UK Childbirth

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.

14 Things All Parents Go Through When Watching ‘One Born Every Minute’

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents

No matter what your TV choices were before you became parents, once you have a family of your own you can’t wait to spend an evening on the sofa wat...

One Born: Birth Doesn't Have To Be This Way

Milli Hill | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Milli Hill

These images are shaping women's expectations, to the point where this televisual version of birth is becoming so totally entwined with reality that it's impossible to tell life from art, fiction from fact. What we see, slowly but surely, becomes what we get.

Postpartum Psychosis Risk After Childbirth

Tina McGuff | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

I think this is something that new mums fear especially if they have a previous bout of mental illness. I've spoken to many ladies who have felt this way and some who actually went through postpartum psychosis.

Anorexia To Womanhood

Tina McGuff | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Unbeknown to me at the time my anorexia was trying to regress me back to a time where I was carefree and cared for - not having to face harsh realities of life like my parents' catastrophic divorce or becoming a young lady.

Childbirth... It Can't Be That Hard - Right?

Tina McGuff | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Interestingly enough every time I spoke to the midwife about this she always smiled sweetly and said: "please keep an open mind Tina" - I scoffed knowing full well I did not need an 'open mind' as it was all going to go just beautifully thank you very much!

Flipping The Narrative On Scary Birth Stories

Rachel Murray | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Murray

I will never know for sure, but I think a big factor in my birth experience was my feeling of confidence and self-efficacy. Thanks to the women who shared their positive birth stories with me, I could so clearly visualise a calm, positive birth of my own. I'd played it out in my mind that many times, is it so surprising that the reality was just that?

My Daughter's Pain Is My Pain

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Catherine Wiltcher

I recognised myself in Emily the moment she was placed on my chest. It was there in her eyes and in the shape of her mouth. Six weeks later she had my smile. My genes dominated her features, and when she grew into an inquisitive toddler I realised we shared many of the same personality traits too.

I Thought Childbirth Was No Big Deal. Then My Wife Nearly Died

Quora | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents
Quora

It reminded me of an overflowing bath. Suddenly, all joy was gone. I went to my newborn daughter, who was lying on my wife's chest, and I tried to talk, but my heart had started pumping ice around my body. I told everyone I was going to pass out and just as they sat me on the chair, I did exactly that.

Orgasm During Labour: What Is It And Why Does It Happen?

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents

Most mums-to-be don’t associate going into labour with the prospect of imminent pleasure, but some mums say their experience of childbirth was orgas...

Blood Donors Gave Me The Chance To Be A Mum

Charlotte Wise | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Wise

I had slumped down in a chair and was unaware of the commotion, as a swarm of doctors and midwives surrounded me and hoisted me up onto a bed. A short time later, I opened my eyes to find myself breathing through an oxygen mask and shaking uncontrollably. All I could hear repeatedly were the words, 'We need blood!'

Rebekah Vardy Shares Baby Bump And Post-Pregnancy Selfies, Reflects On 'Trauma Of Childbirth'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Parents

Rebekah Vardy has shared photos of her body during and post-pregnancy to remind other mothers “perfection does not exist”. The 34-year-old, who ga...

Mum Gave Birth To 6lb Baby In Her Sleep After She Dozed Off During Labour

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has explained how she gave birth in her sleep after she dozed off while in labour. Alice Payne, 23, from Ashbourne, Derbyshire, woke from an hou...

Mothers And Babies Will Be Safer With New Midwifery Law

Julie Mellor | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Julie Mellor

Having a baby is an exciting, life-changing event and one that every mother wants to be a positive experience. Midwives play a vitally important role in this; they are the first port of call when you have a question and help you to make informed choices about your pregnancy and birth.

Mum 'Delivering' Own Baby During Fourth Caesarean Captured On Camera

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Parents

Warning: Some readers may find the images in this article graphic. The moment a mum helped deliver her own baby during her fourth caesarean was caugh...

Why Shouldn't Janet Jackson Have A Baby At 50?

Jay McCarthy | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jay McCarthy

When news broke that Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana had welcomed a healthy baby boy, I was delighted for them. Yet, despite the world's good wishes towards Janet, who reportedly "had a stress-free, healthy delivery", it was sad that most people seemed more concerned about her age.

The Uncanny Similarities Between Marathon Running And Childbirth

Aisling Gray | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Parents
Aisling Gray

Like marathon training, though, pregnancy ultimately reaps the rewards but it can be a long slog, which often requires gritted teeth and a quiet determination to push through.

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.