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Maternity Service Report – pregnancy & birth findings

The latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) maternity survey has just been published and it’s findings are interesting but concerning. It found that “at a national level the 2022 maternity survey shows that people’s experiences of care have deteriorated in the last 5 years.” Of the 26 evaluation questions used in the survey: You can read more about the maternity survey here but here are the main antenatal points for me… Availability of staff This is worrying as it could impact how looked after and reassured a woman feels, not to mention how safe it is. So, what can you do? It may help to prepare well so you can work with your contractions and know what you can do to help manage your labour but that may only do so much. Hiring a doula can give you ongoing support as well as additional help to speak to your midwife. Don’t be afraid to speak up, to ask questions, to ask for more support. Concerns taken seriously during labour Unfortunately I know that women can be …

Tip – New Baby

The early days and weeks with your new baby can be a whirlwind of emotions – take it slow, be kind to yourself and give yourself time adjust and to get to know your baby. With digital courses and guides as well as consultations, there is something for you during pregnancy, for birth, with your baby and as a parent. Working with parents since 2002 Copyright: Janine Smith

Monthly Focus

I am introducing a different theme each month to focus on some of the issues that come up during pregnancy, after birth and throughout the first year with a baby and beyond. January – the unknown & expectations February – babies are not a problem to be fixed March – baby sleep & being exhausted April – guilt & worry May – relationships & partners June – comparing babies & parenting July – feeding & baby weight August – juggling life & motherhood September – identity & isolation October – having a baby & the impact on you November – work, childcare & money December – overwhelm & mood With highlights and tips on Instagram, you will be able to read posts here and on my membership page. Please do follow, like, save and share so I can reach more parents and make a difference. With digital courses and guides as well as consultations, there is something for you during pregnancy, for birth, with your baby and as a parent. Working with parents since 2002 …

Tip – Expectations

If you are preparing to have your baby, it helps to have realistic expectations about birth, babies and yourself so you can prepare and plan for the challenges and give yourself less of a hard time. Read, talk & ask questions. With digital courses and guides as well as consultations, there is something for you during pregnancy, for birth, with your baby and as a parent. Working with parents since 2002 Copyright: Janine Smith

How big is my baby?

Here’s a quick guide to the length of your baby throughout pregnancy. First Trimester Read more about the first trimester Second Trimester Read more about the second trimester Third Trimester Read more about the third trimester With digital courses and guides as well as consultations, there is something for you during pregnancy, for birth, with your baby and as a parent. Working with parents since 2002 Copyright: Janine Smith