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3 ways to make peace with your birth experience

Being able to make peace with your birth experience can be really beneficial. Labour and birth is such a unique experience and we do need more honest conversations in pregnancy, as well as after birth, to talk through expectations, what went well and how new parents are feeling. And this doesn’t have to be about birth being traumatic, it can be straightforward but still leave you feeling shocked and needing to talk it through. I have spoken to so many women postnatally who say birth was all fine, they are fine but then talk about how different it was, how they wish they’d known something, how they might do it differently next time, how disappointed they might feel, how let down they might feel. Yes it might all be fine but it can also help to talk it through and voice what you are feeling. – high expectations – There can be such high expectations when it comes to birth – of doing it naturally, of waterbirth, of hypnobirthing. This can be important because belief …

induction preparation

10 essentials for Induction Preparation

Induction Preparation can make a huge difference because it means you can be more aware of what the reality of induction could mean for you, what your options may be and how you can work with your contractions. Read through these induction preparation steps and make a note of questions so you can think about what would be useful for. It can be helpful to know more about the induction process so you know more about what to expect and what your options are. Ask questions so you have more of an understanding of what it involve. Induction can change your options so it can help to know more about this in advance so you don’t have any unexpected surprises on the day. So you are informed, comfortable and calm. Listen to your instincts and go with what you need. Induction doesn’t mean being on a bed – you can still use positions and have gravity to be as comfortable as possible and to do what feels right with your contractions. Knowing how to use …

Parenting in the pandemic

What is your experience of parenting in the pandemic? I would like to collate and share your honest stories of the highs and the lows – which will be totally anonymous. I would love to know how parenting in the pandemic impacted any of these: pregnancy being induced labour & birth having a new baby having a baby or toddler babyloss It has been a tough year, affecting people in so many different ways and I would like to capture your experiences – the brilliant and the challenging – to document them and remember them. Please feel free to message me your stories and you can make it as brief or as long as you like. Please be reassured that your stories are in safe hands, which is why I will keep them anonymous, so you can speak freely. Working with parents since 2002 Say hello…Instagram | Facebook Group | Linkedin

Developing Mother Cuppa Magazine…

Thanks so much for coming to this page. I need your help! Mother Cuppa Magazine was created last year to provide useful and interesting articles and guides for expectant and new parents. There isn’t really a pregnancy-birth-baby-parenting magazine written with a foundation of professional knowledge, expertise and experience of working with parents. At the heart of what I do is supporting parents, not advertisers. My practice is all about good knowledge, what you can do and focusing on what you need as an individual. It’s not about being told what you ‘should’ be doing, it’s about being informed, empowered and having more confidence to do what works for you and your family – Mother Cuppa Magazine is an extension of that. Mother Cuppa Magazine currently has essentials for: pregnancy birth & baby preparation labour & birth 4th trimester feeding babyloss With guides and checklists to read and download. I will keep adding to these sections. I have recently added free workshops focusing on: positions for labour & birth labour and birth challenges pain management options …

group b strep

I am worried about Group B Strep, what do I need to know?

Group B Strep (GBS) is a common bacteria, with about 20-40% of women carrying it. It is usually harmless but it can carry a risk to a baby during birth. Routine testing for Group B Strep doesn’t take place in the UK for a number of reasons: Screening tests aren’t accurate. According to Tommy’s, 17-25% of women with a positive swab at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy would be negative by the time of giving birth. And 5-7% of women who are negative at 35-37 weeks would be positive at delivery. Premature babies are affected more by GBS, which is before the screening would take place. There is a concern about giving antibiotics unnecessarily to a higher number of women and babies. If you are worried about Group B Strep I speak to lots of women who are worried about the lack of routine testing for GBS. Testing isn’t routinely offered on the NHS but you may be tested if you had GBS in a previous pregnancy. Talk to your midwife about your concerns and find …