Why Every Pregnant Mum Needs to Join a VBAC Facebook Group

Congratulations! You’re expecting! Maybe it’s your first, maybe it’s your last, but there’s so much you can learn from joining a VBAC Support Group on Facebook. Firstly, What does VBAC stand for? VBAC stands for “Vaginal Birth After C-Section,” and it is a term used for women with previous cesarean deliveries but want to birthContinue reading “Why Every Pregnant Mum Needs to Join a VBAC Facebook Group”

Why the Bradley Method®? This is my story.

I’m a natural childbirth educator. I never thought that I would become an advocate for women in their most vulnerable and their strongest moments–pregnancy and childbirth! So as I meet and talk to more and more mothers, I feel so lucky that I had my natural childbirth experience with my first child. I didn’t haveContinue reading “Why the Bradley Method®? This is my story.”

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)”

Do You Have to be a Duchess to Get the Birth You Want?

On 2nd May 2015, the nation celebrated the birth of the Princess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana! What was on everyone’s minds at the presentation of the baby just 10 hours after birth? How did Kate look so good? Daily Mail’s “Call the Midwife” article stated, Kate had a meticulous birth plan. She had optedContinue reading “Do You Have to be a Duchess to Get the Birth You Want?”

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?”

Results from Last Week’s Poll: If you did NOT receive drugs to induce, what was the delivery method?

I apologise for posting these results so late. With 203 votes, the voting results were a landslide for Vaginal Only 85%! See below for the results: If you just split the results into two categories: Vaginal versus C-Section, 93% were delivered vaginally whereas only 7% were delivered via c-section. This is a SIGNIFICANT difference! FollowingContinue reading “Results from Last Week’s Poll: If you did NOT receive drugs to induce, what was the delivery method?”

Results for This Week’s Poll: If you received drugs to induce, what was your delivery method?

Check out the results from this week’s poll about drugs and delivery method! 47% ended delivering vaginally, 26% delivered with forceps or vacuum extraction, and 26% had an emergency c-section. None had a schedule c-section after receiving drugs and there was one vote that entered a different answer.  She entered, “Vaginal birth with manual assistance whilstContinue reading “Results for This Week’s Poll: If you received drugs to induce, what was your delivery method?”

Results from Last Week’s Poll – Does Induction increase risk of C-Section?

Last week’s Poll: “If your birth ended in an emergency c-section, were you given any drugs to start labour or speed up labour prior to the need for a c-section?” Results: 205 votes, 68% Yes (140 votes), 32% NO (65 votes). There is an overwhelming majority of votes that indicated usage of drugs that endedContinue reading “Results from Last Week’s Poll – Does Induction increase risk of C-Section?”

Why Natural (Unmedicated) Childbirth?

Why Natural Childbirth? Reposted from givingbirthnaturally.com Choosing natural childbirth is choosing to trust your body.  Even more than that, it’s knowing that you already possess all the tools you need to give birth. Having a natural birth doesn’t mean choosing pain.  There are a wide variety of natural comfort measures that can be employed. WomenContinue reading “Why Natural (Unmedicated) Childbirth?”

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”