UK Childbirth

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 24.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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...

Scared About Giving Birth? These Photos Will Help Calm Your Nerves

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

A powerful photo project depicting mothers and their day-old babies aims to reassure pregnant women that childbirth is nothing to fear. "When I bec...

11 Things They Don't Tell You About Becoming a Parent for the First Time

Rose Carraig | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Carraig

There is a vast canon of literature on new-parenthood, child-rearing, baby nurturing, what to expect and what not to expect once you've had a baby. You could thatch houses with the amount written about this most wondrous time of any person's life.

Woman Makes Placenta Smoothie, Puts Us Off Juicing For Life

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new mother has opted to repurpose her placenta by blending it into some kind of Sweeney-Todd-inspired smoothie. Kati, who starred in last night's...

The Best Piece of Parenting Advice I Was Never Given

Michaela Horan | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Horan

Sure there's a ton of advice about naughty steps, and controlled crying, and potty training, and teaching phonics. But less about the need to "breathe through" the more unmanageable aspects of parenting, which are often messy, noisy, relentless, chaotic, and/or publicly shaming.

Mums As Leaders

Catherine Davies | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Davies

All women want to be a great mum. Maybe a perfect mum? I did. I think my mum friends did. I definitely wanted to do things The Right Way and not The Wrong Way. Who would argue with that?

My Awful Secret

Lotte Lane | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lotte Lane

I feel like the most despicable person for admitting this, but part of me is dreading having this kid. I'm scared and I'm anxious. The excitement I felt first time round is notably absent. Sometimes I forget I'm pregnant at all, and it feels quite nice.

It's Time to Raise Your Standards and Stop Expecting Birth to Be Hell

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

As women, we have so much to thank our mothers and our grandmothers for. There was a time, when we were expected to sit at home, preparing the tea, cleaning the house and completing 'a woman's work' without fuss.

Call the Midwife? It's Time to Up Postnatal Care

Alice Rossiter | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Rossiter

Of course, we're told to call a number if we need support or advice. But many women won't. And especially not in the wee small hours of the night. Many will struggle in silence or sink into denial - snapping at a concerned partner or parent that "they're fine".

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Giving Birth

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

There isn't a single hypnobirthing technique that isn't a skill for life. So I encourage you, pregnant or not, the next time you notice you're having the urge to change what is, wishing for the future or yearning for the past, bring your attention to accepting the moment for what it is. Breathe out resistance and notice how much easier things feel. It works.

The Truth About Hypnobirthing

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

One of the biggest misconceptions about hypnobirthing is that, it's all about having babies. Women have heard that if you do everything your teacher tells you to do, you will have a quick, straight forward, pain free, vaginal birth. Now, there's no easy way to say this...but that's all pretty much a nonsense.

Three Ways to Plan an Empowering Birth

Natasha Batsford | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

A few weekends ago I was having coffee with a friend. We have a lot in common, not least of which is that we are both caesarean section mamas grieving the loss of the birth we deserved. "I'm thinking about siblings" she said, "do you think it's worth trying for a VBAC?" It was a simple question; but the weight of it hung between us, sodden with emotion.

Home Births Could Be The Best Option For Mothers

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Women could be better off giving birth at home or in midwife-led centres, according to a health advisory body, who say that hospitals are more likely ...

Two Grandmothers Give Their Daughters 'An Absolutely Extraordinary Gift'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

This time of year most of us are browsing department stores for gifts for our families. But two grandmothers have given their daughters something far ...

The No B***S*** Advice All New Mums Should Know

Olivia Siegl | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

One thing that was not lost amongst the milk hazed chaos was how at certain points during those first intrepid weeks, me and my post baby self could have done with a list of new mum home truths that cut through the inertia of new mum bullshit and instead brought me and my over active worries back down to reality.

Reflections on Birth Trauma

Natasha Batsford | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

Like many others that leave women suffering from Birth Trauma, it was a birth that medical professionals would consider to be "successful". After all, both he and I left for home in good physical health. So what was the problem? Did I expect too much from childbirth?

Preparing for Parenthood: Mission Impossible

Georgia Mann-Smith | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgia Mann-Smith

I'm due to give birth tomorrow. I've never done it before and like many women my age (early 30s - just), I've agonised over whether now is the right time. Will it wreck my career? Do we have enough money to feed and clothe another human being? Will we become one of those couples who fill social media feeds with massively un-fascinating photos of their dribbling offspring?

Was Robbie Williams Filming His Wife Giving Birth a Step Too Far?

Siobhan Freegard | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Siobhan Freegard

While celebs like Robbie undoubtedly use the vids for some serious self-promotion, for the rest of us it's an amazing chance to document the experience from start to finish and - in some cases - to share with the world.

How Beholden Are We to Our Body Clocks?

Tony Lobl | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

I perceived that my ability to be where I needed to be, and do what I needed to do, was based on spiritual rather than material factors. And for me the key factor was understanding where my energy and alertness actually came from.