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  • 26 Mar 2014

    Healing the perineum after birth

    The perineum is the delicate piece of skin found, on a woman (though men have a perineum as well), between the vagina and anus. It is an important part of a woman’s anatomy because it connects with the pelvic floor muscles – two broad flat muscles that create a hammock-like support to the pelvic organs. It is also an area that women often become painfully aware of after giving birth, with an estimated 85% experiencing some degree of perineal tear. […] more

  • 14 Jan 2014

    WIN A LUXURY BIRTH POOL HIRE

    Born in Water supplies heated pools across the UK to families preparing for home births and pregnant women suffering with SPD, back pain or just requiring some much needed relaxation. The immersion in warm water soothes aches and pains and provides a tranquil 'nest' for any pregnant woman. Each package includes everything required to run the pool for your selected hire period. They are really straight forward to assemble and inexpensive to run. There are a selection of packages available for various budgets and requirements, just visit the website for more information, you can also see what previous customers have to say. […] more

  • 11 Nov 2013

    6 BEAUTIFUL SOFT BABY BLANKETS TO WIN

    Mandoux Ltd – creates luxury, hand woven alpaca blankets for babies and adults. The fiber is a similar quality to cashmere. It has an extremely light, fine, warm and soft texture that feels wonderful on the skin, with the added value of containing no lanolin, making it naturally hypoallergenic. The fibers have a hollow core which trap pockets of air, acting as insulators against both cold and heat, keeping you “snuggly buggly” wherever you are. […] more

  • 29 Oct 2013

    Five books to help you conceive

    There’s every chance that a woman or man you know well has experienced infertility. Perhaps you or your partner has. Though it is still a taboo subject, 1 in 6 couples in the UK experience difficulties conceiving – that’s about 3.5m people. There are many factors cited; more stress, toxic lifestyles, families planned later in life. Many of these factors point the finger of blame at the hopeful couple, adding to the stress and guilt at an emotional time. There are also the well-meaning but frustrating comments from people such as ‘just relax’, or the endless stories of someone they know who got pregnant when she went on holiday/gave up her job/stopped eating wheat/filled in adoption forms/delete as appropriate. […] more

  • 26 Sep 2013

    Birth Trauma In Men

    When my second child was born, just under 14 months ago, I went through many months of misery as a result of an abandoned homebirth. I was left, alone, without the help of my midwives who had declared me not in true labour a few hours earlier and who were unable to return in time due to “staff handover”. In the end, a shaky paramedic looked on as I birthed my daughter myself on the dining room floor. Even now, it can be painful looking back. As a supporter of homebirth and freebirth, I feel strongly that being abandoned in transition contributed to my birth trauma, months of anger and anxiety and a lingering feeling of failure. […] more

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