The Lowdown on Legal Rights in Birth

Many women go to extensive lengths to make informed choices during their pregnancy, labour and for their newborn baby. Some of these choices will mean they decline routine care offered by medical professionals. Unfortunately lots of these women end up feeling coerced and bullied into accepting care that they did not originally consent to. Some will even be threatened with a referral to social services … Continue reading The Lowdown on Legal Rights in Birth

What’s the ‘microbiome’ and how does it affect my baby?

 ‘…the baby is colonised by maternal vaginal and faecal bacteria’ (Midwife Thinking – great blog!) Sounds gross, doesn’t it? But read on… I was going to make what is hopefully my last pre-baby post (hint baby, hint!) about birth plans, but that’s altogether too mundane in comparison to what I’ve been reading about the Human Microbiome. I think it’s blown my mind. Luckily though there … Continue reading What’s the ‘microbiome’ and how does it affect my baby?

Baby Brain…or is it my inner monkey?

As we round week 30, I’m at that stage now where I feel like in all the bits of me where vital organs should be, there’s a bit of baby there instead. I am beginning to wonder whether my brain and my bladder have fallen out completely. While I think that, to a degree, the world expects and allows for pregnant women to be slower … Continue reading Baby Brain…or is it my inner monkey?