Here are some useful sources of info for the most relevant pregnancy, birth and motherhood questions. These links come from trusted organisations and are widely used by many doulas and other birth workers to help provide credible and evidence based sources of information for new mamas and mamas to be.
*updated to include info on Covid-19
Leeds Hospital Updates
Do you have questions about your care and hospital policies during the Covid-19 outbreak? Leeds Teaching Hospital has a really useful 'virtual midwife' that helps to answer your questions and it is easily accessible through Facebook.
A campaign to return birthing rights to the birthing person
As you will be aware, the Covid-19 pandemic has put restrictions on so much of our normal life. Unfortunately, the restrictions applied to our pregnancy and birthing experience is creating increasing experiences of trauma and birthing people to birth on their own.
This campaign, asks for the government to ease the restrictions on birth partners being able to attend scans with their partner and to allow birth partners back into the birth room from the start of labour. To find out more about the campaign and how you can help to make a difference, see the campaign details from BirthBliss.
MBRRACE Report Regarding Maternal Mortality
Info-graphic from full report conducted between 2015 and 2017
This report highlights the need for a wider focus on pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postnatal care throughout the health service, and not solely in maternity care, in order to prevent women from dying. It gives details of the causes for the 209 maternal deaths seen between 2015 and 2017. It also details that black women have more than five times the risk of dying in pregnancy or up to six weeks postpartum compared to white women, women of mixed ethnicity three times the risk and Asian women almost twice the risk.
Results of UKOSS study of pregnant women and their babies during Covid-19 pandemic
RCOG and RCM responds to study and outlines the results
A large study of more than 400 pregnant women and their babies was conducted by UKOSS (UK Obstetric Surveillance System). The study supported that pregnant women were at no greater risk of severe illness than non-pregnant people in regards to contracting Covid-19. The study did reveal, however that certain groups including black and ethnic minority mamas and mamas with pre-existing illnesses were more likely to be admitted to hospital.
To find out more about the results of the study take a look at the response from the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) and RCM (Royal College of Midwives) below.
Q&A Guidance on Covid-19 for pregnant women and their families
RCOG- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The guidance in this link answers questions about how Covid-19 could effect pregnant women and their babies.
Last updated 24th July 2020
Breastfeeding and Covid-19 Guidance
La Leche League International
The La Leche League have shared this guidance on breastfeeding during the coronavirus outbreak based on what research has been carried out and their extensive knowledge of breastfeeding.
Last updated 19th February 2020
ABM- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
The guidance is echoed by the ABM on their site too: https://www.bfmed.org/abm-statement-coronavirus
Birth support during Covid-19 Outbreak
With lots of mixed reports on hospital visits and birth partners for labouring women, the birthrights team have pulled together how coronavirus may affect maternity care.
It is important to note that there is not one mode of birth that should be favored over another and your birth choice is still important.
Last updated 18th April 2020
Coronavirus and your maternity care
AIMS- for a better birth
This AIMS information helps to answer some of the most often asked questions about the effect Covid-19 is having on maternity care and what to expect during the outbreak.
AIMS is also a great source for evidence based pregnancy and birth information and the latest news on maternity matters.
Here are some of my favourite pregnancy, birth and new mama books.
Free to loan so if you fancy a good read, give me a shout.
What To eat when you're pregnant
Nicole M, Avena PhD
I loved this book when I was pregnant because not only did it give me ideas for healthy meals but it also explained what was happening to my body and my baby and why certain foods would be beneficial week by week.
It takes some investment to get some of the foods but there are enough everyday foods to still take advantage of the advice
Why Doulas Matter
I bought this book before I knew I was meant to be a doula because I just wanted to know what one was. But the book taught me so much more! This is a great read if you want help to find your mama voice and if you want help to appreciate that you have choices in pregnancy, birth and parenthood. I often come back to it as my guidance as a mama and a doula. And yes...it does help to explain exactly what we do!
Give Birth like a Feminist
You don't have to a feminist or a woman or even pregnant to enjoy this book. It is a book that 'gives you balls' and will make you want to stand up for your rights in everything in life. Definitely a great read when you want to unfurl your wings and feel some strength. With stories from other mamas and an interesting look at the language we use in pregnancy and birth, this is a great read for all mamas to be!