UK Childbirth

Microbirth: The Extra Question Every Expectant Mother Needs To Ask

Toni Harman | Posted 16.09.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 01.09.2014 | 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 30.07.2014 | 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 29.07.2014 | 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.

'Crack Binge' Mother Gave Birth In Motel Bathtub & Cut Umbilical Cord With Her Teeth (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK

A woman who gave birth in a motel bathtub under the influence of crack cocaine has told authorities she cut the umbilical cord with her teeth. Chr...

A Diary of a Mum-to-be: The Third Trimester

Louisa Daniels | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

The pre-labour cramps, unbelievable pelvic pressure and lack of sleep that has dominated the last two weeks, is only overpowered by the intense excitement that I feel toward meeting the little person that has made my body his home for most of the past year.

Mystery & Miracle Of Baby 'Ejected' From Womb Of Dead Mother (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

Medics are baffled after an unborn baby was apparently “ejected” from the womb of his mother during a fatal motorcycle crash. The little boy...

Microbirth: Why 'Seeding Baby's Microbiome' Needs to Be on Every Birth Plan

Toni Harman | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Harman

The latest scientific research is now starting to indicate that if the baby is not properly seeded with the mother's own bacteria at birth, then the baby's microbiome, in the words of Rodney R Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, is left "incomplete". Consequently, that baby's immune system may never develop to its full potential, leaving that infant with an increased risk of developing one or more serious diseases later in life.

Women Told They Can Never Have Sex Again After Faulty Implants Cause Severe Injuries

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Women whose faulty implants have ruined their sex lives are taking legal action against the implant manufacturer, according to BBC News. The mesh i...

Brit Gives Birth On NY Street After Woman Steals Her Cab

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK

A British woman gave birth in the street in New York city after a taxi she waved down to take her to hospital was swiped by a passer-by. Polly McCo...

No Child Should Be Born to Die

Karen Elson | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Karen Elson

I cannot imagine being in labour and forced to trek miles and miles in the hope to deliver in safe conditions. One woman I met Kula, delivered her baby on the side of the road in the dark with the threat of snakes and other dangerous animals to contend with. She had walked miles from her village to the one where we met to hire a canoe. She didn't make it as far as the village before she gave birth and her baby only made it as far as the water's edge when it passed away as she waited for two hours for a canoe to take her and her newborn baby to the clinic. Kula's story shocked Kate and I to the core. We were overwhelmed with grief for her.

16lb Baby Named ‘Little Fat' Delivered In China (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK

When it comes to bouncing bundles of joy, there’s a new heavyweight in town. Meet Xiao Pang – a 16lb (7.2kg) newborn whose nickname translates...

Nervous Father-To-Be Arrested For Smoking Cannabis In Delivery Room

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

A man has been arrested after he was discovered smoking cannabis in a hospital delivery unit as his partner prepared to give birth. David Bastin w...

A Diary of a Mum-to-be: The Second Trimester and Making Time to Relax

Louisa Daniels | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

To come back to worrying for a moment, I want to share with you the things that have concerned me, and made me rush to hospital to get checked out. I have had skin reactions: red bumps on my legs in the hair follicles, and huge lumps under my arms.

Saving Mothers' and Babies' Lives in DRC

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

When Agnes Lunkembesa gave birth to her ninth child, she decided enough was enough. But although she knew perfectly well how babies were made, she had no idea how to stop them being made.