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How to manage ‘false labour’!

How to manage ‘false labour’!

Things moving slowly? Stopping and starting? What to do?

The best position to give birth in…

The best position to give birth in…

How do you decide what position to be in during labour?

Birth’s a risky business, isn’t it?

You might have already been labelled ‘high risk’ or ‘low risk’, or the ‘risks’ of various interventions may have been discussed with you.. and whilst actually, I prefer the word ‘chance’ to ‘risk’, what’s more important is how this information is being presented to us. Bear with me, this one could change EVERYTHING!


There are two ways of presenting ‘risk’- something called ‘relative risk’ and something called ‘absolute risk’.


‘If you drive a black car you’re twice as likely to have a car accident than if you drive a white car’.. THAT is ‘relative risk’ and it’s essentially useless information.


’2 in 1000 people who drive a black car will be involved in an accident. In comparison to 1 in 1000 people who drive a white car.’.. THAT is ‘absolute risk’ and gives us a far better picture of what MAY happen. THIS is how everything should be presented to us in pregnancy.


Even better if we are also told how good this research is- did they send out 100 cars? Or 100,000? Was it dark? Icy? How long had the drivers been driving cars? What kind of accident did they have? A little scratch to the bumper or a total write off?


Followed up with a conversation about how applicable this research is to you- your car is grey after all.


(Please note I made up all these facts about cars!) but the general message is- saying something ‘doubles’ makes us think ‘20% to 40% DANGER!!!!’ When in actual fact it may be ‘0.1% to 0.2%’.. knowing actual figures may completely change the decisions we make, which in turn could change EVERYTHING about our birth experience. So next time you’re presented with some stats, ask for the research, ask for the figures and go away and mull them over!


PS. My car is black 😏



Birth is just like going for a poo

Birth is just like going for a poo

There are many parallels between going for a poo and giving birth.. this post could totally change the way your approach everything!

Positive Birth Story: An Informed and Calm Induction

Positive Birth Story: An Informed and Calm Induction

An induction doesnt mean it can’t still be amazing!

How to take CONTROL of your birth experience!

How to take CONTROL of your birth experience!

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?

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?

If you think about it, Labour is just Exercise!

If you think about it, Labour is just Exercise!

Birth is simply the tensing and relaxing of muscles! How does it all work?

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?

 

'Positive Birth, tick! And now I have to nail breastfeeding?!'

'Positive Birth, tick! And now I have to nail breastfeeding?!'

I'm really pleased to welcome Shona Baxter onto the blog today. It's easy to forget that BIRTH is just the start of a very long, hugely rewarding, but often difficult road of parenthood! And one of the first things we have to comprehend is keeping our babies FED! Firstly the decisions of how we want to feed them, then the muddle of actually working out how to do that! Shona shares her breastfeeding journey with us today..