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New nursing shirts will be here in 3 weeks woo hoo

The wait is nearly killing me, it’s SO exciting to see months of hard work come to fruition, some new graphic print nursing tees are going to be hitting the website in around 3 weeks.

There will be more in stock of our current lines (phew because we are getting super low on a lot of sizes, sorry guys) and there is 7 new designs to choose from, ranging from laid back to super funky! If i could show you pictures of the breastfeeding shirts now i would but i can’t ha ha!

We are also always on the look out for new models, so if you are currently nursing your baby and think you might want to have a try at modeling just let us know, seriously. We have no upper age range (all our models are over the age of 22, Sheri is 30 and Jess is 23) no size limit, (Sheri is a size 8 and Jess is a size 12, these are our current models) our shirts go up to a size 18.

We have a super laid back approach, and all our photo shoots are really friendly and have been quite a laugh, so if you want to see yourself on the website and perhaps this is an opourtunity for you to expand your portfolio then just give us an email at help@mamafeelsgood.com

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Babies being born in hospital corridors?? What was your hospital birth like?

In todays Daily Mail they have run an article stating that Thousands of women are having to give birth outside maternity wards because of a lack of midwives and hospital beds.

Just wondered how true this was, and if you had your babies / babies in hospital what was your experience like?

Here is the whole article:

Thousands of women are having to give birth outside maternity wards because of a lack of midwives and hospital beds.

The lives of mothers and babies are being put at risk as births in locations ranging from lifts to toilets – even a caravan – went up 15 per cent last year to almost 4,000.

Health chiefs admit a lack of maternity beds is partly to blame for the crisis, with hundreds of women in labour being turned away from hospitals because they are full.

Latest figures show that over the past two years there were at least: 

  • 63 births in ambulances and 608 in transit to hospitals; 
  • 117 births in A&E departments, four in minor injury units and two in medical assessment areas; 
  • 115 births on other hospital wards and 36 in other unspecified areas including corridors; 
  • 399 in parts of maternity units other than labour beds, including postnatal and antenatal wards and reception areas.

 

‘While some will be unavoidable emergencies, it is extremely distressing for them and their families to be denied a labour bed because their maternity unit is full.

‘It shows the incredible waste that has taken place that mothers are getting this sort of sub-standard treatment despite Gordon Brown’s tripling of spending on the NHS.

‘Labour have let down mothers by cutting the number of maternity beds and by shutting down maternity units.’

The NHS employs the equivalent of around 25,000 full-time midwives in England, but the Government has promised to recruit 3,400 more.

However, the Royal College of Midwives estimates at least 5,000 more are needed to provide the quality of service pledged in the Government’s blueprint for maternity services, Maternity Matters.

At the same time almost half of all midwives are set to retire in the next decade. 

Jon Skewes, a director at the Royal College of Midwives, said: ‘The rise in the number of births in other than a designated labour bed is a concern. We would want to see the detail behind these figures to look at why this is happening.

‘There is no doubt that maternity services are stretched, and that midwives are working harder and harder to provide good quality care. However, we know the Government is putting more money into the service.

‘The key now is to make sure this money is spent by the people controlling the purse strings at a local level.’

Care services minister Phil Hope said: ‘The number of maternity beds in the NHS reflects the number of women wanting to give birth in hospital. Giving birth can be unpredictableand it is difficult to plan for the exact time and place of every birth.

‘Local health services have plans to ensure high quality, personal care with greater choice over place of birth and care provided by a named midwife.

‘We recognise that some parts of the country face particular challenges due to the rising birth rate and that is why last year we pledged to increase funding for maternity by £330million over three years.

‘We now have more maternity staff than ever before and we have already met our target to recruit 1,000 extra midwives by September.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1209034/The-babies-born-hospital-corridors-Bed-shortage-forces-4-000-mothers-birth-lifts-offices-hospital-toilets.html#ixzz0PHR5G5VN

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Pregnancy & piles !

Now that’s a title for you!! ha ha

Well they say you learn something new everyday and yesterday i learnt that the hormones your body produces during pregnancy can give you piles; now i always knew pregnancy & piles were associated but i thought it was purely from where you push during labour. Well nope, are we lucky ladies to know that we can get piles DURING our pregnancy, not only during giving birth!!

The hormones that flood our body during our pregnancy apparently can cause the veins to expand and swell around our bottoms!! How attractive!! 

My friend is 8 weeks pregnant at the moment and suffering from this problem, and as funny as it sounds it can really get you down. Not only are they painful but itchy, and mega uncomfortable when you want to go to the toilet.

It is suggested that using a cool pack on the affected area (not directly on the skin but wrapped in say a tea towel) can really help, someone suggested the little plastic ice cube things you can buy, you know the ones that are pre filled with water and you can re use them, they are good for placing on your bottom.

Using creams to help ease the pain can help too but because you are pregnant i think there are only certain ones that are available, always check with your pharmacist which ones are suitable.

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Are you a Facebook or Twitter kinda person?

I gotta admit i am into both, although it goes in waves of how much i use them lately. We do have a Mama Feelsgood page in facebook although i will admit to being a little slack of updating it, but please come and say hi on it, would be cool to hear from you.

Twitter i think is a really useful site, you can get great up to the minute news, and the amount of advice and pointers to great pregnancy and breastfeeding advice is wicked. It’s not just companies who are dishing out the advice, charities and organisations are there too , it’s just hunting them down on there and following them( that sounds very stalker like, but you know what i mean!). Twitter is great for breaking news too so if you want to keep your finger on the pulse it’s a good place to start. The BBC tweet and a lot of other big organisations.

Hope you all have  a great weekend, i am off to my husband friends wedding  today (Hi Bob!) so hope you all have a relaxing weekend whatever you choose to do 🙂

Liz

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Infant breastfeeding advisor AKA your midwife

Surely every midwife within the UK should be an expert on breastfeeding and should be able to offer excellent advice ?

It’s i just seen this article on the BBC news website , and whilst i am not knocking their job at all i would have thought a fundamental part of a regular midwife’s role would be to deal with problems mothers have to do with breast feeding?

Anyway sorry going off topic there, the infant feeding advisor says one of the most common problems incurred whilst breastfeeding is “nipple trauma”, blimey that makes me winch. to quote the site”

Nipple trauma is experienced by a significant proportion of mothers.

This is directly caused by incorrect positioning of the baby at the breast, which does not allow the baby to latch on to the breast tissue sufficiently to form a natural teat shape in their mouth.This preventable injury occurs as the baby fixes just to the nipple itself, and the pressure of the baby’s gums compressing the nipple can cause significant injuries.”

I suppose it is all practice, as you can’t really experience breastfeeding until you have your baby and then it’s all systems go. Getting good advice pre birth and reading up on things though looks like it can really help.

The article also goes on to talk about:

Influence of family and friends on breastfeeding

Midwives recognise the influence that extended family and friends have on the decisions a woman makes. This is especially true with the management of feeding a newborn infant.

My biggest challenge is when there is unintentional undermining of breastfeeding, from well-meaning others, by recommending supplementation with formula milk.

So often it is said that a baby is “starving” and “the mother hasn’t got enough milk” or “the milk isn’t good enough”.

It takes patience and sometimes courage to re-educate those who have unintentionally been given poor advice and education when they had their babies and to convince such mothers that the baby’s behaviour is normal and that the mother will be able to provide for all the baby’s nutritional needs”

this is so true, i don’t know any friends of mine whom haven’t been given un-wanted advice on how they should or shouldn’t be doing things especially breastfeeding.!

It’s not a bad article, shame not every county has a specialist like this to talk to!

 

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Plus size maternity & breastfeeding clothes

So whats your thoughts on what is available in plus size ie above a 14 in maternity & breastfeeding clothes?

I went to our local Mall here in Bristol just to see what was available for the curvy pregnant lady and i gotta say the choice was really bad.

If a store did have a maternity section (and still not that many do) there really wasn’t a huge choice in clothes and the largest size i found was a 20. As for maternity jeans well they sucked big time even in “regular” sizes.

For a country where the average size is a 16 we don’t do well in offering a selection of styles and sizes.

As you guys know Mama Feelsgood is a fresh, young company and we are gradually building our range, and we are developing all the time. We do aim to offer maternity and breastfeeding clothes up to a size 22 by mid 2010 and we will be adding more style ranges in both our maternity and breastfeeding sections. We’d love to offer funky maternity jeans, but at this present time it’s not something we can go ahead with but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan ahead:)

Let us know what you want, and we can grow together…pardon the pun!

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