Does ‘informed choice’ really exist in pregnancy?

Choosing a different path from the one advised?  Read on. Why do so many women I have talked to report not being listened to, or feel bullied and coerced into following a prescribed path through pregnancy, birth and parenting? Isn’t informed choice the buzzword in our maternity? A position statement by the Royal College of Midwives published in 1996 and updated in 2008; it’s been … Continue reading Does ‘informed choice’ really exist in pregnancy?

Please Read our Birth Plan

Birth plans have become normal practice in the UK now. Most maternity notes should have a ready made space to discuss ‘birth preferences’. But how many women really consider what they put in their birthplan? And how many women feel that their birth plan was listened or adhered to? Birth is such an unknown that perhaps we shouldn’t even be making a ‘plan’.  Just like … Continue reading Please Read our Birth Plan

Top Tips for A Natural Birth

Our bodies have been well designed over thousands of years of evolution; or incredible design, to work perfectly to birth our babies. However over the past 100 years, natural birth has slowly been slipping away from humanity. In the UK we have a 25% caeasarean section rate, the US is about 30% and some part of the world 90%. The World Health Organisation recommends around … Continue reading Top Tips for A Natural Birth

An easy birth for your first baby?

Isn’t it more risky when you are having your first baby? This is a question I often get asked when discussing a woman’s options when choosing her place of birth. I come from a place of intuition, experience and presence at births to emphatically say that your first birth should not be any more risky than any other birth. Why would nature, physiology and years … Continue reading An easy birth for your first baby?

Complementary therapies, the NHS and the midwife

This blog post is based on an essay I wrote whilst studying complementary therapies a year ago. There is so much value in complementary medicine, especially in pregnancy when we are even more reluctant to use use prescribed medication, and yet we as midwives are not meant to promote it to women. So in light of this I am asking… With the increased normalisation and … Continue reading Complementary therapies, the NHS and the midwife