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Archive for July, 2011

Pre and Postnatal Class

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Monday 1st August is the last class before the summer break. Prenatal classes will resume Monday September 5th. Please email your interest or to book a place. The next six-week postnatal course starts on Monday 12th September. Places strictly limited so again email your interest. After August 2nd I will respond to all email inquiries from 22nd august onwards.

Happy Summer!!


Hooray for Home Births

Monday, July 18th, 2011

In what could be considered an unexpected reversal of standard sentiment, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists ( that is not the RC of Midwives) are recommending a trend towards more home births ( in the Daily Mail, see previous link, and here in the Telegraph )for low risk mothers and pregnancies, saying that up to a third of all births could safely be born at home. Though pressure on NHS resources is a disappointing reason for the push, it is not the only reason and regardless of where the moves are coming from, the impact on birth practice in this country should be largely positive. Whilst it would be unwise to deny a low-risk mother the option of hospital if that is what she chooses ( women birth better where they feel the safest) , it will hopefully mean that women who are interested in home births might well come up against less resistance to their idea. It might also open up the debate on place of birth and inspire confidence in home birth as truly safe option. Inevitably, it will spark the black and white home v hospital debate in the media, always complete with isolated case studies about women who did and didn’t have a good time in either setting (which ultimately tells us absolutely nothing about where we should give birth) but it should also at least give credence to home birth as a viable, and for once, even preferable option for some. Watch this space. 

Review by founder of Nurturing Birth Valerie Goedkop

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Valerie is a very experienced doula and founder of Nurturing Birth, one of the biggest trainers of doulas in the UK.

About the book she said…..

‘Her new book, is really a very easy and excellent read for expecting parents. It talks about birth physiology - whilst most books don’t…. and explains to parents their choices and really sounds like “doula talk” to me… The book is easy to read and well organised. I would be VERY happy to suggest it to mums and dads as one of the better books aimed at them.’