services.Despite pre-election promises to increase the number of midwives, David Cameron has failed to deliver, says the Royal College of Midwives. The Prime Minister promised to provide funding for 3,000 extra midwives, but it seems this pledge has been
Just 2.5% of births take place at home, but a National Childbirth Trust survey found 43% of women would consider one.The reason most women don't even consider giving birth at home is because they simply don't have enough information about it.If you are thinking about having your ...
in offering information to mums-to-be about antenatal tests and screening, make sure you ask your midwives to explain the reasons for the different tests available. Trusts reported differing rates of breastfeeding. The highest performing stated that 78
institutions such as the Royal College of Midwives and The Lullaby Trust is that parents should decide where their baby sleeps but that the safest option for a baby for the first six months is to sleep in a crib or cot in the same room. Current Nice guidelines warn parents
As part of the antenatal build-up to the delivery of your baby, you may be offered a tour of the hospital. It's an opportunity well worth taking - and make sure you take your birth partner with you.Not only will you be able to see first-hand where you are likely to give birth, bu...
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.You can have your baby in hospital or at home, or choose a home-from-home midwife-run unit, which promotes natural births. Here is a run-down of the pros and cons:Hospital consultant unit In a hospital maternity unit, care is usually shared by midwives
that maternity wards are becoming increasingly less safe due to a shortage of midwives. Dr Anthony Falconer, president of the RCOG said: There is a perception amongst patients that they still see the hospital birth as the safer option. The use of some
Midwife Katie replies:Cutting the umbilical cord is very easy and most midwives will encourage the baby’s father to do it. However, the few minutes after the baby’s birth are an emotional time and the cord can be clamped and cut sometimes before
, and Arren, 5. She's expecting her third baby any day.I'd always wanted a home birth, but with my first baby Arren it was just assumed I'd have him in hospital. So as soon as I knew I was pregnant again, I decided I'd like a home birth. The midwives said