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,...

Your Birth & Your Choice

Will it be an elective caesarean at the Portland, a birthing pool on the kitchen floor or a standard delivery on the good old NHS? We explore the options for London parents The vast majority...

The Experts: Pain Relief Options During Labour

No pain, no gain? Experts from The Portland Hospital take a look at the different pain relief options available in labour

Exploring Your Birthing Options

Callie Copeman-Bryant - HypnoBirthing Practitioner Callie Copeman-Bryant is a birth doula, clinical hypnotherapist, and registered HypnoBirthing Practitioner. A member of the HypnoBirthing UK Board, she’s taught the programme to over 600 people, including midwives,...

Life After Birth

Helen Holmes attempts to answer a question that has been puzzling new parents for generations: Is there life after birth? Picture the scene: you’re heavily pregnant (you might not have to imagine this...