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How to take care of the umbilical cord stump (video)

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A BirthPrep Antenatal Class – What to Expect


Walking into an antenatal class for the first time can be daunting. What to expect? Think of an antenatal class and you may imagine couples in a group sitting on the floor with cushions or on birthing balls. Television programmes are full of these images. Even the NHS Choices website on antenatal classes shows an […]

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How to have a drug-free birth


Last week I was with a couple for a one-to-one session. When we got on to the topic of pain relief in labour the mum said she just wanted to use gas and air if possible. We then talked about how she could manage without other forms of pain relief and I gave her some […]

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Getting started with Baby-led weaning


BabyCentre has produced several videos to guide parents through baby-led weaning. We’ve selected four here and there are more on their You Tube channel. See link below.         Click here for more tips and recipes from BabyCentre.

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How to breathe during labour, keep it simple.


For most women labour is painful to some degree. If you are tense and frightened, your breathing becomes shallow and rapid and you can start to feel panic. You’ve probably heard that breathing exercises can help and it is something people ask for from antenatal classes. Effective breathing can help you stay relaxed during contractions and […]

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Find the right place for your birth – Which? Birth Choice tool


There are usually several options to choose when making the decision where to have your baby; Hospital, Home, Birth Centre – Alongside (in the hospital), Birth Centre – Freestanding (away from the hospital), but which one is right for you? Which?, in association with BirthChoiceUK, have created an award winning online tool to help.

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Small Wonders – Help for parents of premature and sick babies


Approximately 80,000 (1 in 10) babies in the UK are born prematurely or sick and Best Beginnings is a charity that aims to help families give their baby the healthiest start in life. The Small Wonders DVD was launched by the charity in June 2012  and over 95,000 DVDs have now been distributed. They are they being […]

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New online hypnobirthing course


Maggie Howell of Natal Hypnotherapy has just announced their new online hypnobirthing course. Maggie says ‘ This new course is the accumulation of my 15 years knowledge, insight and experience of giving birth 5 times and helping 1000’s of women have a really positive experience through the use of hypnosis as well as teaching them the […]

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10 ways to help yourself to an easier birth


The prospect of giving birth can be daunting whether you are having your  first or your fourth baby.  Here  are some key things  you can do to help yourself cope with labour, reduce complications and even shorten your labour.    1. Exercise Exercise during pregnancy can help you cope with the physical and mental demands of labour and giving […]

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How many antenatal appointments should you have with your midwife?


Not sure if you are having the right amount of appointments with your midwife? Here is the schedule of appointments for a healthy pregnant woman recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which you can expect your midwife to follow: First baby Subsequent babies First contact with the midwife First contact […]

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