UK Childbirth

Three Ways to Plan an Empowering Birth

Natasha Batsford | Posted 10.12.2014 | 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 16.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 28.10.2014 | 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.

Secrets to a Good Pregnancy

Alice Rossiter | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Rossiter

It's a time when you're emotionally and physically changing in ways you've never experienced. Every twinge, ache or peculiar symptom is often followed by a frantic search online. Add in the need to know what 'to do' during pregnancy - what to eat, what not to eat, which exercises are safe, and so on...

Be a Pain Killer This National Arthritis Week

Alan Silman | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Silman

Arthritis holds 10 million people in the grip of excruciating pain, that's one in six of us. This pain can be agonising and affects people of all ages.

How Womb Transplants Could Help Thousands Of Women

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Last week, a woman in Sweden gave birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb. Now, two more women are expected to give birth by the end of the year...

Microbirth: The Extra Question Every Expectant Mother Needs To Ask

Toni Harman | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Toni Harman

If we accept that birth has become a multi-billion dollar business around the world, then all expectant parents are consumers of that business. As consumers, all expectant parents have rights and they have a voice. Collectively, theirs is a very powerful voice that can be used as a catalyst to drive change.

Nine Pieces of Advice to My Younger (Pregnant) Self

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Goleniowska

A complete norm, or the truly typical does not exist. How long it takes to conceive, the exact length of your pregnancy, how much your baby weighs, feeds, fills her nappy, wants to be held and sleeps is no different. Neither your body, not your baby have the latest iBaby App or manual from a childcare expert telling them what is expected...

Postnatal Depression in Fathers - Five Things You Need to Know

Olivia Spencer | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

Postnatal depression in fathers does exist. There are many factors, both situational and physiological, which can affect a father's mood both before and after a baby is born, and yet it's an area of parenting which is often ignored or overlooked by healthcare professionals and parents alike.

Six Things Nobody Tells You About Giving Birth

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many women count giving birth to their children as their biggest achievement in life, but as every mum knows, labour is far from a walk in park. Wh...

Stop Dads Getting Postnatal Depression - Get Them Out of the Delivery Room

Olivia Spencer | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

It's important that we recognise that some men will not benefit from being at the birth of their child. For some people this would seem like a step backwards, the exclusion of anyone based on their sex, from anything, will always be seen as such, but we must remember that a father's mental health is important too.

Emergency Bathroom Midwifery

Kathryn Taylor | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Taylor

As a recurrent miscarrier, it can be hard to be around pregnant women and babies. Emotions swing between jealousy, self-hatred (I never used to be so nasty) and sadness for what I've lost. Self-preservation has a lot to do with it. That and the abject humiliation of having to leave a 2 year old's birthday party because you can't stop crying (got the t-shirt).

The Other Uproar in Germany: The Midwife Crisis

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
 Camalo Gaskin

Before the recent historical win by Germany in the World Cup Championship and the riotous parties in the streets, there were other strong magnets to Berlin by young outsiders. A new generation of international women have been flocking to Berlin for its green, woman-centric, and family friendly culture.

Why NO Woman Should Feel Judged on How She Brings Her Baby Into the World

Olivia Siegl | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

There is no failure to be found in any female brave enough to go through the process of childbirth, no matter what that process may be. There is no such thing as "giving in" or taking the "easy option" when it comes to childbirth.

Born in the Wild: Exploitation or Empowerment?

Amy C | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy C

I think reality TV has been around long enough now that people are aware of the potential pitfalls of being on TV. In particular, the kind of women who want to give birth in the woods are more than likely to be strong-willed and resilient enough to make their own choices regarding being on TV.

Four Keys to a Relaxed and Happy Pregnancy

Sacha Knop | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Knop

Reading the energy of an unborn baby is so magical, pure and present. There are rarely any energetic blockages in an unborn baby, which makes it really easy to tap into their needs from and questions for the parents. What's been striking is that there is a clear recurring pattern of needs that nearly every unborn child has for and from their parent-to-be.

Woman Documents 12-Hour Birth On Twitter, Is Surprisingly Touching

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

This week women giving birth in public seems to be all the rage - first we heard about the new TV series inviting us to watch women give birth in the...

Screaming, Farting, Sweating: Heart FM DJ Tom Evans Experiences The 'Joys' Of Childbirth

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK

There’s something a little satisfying about the fact we can now replicate the birth experience for men. Hey, there’s no baby at the end of it,...

Supporting Pregnancy Choices, Trusting Women to Decide

Clare Murphy | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

We should stop compartmentalising these interconnected areas of women's lives, and let a commitment to women's choice and autonomy underpin the reproductive health services that women will need across the three decades they are fertile. Let's support her choices, and let's trust her to decide.

Why Post Baby Vaginas Deserve a Little Respect

Olivia Siegl | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

We need to instead attack the vagina rehab with the same vigour as banishing our baby lumps. Tummy crunches to beat the baby bulge currently sitting proud on our exercise priority list need to be replaced with pelvic floor routines and perineum creams.