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Operating as usual

14/09/2021

We hear from many women and families who are stressed because they have been told that their labour needs to be induced, are given a date for this but are then later called told that their induction needs to be delayed.

We also hear from almost as many midwives who are frustrated on behalf of those that are affected by this. They have to postpone inductions (which, they say, were sometimes not really necessary in the first place) because there aren’t enough beds or staff. But women and families are understandably worried because they have been told that a procedure is vital and then told later that they cannot yet have it.

A study looking at how this happens in a real-world UK hospital has been published in BMJ Open.

Researchers looked at the workload and records in one UK maternity unit and found that 30% of women had induction of labour.

Of those women, 33% were delayed by more than 12 hours with 20% delayed by more than 24 hours, 10% delayed by more than 48 hours and 1.3% delayed by more than 72 hours.

The researchers go on to suggest interventions that might help, including the use of different induction drugs or greater numbers of staff.

It might also be helpful to give women and families better information on induction in the first place, so that everyone could decide whether this was the right decision for them.

The study is freely available at https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/9/e045577

For more information on induction and the pros and cons of this, see www.sarawickham.com/iol where I have lots of free articles and blog posts, or my book, Inducing Labour: making informed decisions.

Photos from LMJ Infant Feeding Support's post 22/08/2021

Really useful info xx

Timeline Photos 07/08/2021

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos 30/07/2021

🌻 TAKING TIME OFF 🌻

You may have already noticed that this account has been a bit quieter than usual, but I wanted to hop on to officially say that I am starting my gradual wind down to maternity leave, starting with pausing regular social media posting.

I've still got a while to go until the little one arrives, but I have a few lovely clients lined up between now and then and my other job is a bit crazy right now, so I want to allow myself plenty of family time and not over do it.

I am still around for individual classes so if anyone is interested, please drop me a message or an email.

I'll be sure to share once my wee babe arrives and will let everyone know when I am fully back in the swing of things again.

I have loved doing this work over the last year or so and have worked with so many great families. Please do keep recommending me to your friends and families.

Wishing you all the best for your birth and parenting journeys 💖

Lots of love,
Charlotte xx

🌻 TAKING TIME OFF 🌻

You may have already noticed that this account has been a bit quieter than usual, but I wanted to hop on to officially say that I am starting my gradual wind down to maternity leave, starting with pausing regular social media posting.

I've still got a while to go until the little one arrives, but I have a few lovely clients lined up between now and then and my other job is a bit crazy right now, so I want to allow myself plenty of family time and not over do it.

I am still around for individual classes so if anyone is interested, please drop me a message or an email.

I'll be sure to share once my wee babe arrives and will let everyone know when I am fully back in the swing of things again.

I have loved doing this work over the last year or so and have worked with so many great families. Please do keep recommending me to your friends and families.

Wishing you all the best for your birth and parenting journeys 💖

Lots of love,
Charlotte xx

22/07/2021

I love doing little special touches for my clients. Cucumber, lemon and mint just making that water a wee bit more tasty and refreshing.

Although it does make me wonder why I never go out of my way to do special touches for myself 🤔🤔🤔

You are special and you deserve special treats, big or small. Make sure you find the time. Treat yo self!!

#antenatal #clientcare #bloombirthing #thelittlethings #birthpreparation #antenatalclasses #alnwick #northumberland #northumberlandmum #northeastmum #northumberlanddad #20weekspregnant #21weekspregnant #firsttrimester #secondtrimester #thirdtrimester

I love doing little special touches for my clients. Cucumber, lemon and mint just making that water a wee bit more tasty and refreshing.

Although it does make me wonder why I never go out of my way to do special touches for myself 🤔🤔🤔

You are special and you deserve special treats, big or small. Make sure you find the time. Treat yo self!!

#antenatal #clientcare #bloombirthing #thelittlethings #birthpreparation #antenatalclasses #alnwick #northumberland #northumberlandmum #northeastmum #northumberlanddad #20weekspregnant #21weekspregnant #firsttrimester #secondtrimester #thirdtrimester

04/07/2021

Shared from @mymidwivesuk 💜

My name is Sheridan, I am 36 weeks pregnant I’m a midwife and I’m currently one of the people who NICE would recommend has induction of labour at 39 weeks.

I am at a 3 fold increased risk of dying during or just after my pregnancy.

But I will tell you one thing.
My blackness is not something to be “fixed”with induction.

It’s not me, or people like me, that is the issue here.

The new draft NICE guideline offering induction of labour at 39 weeks to ALL Black and Brown women and birthing people regardless, of if they have a healthy pregnancy, as a response to the increased mortality and morbidity rates amongst Black and Brown families and their babies.

It took me a while to summon up the emotional capacity to create a response to the NICE draft guideline. I’ve had a difficult pregnancy, I have experienced first hand the racism of our maternity system, I have been made to feel that my body is faulty, I have been ignored, my pain invalidated, my concerns not escalated. There have been scary times, and dark times.

This recommendation is another blow. It is harmful, racist, and calls for zero accountability for the root cause of the racial disparities to be addressed. There is no evidence base for this recommendation, the statistics are a result of systemic racism; and to offer such a serious intervention based on skin colour has the potential to widen the gap between people of different ethnicities and in all honesty has a vibe that is very similar to eugenics, it’s a very damaging and dangerous slope.

We have until the 6th of July to respond to the recommendations. Do it.

I can speak from my postgraduate research and from personal experience that it’s not the physiology of Black or Brown people that is the risk… it is the system that is meant to care for us that puts our bodies at risk.

Black and Brown people’s bodies are not broken.

So no thank you, I don’t want your routine induction at 39 weeks because I am not broken.
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Please head over to the amazing @abueladoula to hear her speak on this. Or to @drsarawickham or @_aliciaburnett for more information about why the guideline is problematic (to say the least).

Induction at 39 weeks, What Covid research can add to the debate. 04/07/2021

Induction at 39 weeks, What Covid research can add to the debate.

Very interesting article giving a brief introduction to how evidence can be conflicting, have limitations and how to ensure you get a balance of evidence, not just one side of a story.

"It can be so confusing to know what is the right thing to do for you and your baby as there is so much conflicting advice and research.

On one hand, we have the American ARRIVE Trial promoting induction at 39 weeks and on the other, we had the Australian public health initiative that no baby should be born before 39 completed weeks without a clear medical reason.

And then we have the newly released Australian research by Dahlen et al (2021) which looked at the long and short-term outcomes for babies who are induced.

So which research should you believe?"

Induction at 39 weeks, What Covid research can add to the debate. Has someone suggested induction at 39 weeks? Understanding research might help you decide the best course of action for YOU and your baby.

03/07/2021

Yummy alter set up with lots of birthy trinkets for antenatal class today 🥰🥰🥰

#birthalter #antenatalclass #antenataleducation #birthpreparation #birthpreparationclasses #informedchoice #informedbirth #birthrights #birthchoices

Yummy alter set up with lots of birthy trinkets for antenatal class today 🥰🥰🥰

#birthalter #antenatalclass #antenataleducation #birthpreparation #birthpreparationclasses #informedchoice #informedbirth #birthrights #birthchoices

30/06/2021
25/06/2021
22/06/2021

Yes yes yes!! You're doing your best on any given day ❤❤

Just deal with this day, today. X

20/06/2021

A lovely blend for use in labour and birth! Can be used antenatally as an anchor when you're using your hypnobirthing or just having a quiet half an hour.

One of many layers to help you keep relaxed and calm, Aromatherapy is such an amazing tool to have in your pregnancy 😍

#labour #birth #aromatherapy #essentialoils #hypnobirthing #pregnant #pregnancy #thevillagemidwives

20/06/2021

Wishing a lovely father's day to all the dads and dads-to-be!

In the early days, the first year especially, it can feel like mum is getting all the action, all the snuggles, maybe all the feeds if mum is breastfeeding. And it can feel challenging for some dads to know exactly what their role is.

I want to recognise one amazing role that dad's do in supporting mum - in this role you are supporting the whole family unit to be as strong as it can be and for that we thank you.

You are loved and you are valued, right from the very beginning. Your time comes to be the number 1 too. You provide the play, the rough and tumble and so so many of the laughs as baby grows and starts to explore their world.

Have a great day daddio!

#fathersday #fathersday2021 #dadday #antenatal #familysupport #fourthtrimester #bloombirthinguk #northerndad #birthpreparation #birthpartner #northumberland

Wishing a lovely father's day to all the dads and dads-to-be!

In the early days, the first year especially, it can feel like mum is getting all the action, all the snuggles, maybe all the feeds if mum is breastfeeding. And it can feel challenging for some dads to know exactly what their role is.

I want to recognise one amazing role that dad's do in supporting mum - in this role you are supporting the whole family unit to be as strong as it can be and for that we thank you.

You are loved and you are valued, right from the very beginning. Your time comes to be the number 1 too. You provide the play, the rough and tumble and so so many of the laughs as baby grows and starts to explore their world.

Have a great day daddio!

#fathersday #fathersday2021 #dadday #antenatal #familysupport #fourthtrimester #bloombirthinguk #northerndad #birthpreparation #birthpartner #northumberland

Northumberland mums-to-be allowed additional birthing partner at hospital 17/06/2021

Northumberland mums-to-be allowed additional birthing partner at hospital

Really great news 🙌🙌 two birth partners now allowed at Cramlington!

Northumberland mums-to-be allowed additional birthing partner at hospital Pregnant women in Northumberland can now have two birthing partners supporting them in hospital.

15/06/2021

Just a little bit of fun 😂😂😂

14/06/2021

It's that simple really. Loads of behaviours are very normal in babies - night waking, frequent feeding, wanting to be continuously held, wanting to co-sleep. It can be reassuring to know that these things are normal, because sometimes it can feel like everyone else's baby is sleeping or feeding "better" than yours.

But also......knowing these things are normal doesn't always make it easy to deal with. It's still exhausting, it's still frustrating, it's still confusing and all of those other emotions that can come up.

Don't be afraid to be real with other parents. Let's share our stories and support each other. ❤❤❤❤

You're doing an amazing job!! As always, be kind to yourself.

#antenatal #postnatal #bloombirthing #postnatalsupport #parenting #northeast #northumberland #parentsupport #birthpreparation #breastfeeding #babysleep

It's that simple really. Loads of behaviours are very normal in babies - night waking, frequent feeding, wanting to be continuously held, wanting to co-sleep. It can be reassuring to know that these things are normal, because sometimes it can feel like everyone else's baby is sleeping or feeding "better" than yours.

But also......knowing these things are normal doesn't always make it easy to deal with. It's still exhausting, it's still frustrating, it's still confusing and all of those other emotions that can come up.

Don't be afraid to be real with other parents. Let's share our stories and support each other. ❤❤❤❤

You're doing an amazing job!! As always, be kind to yourself.

#antenatal #postnatal #bloombirthing #postnatalsupport #parenting #northeast #northumberland #parentsupport #birthpreparation #breastfeeding #babysleep

Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days 12/06/2021

Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days

This is super important to know because on day 2 you are still new to breastfeeding too and this behaviour in your baby can lead us to believe that we aren't doing it right, they are starving, they obviously need a top up. When actually, this is very normal behaviour. It can be hard to remember that when you're in the thick of it.

You're doing all right mama!! Let yourself be new too and be kind! Xx

Shared from Pinky Mckay:

5) Baby's Second Night

It’s really common for babies to want to suck almost constantly on the second night. Unsettled behavior on the second day is not only due to hunger. Instead, your baby is waking to the sensory changes between his cosy womb world and the ‘outside’ . The closest place to ‘home’ now is snuggled against your comforting heartbeat, sucking at your breast.

This sucking is important to help your baby practice feeding (coordinating sucking swallowing and breathing) before he has a large volume of milk to contend with. Frequent feeds will help your milk ‘come in’ and the surges of prolactin (milk making hormone) that your baby’s sucking cause in these early days (after the first two weeks the surges are not as strong) are helping activate receptors in your breast that will increase your longer term milk making potential.

By keeping your baby close and watching his hunger signals (rooting towards the breast and moving his hands to his mouth – crying is a late signal), your body will adapt and make exactly enough milk for your baby’s needs.

If constant feeding is overwhelming for you, as your baby dozes, gently release your baby from the breast by popping your little finger into the side of his mouth to break the suction and let him let him lie against your chest until he is in a deep sleep (his arms will become limp), then move him to his bed or your partner’s arms if you need a rest.

Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days Congratulations! Here you are, gazing at your amazing newborn, completely overawed and overwhelmed at the prospect of nurturing and nourishing this little being. breastfeeding your baby feels like a huge responsibility, you desperately want to make this work but you have heard all sorts of stories a

Timeline Photos 11/06/2021

I've felt a sadness today as I have thought about the fact that I am really not the mother I thought I would be when I first got pregnant.

I thought I would be this ever-patient, wholly dedicated, perfect mum every moment of the day. I knew I wouldn't want to spend every waking moment with my baby, I knew I would still need me time and time out with my friends etc.. But I thought that the child would be the centre of my universe and my only priority. If I am being very honest, when I saw children having tantrums in the streets and parents having stern words with them, I thought that this would never happen to me because I would be so much more laid back and my child simply wouldn't want or need to have tantrums because they would be so utterly fulfilled with the love I was giving to them.

Hmmmm......well, if those were the criteria for being a good mum, I'm not doing a particularly good job. I know that this is not true. I'm a good mum. My family love me and I love them.

So this is just a call out to anyone perhaps feeling a little like me, wondering whether they are good enough and wondering how you ended up a bit (or a lot) further away from where you thought you would be. I hear you, I see you and you are good enough!! We're our own worst critics, so try to reflect on all of the incredible things you do and are.

If you're interested there is a podcast by Sophie Brock called "the good enough mother" and it is great. Really puts perspective on the toxic image of the perfect mother - check it out!

Charlotte xx

I've felt a sadness today as I have thought about the fact that I am really not the mother I thought I would be when I first got pregnant.

I thought I would be this ever-patient, wholly dedicated, perfect mum every moment of the day. I knew I wouldn't want to spend every waking moment with my baby, I knew I would still need me time and time out with my friends etc.. But I thought that the child would be the centre of my universe and my only priority. If I am being very honest, when I saw children having tantrums in the streets and parents having stern words with them, I thought that this would never happen to me because I would be so much more laid back and my child simply wouldn't want or need to have tantrums because they would be so utterly fulfilled with the love I was giving to them.

Hmmmm......well, if those were the criteria for being a good mum, I'm not doing a particularly good job. I know that this is not true. I'm a good mum. My family love me and I love them.

So this is just a call out to anyone perhaps feeling a little like me, wondering whether they are good enough and wondering how you ended up a bit (or a lot) further away from where you thought you would be. I hear you, I see you and you are good enough!! We're our own worst critics, so try to reflect on all of the incredible things you do and are.

If you're interested there is a podcast by Sophie Brock called "the good enough mother" and it is great. Really puts perspective on the toxic image of the perfect mother - check it out!

Charlotte xx

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Stages of Labour
The Birth Place Study, 2015. If you haven't had a look at my birth place quiz head to the comments to find a link to it....

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