Category Archives: Birth

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What can we do to reduce the number of stillborn babies?

Sadly, stillbirths are more common than you may realise. Data shows that 11 babies are stillborn every day in the UK, which is more than 3,600 each year.  Approximately one-third of these happen at term, in other words after 37 weeks of pregnancy. These statistics make stillbirth 15 times more common than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot deathContinue reading

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VIDEO: How to stay active in labour

Trying to stay mobile and active in labour is really important. Firstly, because gravity helps your baby move down the birth canal effectively. Secondly, because research shows that instrumental births and caesarean sections are more likely to happen if you give birth in semi-recumbent or, partly reclined positions. This video talks through some of the positions you can adopt, and how your birth partner can support you in them. Continue reading

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What are the benefits of different birth positions?

Research shows interventions such as instrumental births and caesarean sections are more likely to occur if women are laid back on a bed during labour. This is one of the reasons the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) advises midwives to encourage women to remain active in labour and birth. It can also reduce the length of the first stage of labour by up to an hour and reduce the need for an epidural.  Continue reading

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Why is your BMI in pregnancy important?

Knowing your body mass index, or BMI, in pregnancy is important information for health professionals, as having a very low BMI (under 18.5) or a raised BMI in pregnancy (over 25) can increase the risk of complications for both you and your baby. If you are overweight these risks increase with your BMI measurement, particularly if you have a BMI of more than 40. Continue reading