Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Navigating the stormy seas of pregnancy Pregnancy is a beautiful journey filled with joy, anticipation, and the occasional bout of morning sickness. However, for some women, this common symptom can escalate into a debilitating condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). HG goes beyond the usual queasiness and can have a significant impact on […]
Sickle Cell Disease in Pregnancy: Understanding Inheritance, Effects, and Risks Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a genetic blood disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. For women who have SCD or carry the sickle cell trait, pregnancy can bring about unique challenges and considerations. In this article, we will explore how SCD is inherited, how […]
Whenever we would run our NHS clinics or speak to our Better Births Group Chat clients, we would be told the same thing – ‘my biggest fear is tearing!’ to which we would reply – same here babes. Anyone with a perineum would have this fear but as midwives especially, we know how common this is!
The key to a better birth experience is the part you play in the course your labour takes. Knowledge is most definitely power. Know the information, understand your choices, and feel empowered to make decisions. It is so important that you are an active participant in your care, rather than a passive recipient.
Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well. If you notice that your baby’s movements have slowed down, changed, or stopped, it may be a sign that your baby is not well. Contact your maternity unit immediately if you notice any changes to your baby’s movements. This could save your baby’s life. There are staff on the maternity unit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The booking appointment explained. What will I be asked at this appointment? You’ll be asked in depth about your own medical history as well as your family history, any previous pregnancies you may have had and any social history. Sometimes the questions may feel a little intrusive, but this is simply because it’s the best […]
The early stages of pregnancy can be so daunting. Typically, people find out they’re pregnant when they’re about 3-4 weeks. They won’t have their first midwife appointment until they’re at least 8-12 weeks, but this is the time when people experience the most difficult symptoms. Nausea, vomiting, bleeding, abdominal pain to name a few. So where do you go? Who do you speak to?