Archive of ‘Positive pregnancy’ category

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month: Why It Matters to You

In February 2014, I was 23 weeks’ pregnant with my first baby. I had been feeling a bit unwell for a few days: indigestion, breathing was difficult, and I had suddenly weight. All normal pregnancy gripes I thought, but I checked Dr Google just in case, as you do. Dr Google suggested preeclampsia. “Don’t be so […] Read more…

The importance of balanced messages when talking about birth

My mind has been racing since a brief discussion on Twitter last night about helpful and unhelpful vocabulary in healthcare communication. The discussion stemmed from a Guardian article bearing the headline “Should pregnant women be encouraged to shun labour wards?”. The words used in the headline falls into the ‘unhelpful’ category. The article actually includes the […] Read more…

Reading between the lines of the news in a digital age

The media has always been used as a mouthpiece for propaganda, and we too often are given only selected parts of a story. In the digital age, with the wide availability of so many forms of media, we are privileged to be able to easily access the wider issues – and the other side of the story. When I was growing […] Read more…

Avoiding an intrusive dystopian future for pregnant women

The test case of a child born with foetal alcohol syndrome is currently the focus of much debate. Later this month, the Court of Appeal will decide whether the child is entitled to compensation from her mother for excessive drinking during pregnancy. If successful, commentators say the case could set a precedent for other, similar […] Read more…

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