UK Childbirth

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.

Human Rights Day 2015 - Human Rights in Childbirth as a Global Movement

Toni Harman | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Toni Harman

With so much happening around the world, it truly feels there's now a global movement to support women's rights in childbirth, and that movement is fast gathering momentum. Change is happening. More people are being brought into the conversation. More people are now more aware of human rights in childbirth.

How Long Does It Really Take to Recover After Pregnancy and Birth?

Karen Laing | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Parents
Karen Laing

In 11 years working a pre and post natal exercise expert throughout London and West Essex I've seen a lot of pregnant and post natal mums. Probably close to the 500 pregnancies now. And what's the most common question? When will I get 'me' back again?

10 Facts No One Told Me About Pregnancy and Childbirth

Stella Olojola | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Parents
Stella Olojola

There are so many changes that do take place during pregnancy and after child-birth, these pregnancy books and websites do not tell us about all of them, but then again, I guess they can only talk about what they have heard about. Here are some real life experiences, no one told me about...

Imogen Thomas Gives Birth To A Baby Girl

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents

Imogen Thomas has given birth to a baby girl. The mum announced the news and revealed her choice of baby name on Instagram with a photo of her baby...

The Ultimate Stitch Up: Six Things They Don't Tell You About Having a Baby

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Tetteh

Speaking to expert midwives, I've heard that some mums are plunged into depression if they don't get to have their water birth they've dreamed of. But if your baby is breached, or has another medical emergency then be prepared to adapt and quickly for the sake of your unborn child.

Should We Discuss Baby Loss With Pregnant Women?

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Parents
Heidi Eldridge

One of the greatest advantages to not sweeping baby loss under the carpet is to raise awareness among pregnant women in a positive way with what they can do personally to increase their chances of a successful pregnancy:

Congratulations Samia Ghadie! 'Coronation Street' Star Gives Birth To Baby Boy

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Parents

Samia Ghadie has given birth to a baby boy via caesarean section. The Coronation Street actress and her fiancé Sylvain Longchambon have named thei...

Why a Caesarian Can be a Positive Birth Experience

Catherine Balavage | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents
Catherine Balavage

As the surgeon who did my caesarean explained why I should have an emergency caesarian she looked almost like an angel to me. Within twenty minutes, my son was born.

Too Hip to Rip? Time to Celebrate Cesareans

Sophia Walker | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

I still look at my scar and it reminds me of the journey I've been on. It's my tattoo, my story, my reminder to be grateful. The lady photographed in Helen's picture has this and a beautiful photo to commemorate her triumph. I hope one day we can all look at it this way.

Your Baby's Microbiome: Why Birth to Age Three Is So Critical For Your Child's Health

Toni Harman | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents
Toni Harman

My after-the-birth plan also went out the window. I planned to breastfeed on demand, to do lots of skin-to-skin, for my newborn to sleep in a cot beside me, for visitors to arrive only after day 7 and I also wanted to try reusable nappies.

So You Had an Emergency C-Section

Susanne Remic | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Susanne Remic

You had an emergency c-section. Apparently, your body didn't get the memo on childbirth in the end. Your body was last to the queue when it came to strength and stamina. Your mind missed out when it came to courage and determination. You missed out. Right? Wrong.

The Ten Unwritten Rules of 'Mum'

Emma Conway | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Conway

When I first found out I was pregnant I was over the moon but had no idea that as soon as the baby popped (or in my case pulled) out, I inadvertently had signed some weird invisible contract, that it appears I can't get out of for the foreseeable future.

Does Birth Really Belong to Men?

Lottie Daley | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Parents
Lottie Daley

In 2015, the environment available to majority of women is counterproductive for birth and not based on what we know is best for mums. It is this that I think we as a society, should be pursing as an essential change to offset the very real risk of losing the beauty of childbirth. Why is this so?

If You Had A Difficult Delivery Katie Hopkins's Views On Childbirth Are Going To Really P*ss You Off

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

In case you were worried that Katie Hopkins had run out of people to offend, fear not. On Monday Hopkins took to LBC radio to discuss, among other...

Why Can't People Accept Women Who Don't Want Children?

Lisa Downs | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Downs

Children aren't for everyone, and I wish other people would accept that. I'm tired of being judged for not wanting children. Women's sole job in life isn't to have children. It's to give themselves the best life they can imagine, as we only have one shot at it.

Charlotte Hawkins' Baby Name Confession: "I Nearly Called My Daughter Honey Bee"

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents

Charlotte Hawkins eschewed the celebrity trend for outlandish baby names and picked the traditional Ella Rose for her daughter. But the 39-year-old...

What's Happening When You're 40 Weeks Pregnant

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents

Wow, you've made it to week 40 – officially the end of pregnancy, although you're still considered to be 'full term' up to week 42. Hopefully this w...

Why Is The UK Only The 24th Best Place To Be A Mother?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents

Being a mother is one of the greatest gifts, but in the world rankings, the UK isn't in top ten places to be a mother for the third year in a row. ...

One Size Fits All (or How I Nearly Had a Disastrous Home Birth)

Louise Parry | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Louise Parry

When I went into labour with Squidge it took me several hours to work out that it wasn't just really bad Braxton-Hicks and that I wasn't going to make it to my c-section date (booked for various health reasons).

10 Reasons Why Hypnobirthing Will Help You Homebirth

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

Being in an environment that feels familiar is a huge plus point when it comes to feeling safe. In hypnobirthing we explain how these feelings release the positive hormones and emotions that make it easier for us to give birth, often more comfortably, quickly and enjoyably.

#BirthJustHappened: Post-Birth Photos Mums Need To See

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

Mums have been sharing 'post-birth selfies' on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #BirthJustHappened, to spread the message that pregnant women sho...