UK Childbirth

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...

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

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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.