Birth

Only women can change birth – FACT

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou ——–   I’ve shared this before when I was circulated last year but sharing again as I’ve seen this on a few shares recently.  Extract:  “Care provider actions […]

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Hope is not a strategy

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Well certainly not for birth – planning for birth needs preparation – mental, physical, emotional preparation as well building knowledge about the physical act of birth.   Consider a marathon runner – what would she do to prepare for her marathon? Especially if she was keen to do it in a specific time! If you’re […]

EFT

12 Self Care Strategies

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I’m not sure about you but I find December really challenging – not because I don’t like Christmas – in fact, I think it’s because I LOVE it so much that I am so determined to make it so special for everyone – often at a detriment to me. Before I had kids and before […]

Birth

It’s not good enough

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In a time where intervention rates are ridiculously high (63% at NHS Lothian – details from an FOI request – what percentage of births are induced/augemented/forceps/ventous/c-section – a rise in 12% in the last 5 years…. )   In a time where adverse events in maternity care are very high   In a time where […]

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Women expect too much?

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… I cannot believe what I keep hearing – women expect too much from their births!!! Who from senior government advisers and health care professionals both in person and all over social media…   “don’t write a birth plan – it’s not worth the paper it’s written on”   Or   “… birth preferences… not […]

EFT

#HiddenFaces and Connection – National Fertility Awareness Week 2016

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  The HiddenFaces of infertility as part of National Fertility Awareness Week is such a brilliant campaign. I’ve been following the posts with huge interest and respect for all the women sharing their journey. I still refer to our experience as infertility – I understand the move towards calling it fertility, yet I never could connect […]

Birth

Why bother with a therapist…

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EFT is such a “new” therapy although it is based on Chinese medicine and focuses on using acupressure points to release emotional charge around our fears and beliefs. I’m still relatively new to it but so passionate about it as every day I see the massive and profound effect with clients I’m working with. I […]

Birth

12 Steps to a Positive Birth

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Here’s some tips to help you achieve a positive birth outcome: Access the right antenatal education – NHS and NCT do have a place in terms of letting you know the mechanics and covering the basics of birth (and you might make some very nice friends there) but they don’t help you get informed to make […]

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Why should I pay for a doula when a midwife is free?

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I love working with midwives – I have so many positive relationships I’ve formed with the local midwifery community and via twitter and other social media platforms.  I love that partnership approach and working side by side. I often feel defensive for some of the midwives I work with too – workloads, challenging case-loads and being able […]

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Can childbirth ruin a woman’s mental state?

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***** TRIGGER WARNING ***** (touches on babies born sleeping, infant loss, difficult births and obstetric violence/birth trauma) . . . . Without a doubt it can.  Sadly. For the vast majority of women, around 2/3rds of women – childbirth and/or the arrival of a child will absolutely have no effect whatsoever on their mental state – […]