Pregnancy conditions explained: Pre-eclampsia

What is pre-eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is the most common type of hypertensive (high blood pressure) disorder that can develop in pregnancy. The exact cause of pre-eclampsia isn't really known; research suggests that genetics may play a role with the genetic make-up of some women making them more vulnerable to getting it. Pre-eclampsia …

The foundations of a healthy diet: part two

This article contains really useful information about the vitamins and minerals you need in your diet whilst you are pregnant, which foods you can find them in and why they are important for you and your baby. The information has been broken down into an easy-to-read table. Micronutrients Many nutrients work together. …

The foundations of a healthy diet: part one

This article explains why getting the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats in your diet whilst pregnant is important your health, and the health of your developing baby. MacronutrientsProteinWhy is it important? After water, protein is the most plentiful part of your body. Getting enough protein is essential for your …

What are the benefits of different birth positions?

Research shows interventions such as instrumental births and caesarean sections are more likely to occur if women are laid back on a bed during labour. This is one of the reasons the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) advises midwives to encourage women to remain active in labour and birth. It …

Four benefits of an active birth

As midwives, we're always encouraging women to have an active birth, as it has loads of benefits for both mum and baby. In this blog we explore some of the benefits we think you'll find most useful! 1. Gravity is your friend in active birth Gravity helps your baby descend the birth canal …