UK Childbirth

The Science Of Safer Pregnancy: How Mini 'Placentas On A Chip' May Help Us Understand Pre-eclampsia

Dr Colin Murdoch | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Colin Murdoch

The placenta is the gatekeeper for a foetus, allowing a mother's nutrients to pass in one direction while waste passes back into the mother's bloodstream. It produces hormones to encourage foetal growth and offers protection against most bacteria, although not against viruses.

The Mum Glow Is A Lie

Rylee Venables | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Parents
Rylee Venables

When you are nearing the 40 week mark and desperately praying for your small human to start the evacuation process... there is nothing that feels glamorous about being swollen, tired and stretched.

Caesarean Sections... Through A Dad's Eye

Paul Tremain | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK Parents
Paul Tremain

With our twins 'coming out' early at 35 weeks, we were having a caesarean section which when 'planned' does feel like you're booking into some form of mini break, except as a dad, you don't get a bed, you're not included on the meal plan and you're the bag carrier...

Ross Kemp Shares Photo Of Newborn Twins To Announce He Is Now A Dad-Of-Four

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Parents

Ross Kemp is now a dad-of-four, as his wife Renee O’Brien has just given birth to twins. The 53-year-old former ‘Eastender’ shared an adorable p...

Mums Share The Little Things That Help Ease Pain And Aid Recovery After A Caesarean

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Parents

Most pregnant women don’t expect to give birth via caesarean, but the procedures are becoming increasingly common, with more than a quarter of all b...

Danielle Lloyd Shares First Photo Of Newborn Baby Son Who Got 'Stuck' During Labour

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK Parents

Danielle Lloyd has said giving birth to her fourth son was a “scary” experience. Lloyd was “overjoyed” when she welcomed baby Ronnie O’Neill...

The Moment You're Told It's TWINS!

Paul Tremain | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Parents
Paul Tremain

As a dad to a brilliantly fun toddler, Finn, we were keen to give him a brother or sister to play with, so my wife Dani and I were delighted when she started to feel constantly sick and look like a wife on carbs and cola who enjoyed a nap after Countdown every day... SHE WAS PREGNANT!

How To Give Birth - Start By Shutting Your Ears

Celine Bell | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

A friend of mine has just had her baby. She's knackered, milky, blissed out, and then knackered again. Our beloved NHS got her baby out safely - gosh, how easy it is to forget that no matter how tough a labour experience we have, we are so very lucky.

Massive Newborn Breaks Hospital Records (And Confirms Mum Is A Total Queen)

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Parents

It would be fair to say that most women experiencing childbirth would not be aiming to deliver a record-breakingly large baby (ouch). But that’s exa...

A Letter To My New Mum Self

Anya Hayes | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Parents
Anya Hayes

Labouring for over two days ended in the call for a category one (highest level) emergency caesarean. Nothing in my mental preparation had imagined my birthing room being suddenly rushed by medical staff with such a sense of urgency and panic, being sped down a corridor on a trolley to be prepped for surgery and have your baby pulled out within 15 minutes of the call being made.

Leadsom Lobbies Jeremy Hunt Over Local Hospital Downgrade

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Politics

Tory MPs have been dubbed “wildly hypocritical” over NHS cuts after it emerged that Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom is lobbying Jeremy Hunt over t...

I Had A S**t Birth. Here's Six Reasons I Really Want Others To Know

Sarah Howson | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Howson

I had an awful birth experience. But I didn't die. My baby didn't die. In fact, she is thriving - the brightest, happiest little ray of sunshine you ever did meet. And, almost two years on, here I am, getting the help I need. We all lived to tell the tale. So why does that tale even need to be told any more?

Midwife Shortage Laid Bare As Nearly Half Of All Maternity Wards Shut To New Mums Last Year

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Politics

Almost half of England’s maternity wards were shut to new mums at some point in 2016 because of bed or staff shortages, alarming research revealed t...

The Extraordinary Story Of Baby 'Christ' - Born On A Wooden Boat In Front Of 100 Men

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK

CATANIA - Sicily: The midwife aboard an NGO rescue ship currently operating in the Mediterranean has revealed the incredible story of the rescue of a ...

6 Weird Places That Women Have Given Birth

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Parents

For most pregnant women the location options for delivering your baby are fairly standard - hospital, midwifery unit, at home. And in fact, only 2.3% ...

12 Thoughts Mums Have About Sex After Giving Birth

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents

After having a human come out of your body, the last thing that is on the agenda for many mums is having something put right back up there. And while ...

Man Learns How Childbirth Works And Can't Believe His Eyes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents

A man’s reaction to watching a baby being born for the first time, has had the internet in hysterics. The clip, which had four million views online...

Positive Birth Reading List

Rachel Murray | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Murray

My birth education was a smorgasbord of books, documentaries, workshops, internet research and conversations with other women. But this post will only stretch so far so I decided to share my favourite birth books. I should say that firstly I came across all the standard issue pregnancy and birth books (you know the best-seller type ones) and they didn't speak to me.

The Greatest Support You Can Offer Someone Who Has Suffered A Stillbirth

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents

Ten babies are stillborn in the UK every day. A stillbirth is one of the most devastating experience for parents. But what makes this experience even ...

10 Normal Thoughts After Giving Birth

Stacey Oakes | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

Having a baby is probably one of the most life-changing events of anyone's life and although not everyone will experience the same feelings, these are common ones that I have experienced personally as well as friends and family.

Raising A Kid? Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Celine Bell | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Ok, so some of this might not feel like small stuff, but I promise you it is. If little Jemima finds your secret stash of Jaffa Cakes and eats them all, aged 14 months, it doesn't condemn her to a life of obesity. If all the other newborns from your NCT class sleep in their cots from day one, and yours doesn't, it doesn't mean they'll still be sleeping in your bed aged 19.

Coming To Terms With A Traumatic Birth

Abi Jones | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Abi Jones

Experiencing a birth trauma isn't going to be something that you can just "get over". Your feelings are not going to change overnight, and it is likely to be an event that stays with you forever. But know you are not alone. Know that you can get help if you want it and need it.

Mums Share How They Really Felt About How Their Bodies Changed During Pregnancy

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents

Some women love being pregnant, while for others it’s nine months of purgatory waiting for the baby and hoping to reclaim their bodies. Here, women ...

Thank You To My Midwife For...

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents

You never forget your midwife and the role they play in your children’s birth. Whether a familiar community midwife you’ve seen for appointments t...

10 Things They Never Tell You About A C-Section

Stacey Oakes | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

My Caesarean was an emergency so I'm assuming maybe not every C-Section has the volume of people in the room as I experienced. To be honest I had no idea how many there were, but my partner said it must have been close to 15 people. That's pretty crowded for a relatively small operating theatre.