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?
I’m scared of needles. And, quite frankly, after reluctantly watching an episode of One Born Every Minute, I sat there thinking how excruciatingly painful labour must be for someone to actively CHOOSE to have a rather large epidural needle stuck in their spine. “Holy sh*t”, I think, were my precise words. That show and my … More My Birth story: Lauren
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
Firstly, make that THREE hospital bags. Yes, you heard us correctly. Three bags, packed as early as 30 weeks – after a friend went into labour very early, before packing her bag and before buying a car seat, you don’t want to be caught short. Bag One: Your stuff Bag Two: Baby’s stuff Bag Three: … More What on Earth goes in my Hospital Bag?
No, seriously, WHAT NOW? Think about it… You want to drive a car? You take umpteen lessons and a test to prove your competence. Fancy flying a plane? Wave goodbye to 1500 flying hours and £100K. Desperate to be a doctor? 10 years of training, thank you very much. Resilience, dedication and thorough preparation, all … More So I gave birth, what now?