It’s safe to say that hospital is probably the last place anybody wants to be at the moment, unless of course, they’re having a baby! Be reassured that hospital staff, midwives and doctors are working really hard to make sure labour and birth are as safe as always during the COVID-19 pandemic and that you […]
Is an online antenatal class going to give me what I need?
In the current climate, we are all scrambling to develop ways to adapt to the new normal. We are working from home, perhaps not working at all, and certainly trying to stay away from crowds. Admittedly, you don’t have that lovely face to face contact we all enjoy, but then, no one does at the […]
What’s the Deal with Seeding?
What is seeding? It’s complicated. There is a body of emerging evidence that suggests that a newborns’ immune system greatly benefits from the wonderful flora they are exposed to during labour and birth. The human body has trillions of microbes in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. They assist with nutrition, protection from pathogens and building […]
Are Antenatal Classes Designed to Educate Women into Submission?
Are all antenatal classes what they seem? This is a question I read online recently and it got me thinking. Certainly some institutions ‘cater’ their classes to the services they provide: “This is what we do here and these are your options” – Seems reasonable right? Some maternity units provide baths for pain relief in […]
A positive birth experience happens when a woman is feeling safe, listened to, she understands what’s going on around her, she is clear about the choices available and feels supported in the decisions she makes. When the birth is over, she can look back with no regrets. It is not about the actual choices made […]