Pregnancy Blog Posts

National Maternity and Perinatal Audit on Maternity Care

Today sees the launch of the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit on NHS Maternity Care for Women with a Body Mass Index of 30 kg/m2 or above. A small group of BigBirthas members (and others) were on the lay committee that oversaw the report’s creation. I’m really proud of our impact on (some of) the language …

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Disappointed in the RCM #ButNotMaternity Response

I’m disappointed and angry today. This year has been difficult for everyone, but for people accessing maternity services it has been particularly traumatic and unnecessarily anxiety inducing. When the NHS released new guidance on Wednesday, clarifying that (at last!) people should “have access to support at all times during their maternity journey”. It finally seemed …

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Pregnancy & Cardiovascular Health Research

I’ve spoken before about the importance of Patient and Public Engagement in research and policy decision making. So I’m excited to let you know there’s another project on the horizon that needs your input! This one is Pregnancy and Cardiovascular Health research, and run by Imperial College, London. This year I refused to publicise a …

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Your Rights in Pregnancy and Birth

AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) are pleased to announce the third book in their Guide series: The AIMS Guide to Your Rights in Pregnancy & Birth. This replaces their book ‘Am I Allowed?’. I’m a big fan of AIMS’ work, and not just because they published my Water Birth article last year! …

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