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The first 1001 days. What is it all about and why does it matter

The first 1001 days. What is it all about and why does it matter

June 2020

The first 1001 days of life runs from conception to age two.  There is clear evidence that combining this time of rapid physical growth with positive nurturing can shape babies’ social and emotional development for life!  It’s the time when the foundations for later development are laid which can also affect a child’s future health, learning and even earnings potential. 


Unexpected Home Birth

Unexpected Home Birth

May 2020

Sometimes babies arrive more quickly than expected; even first babies occasionally do this although it is more usually a second or third baby. It is something we are often asked about in our antenatal courses:


Informed Decision Making - does research help us

Informed Decision Making - does research help us

June 2019

 At Christmas, the British Medical Journal offers us a satirical, and often very funny, mock up research study. These are always beautifully written, so that at first glance one almost believes them to be real. Last Christmas the study was entitled:  “Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma when jumping from aircraft: randomized controlled trial”  BMJ


Cascade of Intervention

Cascade of Intervention

January 2019

This phrase first came to my attention when I was training to be an NCT antenatal teacher in 1990, and I understood it to mean the process by which intervening in a woman’s labour in one way, may lead to further interventions becoming necessary.