Babies! Just a few of the 20,000 that Roger has helped to deliver!

The 5 Unpredictables of Pregnancy… no. 1

by Roger Marwood MSc FRCOG Roger is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. He has 40 years experience working in a busy NHS hospitals in West London and has personally supervised around 20 000 pregnancies and countless deliveries. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Imperial College, where he is an acclaimed and popular teacher. Life is full of surprises and so too, of course, is Pregnancy. For many couples , getting there can be an ordeal, a mystery or, for almost half of all women, an unplanned and an unpredicted surprise. Once the initial shock of that […]

The 5 Unpredictables of Pregnancy…no. 2 -The Delivery

TWO – The Delivery Some lucky women , start labour by themselves, cope really well with TENS, a bit of gas and oxygen, jump in the birthing pool and after 4 hrs push out a beautiful 3.5 kilo baby who hardly touches the sides, cries immediately and jumps straight on the breast. No cut, no tear, like a big Orgasm! Dream on, I hear you say, but it does happen.   About 20 % of women do not find labour the worst thing that has ever happened and find they can cope with minimal pain relief and can push the […]

The 5 Unpredictables of Pregnancy… no. 3 – How are you after the birth?

THREE – How are you after the birth? Just imagine:- Breast feeding is easy, the baby feeds and sleeps , you are up only once in the night, and you can get back into your favourite jeans after two weeks. You enjoy your new role as a mother and just love all the attention, visitors, presents and are delighted to get back to the white wine and even the odd ciggy. The pelvic floor is in place and sex last night was not a bad you thought it would be, so there is definitely life after babies, and maybe we […]

The 5 Unpredictables of Pregnancy… no. 4 – The Baby!

FOUR – The Baby At last!  It’s why we are here, after all. And I see now that pregnancy and delivery were just the foreplay, or the prologue, the introduction to the real event. He regained his birthweight in a week and after a few broken nights is feeding six times a day and is easy to wind and settles nicely. I’m sure I’m going to get that first smile any time soon. His skin is perfect and the health visitor says he’s on the 60 th centile, and he’s quiet in restaurants and just loves it when his father […]

The 5 Unpredictables of Pregnancy… no. 5 – The Father

FIVE – The Father Perhaps the most unpredictable of the 5 phases You think you know he’s going to be, but reality turns out differently. It can, of course go both ways. The man who came to every clinic visit and class and was joined at the hip during labour, suddenly changes.  He starts to find work, travel, laptop and cellphone and the latest box set much more interesting than the screaming blob who insists on emptying his alimentary canal at both ends. What happened to our social life and those fantastic meals you used to cook and the random […]

Marwood’s 5 Unprecdictables…concluded!

Well there you have it. Marwood’s five unpredictables. I think I’ve seen almost every combination of Good /Bad in the 5 phases Does anyone ever get all five Goods. Well yes, a few lucky ones, who often do not realise how lucky they really are.  They tend to think that they have discovered the secret to the Universe, and often have special tips on diet, exercise, breathing, baby care and so on, which will enable you to have a similar experience. But really it’s so often down to good fortune. It’s extremely rare to get all five Bads. Perhaps a […]

Ten Things ALL Pregnant Women Should Know!

Top Ten Hacks for First Time Mothers   Don’t Bother to Wash New Baby Clothes If you are buying new baby clothes- guess what? They are already clean! You do NOT need to spend your last few, precious baby-free days washing, drying and ironing tiny babygros and vests. Spend your maternity leave more wisely – do the things you have been meaning to do for ages…finish that photo album…start Game of Thrones…or just sleep!  You are going to have laundry coming out of your ears when the baby has arrived so don’t peak too soon! p.s. don’t open packets of […]

Breastfeeding- Everything you need to know.

Breastfeeding can be such a difficult time for so many women and there is so much conflicting advice to be found on the internet.  We have so many wonderful articles written by breastfeeding specialists such as Charlotte Young IBCLC that we decided to collect them all together for you in one easy to read article. We hope that they help you. 1.  How to Prevent and Treat Sore Nipples – Charlotte Young IBCLC. During both antenatal and postnatal consultations, it never fails to amaze me how many mothers expect breastfeeding to hurt…(more)   2.  Practical Tips for Breast or Bottle Feeding […]

Breastfeeding in Public. Tips for New Mums- Lou Burns

Breastfeeding in Public. Tips for new mums- by Lou Burns Lou Burns was thrust into the limelight recently when she tweeted about being told to “cover up” whilst breastfeeding in Claridges. Mother of three, Lou has kindly shared her top tips for feeding in public. For some lucky women and babies, breastfeeding comes naturally but for many of us it can be more challenging and takes a bit of time and patience to get the hang of. If breastfeeding does work for you, you might feel self-conscious about doing it in public to begin with but with a bit of […]