Tommy's midwives' blog

News and views from the Tommy's midwives.

    • Nseko and her twins

      My tandem feeding story

      August 3rd, 2020

      Although my twins haven’t always been exclusively breastfed, I have loved our breastfeeding journey. In all honestly, it's been more fun than I thought it would be and an amazing experience in terms of bonding with my babies.

    • Image of woman's feet walking through a park, pushing a pram

      Survey results show mums are struggling to connect

      July 22nd, 2020

      86% of pregnant women and new mums have been feeling a lack of social interaction during COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Pregnant woman smoking

      NHS statistics show slight decrease in smoking during pregnancy

      July 13th, 2020

      Recent NHS Digital statistics show that 10.4% of women in England smoke at the time of delivering their baby, which is slightly less than last year.

    • Illustration of woman holding baby and thinking about relaxing in bed, reading a book.

      Dear pregnant me...let's talk about your new identity as a 'Mum'

      July 10th, 2020

      Things I wish I had known when I was pregnant about...your new identity as a 'Mum'. Do whatever you need to do to get some 'me' time in the diary, and remember that this new title of 'Mum' doesn't define you, it's a part of who you are.

    • pregnant woman

      NHS promises more care for pregnant women from BAME background

      July 2nd, 2020

      The NHS is taking urgent action to protect expectant mums from a black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) background during the coronavirus crisis, as new research shows these women face an increased risk.

    • Group B strep awareness month

      Group B strep – what you need to know

      July 2nd, 2020

      Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria carried in the body. Carrying group B strep is usually harmless, but sometimes it can infect a baby during labour. Fortunately, most group B strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented, simply and safely, when pregnant women carrying group B strep are offered antibiotics in labour.

    • Woman in hospital bed holding bump during labour

      Asking for pain relief during labour

      June 25th, 2020

      You should feel that your needs and wishes are being listened to during labour, particularly around pain relief. Every labour and birth is unique and care should be tailored to you.

    • James holding his son's hand whilst watching a video of Lauren's ultrasound

      Being a dad during the coronavirus pandemic

      June 14th, 2020

      I put on a brave face and watched her walk through the doors into the unknown all on her own. This was heart breaking and I’ve never felt so helpless. My wife is my best friend. Whatever life throws at us we handle it together.

    • Woman taking child to school

      Sending older children back to school after lockdown when you are pregnant

      June 10th, 2020

      As the government continues to lift restrictions and schools start opening again, some pregnant women with older children are concerned about possible exposure to the virus and what this means for them and their baby. Here, Tommy’s midwife Sophie explains the latest guidance.

    • Karen and Evan

      My experience of pregnancy with type 1 diabetes

      June 10th, 2020

      Karen is mum to 4-year-old Evan and 2-year-old Zoe. In this blog, she talks about going through pregnancy after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

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