Dear Professor Whitty & Mr. Matthew Hancock,
We are writing to express our concern over the continued restrictions and temporary policies in maternity care. Implemented during the initial outbreak of the Covid Pandemic, such restrictions were prudent but now, as lockdown eases and some NHS trusts are beginning to revert these rules, many others are continuing to restrict the rights of healthy pregnant women and birthing people for no apparent medical reason. We believe that the restrictions currently in place due to the Covid outbreak are not necessary, not based on scientific evidence, are disrespecting human rights and are not proportionate to achieve the objective of limiting the spread of the virus.
Being on-call can be a testing time for a doula, particularly if there's a special occasion coming up where you'd usually enjoy a drink (or two!)
Each year, around 700,000 babies are born in the UK and yet, I estimate that less than 1 per cent were supported by a doula during birth and/or postnatally.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child on Monday morning and, by all accounts, the baby arrived well and safe at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital.
Introducing Jazmine Lecky, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, March 2018
I can honestly not quite believe 2017 is almost at an end! One of my daughters has just broken up from college and my other daughter comes home tomorrow from studying abroad. I am so ready to turn down the dial on my work and enjoy a slow, restful family Christmas.
Childbirth is NOT like in the movies, the water’s break, woman clutches belly, baby born! It’s a little bit more to it than that! The other good news is that it is nowhere as dangerous or messy as it is portrayed; in fact for someone with a low-risk pregnancy, giving birth is more than 99% safe.
Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.