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)
Those of you who have been with us since the very early days may remember this post by my wonderful friend Bethan, who had a baby born sleeping. She has kindly written us another post, about returning to work after having her rainbow baby. Over to Bethan… ‘Part time work and motherhood – can you … More The Back-to-Work Balancing Act
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.
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.
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
Here at The Mother Side, we are both still breastfeeding. As the girls are now over a year old, this is classed as ‘extended breastfeeding’. We’re not sure why it needs this label – things don’t suddenly change after a year, and both the NHS and the WHO recommend feeding to two years (and beyond). … More Things *not* to say to a breastfeeding mama…