Oxytocin is the hormone that drives the rhythm of labour and birth and the great news is that it is released when we hug one another! The word oxytocin derives from two Greek words “Oxys” and “Tokos” meaning “quick birth”. It was a British Pharmacologist Sir Henry Hallett- Dale in 1906 who discovered the uterine
Change is the one constant in this universe and as signs of summer are all around us we see evidence of this. As a midwife supporting a small caseload of pregnant women I am privileged to support them during a period of profound change in their lives. The internal hormonal shifts begin immediately when you
Almost all modern women acquire a due date early in pregnancy and understand that this date signifies an optimum time frame during which human pregnancy should end. However researchers have challenged received wisdom around the notion of the average length of pregnancy (Mittendorf et al1990, 1993, Mittendorf & Williams 1991, van der Kooy 1994), Other
Thinking about a private midwife and wondering if it is worth it? Read this lovely blog from our new client, Claire. Thank you Claire for sharing with us:- First introduction to birth It seemed when I first announced my pregnancy in 2013 a sudden but quite orderly queue of fellow mothers formed outside my door.