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How to make a Birth Plan

How to make a Birth Plan

Birth plans mean exactly what they say and are a plan about how you would like your labour and birth to be. Often women say, “I won’t make a birth... Read More

Kangaroo Care for your baby

Kangaroo care is known to improve outcomes for premature babies and can be encouraged in neonatal units from as early as babies being born at 26 weeks gestation. Kangaroo care... Read More
Kangaroo Care for your baby
International day of the midwife

International day of the midwife

The international day of the midwife has been celebrated on the 5th of May since 1991, with 50 nations globally recognising this special day. Midwifery is a very different profession... Read More

Things you can do with your placenta

Many people feel squeamish when placentas are discussed, but they are truly amazing as your body has grown an entirely new organ to sustain your baby. In fact, in other cultures, such as Maori in New Zealand, the... Read More
Things you can do with your placenta
Hypnobirthing birth pain relief Hypno-birthing

What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a range of techniques taught via interactive classes, from audios and books, which enable those who have learnt about breathing, visualisation and how to make choices in maternity care, to achieve a more relaxing and empowering birth.   The key to... Read More

Why should I choose to have a waterbirth?

Most hospitals and birth centres are now equipped for waterbirth with water pools specifically designed for use by women in labour. Water has a strong research base behind it to... Read More
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International Women’s Day - Women’s choices in maternity care

International Women’s Day - Women’s choices in maternity care

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th March each year to celebrate the achievements of women, but also to highlight the fact that we still live in a male... Read More

Should I have my baby at home?

The midwives at My Expert Midwife have had a lot of experience caring for women who birth at home, as well as women who birth in hospital. The current research supports homebirth as a safe choice for both... Read More
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What will happen when I have my planned caesarean section?

There are many reasons why you may choose or be recommended that your baby is born via caesarean section, some of which are for medical reasons, personal preference or occasionally... Read More

What is delayed cord clamping?

For many decades, in a variety of birth settings, immediate umbilical cord clamping straight after the baby was born became part of normal birth practice- particularly in hospital settings. Although,... Read More
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