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[ 6 Dec 2014 | No Comment ]

Emma gave birth after a long and exhausting labour. But the worst was yet to come: only part of the placenta was delivered, and Emma became aware of the room filling up with people and the mood changing. Although she was told that all was fine, she knew something was wrong.
A consultant walked in and, without acknowledging Emma, attempted a manual removal of the placenta, which Emma describes as “the most painful thing I’ve experienced to this day. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the shock of it”.
Blood started …

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[ 20 Oct 2014 | One Comment ]

Perinatal mental health problems carry a total economic and social long-term cost to society of about £8.1 billion for each year of births in the UK, according to a new report ‘The costs of perinatal mental health problems’ released today by the London School of Economics and Centre for Mental Health.[i] The NHS would need to spend just £337 million a year[ii] to bring perinatal mental health care up to the level recommended in national guidance.[iii]
The report is part of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s ‘Everyone’s Business’ campaign (www.everyonesbusiness.org.uk),  which calls …

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[ 19 Oct 2014 | No Comment ]

Timing of epidural is up to the mother
When a woman is in labour, the appropriate time to give an epidural during childbirth is when she asks for it, a new study suggests. Published in The Cochrane Library, the systematic review compared early and late epidurals during labour and found that they had very similar effects.
An epidural is a pain relieving local anaesthetic that is given as an injection into the spine. It is commonly offered to women in labour who request pain relief and is effective in reducing pain. However, …

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[ 21 Jun 2014 | One Comment ]

By Sarah Liveing, Founder Of Walking Works and Healthy Living Expert

 Medical advice

Before doing any new exercise seek medical advice during your pregnancy. If you’re not normally highly active, having an extensive walking regime can put a strain on your body and your developing unborn baby.

Plan a sensible route

During your pregnancy it is really important not to over work yourself because you can become quickly fatigued. Plan a route which is fairly flat and not too boggy or mountainous to ensure you have good balance and stability.


Try and walk with a …

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[ 27 Dec 2013 | No Comment ]

The Department of Health has made a last minute, catastrophic U-turn on a policy decision to give pregnant women and health professionals access to an improved Group B Streptococcus test within Public Health England just days ahead of the scheduled start date of 1 January 2014. 
This devastating U-turn will leave future families grieving the loss of their baby when a simple test could have saved his life and will bring no relief from the pain and suffering caused by Group B Streptococcus, the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection …

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[ 1 Dec 2013 | No Comment ]

Watch our video with Zita West where she gives advice on the common concerns around trying to get pregnant
There are numerous issues that countless couples face when they are trying for a baby, from how long it will take to get pregnant to ‘performance anxiety’ and the best age for conception.
One of the most common concerns is how long it takes to get pregnant. On average it takes around six months to a year but it’s not unusual for it to take longer. Keeping your stress levels in check, making …

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[ 24 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]

Watch our video with Zita West where she gives advice on pre conception planning as well as busting a few pregnancy myths
If you’ve decided to try for a baby you might feel ready emotionally, but is your body prepared for the task ahead? To boost your chances of a healthy pregnancy you need to fully understand your body and fulfil its needs with some preconception planning.
For most women your fertile time will be between day 10 and 18 of your cycle. This varies from month to month for each individual, …

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[ 17 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]

Watch our video with Zita West where she gives her advice to couples
Trying to conceive can be a stress in itself. But it’s important for you and your partner to stay relaxed during the whole process, as a woman under great stress is less likely to conceive as easily.
The increasing pressures of everyday life can result in a woman’s body secreting excessive amounts of stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol. This can interfere with the secretion of female sex hormones and cause disruption to ovulation and the menstrual cycle.
And it’s …

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[ 10 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]

Watch our video with Zita West where she gives advice to men on simple lifestyle changes they can make to boost fertility.
It’s easy for couples to focus solely on the woman’s health as they prepare for pregnancy; however, pre conception health is just as important for men.
The average sperm count should be 15 million or more per ml according to new guidelines. Low sperm count and mobility may be caused by a series of lifestyle factors and could affect a man’s chances of conceiving. There are several habits men need to …

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[ 3 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]

Watch our video with Zita West where she gives advice on how diet, nutrition and exercise can play a key role in boosting your fertility
It’s well known that a good diet and exercise regime is important for a healthy pregnancy and for your baby’s growth. But believe it or not, paying attention to diet and exercise should also be a top priority even before you conceive.
From the very start you’ll be nourishing the egg and sperm cells that will become your baby, so following a sensible diet when you’re ‘trying’ …