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December 21, 2016

Born on Christmas Day; 3 points of view

When my phone rang at 7am on Christmas morning and Leilah’s husband James, told me she was having irregular contractions, my ears pricked up.  This was Leilah’s first baby and the expected due date was 25 December. Throughout her pregnancy Leilah was adamant it wouldn’t be Christmas Day, just too inconvenient for everyone.  I agreed […]

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August 4, 2016

Why Pretending to be an Olympian is Great News for Pregnant Women!

On the eve of the Olympic Games, independent midwife Kay Hardie considers the benefits of exercise in pregnancy. The Rio Olympics start this week and our attention will be focused on elite athletes at their peak fitness, competing in their chosen sports. It got me thinking about women athletes who could have been pregnant during […]

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April 25, 2015

Ladies, please be seated…

Or why a birth stool can make a difference for women and midwives during labour and birth   I recently supported a woman who chose to give birth to her first baby at her local hospital.  When I got to her home beforehand, Jessica was in advanced labour choosing to remain in the bathroom and […]

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