Tag: Bumps & Babies

  • Common Medical Tests in Pregnancy
    Common Medical Tests in Pregnancy

    Whether it’s a first-time pregnancy or not, navigating healthcare in Bangkok can be scary and costly. Midwife Emma McNerlin explores common routine tests offered in pregnancy. By Emma McNerlin When you decide on a hospital you will either choose or be allocated an OB/GYN to oversee your care. Each doctor has a different approach or […]

  • Bumps and Babies: Intimacy after Pregnancy
    Bumps and Babies: Intimacy after Pregnancy

    Midwife Emma McNerlin explores the sensitive and complex issue of returning to sexual intimacy following the birth of a baby. By Emma McNerlin One could be forgiven for thinking that if these two pages in the BAMBI magazine were completely blank it might more accurately reflect many couple’s experience of sex after having a baby…non-existent. After […]

  • Musings of a Midwife: The Birth of a Mother
    Musings of a Midwife: The Birth of a Mother

    In this month’s Bumps and Babies article, midwife Emma McNerlin examines matrescence — the anthropological term defined by Dana Rafael in 1975 to describe the process of becoming a mother. By Emma McNerlin Throughout my career as a midwife supporting women in pregnancy, I have observed that it is often difficult for them to see […]

  • The Wonder of Waterbirth
    The Wonder of Waterbirth

    As we celebrate Songkran and the symbolic significance of water, midwife Emma McNerlin, explores the benefits of hydrotherapy for labour and the principles and practice of waterbirth for both mum and baby. By Emma McNerlin   It’s a common misconception that waterbirth is a new phenomenon, riding on the crest of the natural birth movement […]

  • Zika Virus and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
    Zika Virus and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

    By now, we’ve all heard about Zika. What is it, and what does its presence mean? Bumps and Babies takes a closer look at the current evidence-based health advice for women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy in a Zika-affected area. By Emma McNerlin   With worrying reports of the cluster of 1,400 cases of Zika-related […]

  • To VBAC or Not to VBAC?
    To VBAC or Not to VBAC?

    With the advancements in surgical techniques, women with a straightforward pregnancy have a 75% chance of achieving vaginal birth following a C-section. What are some key considerations for this path? By Emma McNerlin   In 1916, a famous American obstetrician Edwin Cragin declared in the New York Medical Journal “Once a Caesarean always a Caesarean” […]