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Free Guides For Labour & Birth

I have written a series of practical guides for labour & birth to accompany my antenatal classes and 1:1 consultations with expectant parents. I have now made all 16 titles available to download. These guides are based on first-hand experience, parent experiences and latest research – they have been designed to prepare you well for the reality of labour and birth and to encourage you to think about your options. I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 and I listen to and learn from every parent I work with – this has a huge impact on my practice and it has enabled me to create a range of labour & birth handbooks which are straight-forward, realistic, practical and beneficial. 5 of these downloads are available for free: Labour & Birth Checklist Tips for Labour & Birth Your Birth Bag Your Birth Plan Going Over Your Due Date I hope you find them useful and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries – and here’s more information about the other Practical Guide titles and my antenatal sessions. Janine | Birth, Baby & Family A specialist in pregnancy, …

June Books

I’ve been struggling to find time for reading but I’ve made up for it and I’ve read three books in a fortnight – real books too, a move away from the Kindle is happening!   So, I started with Gut – the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ by Giulia Enders. I learnt a lot and I am going to read it again because it is packed with brilliant information and facts and I’ve probably missed loads because I couldn’t put it down. It’s about the food we eat, how we digest it, intolerances & allergies, bacteria, gut flora, stress, our immune system and poo. Next up was Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon. I’ve had this book on my to read pile for a year and I read it during a train journey from Newcastle to London. It made me laugh out loud and it made me cry – did I mention I was on a packed train? For anyone affected by mental health, this is a great read – it’s tough in places …

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February Books

A Midwife’s Story by Penny Armstrong I read this in 2 evenings and I would read much more of Penny Armstrong’s tales of her amazing life as a midwife among the Amish community. As someone with a fascination for both birth and the Amish, this was a perfect. As with Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth, Catching Babies by Sheena Byron and Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin – which are all inspiring reads) A Midwife’s Story is an historical account of midwifery, real stories of women birthing their babies without technology and medical interventions. As an experienced antenatal teacher and doula, I see a place for inductions, caesareans, epidurals, monitoring and forceps but I also see a place for having more patience, for leaving mums and babies to do their thing, for calmer and less medical labours, for an acceptance of contractions and a belief in what our bodies can do. It can be a hard thing to marry these two philosophies together and I enjoyed reading Penny’s experience of wanting to do just that. A Midwife’s Story follows Penny from …