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Advice during upcoming doctors’ industrial action (19-22 September & 2-5 October 2023)

Industrial action by hospital consultants and junior doctors is scheduled to take place between 19-22 September and 2-5 October. Some of our services may be impacted.

Unless you are advised otherwise, please attend the hospital as normal for any appointments or procedures. 

Further details and advice during these periods can be found HERE.

by Anna

Bump Buddies and Boob Ups (week 31)

I signed up for NCT classes early on. A lot of friends had recommended it as a good way of making mummy friends to keep me sane during Little One's infancy.

When I told my community midwife that I would be going to NCT she was positive about going but warned to take some of the advice with a pinch of salt (specifically that you are not a bad person if you end up having a c-section and/ or give your baby a bottle).

I wasn't sure what to expect from the other couples but first impressions were good. They all seemed pretty normal. As they were our main reason for going this was a huge relief. 

Some bits of the course were more useful than others.

It helped focus our minds about the birth. The most useful thing that I took away was that when you're in labour if you stress you inhibit the hormone that helps things progress (so if you want a quick labour you should chill out and try to be as relaxed as possible). Easier said than done I reckon but Ho Hum.

We also learned about some other random things like a Mexican scarf technique where you wrap a shawl supporting your bump to encourage a breech baby to turn. (Eek)

The midwife was certainly fair to warn me about their (ahem) militant approach to some things, like breast feeding… Thou shalt not give a baby a bottle before they are four months old. Only 2% women cannot breastfeed and as we're unlikely to be in that 2% it isn't worth discussing further. I found the trainer's explanation of her stance and statistics to be lacking. I could expand on my views but we could be here a very long time… Don't get me wrong, I am pro breastfeeding but know that a lot of people struggle with it!

Overall, I'm glad I went to the NCT classes. It was good to get a different perspective. Those of you who have followed my blog for a while will be aware that I went to a Medicine for Members session about pain management in labour. I think the session at the Women's seemed to take the approach that although a natural birth would be awesome it is worth knowing what the options are in case you need something a little stronger than deep breathing and a bag of nuts to snack on. NCT on the other hand focused more on the natural side of things.

15 January 2013