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?

Home, hospital or birth centre?

Which would you choose? Hopefully at the beginning of pregnancy when you meet the midwife, you will be asked ‘Where would you like to have your baby?’ It seems unless you’ve already done a bit of research, or have a circle of friends who all gave birth at home, most women would probably say ‘hospital’. Well that’s where you have babies right? One Born Every … Continue reading Home, hospital or birth centre?

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