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?

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?

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?