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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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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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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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Where can I donate my cord blood?

I have been asked this question quite a few times by parents.  What an amazing thing to be able to save a life with something that would normally be thrown away. Cord blood is rich in stem cells, which can help to cure many life threatening diseases. The stem cells found in cord blood can […]

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How you will know if breastfeeding is going well

Many parents worry about whether their baby is getting enough milk while breastfeeding because they can’t see how much their baby is taking. The Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative has produced a useful guide to help parents: Breastfeeding is going well if: Your baby has 8 feeds or more in 24 hours. Your baby is feeding […]

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Children’s Heart Surgery in Leeds to Close

An official review recently concluded that Leeds General Infirmary should stop children’s heart surgery so care could be concentrated at fewer, larger sites to improve standards. Families in Yorkshire and the Humber region will instead have to travel to Newcastle or Liverpool for surgery. This has huge consequences for newborns and pregnant mums who would […]

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5000 more midwives needed – sign the RCM e-Petition

Births are higher now than they were a decade ago in every part of the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Put simply, we are in a baby boom. England has seen the sharpest rise. In 2001, around 563,000 babies were born in England. In 2010, it was 687,000. That is a rise […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! I know there are many of you who regularly read our blog so this is a good time to reflect on 2011 and let you know our thoughts for 2012. Couples Courses The couples evening course in Garforth, Leeds, has really thrived with couples attending from Garforth and the […]

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Welcome to our Blog!

Welcome to our blog. I thought this would be a great way to keep everyone up-to-date with BirthPrep news and also share information, articles and answer questions. Cathy Mullen

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