Midwife’s Musings – ‘Should I listen to my baby’s heart rate at home?’

Is there anything more magical than the moments that you get to hear the reassuring sound of your baby’s heart, rhythmically tapping away?  As a midwife, that is one of my favourite sounds, and it is always such a beautiful moment when you see a Mum’s eyes light up in excitement or her anxieties easedContinue reading “Midwife’s Musings – ‘Should I listen to my baby’s heart rate at home?’”

Midwife’s Musings- Birth bag- What do I need?

What do I need to pack? This is a question I’m often asked by pregnant women. It’s something that can vary if you are in a host country, so I’ve included some top tips, as well as tips from Instagram followers who have kindly shared their experiences. If you’d like to add yours, feel freeContinue reading “Midwife’s Musings- Birth bag- What do I need?”

Midwife’s Musings- When to ask for help

Whilst most pregnancies are ‘straight forward’ and many women won’t experience any of these problems, it is always good to be prepared, just incase. If you are pregnant or a new parent abroad, particularly if you are in a remote location, knowing when you need medical help can feel like a mine field. Our bodiesContinue reading “Midwife’s Musings- When to ask for help”

Midwife’s Musings- Maternity care abroad

So you’re pregnant overseas? Congratulations! At times it can be easy to feel like you’re on this journey alone, but really you’re part of a club of women who have decided to expand their families outside of their passport country, and ultimately, you’re also part of a global community of women navigating pregnancy, birth andContinue reading “Midwife’s Musings- Maternity care abroad”

Midwife’s Musings- I see you Mama, you did not fail!

Hey Mama, I see you. I see your hurt, your disappointment and your guilt. I see your shame and frustration with your body. You’ve heard the narrative that your body is built to give birth ‘naturally’ without the need for doctor’s intervention, that this is the best way to give birth and anything else isContinue reading “Midwife’s Musings- I see you Mama, you did not fail!”

Midwife’s Musings – You can do it!

Before I start this post I want to begin with a caveat. Before I moved to Uganda I worked in a high-risk ward where I cared for women with complications during their pregnancies and I’ve also sadly met many families whose pregnancies did not have a happy ending or that sadly led to birth trauma.Continue reading “Midwife’s Musings – You can do it!”

Midwife’s Musings- Top Tips for Birth Abroad

Getting ready to become a parent, or to add a new child to your growing family can often seem daunting, particularly if you’re doing so in a country that is not your passport country. Here are some handy hint of things that might help you as you prepare: 1. Which country? I know this soundsContinue reading “Midwife’s Musings- Top Tips for Birth Abroad”

Midwife’s Musings- Power of Connection

Joy, fear, excitement and anticipation are just a few of the emotions which pregnant women have shared with me. There’s nothing like the journey to becoming a parent (for the first or multiple times) to provoke a whole spectrum of emotions, experienced over the course of months, weeks, days, hours and even minutes. The experienceContinue reading “Midwife’s Musings- Power of Connection”