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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

  • 20 Feb 2014

    Baby on a budget

    Before we had our first child I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see if we could go without buying anything new. What we hadn’t anticipated is how keen grandparents would be to lavish our son with everything he could need and much else besides. Though we were deeply grateful for their generosity it did mean our nothing new idea went out the window somewhat! But I was curious even before we had children by the notion babies ‘needed’ so much stuff. SO much stuff! Buggies and baby monitors and special baths and bedding and beds. The list goes on and on. […] 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

  • 14 Oct 2013

    5 of the best: nursing bras

    Whether you’re an expectant mother or a full term breastfeeder, nursing bras may represent an important part of your wardrobe. It is important to take care of your breasts during pregnancy with soft and comfortable maternity bras and it is equally important to continue that care with supportive, correctly fitting nursing bras. An ill-fitting bra can cause painful blockages which can lead to mastitis. The difficulty is in deciding which is the correct nursing bra for you. Often they are expensive, so trial and error isn’t always an option. We’ve trialled a wide selection to bring you the top 5 nursing bras on the market today, to make your decision making a little easier. […] more

  • 19 Sep 2013

    Baby’s Heartbeat in Labour

    Within Derby maternity services, when a woman has her 'booking in' appointment she will receive NHS information about birth options. These A4 brochures come under the umbrella title, 'Information for Women' and include a variety of topics. The four page booklet, 'Listening to your Baby's Heartbeat in Labour' is intended to offer guidance regarding different types of fetal monitoring throughout labour and birth. Immediately, what is striking about this information is it makes the assumption that all women need regular monitoring throughout labour and this is not presented as an optional procedure. […] more

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