Birth and Beyond

As you might be aware, S and I are expecting our second baby this summer. I’m someone who likes to be fully informed about everything, I truly believe that knowledge is power. Obviously labour is unpredictable, but I still feel the need to know as much as I can in advance in order to feel a bit more in control.

Over the coming months I plan to do lots of reading to prepare myself for birth. My son’s birth ended in an emergency c-section. While I found the physical recovery much better than I was expecting, I found the emotional recovery much more challenging. I’m very keen to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after Caesarean) this time round, so I’m planning on doing all I can to give myself the best possible chance of this happening.

As a nurse, I am approaching this from a scientific background. I want to seek out the best possible sources of information so that I can make evidence-based decisions and know that my actions are backed up by high quality research.

However, I also love reading other people’s birth stories and am an avid fan of ‘One Born Every Minute’. Sometimes the experiences of other women can teach us so much more than science alone. I’m sure any midwife would tell you that caring for women during childbirth is as much an art as it is a science.

As I’m planning to do so much research and reading about birth over the coming months, I thought it wouldn’t be fair to keep it all to myself. Also, as a blogger, I feel compelled to share this information with my readers!

So, I’m very excited to announce that from Monday I will be running a new series on the blog called Birth and Beyond where I will be sharing birth stories as well as evidence-based information about birth. If you have a birth story or anything else you would like to contribute to the series, blogger or non-blogger, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email me at or contact me on Facebook or Twitter.



31 thoughts on “Birth and Beyond

  1. georgina prince (was Davies)

    I wouldn’t mind writing a guest post for it at some point if that would be ok? I am also a nurse too lol I was thinking of writing about my first birth natural only gas and air v’s my second child, my choice of an epidural (had it put in before the drip to induce labour – so never felt a contraction lol) And why I did it? x
    Email me if interested. x

  2. Yvonne

    Congratulations on your pregnancy!! I think it is a great idea to share birth stories, knowledge is power! I will definitely be following, not that I plan to have more, but I am always interested in other mum’s stories. I would love to know if you find anyone that has suffered from HELLP syndrome. I had this after the birth of my twins so keen to find other survivors 🙂 good luck with everything X

  3. Sassy

    Congratulations, I hope everything runs smoothly with your pregnancy! Good luck for your new blog series, I can’t wait to read them all! I’m not a mother but I love hearing peoples pregnancy and birth stories! 🙂 xxx

  4. Emma T

    I’m sure this will be a really helpful series for prospective mums. I was lucky in that my unplanned cs was fine afterwards both emotionally and physically, although I’m not sure I’d be as physically well for it if I was to have another baby – I was so much fitter then.

    • Helen Post author

      Thank you, I hope so. Although I found the physical recovery okay last time I’m sure I’d struggle much more this time with a boisterous toddler to look after as well as a newborn!

  5. Chloe

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! What a brilliant idea for a series. I’ll definitely be coming to read some of the posts. I remember researching births so hard when I was due with Evie. This is going to help so many people! xx

  6. Mudpie Fridays

    This sounds like a great series, I am also pregnant with our second due in May. I am reasonably high risk this time round so I am expecting quite a different birth although saying that our first one wasn’t exactly straight forward either!! xx
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  7. Robyn

    Great idea, looking forward to reading more in the series. Congratulations on your impending arrival and best of luck with your research over the next few months 🙂

  8. MMT

    This will be a great series! Find me a Mum that doesn’t love talking birth stories? It’s the one thing that unites us all isn’t it?

    I keep meaning to write my birth experiences into a blog at some point – before they’re a too distant memory! Maybe I’ll join your series!

    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub, and a huge congratulations…

    • Helen Post author

      It really does, our experiences are so different and yet fundamentally the same. I’d love to read your birth experiences! Xx


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