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I can’t possibly tell this story without first sharing the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Emmeline’s estimated due date was Christmas Eve 2012. A Christmas baby! The idea was so romantic. Giving birth surrounded by all the fanfare of Christmas, tree, twinkly lights and all. Christmas Eve arrived we were more organised than we had ever been for the Christmas day. All the homebirth kit was accounted for too […]

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This was my second birth, my first birth experience wasnt the best, I went 2 weeks over due was induced using the drip and had a very fast labour, 4 hours from start to finish, I went into shock and my daughter was born very quick so struggled to breath at first but thankfully all was well quite soon. I had weeks of recovery after alot of stitches inside and […]

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When I went for my booking appointment with my 4th baby I just assumed I would go to The midwife Led Unit in Lichfield again (as I had with my last 2 births) Then I had my appointment come through for my 12 week scan and booking at the MLU. When I went I had my scan and went in to see the midwife who did my height, weight and […]

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Body Mass Index or BMI is a straight-forward calculation taking into account purely the height and weight of a person; BMI does not take into account the overall health status or stature of the person, and in terms of a pregnant mother, it does not take into account previous pregnancies/labours, if any. Before the implementation of the BMI calculation, maternity staff were more interested in a woman’s weight gain in […]

If you opt to have ultrasound scans during your pregnancy, the sonographer will typically give you an indication of how big (or small) your baby is. Based on the measurements taken (such as the length of the thigh bone and circumference of the abdominal cavity) an estimated weight will be calculated and this will be used to determine whether your baby is big or small when plotted against standard foetal […]

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