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New RCOG guideline on the management of Breech births

The new Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists ‘Management of Breech Presentation‘ guideline has been published. This is the fourth edition of this guideline (first published in 1999) and substantially revises recommendations in the previous version which was published in 2006. The RCOG define the aim of the guideline as aiding decision making regarding the route

Laid-Back breastfeeding at the Active Birth Centre

Supporting mums who are struggling to breastfeed

Avni Trivedi is the Osteopath at the Active Birth Centre. Here, we’re excited to share the interview series she runs on her own website. I think it’s really important for practitioners to work in an integrated way, as you can address things from all directions and offer the most complete care to your clients. I

Birth Story No. 20: Anna’s calm home birth

There is nothing greater than hearing about the positive birth experiences of the wonderful parents we work with.  This lovely note comes from Anna who attended Janet’s yoga classes at the Active Birth Centre. I wanted to send you news of the birth of our daughter, Ava, and to thank you for all of your

Birth Story No. 19: Kira’s beautiful caesarean birth

The odds were against me for a natural birth. At age 48 with an emergency c-section for a breech baby 15 years previously and a long hard road to conception, with New Year’s Eve as my due date – I kept hopeful, negotiated with the obstetrician and persuaded him to let me get to 40

Lifting the Stigma of Perinatal Depression

Avni Trivedi is the Osteopath at the Active Birth Centre. Here, we’re excited to share the interview series she runs on her own website. My work is hands on. It quickly builds trust with clients and I often see them starting to open up and talk during the treatment. I am well aware that osteopathy

Birth Stories No. 18: Gulya’s Active Birth

I gave birth to our daughter Cassandra on a Monday evening at the Whittington Birth Centre in October. Unlike our expectations of a ‘likely’ arrival post-EDD, Cassie arrived in week 39. Three days before Cassie’s birth, on Friday, I had my second reflexology session with Sophia Smith at the Active Birth Centre, which was wonderfully

No one tells you what it’s really like being a mum

Throughout the past week there has been a lot of discussion around the wellbeing of new parents; recognition that the early months can be a challenging time which, for many, may begin during pregnancy. As a new mum you may well have found yourself saying “No-one tells you what it’s really like.” I am writing

Active Birth is the way to reduce the need for Caesareans

There has been articles appearing in the press in recent days claiming that the increase in the number of Caesarean Births in the past 50 years is having an impact on human evolution!  This is due, it is claimed, to the fact that women and babies who would previously died in birth due to the

A Labour of Love Part 4: The Dance of Labour – Mother and Baby

Essentially labour is a dance between mother and baby aided by the downward force of gravity. Now that we have some understanding of the physiology – lets turn to the protagonists. I believe it is essential that we think of labour starting in the final weeks of pregnancy when baby and mother are preparing, both

A Labour of Love Part 3: The Myth of Cervical Dilation

The concept of dilation of the cervix from 0-10cms during labour is unphysiological when we understand labour as a series of responses between mother and baby. It starts at the very end of pregnancy, when space in the womb is tight and the baby’s head starts to descend into the brim of the pelvis. Pressure

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The new Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists RCOG 'Management of Breech Presentation' guideline has been published. Here, Shawn Walker, a midwife with a special interest in breech presentation, shares two of the guideline's game-changing recommendations and raises key questions concerning areas of on-going exploration. goo.gl/glebiK ... See MoreSee Less

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