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One of the key challengers you might be facing as a pregnant mother is where do you go for your information about birth.
1. Googlers... You want to get all the information surrounding birth so you open your safari or ask Siri. The challenge that you face is who polices google? Most of the websites that you might be looking at are either posts from other mothers who are not medically trained or blogs/articles on well established sites but again are written by people who are often not medically trained and have no governing body (such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council) to abide to. Meaning that they can write or say what the hell they want and no one is there to stop them. Just as an example, for the sake of this post I googled.. what are the signs of going in to labour. It read.. ‘One of the signs of true labour is that your baby won’t move during contractions!’ This is really dangerous advice as if your at home and in early labour and worried about your baby’s movements, you google and read this, this would give you FALSE reassurance and may delay you calling in to report your reduced movements. Always get your information from midwives!
2. Mum friends… This one is a bit grey as actually lots of the time your Mum friends can provide you with many helpful tips on birth and the newborn time. But just be wary as often in the midst of birth information can be skewed. One I hear a lot is..” I had a forcep birth because my baby is back to back” If you are then a labouring mother and you go into hospital and your midwife says, “Your baby is back to back.” You might have in your head from the start of your labour then that your baby is going to be born by forceps, which definitely isn’t the case. Baby’s can rotate up until the very last minute before they are born.
3. Grandparents… They have your best interests at heart but “You slept on your front as a baby and you were fine!” isn’t the most helpful advice you can be given. Whilst that may be the case, Nana, this isn’t now the most up to date advice we have on safe sleeping.
These reasons above are why I think it’s really important that those who teach your TBTBC courses are professionals. They have accountability to their governing bodies and they have the most current and up to date information going as their whole profession rides upon that.
Always get your advice from a midwife, obstetrician or health visitor.