What is a Doula?

What does a Doula mean? If you have been thinking about planning for your labour and birth and are looking into your options, you may have come across the term doula already. A doula is the term used to refer to someone who provides support to women and birthing...

Antenatal Appointment Schedule

Your Antenatal appointment schedule Your care in pregnancy is often referred to as ‘Antenatal care’ which refers to the care, advice and support you will get from a range of healthcare professionals in your pregnancy such as midwives, GP’s and specialist doctors...

Vaccinations in Pregnancy

Vaccinations offered in pregnancy You will be offered a range of vaccines (immunisations) during your pregnancy by your midwife or GP to help protect you from certain infections or to help keep your baby safe from infection during the first few weeks of their life...

Week 41 of Pregnancy

If you are reading this, then you are either thinking ahead or now past your due date and feeling a whole range of emotions! If it’s any consolation you are not alone – only about 5% of babies arrive on their due date so it’s not unusual to go past your due...

Week 40 of Pregnancy

Congratulations – you have made it to 40 weeks and that estimated due date you were given probably right at the beginning of your pregnancy. As you are well aware by now though this doesn’t mean baby will definitely appear this week – the estimation is just that, and...

Week 39 of Pregnancy

You are now into days, not weeks, of your estimated due date – although do bear in mind that very few babies actually arrive on their due date. Don’t be surprised by how tired and energetic you feel at the same time at this stage in pregnancy. Nesting – that deep urge...

Week 38 of Pregnancy

With only a few weeks left to go before your baby’s official due date – although it’s not uncommon to go into labour at 41 or even 42 weeks, you’re in the home stretch.   You are probably feeling quite tired and a lot heavier too – particularly if your baby’s...

Week 37 of Pregnancy

At 37 weeks you are now officially considered ‘at term’ – which essentially means that if your baby were to be born now they are probably big enough, and things like their lungs have matured enough to not have difficulties with for example breathing after birth or...

Week 36 of Pregnancy

You are now in the ninth and final month of your pregnancy – with only a few weeks left of this pregnancy. Reaching this milestone can be a bit of a shock and overwhelming – which is understandable, but also remember how far you have come, how much your baby has grown...

Week 35 of Pregnancy

You are now well into the 8th month of your pregnancy and must be feeling like the end is finally in sight!  You’re still maybe 5 or more weeks to go but may even be holding your baby in your arms in 2 weeks’ time. Remember babies rarely arrive on their due date – a...