Monitoring your baby in labour – Your questions answered.

So what are my options when it comes to fetal monitoring in labour? Will I be able to move around? Can I use the pool? The answer is often yes! Intermittent auscultation and continuous fetal monitoring are the two main ways in which we monitor babies during labour. Intermittent auscultation involves using a Doppler/sonicaid to […]

Welcoming baby Delphi- My Birth Story

I don’t really know where to start with the labour. I could potentially say I was in early labour for a few days, contracting on and off throughout the days and evenings prior to the birth with it not amounting to anything. For the sake of time, I’m writing this whilst the baby is sleeping, […]

‘Tis the season to have a baby… Fa La La La La La La

Why December is actually a great month to have a baby… Christmas is a crazy busy time for most, with all the food prepping, turkey stuffing, tree decorating and present wrapping there is just no time to have give birth to a baby in between. I’m speaking here from someone who’s own baby could be […]

Dads… in the Birth room or in the pub?

Let’s throw it back to the 1950s where only the aristocratic Dads may have made an appearance in the birth room to welcome a son. The majority of Dads would be waiting in the pub for the news of the arrival of the baby at a homebirth or sat in the hospital waiting room, only […]

The Unexpected Trimester- Nancy’s Early Arrival

It was a Saturday, I had just come home from my baby shower, and put my eldest 2 children to bed. Although there was copious amounts of yummy food at the baby shower, being a glutenous pregnant woman I made myself comfy on the sofa and ordered in a Fat Toni’s. Local people know this […]

Robyn’s Way Into The World

Fayes birth story. So…. We didn’t have a birth plan we were just happy to go with the flow and it’s a good job we did! My due date had passed, and I was starting to feel a tad inpatient so I had a bath with a ‘sex bomb’ (bath bomb from Lush!) which was […]

Top 10 Photos to capture in your birth room

Moments in the birth room are moments to be remembered. Here are just a sample of 10 of my favourite captures. 1. The support given from your partner. (Beautiful photos from Luna Palm Photography Cheltenham) 2. The Lion King moment- During a cesarean when the drapes are dropped and you first set eyes on your […]

‘We were meant to go to Birdland..’

11th August 2018. My due date and the date my precious boy arrived into the world. I hadn’t slept much because his movements had changed and I was worrying, so at 8am I rang triage who asked me to come in to be monitored. We very nearly didn’t take the hospital bags as I was […]

Suzy’s Cesarean Birth

So having been told early on in pregnancy that I would need a c section as I had Placenta Previa (placenta blocking cervix) to then be told at 30wks my placenta had moved and you can have a normal delivery… left me absolutely crapping myself as it isn’t what I had been preparing for and […]

Birth at home on the toilet- Not quite the birth planned

After experiencing 2 births, I can safely say that it rarely goes according to our imaginary plan or so we believe when we reflect on it later on. Some plan a free-medical pain relief option and end up with emergency C-section, others elect to have a home birth but have to be rushed to the […]