newborn

reading begins in the womb

WORLD BOOK DAY – Reading begins in the womb BABYOPATHY CAMPAIGN – Read to your bump & beyond!   “World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading” from worldbookday.com World Book Day is designed to encourage reading from children as young as[…]

Inspiring Vaginal Breech Birth Stories

Here at Ask the Midwife we’ve been sent two different birth stories detailing their vaginal breech births. Unfortunately Midwives and Obstetricians are becoming deskilled in the art of breech birth due to most being born by caesarean section.  Vaginal breech birth can be a safe alternative if handled correctly and baby is in a good position,[…]

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Using Drugs for pain relief in Labour – What you need to know

By Jenny Lord There are no medals for completing the marathon that is labour and birth, nor does it affect what sort of Mother you are going to be!  This post is designed to inform you about the different types of pain relief you may be offered or would like in labour, and the pros[…]

midwife and life

The Non Invasive Prenatal Screening Test (NIPT) – a Q & A with IONA

After the initial high of getting pregnant, you go to see your midwife and you’re suddenly hit with all these big decisions, and it hardly even seems real yet.  Will you breastfeed?  Where do you want to have the baby and how? Will you have the flu and whooping cough vaccine?  And one of the[…]

How your due date is calculated

How we calculate your due date, and why it is 9 months and not 10

By Jenny, from Midwife and Life When you get pregnant, it’s one of the first things you want to know, when is my due date?  Nowadays there are lots of online calculators you can use.  Then, people start questioning, why 40 weeks?  Isn’t that 10 months?  And why am I 4 weeks pregnant when 4[…]

signs and symptoms

31 Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

By Jenny from Midwife and Life Congratulations on getting pregnant!  Now the fun begins… When you’re trying to conceive you watch out for every little sign and subtle nuance that could mean you’re pregnant.  Too early to test yet but think you might be pregnant?  You could get all of these signs or none at[…]

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Surprising things you can eat in pregnancy, and what you definitely shouldn’t

Written by Jenny from Midwife and Life.   There’s so much confusion about what you can and can’t eat, drink and do during pregnancy so I thought I’d put a guide here.  Different countries guidelines vary, for example the French on the whole don’t avoid any cheeses (Homage de Fromage!), I’m going by the UK[…]