirt and jogging bottoms, dark circles under her eyes, baby sick on her shoulder and looking thoroughly glum.

Don't Make This Mistake With Your Pregnancy And The Upcoming Birth Of Your Baby

Sarah Brent | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Brent

The real truth is none of us own a crystal ball or a time machine so predicting how your baby's birth will be for real just isn't possible. So you end up perceiving a birth experience that's unhelpful, filling you with anxiety when you should be looking forward to meeting your baby for the first time.

Desperate To Fall Pregnant? I Know It's Hard, But Try Not To Stress It

Emily Street | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

But as a practitioner of complementary therapies, like hypnotherapy for fertility, it's my overwhelming belief that keeping your stress in check is vital for women either looking to fall pregnant naturally or for those who are going through IVF.

The Problem With The NHS Is People Like Me

Nicola Bonn | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola Bonn

Looking back at my article as I have done so many times (in embarrassment and regret) since it has been published, I realise that I felt like I had some kind of sense of entitlement as I lay shouting in that hospital. Yes I was in agony. Yes I was scared. But what about the emergencies that were being dealt with whilst this was happening?

Bringing New Life To Maternity Care

Professor Tim Draycott | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Professor Tim Draycott

The old adage that 'practice does not make perfect, if it is the wrong practice' is certainly true and some training programmes have even been demonstrated to do more harm than good. However, when the right training is provided for all staff in a unit, the results can be dramatic.

What Working With An Independent Midwife Taught Me About Working With My Body

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

As my youngest daughter approaches her eighth week on this earth and I feel as if the waves of hormonal emotions are levelling out, I've been enjoying taking the time to reflect on all that Aluna Grace's birth brought earth-side. It's really quite amazing when I think about it....Ooh, there go the tear ducts...again....

Real Life Birth vs Movies Birth

Sarah Lawton | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Lawton

I'm sure you have a knowing grin on your face already having just read the title of this piece. What is with the Hollywood portrayal of birth? I mean lets face it, there's not a lot of glamour involved. I thought I would look at some common movie-birth themes, and compare them with a dash of reality.

New Mum Shares Raw And Hilarious Photo Wearing 'Giant Nappy'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents

A mother shared a photo of herself wearing a “giant mum nappy” after giving birth because she wants to “empower” women about every aspect of c...

Why Children Misbehave When a New Baby Arrives - and How to Help

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

If you find yourself in this situation you need to prioritise your toddler or preschooler over your newborn, because they are hurting. Really, really hurting. Their whole world has turned upside down and inside out and they are experiencing grief like never before.

Childbirth: Why Women Forget The Pain

Lucy Dukes | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Dukes

The downright gorgeous Holly Willoughby has recently been quoted saying that she loves giving birth. She said that although birth was painful, it was a different kind of pain and it made her feel more alive that ever before - a feeling she has not gotten from anything else.

Ten Weird Things About Having a Newborn

Elaine Cogan | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Parents
Elaine Cogan

Someone has just handed you one of your internal organs and helpfully informed you that it is now your sole responsibility to keep this organ alive and breathing. Yes, you. You who have just recovered from major surgery/had twenty nine stitches in a delicate part of your anatomy. Good luck with that!

Eight Whole Weeks Since Three Became Four

John Hibbs | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

We arrived at the hospital to a deserted car park as a contraction struck whilst I sprang out of the car and gathered the necessary kit. Between the car door and the ward entrance, four more contractions came so if you are versed in this malarky, you'll know things were definitely moving.

I Will Never Know... Caesarean Awareness Month 2016

Laura Powell-Corbett | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Powell-Corbett

Both my boys were born by emergency c-section. Both births were filled with drama for different reasons. Both births lives were at stake, both theirs and mine. But then, after the dramatics of my emergency c-section with the Baby the husband put his foot down and said no more babies.

How to Create the Ideal Birth Environment

Deborah Pryn | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

Wherever you want to give birth - at home, at hospital, in a birth centre or in the woods (only joking...), you'll want to be as cosy and comfy at hom...

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!

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 ...

Maternity Review: Informed Choice and Personalised Care

Karen Hall | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Hall

Mainstream media were quick to focus on the proposal that women should have a £3000 budget and a choice of birth places and carers. The Times describes this as women being "handed £3000 by the NHS," a scenario which seems as unlikely as its tone seems dismissive of women's abilities to think straight if presented with such quantities of money.

Birth: Let's Lose the Fear

Deborah Pryn | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

Many people told me their horror stories of birth. Many people rolled their eyes or laughed at me when I said I wanted a homebirth for my first baby. Many people told me I was being naieve or foolish. And many people close to me thought I wouldn't be able to do it: that I wouldn't stay at home the whole time, not for my first baby, or that I wouldn't cope without strong pain relief.

Crossing Your Legs While Coughing and Sneezing? How Yoga Can Help

Tara Lee | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tara Lee

help. The yoga tradition has a focus on mula bandha - translating as "the root lock", often considered as the energetic closing of the base of the pot. Mula bandha is a very powerful but subtle practice, it links to the physical action required to strengthen the pelvic floor.

Seven Ways Potty Training is Like Childbirth

Crystal Lowery | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Crystal Lowery

Teaching two toddlers to use the toilet has turned me into somewhat of a birthing coach, except rather than bringing new life into the world, I deliver old, digested porridge into the sewer system. Here are seven similarities I've noticed between potty training and One Born Every Minute.

Planning Your Birth

Dr Penelope Law | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Penelope Law

ning your birth can be an exciting time for parents-to-be, and being informed of the different choices available to you can help you to feel at ease. Having a birth plan can make your stay feel even more personal and tailored towards your needs.

How Hypnobirthing Is Taking the Fear Out of Childbirth

Kirsteen O'Sullivan | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Parents
Kirsteen O'Sullivan

Fear can hold us back in all aspects of our lives and childbirth is no different. If you expect a difficult birth, you're much more likely to get one. If you are positive and have the right tools to help you cope, you're much more likely to have a good experience. In a nutshell, that's what hypnobirthing is all about.

How to Have a Fear Free Childbirth

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

Childbirth is a defining moment in any persons life, and brings with it mixed feelings of anticipation, excitement and anxiety. However as a woman's due date draws near a large percentage of time is spent visualising labour and how she may want her experience to play out.