The Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT)

The Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) is a common test performed in pregnancy. The GTT may be suggested to you if your health care provider thinks you fall into risk groups for developing gestational diabetes or if you are… Read More

Ultrasound scans Part 3: Key Questions to Consider

In our third and final part of our ultrasound series, we’ll look at key questions to consider when planning or attending for an ultrasound. Ultrasounds in pregnancy have become so routine, that we rarely question their use. However here… Read More

Ultrasound scans Part 2: Types of scans

In our first post on ultrasound scans we looked at how scans can help you and your baby. Today, we’re going to take a more in-depth look at the types of scans and scanners including when or why… Read More

Ultrasound Scans Part 1: How can a scan help you and your baby?

Part 1: How can a scan help you and your baby? Dating Scans A scan can date the time of conception if you are uncertain of when your baby was conceived. Examples include if you have irregular menstrual cycles or long… Read More

No Epidural? Pain management alternatives and tips

In a previous article, we explored the epidural and other medical pain relief interventions for labour. You can read it here: Epidural, Is it right for You? Your experience of labour and birth should be just that — yours…. Read More

The Power of Words: Birth Language and Self Advocacy

Read more at: http://www.barbarakatzrothman.com/ When it comes to making decisions about how and where you want to birth your baby, the information can often be overwhelming. Words like ‘private’, ‘public’ and ‘semi-private’ take on an entirely new meaning…. Read More

Ten normal facts about breastfeeding

1. Physical: Breastfeeding is the normal way of feeding and nourishing your baby. Newborn babies need warmth nutrition and love and breastfeeding satisfies all three. 2. Physical: Your baby is designed to breastfeed. When your baby is born… Read More

Birth interventions and breastfeeding

When we think about birth choices we rarely think about the effects that these can have on breastfeeding outcomes or on long-term breastfeeding success. In general our choices surrounding birth tend to be made in order to get us… Read More

Did you know: You can have your first baby at home?

Lots of people (all of whom have never had a home birth or attended one) are very fond of telling the world that women are not “allowed” have their first baby at home. Has someone said this to… Read More

What you need to know about: Electronic Foetal Monitoring (CTG)

Electronic Foetal Monitoring Electronic foetal monitoring is a commonly used practice in Irish maternity units. Electronic foetal monitoring (EFM or CTG) measures your baby’s heartbeat in frequency and strength and measures your contractions. Electronic Foetal Monitoring can be… Read More