Fluorochemicals (PFCs) are used in water-repellent finishes and waterproof outdoor apparel such as coats, bags and shoes. But fluorinated compounds also can be found in a variety of consumer goods such as nonstick cookware, paints and coatings, and stain-release treatments for carpet. During the 1990ʼs it had become apparent that these materials had spread throughout the [...]
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MLM ~ Always by your side If you think you are going into labour monitor the frequency and length of your contractions. Most hospital protocols will usually invite you in for an assessment if you are having 3 contractions in 10 minutes, each lasting 45 seconds. NICE Guidelines consider you to be in established [...]
Useful links and trusted resources for your reference National Institute for Health and Clinical Effectiveness (NICE) World health organisation (WHO) Department Of Health (DOH) Cochrane database Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses National Centre for Biotechnology Information Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Royal Collage of [...]
Raw organic coconut oil has many uses for mummies...I thought I would share a few with you… Moisturiser for your growing tummy. This oil is full of natural anti-oxidants which will help to prevent stretch marks and repair the stretched skin. I always recommend that women use as many natural products as possible during [...]
A day in the life: Christmas on the maternity wards "Something you learn very quickly as a midwife is that you have to be dedicated, as babies come at all hours, every day of the week." Marie Louise became one of the youngest midwives in the UK in 2012, aged just 21. Now a [...]
“It's going to hurt” is the response I usually get when I ask my patients about their plans for labour care. I can not deny that labour is painful. There have been few reported cases of women not experiencing pain during labour and birth but from my experience I have never come across a [...]
Newborn skin care is so important. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and a newborn babies' skin is 5 times more permeable than yours for the first six weeks. A baby has been in a natural, fluid environment whilst in the womb, therefore it is vitally important to be mindful of exactly [...]
Should you talk to your baby bump? You should do what makes you feel comfortable and natural. A few small studies have proved there are significant positives but more research needs to be conducted for this to become a clinical recommendation. If so, why? At what point (generally speaking) should you start talking to [...]
1) Don't panic I know it's daunting and I know you have probably been waiting a while for this or maybe you have gone into labour unexpectedly. Either way try not to panic because your mental state has a huge impact on your whole experience. Remember that this is all new to you but [...]
This can be a touchy subject but it's an important one. I am going to write as I always do and discuss the evidence and scientific facts. Ideally if you are trying for a baby your body mass index (BMI) should be healthy; this is between 18.5-25. Most women I see at booking (early [...]