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I have seen things! Things that can never be unseen. There were many things I dreaded about being pregnant and, to be honest, none of them were as bad as I imagined (I do have a very vivid imagination!), with one exception. “Do I really have to?” I whined. “I have to...
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I cried when I was told I had to have a C-section. It wasn’t in my delivery plan. Even though I had been massaging my perineum with almond oil to prepare it for the inevitable stretching, it was not meant to be. As an OB/GYN the change in birth...
doctor-measuring-pregnant-belly-bump
Stillbirth is a devastating complication of pregnancy that affects millions of women globally each year. It is defined as a baby born showing no signs of life where delivery occurred at or after six months (24 weeks) of pregnancy. And in the UK, 90-95% of stillbirths happen before the...
placenta-pills
In almost all mammals, the placenta - the organ that develops in pregnancy to provide oxygen and nutrients to the baby and remove waste products - is eaten by the mother immediately after giving birth. Humans and aquatic mammals are the only exceptions. But the number of women choosing to...
midwife-and-doula-meeting
As a doula (birth coach), I often get asked if I am a midwife. When I say I’m a doula and not a midwife, I’m asked what the difference is between a midwife and doula. This is not a bad question as a midwife and doula play two very...
premature-baby
Premature babies are those born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. The earlier a baby is born, the greater chance there is of developing complications associated with prematurity. In my experience, it is not only the baby that is premature. Mom and Dad become parents prematurely as well. The experience is...
umbilical-cord-clamp
Clamping and cutting a baby’s umbilical cord as soon as it is born can be bad for its health. The World Health Organisation advises that clamping should be delayed for two to three minutes after the baby has been born, and the UK watchdog NICE advices midwives and obstetricians...
pregnant-mom-packing-hospital-bag
Towards the end of every pregnancy comes that magical time where you have to prepare for the delivery of your little miracle; the time when you see that bright and shiny light at the end of the tunnel because, let’s be honest, the third trimester is hard. The back pain,...
baby-after-water-birth
I often have women come to my practice who are eager to have a water birth but they have several concerns: What is a water birth? Who can have a water birth and who helps you deliver this way? How dangerous can it be to my baby? Water birth is...
pregnant-lady-doula
Congratulations, you are pregnant! But what now? Pregnancy is both an amazing and overwhelming experience and a doula can help you through this unpredictable adventure. What is a doula? Doula (from Greek word doulē meaning female slave) is a non-medically trained person who supports you during your pregnancy, labour or birth and beyond....
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