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?

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!

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?