Dad and Baby

Tips for Men on the Maternity Ward

First and foremost stay calm, when labour starts there’s no going back. You’re about to witness your other half do something you are never going to forget, so buckle up. Panic Pete is not welcome! Humour is welcome! Make her laugh. She may threaten to kill you stone dead, but inside she’s peeing her little[…]

Sparkles and Stretchmarks

The Best Pregnancy and Baby Bloggers

Ask the Midwife have carefully selected these blogs because they work to educate, inspire and empower other parents with their high-quality information. Pregnancy is often filled with a mixture of emotions like excitement, fear or love. For first time parents, every experience is new. But because each pregnancy is unique, even experienced parents can find[…]

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[…]

smallest things

Mothers of Premature Babies Need More Support

Mothers of Premature Babies Need More Support Expecting a baby is a time filled with hope and anticipation. You begin to plan. You ‘nest’, decorating the nursery, buying cribs, buggies and tiny baby grows. You prepare. Packing your hospital bag, finalising birth plans and saying goodbye to work colleagues as you begin your maternity leave.[…]

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,[…]

Click to read about the real pros and cons of pain relief for labour and birth

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[…]