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

How will I know I’m in labour?

So you’ve waited 9 months and the day you’re meeting your baby is getting closer. But how will you know ‘this is it’? What will it feel like? Will you know it’s labour? What should you do? Well one thing we can say is that it’s usually nothing like you see on TV. A woman, heavily pregnant suddenly clutches her belly, the waters break, she … Continue reading How will I know I’m in labour?

Kind and Gentle Decision Making

 So we had the scan in the end. We did agonise over the decision right up until the last minute, probably more than was strictly necessary considering we’re talking about a 20-minute procedure. We were booked in for 9.00 on Monday morning, and although we’d decided to go ahead with it the week before, at 8 o’clock on Sunday night we realised that each of … Continue reading Kind and Gentle Decision Making

How to engage NHS support for a planned breech birth

(Part 1 of 2) You are 36 weeks pregnant, and your midwife thinks your baby is breech. You’ve been planning a natural birth, at home, or in a beautiful midwifery-led unit . Your plans are now turned upside down. You have a lot to organise, and a limited amount of time to do it. You read up on your options: download Jane Evan’s    Breech … Continue reading How to engage NHS support for a planned breech birth

What is induction of labour?

Induction of labour where your labour is started artificially will happen to around 20% of us each year in the UK. Some women can’t wait to get started in labour, meet their baby and are counting the days till the end of pregnancy. Others relish every moment they feel their baby moving inside and don’t want it to end. Or at least not until baby … Continue reading What is induction of labour?