Now that my left-brain has come out of its pregnancy induced hibernation, I’ve been seized in the grip of literary
self-doubt and self-consciousness. But then I found a book which spoke to me: Continue reading “Ordinary women are powerful.”
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
‘…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?
I have had moments lately (mostly when hauling myself out of bed in the middle of the night and my back has seized up and my legs have given way beneath me) when I have had my doubts about the so-called perfect design of the human body for pregnancy and birth. ‘Don’t you realise, oh achy back, that I am supposed to be getting my … Continue reading Getting ready for a baby…
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?