Pandas x My Expert Midwife

Our Charity

Here at My Expert Midwife we are committed to tackling the taboos and myths surrounding pregnancy and being a new mum. We believe that everyone should feel comfortable talking about how they feel and have the right support in place, so they can feel like themselves again.

That is why we are partnering with PANDAS foundation who help parents suffering with perinatal mental health challenges so they can receive the support they deserve, offering them hope and empathy.

We are pledging to raise £10,000 over 12 months to help with the amazing support that PANDAS provide.

Need support now? Here’s how

My Expert Midwife are right by your side providing self care advice from our team of in-house expert midwives and customer care team, any questions you have you can get in touch with us and we will get back to you asap. Contact us

We are on a mission to build a community of women to help tackle those taboos by sharing stories and experiences. By sharing and being open we can help and empower other women to feel like themselves again.

Want to get involved? share your story...

Every photo posted on social sharing your motherhood story and telling us what helped YOU to feel like you again during pregnancy, birth or being a new mum using the hashtag #MyExpertMidwifeXPandas, we will donate a £1 to PANDAS.

And for every best selling Mum To Be Set sold we will also donate a £1 to PANDAS foundation.

I’m not sure why, but when you announce you’re pregnant other mothers start telling you their birth horror stories. Like some kind of sadistic right of passage. Thank you Karen, I don’t need to be repeatedly told I’m going to shit myself. We are all aware of what can happen, but we do it anyway and quite frankly after the year I had before having Mallory even the worst birth stories didn’t phase me.

But for #csectionawarenessmonth I wanted to share a positive story about caesareans. Ours was planned because Mallory was in an unstable transverse lie, because I have a bicornuate uterus, so there was nothing we could do that would send her vertical and lord knows I would shit myself if I tried to push her out sideways.

Despite an early morning emergency with Indi (our dog) which almost caused Matt to miss the birth completely, he arrived and we were prepped as the first of the day. We had music playing, we were chatting away with the team and despite feeling like someone was doing the washing up in my tummy, I felt no pain. Then my consultant held Mallory up like Rafiki held up Simba and she let out an almighty scream.

We had delayed cord clamping and skin on skin in recovery. Not all birth stories are horror stories and I definitely didn’t shit myself (that I know of).

I'm proud to say my uterus has borne the brunt of a grand total of 3 sections👊👊👊. My first was an emergency section and genuinely terrifying, with poor old Sophie needing resuscitating. I've never been entirely convinced this labour had to end up in a section, but that's a story for another time.

2nd time round I had zero confidence that my body would labour properly so I opted for a planned section and whilst I can honestly say this section was a calm and positive experience, I do still have the niggling feeling that had I been braver and had more encouragement I could have at least attempted labour, but hey ho. Finally no.3. This lush little fella was a bit of a surprise and because I was already 2 sections down he was automatically a sun roof birth. A LOT had changed in the years inbetween births and for this final round in the ring I was in advanced recovery and home the next day which was fantastic.

For ages I felt like I'd cheated having sections and that I had missed out on some profound life enhancing moment but now I'm just so thankful the option was there. C-section births can be totally wonderful experiences and they are just a different type of labour for mothers. So here's to all us c-sectioners, be proud of your achievement and wear your scars with pride.

Need urgent support from PANDAs? Contact details are below

FREE helpline 0808 1961 776. Available on all landlines. Monday – Sunday 9am- 8pm.

PANDAS Email Support: available 365 days a year. You will get a response within 72 hours.

PANDAS Foundation Facebook Page The PANDAS Social Media team are online seven days a week.

PANDAS Dads Facebook Page  Developed to support partners and carers affected by perinatal mental illness, the PANDAS Dads volunteers are on hand to offer support and information seven days a week.

PANDAS Support Groups Offers a fantastic opportunity to meet up with other parents affected by perinatal mental illness. The team of PANDAS Support Group Leaders are on hand to provide information about local activities and services, whilst also offering support and advice. To find your local group call or email.

Mum to Be Set

Perfect for all mums-to-be, following the journey all the way from pregnancy, birth and through to breastfeeding and nappy changing. This midwife developed essentials set includes each of our bestselling, award-winning full-size products developed to relieve a range of challenges faced by the skin during pregnancy, birth and into motherhood.