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You can now use your placenta to plant a tree

There’s so much you can do with your placenta these days – from smoothies to pills, skincare and even Christmas decorations. And now, thanks to a clever innovation, you can use it to plant...

This has been voted the best song to give birth to

What is the best song to give birth to? Elton John's 'The Circle of Life' has been voted the best song to give birth to, according to a study done by baby and toddler brand...

Hospital bag checklist: What to pack for the birth

As the big day nears, we reveal our top tips for what to pack in your hospital bag… What may seem to be a rather therapeutic task can soon become quite the opposite. Packing your...
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WHO childbirth guideline: What you need to know

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a new childbirth guideline. It establishes global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduces unnecessary medical interventions. Chantelle Bacchus from Bolt Burdon Kemp explains what this new...
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Time to talk: water births

Marina Fogle and Dr Chiara Hunt discuss the benefits of taking the plunge with a water birth When we discuss pain relief options in The Bump Class, women are often surprised to see water at...

How to plan for the birth you want

Dr Asma Khalil, consultant obstetrician and fetal medicine specialist at The Portland Hospital, discusses alternative birthing options The birth of your child is a special experience that will be individual for every mother, but in...

How your breathing techniques can help during labour

Dr Penelope Law Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at The Portland Hospital gives advice on breathing during labour Whether you are planning a water, vaginal or hypnobirth, managing your breathing can help you to relax and...

How hypnotherapy can help labour

Clinical hypnotherapist Maggie Howell explains how self-hypnosis can support women before, during and after childbirth For many women, when thinking about giving birth, words like ‘painful, scary, and traumatic’ will likely spring to mind. It...

Choosing a birthing partner

Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Etienne Horner discusses the role of birth partners Over the last few months, many of my patients have asked about the role of a birth partner and whom they should choose...

Time to talk: recovering from a caesarean

In the final part of our c-section special, the sisters talk about recovering from a caesarean Unfortunately for women who have had a c-section, the recovery is the gritty part. It is major abdominal surgery,...