• New Mum,  Pregnancy,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Putting Midwifery to the Test!

    Our next Guest Blogger, for National Tell A Story Month, is Helen Wright. A Midwife from the North-West and a new mum. Here, Helen shares her experience of trying to wrap her ‘midwife head’ around becoming a mum. Just a pre-warning… we give Helen a good quizzing at the end so its a long one… well worth the read but you may want to save the link for when you have a good 10 minutes to take it all in! 😀   Putting Midwifery to the Test by Helen Wright A qualified midwife for over 10 years and an unqualified mother for 4 months… I love my job and have…

  • Dads,  Labour,  Pregnancy,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Would You Rather…. Be In Labour or Watch Labour?

    Our next Guest Blogger for National Share A Story Month is not only a Dad… he’s also Parenting Phil’s Pips other half! This should make for an interesting read….   Would You Rather… Be in Labour or Watch Labour? by Gary Douglas   As a father, I found the whole 9 months of pregnancy and the resulting childbirth extremely stressful. So much so, I started to suffer with Alopecia, weeks into the announcement of our first and second child. The overriding worry for myself was‘ What if something goes wrong?’.  ‘What if something goes wrong’ was a thought I didn’t want to talk about with Pips in too much depth, the…

  • Blogs,  Pregnancy

    BIRTH PLANS: Expect the Unexpected

    When I became pregnant with my first, in the beginning the birth was always on my mind. Until one day I told myself women have done this since time began, it surely must not be as bad as it looks on TV. So that was it, I didn’t think about it again, until my midwife told me I needed to start thinking about ‘Birth Plans’. Here’s my story, and my lesson to expect the unexpected. After hearing from my midwife, that I needed to start preparing my birth plan, like a good girl, I did my homework. Attended all the NCT classes, visited the hospital and all the birthing suites,…