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What if I have to have a caearean?

Australian Birth site, BubHub, recently posted one of my articles. It is great to see more and more birth sites willing to talk about the possibility of a caesarean delivery. Knowledge is power. “With knowledge, a caesarean can be a … Continue reading

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Clinical Director NHS England says – stop focusing on CS rates!

For too long, healthcare providers have been concentrating on optimum caesarean rates, this despite the fact that nearly 10 years ago the World Health Organisation retracted their recommendations as there was “no empirical evidence for an optimum percentage”. Now the … Continue reading

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Caesarean Birth: A positive approach – goes to 2nd Edition

The 2nd edition of Caesarean Birth: A positive approach to preparation and recovery is now published and available globally via Amazon. The update came about because conversations with many women in the 7 years since this book was first published … Continue reading

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Vaginal seeding – a safe fad?

Some women seem to be taking matters into their own hands when attempting to address the issue of whether or not a caesarean birth places babies at a disadvantage in the development of their microbiome (the colonisation of their gut … Continue reading

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Women’s requests are being turned down

In 2011 the UK National Institution for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that women be allowed to make a request for a caesarean delivery, even in the absence of any recognised medical need. Despite this, a recent Freedom on Information request … Continue reading

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Birth Plans

Flexibility is key! You may have lots of ideas and preferences but they need to be just that – preferences. “…have a plan A, have a plan B, go down to a plan G or K if you need to.” … Continue reading

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Call the Midwife star opts for planned caesarean

FANTASTIC! A well known TV star (Helen George) from Call the Midwife has revealed she made a positive, informed decision to have a caesarean in an NHS hospital, stating it should be a valid choice for any woman. “Helen George … Continue reading

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RCM no longer promoting ‘normal’ birth!

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have announced they are ending their decade long campaign promoting ‘normal’ birth. ABOUT TIME TOO! The campaign no doubt grew out of good intentions, in particular encouraging a return to more natural births. But … Continue reading

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Reviews

I haven’t checked Amazon for a while to see the latest reviews. It was a lovely surprise to see several new ones, all which had such lovely, positive things to say. Thank you readers, I am glad it is proving … Continue reading

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Do women want to know the CS rate in their hospital?

The surprising results of a recent study suggests they don’t want to know. The study looked at women with low risk pregnancies who were planning a vaginal birth the majority of whom did not want a caesarean delivery if there … Continue reading

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