Who starts labour? Mum, baby, or other?

A recent study implies that the Baby is responsible for starting spontaneous labour! “Published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and supported by the National Instituted of Health and a Prematurity Research Initiative grant from the March of Dimes, the study expanded on former research that had suggested signals from the fetus are actually responsible for theContinue reading “Who starts labour? Mum, baby, or other?”

7 Things Hospitals Do During Labour That You Are Told to Avoid While Pregnant (with Pictures)

There are some strange things happening in our society with regards to birth. Women feel less and less able to birth naturally, yet industrialised countries like the US and the UK are seeing maternal and infant mortality rates on the rise. What is going on? I’d like to present 7 Things that hospitals do forContinue reading “7 Things Hospitals Do During Labour That You Are Told to Avoid While Pregnant (with Pictures)”

9 Things that can lead to Failure to Progress (FTP)

What is Failure to Progress? According to doctors and midwives, Failure to Progress is also known as Prolonged Labour, when labour lasts for approximately 20 hours or more after regular contractions begin, and approximately 14 hours or more if you’ve given birth previously. Prolonged latent phase happens during first stage labour where mother can get exhausted and emotionallyContinue reading “9 Things that can lead to Failure to Progress (FTP)”

Does Induction Really REDUCE C-Section Risk?

Several weeks ago, I came across a claim that Induction reduces the risk of C-section! I sincerely thought, this must be a joke; however, it was referencing an actual journal publication. You can find the actual publication here. Since I’ve always heard people say, “I had to be induced, and then it ended in c-section,”Continue reading “Does Induction Really REDUCE C-Section Risk?”

C-sections: Are They Necessary for Every 1 in 4 Women in the UK?

An overwhelming majority of people I meet who have had c-sections are so grateful that they were able to get their baby out safely. They say that if it weren’t for them, they might be dead or their baby might be dead. However, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), caesarean sections should only be performedContinue reading “C-sections: Are They Necessary for Every 1 in 4 Women in the UK?”

How to Avoid Fetal Distress (and a C-Section)

Is this even possible? Yes. Today, “fetal distress” is a leading cause for a c-section. So how can it be avoided? How to Avoid Fetal Distress 1. Refuse EFM, Electronic Fetal Monitoring. This is your birth. This should be your choice. Many hospitals may ‘require’ you to be monitored using EFM; however, you have the choice toContinue reading “How to Avoid Fetal Distress (and a C-Section)”

The Problem with Due Dates

Ditch that 40-week estimated due date that you were given, even if they measured using an ultrasound! A study that came out in June of 2013 showed that the gestation period for normal, unassisted pregnancy through birth can vary up to five weeks. If this is the case, why aren’t more midwives and consultants giving ‘overdue’ mothersContinue reading “The Problem with Due Dates”