Are women with a fear of childbirth being supported?

VIA – BBC NEWS By Philippa RoxbyHealth reporter, BBC News Preparing for the birth of a child can be very traumatic for some women Most women feel a little anxious about giving birth, especially for the first time, but for some childbirth can be intensely frightening and traumatic. Rather than ...

What Screening Tests Will I Have During Pregnancy?

Today, we’re hosting a guest post to give you some info on what tests to expect during pregnancy During your pregnancy you will make frequent visits to your health care provider to carry out standard screening tests. These are used to identify any potential complications and defects at the earliest possible chance. It is not […]

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When Maternity Staff Stop Listening

Today, we’re hosting a guest post by a very brave lady who was completely let down by the Irish Medical System and most of the maternity staff who were present during her labour. Sadly, here at Maternity Matters, we hear stories like this one all too often, which is part of the reason we started […]

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‘Cradle snatchers’ cause menopause, says biologist

Prof Rama Singh warns that Michael Douglas and Rod Stewart wannabes have stacked the Darwinian deck of cards against older women remaining fertile Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. Prof Rama Singh argues that the male preference for young mates has led to the menopause. Photograph: Jim Spellman/WireImage Press Association Men who behave like Michael […]

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New Down’s Syndrome blood test to go on trial

SOURCE A new non-invasive blood test for Down’s Syndrome in unborn babies will be offered for free at two hospitals next month following a successful trial on patients. Under the current testing system all foetuses are screened at the 12-week ultrasound scan  Photo: Alamy Prenatal patients at King’s College Hospital and Medway Maritime hospital in Chatham, […]

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Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

Via BBC NEWS By Helena LeeBBC News For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates. It’s […]

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Co-Sleeping with Baby Raises SIDS Risk

Babies who sleep in bed with a parent are more likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome compared with babies sleeping separately, even when parents follow other recommendations that lower the death risk, a new review of studies finds. The increase in SIDS risk was greatest in the youngest infants. Among babies younger than […]

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New IVF Technique Could Triple Number Of Births

A radical technique that chooses the best embryo could boost the chances of thousands of couples having a healthy baby. An IVF technique which claims to triple the chances of a successful birth is being described by some in the scientific community as the biggest breakthrough in fertility treatment for years. It uses time-lapse imaging […]

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Bringing on Labour – What Really Works?

Full term. Those priceless words that mean that baby is, or should be, ready to be born. You’ve spent almost 10 months getting bigger and more uncomfortable and the chances are you now have an elbow in your bladder and a foot under your lungs making everything worse. Everyone you speak to will have their […]

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An Element of Doubt

When I was pregnant the first time around, I developed overwhelming feelings of vulnerability. I had suffered with anxiety on and off since my early teens and once my bump started to develop, I started to feel like a walking target, worried that muggers would see me as an easy target; someone who couldn’t give […]

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I Am Who I Am – A Birth Story

Today, our very own Susanne tells us about the birth of her third child and how while it may not have healed her after her traumatic second birth, she’s coming to terms with who that trauma has made her.  I started blogging about my son’s birth at a time when I felt powerless to do […]

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