Blogs about pregnancy and birth
WHY WE NEED A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON IVF STATS
At the end of June, The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) released new stats on the success rates for assisted reproduction across Europe. And let’s just say they didn’t paint a flattering picture. Media outlets commented on …Continue Reading
Ask our gynaecology experts your questions
Every year we run an Online Clinic on Gynaecology. And this year our clinic is sponsored by Babystart, Sylk Intimate and Promensil. We are also delighted our clinic is being supported by The Eve Appeal and Womb Cancer Support UK charities. Meet …Continue Reading
Vitamin B3 found in Marmite linked with preventing miscarriages
You may remember a few months ago the much hyped headline which stated that Marmite may be the key to preventing miscarriages and birth defects. Newspapers around the country jumped on the story branding it the new miracle cure. Results …Continue Reading
What Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where the cells that line the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body. The lining of the womb is what is shed during your period but the cells that are found in other parts of …Continue Reading
Quit smoking while pregnancy – No Smoking Day 8 March 2017
March 8th 2017 is national no smoking day and for the estimated 15.8 % of the UK population who regularly light up this is the day you are encouraged to kick the habit. Parents to be are one particular group who …Continue Reading
Everything you need to know about chlamydia
What is chlamydia? Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact (semen or vaginal fluid). Infection can occur via vaginal, anal, and oral sex and even when a man does not ejaculate. It is treated with antibiotic, usually azithromycin …Continue Reading
Top Tips for Losing Your Baby Weight
You have just spent the last nine months getting ready for the life-changing birth of your new bundle of joy and we know, you are probably a little bit exhausted after the whole event. The birth of your baby will …Continue Reading
Recap of “DNA Blood tests”: An NPR story
In January 2015, National Public Radio (NPR) released a story featuring the new options non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) brings to women in the U.S. The feature, presented by Nell Greenfieldboyce, examines the impact of NIPT on the way previous genetic …Continue Reading
What Treatment is Available for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that causes cysts to develop on one or both ovaries. The condition can cause irregularities with egg release and unusually high levels of androgens in the body – which are so-called ‘male’ hormones. But …Continue Reading
Sudden Infant Death syndrome – Advice for Parents
I have not shaved today. Over 30 years ago I worked for a Paediatrician who had a special interest in what was then termed cot death. I found it very distressing and emotional dealing with cases. Little was known about …Continue Reading
ICP (Obstetric Cholestasis) – My Story
In 2012 I fell pregnant with my fourth son. It wasn’t planned but I couldn’t have been happier. It just felt like it was meant to be. Things were different this time though. Five months into the pregnancy I began …Continue Reading
My journey with Flynn by Rosy
I wanted to write about our experience in the hope that I may be able to help others, to try to communicate to the world how it feels to lose a child and most importantly to keep my little boys …Continue Reading
Can ‘Baby Blues’ Be Inherited?
We know women inherit many conditions from their mothers, some serious such as breast cancer or osteoporosis, others less life threatening such as bunions or a double chin, but we do owe a lot to our family health history. The …Continue Reading
Pregnancy – Screening Tests: a quick guide
Prenatal screening tests are an important part of any woman’s pregnancy and can provide vital information about your baby’s health before he or she is born as well as that of your own. Screening tests are available to all pregnant …Continue Reading
Postpartum Mood Disorders
Postpartum depression itself is nothing new but the culture of support surrounding women who suffer from this disorder is. Until recently, many women didn’t feel comfortable opening up about their struggles with postpartum depression because it was often seen as …Continue Reading
Water all the way!
Water births are gaining in popularity, although some people still consider them to be rather unconventional! I personally believe water birthing gives the mother, baby and partner the best possible experience. Far from being an “unconventional birthing method” according to …Continue Reading