My Midwives Blogs

A newborn in lockdown is daunting, but it offers a rare opportunity

A newborn in lockdown is daunting, but it offers a rare opportunity

If you had told me when I was pregnant with my second child that I’d spend much of her first year without visitors, I’d have panicked.

WOW Bites - Liz Wilkes - My passion for birth and transition to mothering

WOW Bites - Liz Wilkes - My passion for birth and transition to mothering

WOW Bites are short talks, readings and soapbox moments designed to inspire, engage and introduce new ideas! 

How To Use a Breast Pump: A First-timer’s Guide From a Midwife

How To Use a Breast Pump: A First-timer’s Guide From a Midwife

Nobody mentioned breast pumps before you had the baby, right? But, for a whole host of reasons you, along with plenty of other newbie mamas out there, now find yourself holding a pump and wondering how exactly it all works.

5 Things to Do Before Your Baby Arrives

5 Things to Do Before Your Baby Arrives

Once you become a parent, things change. And for the better. But there are a few things you must prepare for before your bundle of love arrives. We’re not just talking baby monitors and burp clothes.

What Having a Baby Really Costs

What Having a Baby Really Costs

Question: What costs am I really up for when my baby arrives?

Blokes and Birth - How Important are They?

Blokes and Birth - How Important are They?

As midwives we often see the male partners coming into the first antenatal visit with a look of fear in their eyes.

A Healthy Happy Baby and A Healthy Happy Mum

A Healthy Happy Baby and A Healthy Happy Mum

A significant amount of time and thought often goes in to how to ensure your baby is healthy and happy. Recently after having a particularly happy birth I ended up with a mum who was not so happy in the weeks after birth, I wondered how much time we spend focused on things that really don’t make a difference.

Male Fertility

Male Fertility

The words ‘male fertility’ create a knot in the stomach of even the bravest of men. Often where fertility issues arise, examination of the male partner’s contribution to the problems is ignored.

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

More often than not in the modern world we live, many women return to work within the first one to two years of their babies live

Why Labour & Birth is Like a Wedding...

Why Labour & Birth is Like a Wedding...

For years I have held the belief that labour and birth are like a wedding.

My Midwives Go Viral on Facebook

My Midwives Go Viral on Facebook

“If I’m speeding, she’s 8 cm” this catchy little one liner has caught the eye of thousands of people all over the world.

8 Things Every Parent Secretly Does

8 Things Every Parent Secretly Does

This video is hilarious and we can absolutely relate to some of these conversations with our children.

Can you think of any others “lies” you may have told your children?

Professional Support After Your Baby is Born

Professional Support After Your Baby is Born

Naturally, most women focus on the birth of their baby as the most pivotal part of becoming a parent.

Do Not Disturb – The Precious First Days After Birth

Do Not Disturb – The Precious First Days After Birth

The first days after your baby is born are some of the most precious you will ever experience, they go by so quickly and everyone wants to celebrate.

Post Birth Care - “How Long Can I See a Midwife After My Birth?”

Post Birth Care - “How Long Can I See a Midwife After My Birth?”

“How long can I see a midwife after my birth?” As anyone who has had a baby knows – birth is not the end of your journey, it is just the beginning!

What Does ‘Continuity of Midwifery Care’ Mean?

What Does ‘Continuity of Midwifery Care’ Mean?

‘One-to-one’, ‘caseload midwifery’, ‘know your midwife program ‘, ‘continuity-of-care’, ‘midwifery group practice’ – these are all the different terms that describe the model of midwifery care whereby a midwife or team of midwives cares for a woman throughout the childbearing journey and early parenting period.

Liz Wilkes is a Managing Director and Midwive of My Midwives