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Getting Ready for Your Baby’s Arrival: Essential Checklist

Finding out that you are pregnant is a life-changing moment for you and your partner but how can you make sure you're ready for your baby's arrival? Following the initial excitement, you may find that...
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How hypnobirthing techniques can help during labour

Teresa Walsh, midwife at The Portland Hospital explains how hypnobirthing techniques can help you manage your labour more effectively... Childbirth is renowned for being a painful and often stressful experience. It’ll therefore come as no...

Birth plans: The unpredictability of giving birth

While most of us have a birth plan in place, Louisa van den Bergh of Lulubaby guides you through the unpredictability of giving birth... Even though are a huge topic, and undoubtedly the big moment...
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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...
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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...