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It has been a hard week for Milton Keynes Maternity Unit and for midwifery in general.

Milton Keynes has been severely criticised for staffing shortages which may have led to the death of a baby earlier this year; the Albany Midwifery Practice has been suspended and a midwife hung herself after a baby died.  Tragic.

I trained at Milton Keynes General and I know the staff do a fantastic job under very difficult circumstances – it is obvious that staffing is an issue and this is one of the reasons I left the NHS to work in Independent Practice – I just wanted to be able to give a better standard of care to clients and to give continuity so that women know the midwife who will deliver their baby.  I feel so very sad for the woman and the staff involved.  My only hope is that the service will be better funded as a result, but in the meantime local women will be frightened and this is sad.

Most women will receive safe care in Milton Keynes and from the NHS – the NHS is excellent at delivering acute or emergency care – but what they probably won’t receive is the extra TLC to make the experience special – that is down to the individual midwife and luck depending upon how busy the Unit is.

The excellent Albany Practice in London, which has for many years provided amazing NHS care, has also been closed.  There is a campaign to save it at www.savethealbany.org.uk.

Independent Midwifery is always under threat as the Government insist we must get Professional Indemnity Insurance despite it not being commercially available.  Go to www.kentmidwiferypractice.net to support our campaign.

Midwifery in this country is severely under threat – we must fight to keep midwifery alive!

Sadly a midwife took her own life when a baby she had cared for died.  She mistakenly thought that she was to blame.  How desperately sad that midwives feel so afraid.  We do a difficult job and some babies will die no matter how hard we try to save them.  Midwives, in general, do the job because they care – the vast majority will do their very best for the clients they care for – we need to be supported, not witch hunted and blamed.

I can be contacted at www.3shiresmidwife.co.uk / info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk

 
Milton Keynes General Hospital is in the news this week with a story about a client who allegedly objected to non-white staff being in the delivery room. Apparently hospital staff have complained to the Equality and Human Rights Commission about the way the situation was handled earlier this month when an unnamed white woman had a Caesarean section at the hospital. The hospital said it had begun a full investigation and said it is thought to be the first time such a request has been made to them.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/beds/bucks/herts/8330102.stm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1223598/Pregnant-woman-race-demand-Buckinghamshire-hospital-facing-prosecution.html

Fertility issues or preconceptual guidance is part of the midwife’s role and is something I am often asked about.  Apart from the usual information for someone planning a baby, actually getting pregnant can sometimes be an issue.  The medical profession often do not consider it a potential problem unless you have been trying for a baby for around 18 months, and indeed it can often take longer – this must seem like forever when you aren’t getting pregnant.  I do know that stress (including trying for a baby) and sub-optimal health can lead to difficulty in conceiving, so bear this in mind.

To get yourself into optimal health obviously you need to eat well, be rested.  There are some very good websites, particularly the Foresight website and I suggest you work through this list. 

www.haveababy.com

www.womantomother.co.uk

http://www.foresight-preconception.org.uk

http://www.marilynglenville.com

http://www.zitawest.com

http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/agesandstages/pregnancy/whenyrpregnant/

Also, complementary therapists may help and I have listed some that I am aware of in the Milton Keynes area:

Acupuncture –

Sandra Ah-Peng – Acupuncturist
Milton Keynes 01908 505883

www.mkacupuncture.co.uk

Gabi Stutz – Acupuncturist
Milton Keynes 01908 225051

Homoeopathy –

Gwynne Grayson – Homeopath
Milton Keynes 01908 520546

Jacky Swanepoel – Homeopath
Milton Keynes 01908 585385

Reflexology –

Kelly Holman – Reflexology
Milton Keynes 01908 54266

www.thesunflowerhouse.co.uk

Kinesiology –

Lesley Stephenson – Kinesiologist
Northampton 01604 871225

www.sanctumclinic.co.uk

Hypnotherapy –

Denise Marleyn
Leighton Buzzard 01525 850334

www.persephone-therapy.co.uk

Emotional Freedom Techniques

https://midwifevalerie.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/emotional-freedom-technique-eft-and-fertility/

Sejual Shah

http://www.healthyinmind.com/

Nutrition:

Kim Crundall

http://www.balancenutrition.co.uk/index.htm

How aware you are of your fertile period?  It is usually 14 days before a period, so if you have a 28 day cycle it is day 14, but on a longer cycle it may well be later, and just to confuse things women do not always ovulate on day 14!  There are various things you can use, like predictor and charting your temperature etc, but also by looking at your normal vaginal discharge (!) at your fertile period the discharge will change from a thicker creamier discharge moving towards a clear, stretch discharge like egg white.  To help with conception it is best if you have sex on alternate days around this period.   

Hope that something here will be helpful to you.

Sunday 4th October, 2 – 4.30 pm

FREE Antenatal Exhibition

For pregnant women and their birth partners to find out about all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early parenting.  Exhibitors include: midwifery, breastfeeding, waterbirth, aquanatal, yoga for pregnancy, cloth nappies, ultrasound scans, complementary therapists, childcare vouchers and much more!

Venue: Church of Christ the Cornerstone (opposite Marks and Spencer), Central Milton Keynes.

Do come along to our informal and informative exhibition, or for more information you can email info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk

 

Yesterday I hosted a party to celebrate five years in Independent Practice www.3shiresmidwife.co.uk.

At the party, held in Milton Keynes, over 30 children from newborns upwards enjoyed a birthday tea complete with birthday cake and were entertained by the fantastic Rachael of Hartbeeps and an all important bouncy castle! 

Over the past five years I have helped see nearly one hundred babies into the world and families came from as far as South Wales, Bristol and Oundle!  It was really lovely to have an opportunity to meet up with families whom I have shared such a special time.  Indeed many of the families have had two babies me as their midwife and two families have had now had three babies!

I am so fortunate to have a job I love!  There are only around 150 Independent Midwives in the whole of the UK and I decided to set up my business in September 2004 because I wanted to provide a different kind of service for pregnant women, and wanted to care for clients from the beginning of pregnancy, through the pregnancy, labour and birth and until the baby is a month old. 

Photograph were taken by Kate Everall and will be available soon!

September 2009

Milton Keynes Birth Information Group
Lunchtime meeting
Friday 4th September 12 – 2pm
Please email info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk / Tel: 01908 511247 for venue

MK Baby and Toddler Show – FREE Entry
Sunday 6th September 2009
The Stadium, Denbigh,
Milton Keynes
info here

Beds and Bucks Bumps and Beyond
Antenatal and Early Years Exhibition
Sunday 13th September
1pm – 4 pm
Flitwick Village Hall

Association Of Radical Midwives Meeting
Wednesday 9th September 2009
7 – 10 pm
Rectory Cottage, Church Green Lane, Bletchley.
Please email info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk / Tel: 01908 511247

October 2009

Antenatal Exhibition – FREE entry
Sunday 4th October
2 – 4.30 pm
The Guildhall, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, CMK
Email for more details info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk

Link 2 Health and Care Event – FREE Entry
Tuesday 20th October 2009
10 am – 4 pm
Middleton Hall
Central Milton Keynes

Parents Information Day – FREE entry

Monday 26th October 2009

10 am – 4 pm

Middleton Hall

Central Milton Keynes

I hope you will find something of interest here – if you are able to help me publicise these events even better!

Parents with Prams Walking Group
Weekly walks around the Ouzel Valley Park and Willen Lake for about an hour
Tuesdays at 10.30
For further details phone Siobhan 07818 078828 or click here

June 2009

Antenatal Exhibition – FREE entry
Sunday 28th June
2 – 4.30 pm
The Guildhall, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Central Milton Keynes
Email for more details info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk

July 2009

MK Wellness Circle
Wed 15th July
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
The Well at Willen, Newport Road, Willen, Milton Keynes MK15 9AA
www.global-wellness-circle.com

September 2009

Milton Keynes Birth Information Group
Lunchtime meeting
Friday 4th September 12 – 2pm
Please email info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk / Tel: 01908 511247 for venue

MK Baby and Toddler Show – FREE Entry
Sunday 6th September 2009
The Stadium, Denbigh,
Milton Keynes
info here

Beds and Bucks Bumps and Beyond
Antenatal and Early Years Exhibition
Sunday 13th September
1pm – 4 pm
Flitwick Village Hall

Association Of Radical Midwives Meeting
Wednesday 9th September 2009
7 – 10 pm
Rectory Cottage, Church Green Lane, Bletchley.
info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk / Tel: 01908 511247

Link 2 Health and Care Event – FREE Entry
Tuesday 29th September 2009
10 am – 4 pm
Middleton Hall
Central Milton Keynes

October 2009

Antenatal Exhibition – FREE entry
Sunday 4th October
2 – 4.30 pm
The Guildhall, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, CMK
Email for more details info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk


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