Happy New year 🍾🥂 happy 2019 from all of us on delivery suite and in maternity. Raising a glass to the new year babies, well our glass is Shloer, we have thought about it tho we still have options of red, white or rose. Hope everyone is having champers and having a brilliant start to 2019 #newyear #2019 #midwifelife💕 #nhsmidwife
Happy boxing day. We have renamed this day to St selfie Stephen's day. At work and Snapchat filters are a must. Hope everyone is having a brilliant day, selfie and Snapchat away!! #boxingday #midwifelife💕 #nhsmidwife #workfamily
Merry Christmas from the Manger itself aka - Labour Ward 👶🏻
Have to admit I felt a bit teary leaving my wee family today but at least it's to do the best job there is 💘
I don’t like to take pictures of myself but I particularly like this one. Despite the 12hrs night shift, the black circles around my eyes and the fact that I worked when most of you were celebrating...I am smiling. That’s because I love my job so much, I feel honoured every time I have the chance to help women to become mothers. Like me, a lot of colleagues are doing the same, spending the holidays away from their families to look after their patients and make sure everyone is safe. Tonight I’ll be back to work for my 5th night in a row...and I’m happy to do it. Because if I can’t stay with my family, that’s how I like to spend Christmas.
Merry Christmas everybody 🎄
#midwifelife #midwifeforlife #midwivesrock #nhsmidwife #ibelieveinthenhs #christmaseve #christmasbabies #mychristmaspresent
Having a homebirth was the best decision ive ever made. Being with my boys in my own home at Christmas time. It Felt a bit surreal as it all happened so fast! Our midwife got here 10 minutes before Irah arrived.
I Couldn’t have done it without my delivery midwife Helen who was so lovely and amazing! And my community midwife Emma who has looked after me on both my babies, she’s given me so much love and support for all my decisions. #thankyoumidwife #nhsmidwife #midwife #homebirth #nopainrelief #9lb9oz #mumofboys #boymum #cornishmum #thedayigavebirth #irahxaviah
One of the perks of my job! I absolutely love getting thank you cards. It means so much! I keep every single one of them ❤️❤️❤️ #nhs
Birth story time - I am so freaking excited to share this little lady’s birth story! I’ve been waiting for her to be given a name so that I can share in all it’s glory for her. Meet Katie, who’s mum rocked her 2nd home birth, staying calm trusting her body and letting her baby do all the work. welcome to the world baby girl, you were in a hurry to get here and I know you’ll do great things! ⠀
Link in bio to the full story: ⠀
“I got home and the surges were quite frequent and definitely not going away. I let my husband and midwife know, and I kept breathing through them. I made it up the stairs to get some stuff in case baby did come sharpish (clothes/ nappies, etc). We had everything needed for a homebirth ready. Everything was in place but went unused.”⠀
#THANKYOUMIDWIFE💙 without the help of the three midwifes that helped & supported me the day that Taryn was born, I know I wouldn’t of been able to do it, especially only being the age of 17! & being rushed in for an emergency c-section.😮 I hope to get the same amount of support this time around with baby no.2👶🏻🙌🏻 #THANKYOUMIDWIFE #pampersuk #thankyoumidwifecampaign #nhsmidwife
Well my first proper block of placement is done and I'm celebrating with a bath and some vegan Baileys hot chocolate. I've done 14 days on community placement so far and it's absolutely knacked me. I've been so exhausted and overwhelmed and I'm finally starting to get the hang of it (now that it's over until January haha). I've seen some things that have hurt my heart, and some things that have absolutely warmed me to the core. It's been wonderful so far and I feel so unbelievably proud to say I'm a student midwife. I want to tell everyone on the street and their dog 😂. #midwife #midwifery #studentmidwife #student #nhsmidwife #healthcare #placement #midwifelife #selfcare
Having qualified as a Midwife since 2006, very little surprises me in the world of maternity care. This week, I was surprised by a mum who is a current smoker. When I asked her about her habit, she replied that 'everyone has a vice' and smoking was her vice. It surprised me at how unconcerned she was, about effects of smoking on herself and her baby. I gave her credit for cutting down to 5-6 cigarettes per day and reducing her carbon monoxide reading since her last appointment.⠀
Cigarette smoking and other pollutants create placental oxidative stress and inflammatory response. When a pregnant mum smokes a cigarette, her oxygen level is reduced and this means even less oxygen is transferred to her baby. Smoking and other toxins affects gene expression, metabolism of fats and glucose, as well as interrupting hormone balance. From conception, fetal development undergoes rapid changes. Organ development is affected by cigarette smoke and other toxins. For mums, smoking increases risk factors for pregnancy complications. How do toxins affect a baby's development⠀
- reduced fetal growth⠀
- adverse effects on brain development leading to cognitive problems, mood disorder and anxiety in adulthood⠀
- under development of vital organs due to reduced oxygen levels⠀
- oxidative stress in other organs to affect health during adulthood⠀
- increased risk for wheezing, asthma and other respiratory disease in adult life⠀
- increased risk for insulin resistance and blood sugar imbalance illnesses⠀
- impaired kidney function and increased risk for kidney disease in adult life⠀
Doing this research on the effects of smoking has even surprised me. I never realised the extensive impact of smoking on health. ⠀
When you work with me, we look at your lifestyle and areas that supports you to achieve peak health and minimise the impact on your baby. If you would like to find out more, get in touch⠀
#smokinginpregnancy #endocrinesystem #endocrinedisruptors #preconceptionhealth #healthypregnancy #pregnancyhealthy #stopsmoking #healthypregnancydiet #healthymom #immunesupport #hormonebalance #nutritionaltherapy #nutritionist #preconceptioncare #nhsmidwife #midwife
You don't have to be perfect and you don't have to feel guilty! Following a healthy diet and lifestyle is not a about perfection. I live in #Winchester and I work at a London hospital as a Midwife. This means that on those shift days, I have to eat what is easily accessible. If you've ever had hospital food, you know it's not the best. Clinic is always busy and I had to get the healthiest option and here it is. BBQ chicken and salad. Lifestyle impacts our fitness and food choices, but you don't have to achieve perfection to be healthy. So what can you do if you have limited time and optionsConsistency is key - add a large portion of vegetables or salad to main meals
- choose healthy protein sources such as meat, fish, pulses, beans, nuts, seeds
- minimise intake of processed and fried foods
- minimise processed carbohydrates such as cakes, pastries, chocolate
- eat away from your desk and focus on eating your food mindfully, even if it means your meal break is only for a short period of time
- drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day (difficult when you have a busy clinic and you're giving advise most of the day). Take sips from a cup/bottle/glass throughout the day
- snack of fruit, seeds or nuts instead of coffee, biscuits or chocolate - walk for part of the way to work, take the stairs or take a break away from your desk and mobilise or just stretch
- regularly look away from your computer screen and rest your eyes
- go back to a healthy eating and lifestyle when you are off work
These are just simple tips that you can incorporate into your busy lifestyle, to minimise the impact on your health. What do you do to maintain your health when you are a busy bee
#busylifestyle #busylife #busymom #busymomlife #busymomlife #eathealthystayfit #eathealthybehappy #healthylifestyletips #healthylifestylecoach #nutritionaltherapy #nutritionaltherapypractitioner #midwife #midwifelife #nhsmidwife #mindfuleating #mindfuleatingtips #mindfuleatingcoach #mindfuleatingforlife #mindfuleatingmatters
••TALK•• Day 5 of #pmhphoto2018
Talking is key to maintaining and improving our mental wellness. By talking we build relationships and find a connection with our fellow humans which is integral to our wellbeing and happiness. Additionally through talking about our feelings, thoughts and problems we can can process and problem solve. Talking therapy can be a vital part of many women's perinatal mental health concerns. However, what can be really difficult is finding the words to tell people that you are struggling and to ask for help. These are some of the hardest words anyone can say.
I had so much more I wanted to say but I was 2 hours late in work; talking and listening to patients, making sure they were heard. And I just arrived home in time to see this sight 💕 and spend a short but lovely bonfire night with my boys. Now story and bedtime is done it is time for food and to relax and recover. Because once the talking is done we need time to rest. I have put a link in my bio to an old blog post about accessing help and supporting a loved one to do so; take a look if you feel you need to. If not rest well.
#perinatalmentalhealthawareness #talking #talkitout #perinatalmentalillness #talkingtherapy #andrelax #bonfirenight #fireworks #mumofboys #mumlife #midwifelife #NHSmidwife
Well I have had a week of placement last week. My first ever week! It's been lovely. It wasn't totally what I expected but I really didn't know what to expect as I didn't fully know the role of a community midwife. I've had a chance to practice some things like taking blood pressure and basic things like that. It's been a really positive experience. I'm on community placement for the next 5 months and then I move to hospital placement eeeekkk! I've now got a week off and I'm going to spend it making revision material for my exam in December.
#study #studentmidwife #midwifery #nhsmidwife #uoy #student #studentlife #midwife #placement
°GROWTH SCANS° .
. 🤷 Something I had never really heard of before until about 2 and a half weeks ago. A growth scan is usually offered to check how well a baby is growing.
🤰From week 28 your baby is measured by your midwife by measuring your fundal height (the space between the top of baby and your pubic bone). This gives a rough estimate of the size of your baby which is then plotted on a chart amongst average measurements.
. 📈 This chart has two bold lines in the centre showing expected average growth for your Baba. If Baba is above or under these bold lines you will most likely be referred for a growth scan.
. 😟 While this can be a worrying, you need to remember that measuring the fundal height with a tape measure is not very accurate. So a scan is just a way of getting a clearer picture of how Baba is growing.
. 🙋 The other half and I are heading out to our second growth scan now. Although we were discharged after our first with Baba growing right on track our midwife has sent us back and I've been told we may go under consultant care. I've discussed my worries with my OH and besties and recognised that they are natural. I'm grateful that were getting monitored and I will keep you guys posted. .
. 😌 Like anything it's helpful to remember that we have no control over these things and we've got to stay calm and go along for the ride. Still, it will be nice to see Baba again this afternoon. .
. ❓ Have you had any growth scans What were your experiences .
#growthscan #nhsmidwife #pregnancyjourney #pregnant #mummybloggeruk #mumtobe2019 #mumstofollow #mummybloggeruk #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealth #nhspregnancy #pregnancy #30weekspregnant
Botulinum Toxin is a neurotoxin made by a bacteria called Clostridum Botulium. Botulinum Toxin is purified for cosmetic and clinical use. 🔸
Once injected into a muscle it causes temporary immobility of the muscle and creates desired cosmetic effects. With muscle receptors reforming, after a period of time, the muscle begins to contract. This is the “wearing off effect” of the Botulinum Toxin. It is used commonly in non surgical anti-aging treatments. 🔸Common Non -surgical Cosmetic Treatments Botulinum Toxin is used for are: 🔸 Forehead lines
▫️ Frown Lines
🔸 Crows feet lines
▫️Massater (wise set jaw)
🔸 Nasalis (bunny lines)
▫️ Perioral lines (smokers lines) 🔸 Downturned Corners of the mouth
▫️ Dimpled chin 🔸
Generally treatment effects are visible within 2 weeks and can last up to 3-6 months. Many clients feel minimal pain or have little side effects during and after treatments. 🔸 📲 DM for information 📧 [email protected]gmail.com
#aestheticspractitioner #nhsmidwife #antiaging #aesthetics #wrinkletreatment
Saw this on the wall in the Maternity Ward at Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford. My Beautiful Wife and Beautiful Daughter are coming home today 36 hours after a truly amazing experience. I am so blessed and thankful to all the NHS staff who made it possible. You are true heroes.
NGH are seeking a clinically credible midwife who is enthusiastic, highly motivated and forward thinking. ⠀⠀
Please follow the link in our bio to find out more about this or other vacancies in Northamptonshire. ⠀⠀
#nhsmidwife #nhsmidwives #nhsjobs #nhscareers
A few snippets from Day 2 of @midwives_rcm #rcmconf18 👌🏼 It's great to have the chance to step away from practice and spend time with fellow midwives from across the UK, to reflect on practice and keep learning nuggets of wisdom from colleagues and from the latest research. Living and breathing midwifery for a couple of days to keep being passionate about such a privileged career is key to keeping pace in the modern day NHS 💗 #midwifelife #proudtobeamidwife #nhsmidwife
Our son Rivi was born last Sunday 23rd of Sept. After a four hour labour, he came out into the world swimming in a birth pool. We are so grateful to have been able to choose a #naturaldelivery through the amazing #birthcentre at #stmaryshospital and their absolutely beyond incredible midwives. Now time to recover, get to know each other, and enjoy this new stage of life. #nhschoices #nhsmidwife #birthcenter #newbornbaby
Not much to report about uni yet! Real classes don't really start until Friday. I did however pick up my uniform and chat with my placement mentor over the phone. It's all feeling very real and very exciting! Can't believe I'm a student midwife! (I wonder how many times I've said that now!) #midwife #studying #studentmidwife #healthcare #nhsmidwife #uoy #university #studentlife
Today 22nd August is the last day for Early Bird price. If you are in the #birthingbusinesses either as an #NHSmidwife or #privatepractitioner #doula the 3 Step Rewind technique would be a great asset to your knowledge/repertoire. This course is coming to #miltonkeynes in October. If you are interested checkout https://mamlearning.com/
Anyone from my book 📖 club will agree I’m by far the worst member, but I have finally started to read May’s book whilst on our hols... Largely because Hub said I’d love it and he’s right- and it’s a very easy read... I expect I’m one of the last people in Western civilisation to read this and I’m certainly not the first to post about it, but if you haven’t and want a insight into Dr Adam Kay’s life in the NHS, then read #thisisgoingtohurt There are equal measures of laugh out loud 🤣moments and pathos😞.... some of which certainly could have come from my own experiences in the NHS (for 20 years).... for example he talks about the lack of acknowledgment to staff when they’ve done a good job... My heart would sink every time my manager rang, in slightly paranoid fear of what I might have done wrong... also, the huge responsibility coupled with lack of pastoral support, constantly pushing yourself beyond what is reasonable just to meet the workload... I was so worried about lack of staff to cover my clinic, the day after my breast cancer diagnosis, I ran it myself 😬In retrospect, this was a ridiculous decision, but seemed totally plausible at the time.... Like Adam, I’ve kept every thank you card I’ve ever received from a client.... they mean the world to me 😍 Being midwife is not a job, it’s who I am... However, on a lighter note, I just wish I’d been as quick-witted as the nurse in the book, when told by a patient that ‘he pays her salary’, (this also happened to me) .... however she replied with ....’can I have a pay rise, then’ 😆 Thank you @amateuradam 💪 #lookafterthenhsstaff #nhsmidwife #careforthenhs #loveyourwork #retentionoverrecruitment #midwifelife #midwivesrock #bookclubreads #bookclubfriends
👶🏼Thank u Natalie & Olly for sending me these gorgeous cards with such touching words and for the beautiful bracelet! Supporting mums during those early days of parenthood is one of the many reasons I ❤️ what I do! But supporting friends is an extra special privilege! I love getting things in the post that cheer me up! This for sure made me smile 🙂... #Lovemyjob #nhsmidwife