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!

Restless Legs, Back Ache, Nausea, Fatigue? Pregnancy can be tough- have you tried this?

Restless Legs, Back Ache, Nausea, Fatigue? Pregnancy can be tough- have you tried this?

So you get the blue (or pink line) on your pregnancy test and your emotions start to soar!  Then the reality of pregnancy kicks in and you start to feel tired, sick and your boobs hurt if anyone even looks at them.  This pregnancy malarkey is tough! And to top it all off when you have a raging headache there is nothing you can do about it, you can’t take this, you can’t take that, don’t do this don’t do that.  Your life seems to revolve around the dos and don’t like never before, your anxiety reaches an all-time high as you have no idea if that little bundle is happy in there or not and you cry at everything, you don’t even want to cry, but you can’t get the top off your marmite jar and it feels like the end of the world is coming.  Then the guilt kicks in, you should be enjoying every moment of this gift you have been given, growing a little life. Actually, pregnancy is bloody hard! But all is not lost there is something you can to help find emotional balance and physical comfort. Essential oils!

Stretch and Sweep: A shortcut to labour?

Stretch and Sweep: A shortcut to labour?

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?

 

A membrane sweep involves a vaginal examination, where your midwife or doctor will insert a finger into your cervix (so an effective sweep requires your cervix to be open at least a little), sweep their finger around the inside of the cervix, in order to separate the membranes (or sac) surrounding your baby, and potentially stimulate the cervix enough to bring on contractions. It can be a particularly uncomfortable procedure and may or may not be a helpful first stage of induction. (But it is that, a method of induction).