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In praise of hypnobirthing

In praise of hypnobirthing

Happy Birth Day 💗 Birth of baby Leo – July 2022 “As a NHS midwife, I have attended many home births and now work on a busy labour ward in central London. I see first hand the difference between women who prepare their minds and bodies for birth using hypnobirthing tools, and those who come […]

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Do I need an antenatal class?

Do I need an antenatal class?

“I’m pregnant with my first baby and all is going well. My sister has just had a baby and has told me all about it and given me the books she found useful. I think I have all the information and support I need.” I’ve heard this sort of viewpoint expressed ever since I...

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Jubilee Baby ?

Jubilee Baby ?

Baby due over the Platinum Jubilee long weekend 2 - 6 June? What are your chances of baby arriving on its EDD? Actually only 5% of 1st babies do with 81% go past that. So, enjoy your celebrations - the distraction, laughter and street dancing will all shorten your...

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Born to be Queen

Born to be Queen

1st photo of Princess Elizabeth with her mother the Duchess of York. Princess Elizabeth was born 96 years ago in her maternal grandparents London home. Yes, the then Duchess of York had a home birth! Pain relief available was chloroform which made the mother at least...

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Double the Joy

Double the Joy

Aug 2021. Jo's identical twins arrive after a 45 minute labour May 2022. Nine months old and sharing the joy https://birth-wise.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Baby-twins-at-9-months-old.mov Jackie Whitford

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The Pros and Cons of a Home Birth

The Pros and Cons of a Home Birth

Up until the 1960s around 40% of births were home births – you’ve seen Call the Midwife! From the 1960s onwards, community midwifery services were run down and nearly all babies were born in hospital as births started to become medicalised.  In the last 20 years home...

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Home Birth? 

Home Birth? 

It was so good recently to watch "Yorkshire Midwives on Call" BBC. For once a TV programme showing what birth can be like i.e. undramatic; part of the normal process  of family life which takes place in the familiar comfort of the womans own home. It was such a...

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