A huge part of making birth positive, isn’t WHAT happens, but HOW. Simply being a part of the decision making process, understanding your options and feeling supported in your decisions can make any experience a positive one. The UK Maternity System can be a difficult thing to navigate, but if you are able to step off the ‘conveyor belt’ of care, and access personalised choices, you are well on the way to an amazing birth! This section will talk you through how to decide what it is you want and how to communicate that with your healthcare team. If you know where you’d like to start, use the search tool below, otherwise get started with the signature articles and work your way through!
Using your BRAIN!
A MUST READ for any pregnant mums! It’s all very well and good having an idea of what you’d like your birth to be, but how do you get it?
What is it that we are trying to control? And what do we want to?
Your midwife can totally transform your birth experience! How do make sure you’re all aiming for the same thing?
FREE Birth Plan Template
One of the simplest ways to communicate your wishes with your health care providers is to pop everything down on paper and give to them when you meet in labour.
One of the most common decisions women face if whether or not to accept an induction of labour. Be that as a routine offer ‘for dates’ or because of a medical concern for either you or your baby. Using the decision making tools above will help you gather personalised information from your midwife or doctor, and some of the articles below may be useful too! An induction is a serious medical intervention, but in the right circumstances can be a really positive way to give birth, if you just what to ask for!
What does an induction actually involve?
Hands up anyone who’s been told their baby is ‘too big’ so they ‘have’ to be induced? I want to share a direct quote from the NICE guidelines (that should be followed by all hospitals) to clear this up!
Around 1/3 labours are induced in the UK currently. So this one is SUPER important to read, it could very easily be you!
Due dates.. where do they come from, what are they used for?
Have you been offered a ‘stretch and sweep’.. do you actually know what is it, what it involves and what it might mean for your labour and birth?
Got Questions or Need Support?
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Group Hypnobirthing Course at Holly & Co. In St Margarets (between Twickenham and Richmond). Suitable for parents to be with due dates Late Feb/March/April
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Hypnobirthing is a full antenatal programme and can be practiced at any stage of your pregnancy, it's never too late to reap the rewards, but the more time you have to practice, the better!
Mindful Breastfeeding and Postnatal Preparation in Cobham, Surrey. Suitable for due dates Feb, March and April.
Group Hypnobirthing Classes at The Medicine Garden in Cobham, Surrey. Open to pregnant mums and their birth partners with due dates in late March/ April/May
Group Hypnobirthing Course at Holly & Co. In St Margarets (between Twickenham and Richmond). Suitable for parents to be with due dates Late April/May/June/early July
Group Hypnobirthing Classes at Sarah and Bendrix in Cheam, Sutton, Surrey. Open to pregnant mums and their birth partners with due dates in May/June/July
Mindful Breastfeeding and Postnatal Preparation in Cobham, Surrey. Suitable for due dates April/May/June/July
Group Hypnobirthing Classes at The Medicine Garden in Cobham, Surrey. Open to pregnant mums and their birth partners with due dates in late May/June/July
Group Hypnobirthing Classes at Sarah and Bendrix in Cheam, Sutton, Surrey. Open to pregnant mums and their birth partners with due dates in July/ August/ September
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