Category Archives: Pregnancy

The decision

I didn’t believe the first doctor who told me I’d probably need a cerclage before I had any more babies. In fact, so completely in disbelief was I, that I threw possibly the biggest public display of rage I’ve ever had in my life. She got a fright. I have a feeling that probably doesn’t happen to her everyday. I thought my appointment with her was just a formality in a series of formalities and instead here she was telling me that I had a higher than average chance of giving birth to a preterm baby unless there was some kind of intervention. Continue reading The decision

Focus on the sperm! A Q&A with fertility expert Zita West

Zita West is a well-known name in the world of fertility and conception. If such a thing as a “celebrity fertility expert” exists, it is she. Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Stella McCartney and Jemma Kidd have all sung her praises but her clientele at her London holistic fertility clinic are also just regular Joes and Joannas trying to have a baby. A practicing midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor, her work is renowned for combining cutting edge medicine with complementary therapies. Continue reading Focus on the sperm! A Q&A with fertility expert Zita West

The perfect birth

Around about this time three years ago, I was labouring in my kitchen. It was a beautiful summer’s day and we had thrown open all the windows to let the light and air fill the room. Midsummer poured in on top of us. My husband and midwife were with me. I remember circling around the kitchen island, stopping every now and then to stoop down and support my body during a contraction, while my husband silently applied counter-pressure to my back. I remember being in the birth pool with him at my head breathing me through each surge while my midwife poured warm water on my back. I felt safe, so supported, strong…and happy. Continue reading The perfect birth