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Vice-Chair Claire shares her concerns and thoughts on giving birth during the Coronavirus pandemic in Oxfordshire.
Well I am in the third trimester and on the downhill slide now! I’m officially 3 weeks away!
Whether you have a partner of a different or the same sex as yourself, whether you or they have or are transitioning and whatever gender you identify as, having a supportive partner through pregnancy is vital. While pregnancy is exciting, it can also be scary and if you have complications, downright terrifying.
Movement is a great way for you to know if something is not right. The charity Kicks Count encourage us mums to keep an eye on those kicks, rolls and punches throughout your pregnancy.
If you want to ask a question from Wendy and the team please do review here if they have been answered already!
What to pack in a hospital bag is always a point of much concern for first time mums (and occasionally us second timers too!). It’s a concern not to take too much or too little. Some of us like to have EVERYTHING packed so we have all of our ‘stuff’ around us (me!). Some ofContinue reading “What to Pack in your Hospital Bag”
We are thrilled to announce we have a You Tube channel. Here we are showing videos such as our Facebook Ask the Midwife Live videos and fitness under lockdown and will feature more over the coming months. Here is a brief taste of Wendy’s most recent Live tour of the Spires Unit. We hope youContinue reading “New You tube Channel!”
Chatterbabies creater Laura Davies has come up with some ways for parents of toddlers to entertain their children during this difficult time.
So how do you stay fit while stuck in a house with a toddler. We have some ideas. Here is a short video that Keri form Fit and Healthy Mums and Vice-Chair Claire recorded.
Vice-Chair Claire is 25 weeks pregnant with a toddler and is on lock down. It’s Day 5. How is she coping? She gives some tips for dealing with it.
Some links which may help clarify what is going on with Coronavirus and where you can access help in Oxfordshire.
Some musings on being pregnant in the middle of the coronavirus epidemic.
Our 20 week scan went well!
I love studies. Yes, I am a bit of a nerd. But I love the idea that just going along for routine tests or scans can possibly help save or improve lives in the future. There is something very magical in that.
If you’ve had Pelvic Girdle Pain or SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction) you’ll know it’s horrible. If you haven’t, it’s horrible.
Due to my higher BMI (31 – I blame the Dairy Milk), several previous miscarriages and my age I have been referred to midwifery with obstetric care. So my husband and I headed off to the John Radcliffe with plenty of time and, as we are now old hands at this, made sure we leftContinue reading “New Bump in Town : Week 16, Meet your Obstetrician!”
The 12 week scan (usually between 8 and 14 weeks) is often the first time you will meet your baby if you haven’t had an early scan. There they are – an actual real life baby with arms and legs and everything.
This week I had my booking in appointment with the midwives in Abingdon. I was pleased that I could self-refer to the midwives if I wanted to bypass GP services (for the second baby I didn’t want to use GP time unless I had to but for the first it’s a useful appointment to askContinue reading “New Bump in Town : 9 Weeks, Booking in”
It’s been a rather rocky few weeks for us as I have history of multiple miscarriage and my anxiety has been through the roof, but thanks to the incredible Recurrent miscarriage unit at the John Radcliffe and the Early Pregnancy Unit at Rose Hill, they have made me feel less panicky and more relaxed withContinue reading “New Bump in Town : 6 weeks, It’s Early But….”
Newly pregnant and having a baby in Oxfordshire!
We love taking part in consultations to improve maternity services in Oxfordshire so we are really excited to be taking part in the Oxfordshire NHS Continuity of Care workshops in differing pathways of care. We have taken part in workshops around Induction and Bereavement so far. Here is our co-chair Louise at the most recentContinue reading “Continuity of Carer Steering Group”
And it was brilliant! The nice people at the Bumps and Babies company very kindly gave us a stall at the Kassam Stadium for the Oxfordshire Baby and Toddler Show 2020. Ably assisted by the amazing Stacey and Pauline (both midwives at Wallingford Birth centre) we had a brilliant show, meeting women and their partnersContinue reading “We went to a Baby Show!”
At the end of September, Co-Chair Hayley took part in a podcast about baby loss and bereavement with Chief Midwifery Officer Jacqui Dunkley-Bent. Professor Jaqueline Dunkley Bent – Chief Midwifery Officer for England talks to Jessica Clasby-Monk, David Monteith and Hayley Leyshon about how we can better work with bereaved parents to make maternity servicesContinue reading “Working with bereaved parents to make maternity services safer – Podcast episode”
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