Induction of labour if you’ve had a baby before!

Check out our ‘Induction of labour’ article if you haven’t seen it yet for some background info. And our ‘How to Cope with Induction of Labour’ article gives you a more in depth look at the induction process with helpful tips. Had a vaginal birth already? If this is your second or subsequent baby, and you had a previous vaginal birth, your cervix never quite … Continue reading Induction of labour if you’ve had a baby before!

How to cope with induction of labour

Please read ‘What is induction of labour?’   for some background on this, if you haven’t already! So, you’ve been advised to have an induction of labour. The post above tells you what this could involve, although not everybody will go through all the steps. Had a vaginal birth already? Click here for info for you. But read on here too as this gives you … Continue reading How to cope with induction of labour

What is the 24hr baby check?

Well it’s not a 24hr check actually. Soon after birth usually around the time of weighing baby, the midwife will do an initial top to toe check. This is a brief look over of baby to identify if there are any obvious signs of concern that would require immediate referral to a paediatrician. This is not the APGAR score/test – that’s something else…Click here for … Continue reading What is the 24hr baby check?

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

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