Posts Tagged ‘birth’

Get the tape measure out, new mums… apparently, big headed babies are brighter!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

According to scientists (is there a more chilling phrase?!) there is a link between the size of babies’ heads at birth, and their future success… larger head circumference and brain volume is associated with higher intelligence.

The finding is among the first made by UK Biobank, a long term study of 500,000 Britons to discover the links between their genes, their physical and mental health and their path through life.

“Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores in the UK Biobank sample and many polygenic profile scores, including . . . intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability,” said the researchers in a paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. (And no, I haven’t read the paper… I read an article in The Times newspaper 🙂 )

Incidentally, I have a teeny tiny head. When I worked as an Air Stewardess, I had an extra-small sized uniform hat, and still had to sew a lining of felt into the brim to get it to fit 🙂

Me in the galley of a 'plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

Me in the galley of a ‘plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

Celebrity Mum of the Year

Friday, March 13th, 2015

TV celebrity Billie Faiers has been announced as the icelolly.com Celebrity Mum of the Year 2015, voted for by the British public.

Billie, star of reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), is Mum to Nelly,  born last July. You may remember that Billie was lucky enough to receive an amazing Nappy Cake featuring a Baby Feed Wheel from Pure Nappy Cakes at her baby shower last year.

Billie Faiers nappy cake

Speaking of her win, Billie said: “I feel really honoured to have been voted icelolly.com Celebrity Mum of the Year 2015 and I’d like to thank all my fans and fellow mums out there for supporting me.

“It’s been a really busy past couple of years, with TOWIE, my other projects, and of course the birth of my beautiful daughter Nelly last summer. It’s very much been a juggling act, with me trying to find the right balance between my career and family life, something I know all the real mums out there face and deserve huge credit for too – but I wouldn’t change anything for the world!”

 

Nice to give birth; to give birth, Nice.

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Back in May I blogged about about draft recommendations regarding childbirth from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). The report has been finalised, and low-risk first-time mothers will now be told that birth in a midwife-led unit is “particularly suitable” for them, and mothers who already have children will be told that choosing either midwife care or a home birth would be equally suitable.

The Institute’s new guidance says that it is safer for healthy women to give birth in a midwife-led unit or at home than in hospital, as they will be less likely to undergo potentially risky surgical interventions such as delivery by forceps, caesarean section or episiotomy.

Local health authorities will now have to ensure that all women have the choice to give birth in hospital, a midwife unit, or their own homes – meaning that thousands more babies could be born outside hospitals (Of the 700,000 babies born in England and Wales last year, 90 per cent were delivered in hospital).

Midwife-led units, or ‘birth centres’, are run by midwives without the medical facilities of a hospital (for example, epidurals are not available). They were established in the 1990s and can be either next to a main hospital maternity unit or separate.

Support and choice for Mums-to-be

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

New, updated draft proposals by the National Institute for Health And Care Excellence (NICE) suggest that Mums-to-be with low risk, straightforward pregnancies should be encouraged to have their babies in midwife-led birth centres, rather than on a traditional labour ward.

According to the Institute,  independent or hospital based mid-wife led units are as safe  as traditional labour wards for all low risk pregnant women and are more likely to result in a better birth experience with less medical intervention, which of course is beneficial for all concerned!

The report also looked at the safety of home births, saying that they are just as safe as other settings for low risk pregnant women who have already have a baby, but that they don’t recommend home births for first time mums.

The  clinical guideline programme director for NICE. , Christine Carson, concluded ‘every woman should ultimately have the freedom to choose where she wants to give birth and be supported in her choice.’

Baby Feed Wheel reviews

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

There are some fabulous reviews of Baby Feed Wheels dotted around the web, so we’ve tried to bring as many as we can find all together in one place.

On Amazon the Pink Baby Feed Wheel was given 5 stars, with the reviewer noting that the couple she bought it for use it, so although given as a card, it’s useful too.

A blue Baby Feed Wheel was purchased to add to a new baby hamper, the reviewer said “It’s a simple idea but based on how frazzled I have seen new parents get, seems like an essential!”

On Mumsnet reviews, under ‘Gifts for New Parents’ the Baby Feed Wheel is awarded a whopping 5 stars out of 5 over 6 reviews with comments “This is great for any new mum… I used it especially after the birth of my daughter when I was really tired from all the sleepless nights & sleep deprivation.”

and “This is such a simple idea but absolutely fantastic. I thought it would be pointless ‘I’ll remember when I last fed her’ were my poor innocent pre-birth thoughts. And then the reality of life with a newborn kicked in and this really came into its own at night – def recommended! ”

On Bizziebaby where Lisa awarded the Baby Feed Wheel 5 out of 5, saying  “Quality is superb.  Extremely good value for money and would consider buying more and also as a gift.  Would recommend without hesitation.”

On the Chiggs website we have some lovely testimonials that people have sent us over the years by letter (remember those?!), email, and on Twitter and Facebook – “Can’t tell you how much these wheels helped our sanity when we had the twins! Simple but so effective – like all the best ideas!”

and… “We put the feeding wheel to immediate excellent use. It was a godsend in those early days when most of your brain has deserted you and remembering such a simple thing is beyond you! It’s a fantastic product and we have recommended it to many. Thanks.”… to quote just two!

A Royal thank you.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

It seemed like the whole world was watching London last month awaiting the birth of the Royal baby. Here at Chiggs HQ I was glued to the news, (and shhh- don’t tell anyone but I’ve kept all the Royal baby supplements from the newspaper, too). So when the birth of Prince George was announced on the 22nd of July we popped a blue Baby Feed Wheel in the post to Clarence House as a ‘congratulations’ and ‘well done’  to Catherine and William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Last Week we were incredibly excited when the postman delivered a letter with a Buckingham Palace postmark, and inside was a postcard with a gorgeous picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital, introducing their new baby boy to the world!

On the back of the card is a printed thank you message:-

” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were most touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of the birth of their son, Prince George.

Their Royal Highnesses have been overwhelmed by all the wonderful messages they have received and send you their warmest thanks and best wishes”

How lovely! I love to think that Kate may even be using her Baby Feed Wheel to keep track of baby George’s feed times 🙂

Midwifery services may be “pushed” according to the Royal College of Midwives!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has warned that maternity services in parts of the UK are being ‘stretched’.

 The second annual State of Maternity Services report, published yesterday, says a baby boom in England (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have slowed down somewhat),  means that the birth rate in England it now stands at it’s highest level since 1971.

Coupled with a national shortage of midwives, some maternity services are struggling to provide the service they would like:-According to the report, 20% of  women did not feel supported by the NHS during their pregnancy and birth, while 40% of women had always seen a different midwife during their most recent pregnancy.

It’s not all bad news,  the report highlights that as in some areas the baby boom has run out of steam, Scotland and Northern Ireland have no overall shortage of midwives, and the shortage the report identifies in Wales should easily be eliminated.

One way the gap in maternity services may be filled in the near future, is by an increase in the number of newly qualified midwives. Anglia Ruskin University say it has had an 11% increase in applicants for the BSc (Hons) midwifery course with, they say, many applicants citing the BBC TV programme Call The Midwife as their inspiration. I can’t help but think that someone considering a career in modern midwifery might want to use Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute as a point of reference, rather than the more romanticised 1950’s Call the Midwife version of the job!

The report from The Royal College of Midwives itself is really interesting, and can be read here.