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36 weeks pregnant with MonoDi twins!

36 weeks pregnant with MonoDi twins!

At 36 weeks pregnant with MonoDi twins I couldn't be feeling more excited, grateful and relaxed about meeting our babies imminently. I have Jackie at BirthWise to thank for all the hypnobirthing prep and for getting me back into my Zen place after a whirlwind year...

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So – Who put men in charge of childbirth?

So – Who put men in charge of childbirth?

 Thanks to Kate Evans “Bump - How to make, grow and birth a baby” First it’s a bad idea of put a subset of people in control of a physiological phenomenon that they have no direct experience of. That is not to say that men or childless women can’t make very good...

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For Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana

For Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana

Born YesterdayBy Philip Larkin Tightly-folded bud,I have wished you somethingNone of the others would:Not the usual stuffAbout being beautiful,Or running off a springOf innocence and love —They will all wish you that,And should it prove possible,Well, you’re a lucky...

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Royal births – 1.  A spectator sport?

Royal births – 1. A spectator sport?

Traditionally women didn’t, and still don’t, choose to lie down flat on their backs to labour and give birth unless under pressure (cultural or otherwise) to do so. Labour postures common in all traditional cultures throughout the world include sitting, kneeling,...

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Why do I need to do an antenatal course?

Why do I need to do an antenatal course?

Becoming a mother/parents will become central to your life. It’s your biggest life transition.Labour lasts on average 12 hrs and involves tremendous physical activity . As a simple comparison – if you were running or swimming for 12 hrs you would be advised to...

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Next week, will be the anniversary of my 3rd child's birth (44 years ago). Each child's birthday is my own special time and celebration as I remember that birth with such pleasure - the spring blossom, the details of the labour and birth, – the wonder and joy of a new...

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Lamaze

Lamaze

Lamaze or psychoprophylaxis is the most popular birth preparation method in the western world. Over 1 million women every year attend Lamaze classes. Lamaze teaches relaxation but also a pattern of rhythmic breathing to cope with contractions. This was the method...

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