Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM) can be frightening. When this happens pre-term (PPROM), it is an even scarier prospect. Mother Sider Chloe recently gave birth to twins and has kindly agreed to share her experience of PPROM… Over to Chloe… Walking through the arrivals terminal in Birmingham airport on our way back from a family … More How it Feels: Pregnancy with PPROM
‘One Family’s Journey from Cesarean to Home Birth’ When Brooklyn contacted me in early December regarding a review of her upcoming release, I had a backlog of books to review (AKA The Pile of Guilt) but my interest was certainly piqued… not only a positive VBAC (vaginal birth after Caesarean) story, but an HBAC (home … More Review: Born in the Bed you Were Made (Brooklyn James)
I KNOW what you’re thinking… about ruddy time! Well, yes, Wilf is now eighteen months old but better late than never, no? I’ve written about life since he arrived; how things have been with two in tow. I wrote about my preparations for a positive birth experience and a guide to Home Birth, and lots … More My (Second) Birth Story: Jo
Hi there Mother Siders, Last time I wrote about the dilemma of deciding where is best to deliver my baby. Well, it seems that that choice may not, in fact, be ours to make. Baby is steadfastly breech. I know this because baby has its head squarely in my chest cavity and it feels like … More Once More Unto The Bre[e]ch (Natalie)
This post is from a Mother Sider who would like to remain anonymous. We’re sure that when you read it, you’ll understand why. It is a shocking indictment of the sorry state of funding for postnatal health in the UK and another example of why ‘a healthy baby is all that matters’ isn’t a helpful … More How it Feels: Incontinence after Childbirth
As some of you will remember, I had Primrose at our local Birth Centre, also known as a Midwife Led Unit (MLU). I really wanted a homebirth but, as we live in a boarding school and she was due in term time, I felt that the MLU was the right choice for us at the … More Don’t Call Me Crazy: A Beginner’s Guide to Homebirth.
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.