Tag: Bumps & Babies

  • Over 35, Pregnant, and NOT Geriatric!
    Over 35, Pregnant, and NOT Geriatric!
    Traditionally, pregnancy over 35 has been judged as high risk for both mother and baby. Midwife Emma McNerlin explores the evidence surrounding this contentious issue in maternity care.By Emma McNerlinPregnant women are many things but they are NOT geriatric! Since the 1970s, women have been increasingly delaying motherhood until their thirties and beyond as a result […]
  • Choosing The Right Breast Pump For You
    Choosing The Right Breast Pump For You
    The preparation for a journey is almost as important as the journey itself. As a postpartum doula, Sheena Flannery relieves some pressure and shows the way to success in pumping by exploring the world of breast pumps.By Sheena FlanneryChoosing a breast pump can be a daunting task. Pumps vary widely in price and function and […]
  • Jaundice in the Newborn
    Jaundice in the Newborn
    This month, Midwife Emma McNerlin examines the causes and treatment of jaundice, a common newborn condition, and gives practical, evidence-based advice for parents on signs to look for when taking their newborns home. By Emma McNerlinWhat is jaundice?Neonatal jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes in newborns (NHS, 2018). In babies with darker skin […]
  • Musings of a Midwife: Planning for the Postpartum
    Musings of a Midwife: Planning for the Postpartum
    Last month’s issue looked at the taboo of postpartum dissatisfaction—the bewildering paradox of loving your baby but in some ways disliking what your life has become and the guilt that comes with it. This month, Midwife Emma looks at steps you can take to prepare yourself emotionally, physically, and practically for the early weeks as […]
  • Musings of a Midwife: Dissatisfaction with Motherhood—A Hidden Taboo
    Musings of a Midwife: Dissatisfaction with Motherhood—A Hidden Taboo
    For this month’s article, midwife Emma McNerlin takes a frank look at an often experienced but unspoken truth: that motherhood is not what many of us are led to believe, and often not as much fun as we had hoped.By Emma McNerlinMotherhood is often seen as a natural progression in a woman’s life; the next […]
  • Gestational Diabetes
    Gestational Diabetes
    This month, midwife Emma McNerlin explores the implications of a diagnosis of gestational diabetes in pregnancy for both mother and baby.By Emma McNerlinWhat is Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)?Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is diabetes that first manifests or is diagnosed from the second trimester of pregnancy onwards. GDM pregnancy is categorized as high risk, requiring close […]