Positive Birth Story: Vaginal Breech of First Baby

Positive Birth Story: Vaginal Breech of First Baby

I am utterly delighted to be able to share Lana’s incredible Birth Story this week, whilst we talk about breech simply being a variation of normal, it’s still default in most hospitals for women to be offered a c-section if their baby is breech. In actual fact you have three options and the final choice should always lie with you- a planned c-section usually offered on or around your due date, a planned vaginal birth, OR waiting for spontaneous labour before making your decision- as there’s always the possibility that baby will turn before labour!

Back to Back Babies

Back to Back Babies

Back to Back babies! Also known as ‘posterior’ ‘OP’ or ‘occipital posterior’. But what does that mean?


The most usual position for a baby to be during labour and birth is head down, with their back facing diagonally left, and forwards. (Note I say ‘most usual’ and not ‘best’). Sometimes for one reason or another, babies face the other way, with their back lined up against your back.

Is Birth a Feminist Issue?

Is Birth a Feminist Issue?

So this blog post started its life as a post about fear of birth.. it seems to have morphed into a Feminist rant, but a rant I think needs raising..

Are you pregnant? And approaching the BIG DAY with even a hint of ‘I can’t even go to the dentist so how on earth will I ever manage giving birth?’

If you think about it, Labour is just Exercise!

If you think about it, Labour is just Exercise!

I was working with a couple last night, who were both athletes, swimmers to be specific. And we got discussing the parallels between birth, and exercise..

Exercise, in it’s simplest form, is the contracting and releasing of a pair of muscles. Whether that be in your legs as you run, your arms as you swim, or your uterus when you’re in labour!

Your Pregnancy Glossary

Your Pregnancy Glossary

Do you flick through your pregnancy notes and wonder what on earth they actually mean? Do you hear language being used around you and wish they would just speak in plain English?! Hopefully this glossary of medical terms will help you unpick some of what you are seeing and hearing, if you'd like anything added, just shout!

What are scans actually for?

What are scans actually for?

The first scan you have in pregnancy is an exciting moment for every parent to be. Until now, it’s often difficult to even believe that you are pregnant.. peeing on a stick just doesn’t seem like proof enough! And without a bump or feeling them wriggling inside, a small part of us wonders if we’re just imagining the whole thing!

But, scans in pregnancy aren’t ACTUALLY for us to just take a quick peep, find out the gender and take home a photograph. So, what are they for?

Do I actually need a TENS Machine?

Do I actually need a TENS Machine?

Having babies is expensive business right! There’s the classes, the clothes, the furniture, the buggy (that may as well be a small second hand car at that price)! Are you approaching the end of your pregnancy and working out whether its worth the extra £30-60 for a TENS machine? Maybe it would help to understand a little more how they work and why they may help.


When will your baby ACTUALLY be born?

When will your baby ACTUALLY be born?

‘We had our twelve week scan and saw our baby! Everything is looking ok, but they changed our due date! Which is funny, because we know when we conceived!’


This is a tale I hear all too often! Certainly a possibility if your date is pushed back a little, maybe you ovulated later than you thought… but often, the *new* date is a scientific impossibility.. if you catch my drift!