Despite the WHO’s recommendation that donated breast milk is the next best alternative to breastfeeding your own baby, many people don’t know that it is an option. Others find it strange, which seems odd, given that we rely on others for blood donations, stem cells, bone marrow and organs. There are currently 17 milk banks … More How it Feels: Using Donated Breast Milk and Becoming A Donor
As many of you will know, both Lauren and Jo took hypnobirthing classes with The Wise Hippo. Whilst there are practitioners throughout the UK, we both used Kirsty at Fertile Future (Buckingham, UK). It goes without saying, therefore, that we are huge proponents of the practice, as we both felt we had ‘the right birth(s) on the … More Everything you need to know about hypnobirthing.
I can’t remember if I’d even heard of The Fourth Trimester before Prim was born. I do remember learning more about it in her early days, though, and feeling a sense of relief; suddenly things made sense. It was probably this article by Sarah Ockwell-Smith that acted as a revelation! Of COURSE she didn’t want to be put … More The Fourth Trimester: Four Weeks In.
Alongside our homebirth preparations, trying to prepare Primrose for the baby’s arrival and gearing up for the actual birth of this baby, the postpartum stage of pregnancy has been at the forefront of my mind. Those of you who’ve been with us since the early days of Tales from the Mother Side may remember my … More Preparing for a Positive Postpartum.
Close friends and family know that this is close to the top of my list of ‘bloody irritating questions’, along with a) ‘Is he/she a good baby?’, b)’How is he/she sleeping?’ and c)’When are you going back to work?’ (Answers: a) What the chuff is a ‘bad’ baby?! b) Like a baby and c) If/when I want … More ‘But when is your actual due date?’: The EDD and intervention obsession.
Every woman’s definition of a positive birth experience varies. Some of what I mention here is part of my vision but may, of course, differ from yours. Other elements will benefit anybody preparing to meet their baby. Hopefully, if you’re pregnant and reading this, there is something here for you. I was lucky enough to come out of … More Preparing for a Positive Birth Experience
Having followed Milli Hill and The Positive Birth Movement online for quite some time, I was incredibly excited about the release of this, her first book, and it didn’t disappoint. I can’t imagine there’s a single pregnant woman who won’t benefit from reading The Positive Birth Book (available from Pinter & Martin and other good … More Review: The Positive Birth Book
One of the reasons frequently cited by women for considering giving up breastfeeding is, “It means my partner can share the feeds.” Sometimes, this is a mutual decision but, often, the pressure comes from the baby’s father… It’s understandable, given the portrayal of babies in films and on television. Rarely are women seen breastfeeding unless … More To the partner of a new, breastfeeding mama.
Jo: “I first met Cathy at a Baby Show. She was calm, friendly and listened to me banging on about how she has the BEST job! When I organised an event with the La Leche League recently, Cathy was one of our stallholders and, again, her warmth and enthusiasm about positive birth experiences made me think she’d be … More Doulas: Why Bother?
After Prim’s birth, I was reluctant to share my birth story. At postnatal classes, we were asked to introduce ourselves, our baby, and our birth story. By the time it got to me, four other ladies had talked about emergency C-sections, a forceps delivery and an episiotomy. Each of them looked somewhere between resigned to … More My Birth Story: Jo