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What is a Birth Centre?

What is a Birth Centre?

A Birth Centre in the UK is a unit that is separate from Delivery Suite or Labour Ward and Midwifery-Led to promote an active, normal labour and birth. This means that they have a more... Read More

36 - 40 weeks pregnant

You are on the home straight of your pregnancy now and your baby will be in your arms very soon. It’s time to put the finishing touches to your plans... Read More
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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

Your mental health in pregnancy

Perinatal mental health is the umbrella term for all mental health conditions around pregnancy, including the year after birth. You may also hear terms such as prenatal/antenatal depression and postnatal depression (PND) mentioned, which refer to... Read More
Your mental health in pregnancy
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32-36 weeks pregnant

You are well into the third trimester of your pregnancy now. If your baby was to be born at 32 weeks gestation, and 7% of babies in the UK are... Read More

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
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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

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

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
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