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?

Homebirth in Spain!

This article was first published in 2006 in the Association of Radical Midwives journal. A TASTE OF FREEDOM Homebirth in Spain I qualified as midwife in 2002 with the sole intention of practising independently…in Spain! I worked briefly in the UK; very nearly left the profession, and then travelled with three children, a small dog and wonderful husband to the Murcia region of Spain in … Continue reading Homebirth in Spain!

If I can’t have have you..I don’t want nobody (else to deliver my) baby!

We did an exciting thing this week. We booked our midwife! It would be difficult to overstate just how pleased I am about the whole thing (not to the degree where I want to give birth twice or anything – moderately overexcited if you like). First time round we found ourselves in the really really uncommon situation whereby there were no midwives available to attend … Continue reading If I can’t have have you..I don’t want nobody (else to deliver my) baby!