POSTED ON June 11, 2020

What is diabetes in pregnancy / gestational diabetes? Diabetes in pregnancy or gestational diabetes is described as high blood sugar in pregnancy (that does not exist before pregnancy and goes away after pregnancy). Unfortunately, no one can agree on the right blood sugar levels for pregnant women. You get tested in one hospital and you might end up with a
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POSTED ON June 4, 2020

Black Mothers Matter – Maternal Deaths In UK and USA By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Unless you’ve been living with your head under the duvet, you’ll know there are currently protests across the USA and UK regarding police brutality in North America. The horrific murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands (or rather, knee) of a white police officer,
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POSTED ON July 29, 2018

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks First Published on www.birthworks.org Each week in my pregnancy and postnatal massage practice I find out from my clients that they’re being told they have to have an induction for various reasons that they don’t fully understand. Most are really unhappy and don’t want the procedure, but many are told they will be risking their baby if
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POSTED ON February 11, 2016

Do you ever wish babies come with a manual? Well, although they don’t come out with a 100 page book, they do actually tell you what it is they need. You just need to understand what they’re saying. Priscilla Dunstan has a photographic memory for sound. She discovered that her baby was using the same sounds for particular needs, but
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POSTED ON January 25, 2016

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin Reviewed by Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Oh how I love this book! I much prefer this book to Spiritual Midwifery, only because it’s more readable for everyday women without the trippy language that was used in Spiritual Midwifery. I love Ina May’s term ‘Sphincter Law’ p.170 and all that it means. I think
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POSTED ON January 25, 2016

Homebirth – I did it! Hi Sam, I hope you have settled back down in the uk and things are moving along positively for you. I was happy to see a new clinic post on Facebook a wee while back! Finally I am sitting here to share with you the promised birth story of my amazing homebirth! On Friday at
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POSTED ON June 1, 2015

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Here is a non-judgemental guide to the risks & benefits of the most common medical obstetric drugs and procedures used during childbirth. I’ve not included caesareans here as I’ll be writing another, more in depth, post about that. It’s important to be educated on the benefits and risks of medical procedures during childbirth so if faced with a situation
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POSTED ON May 29, 2015

The truth about prostaglandin gel labour induction. Misoprostol is NOT licensed in the UK for labour induction. It comes with serious risks to mother & baby. There are other drugs that are less risky…
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POSTED ON May 7, 2015

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Practise relaxed breathing as preparation for childbirth. During labour, breathing for relaxation is a very effective natural pain relief, reducing fear and anxieties and helping you to feel in control. The best breathing technique for labor? Follow your instincts, keep focusing on your breathing and it will automatically change to a more relaxed pace. Trust your body to
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POSTED ON May 3, 2015

by Samantha Thurlby-Brooks 1. Oxytocin is an ancient substance Oxytocin is a hormone that has “been present in the chain of animal development for millions of years… The fact that oxytocin has existed for such a long time… indicates that the substance is of fundamental importance and performs vital functions” (Dr Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg)  2. Oxytocin is found in all mammals This
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