Book references and links

Here you can find all the links to the online leaflets, research articles or Web pages I mention in the book.

Part I – Pregnancy

Chapter 1

Maternity indicators – At the time of publication, there were maternity indicators you could consult by Trust. They are no longer there. I will try and find out if this information is available elsewhere.

Mumsnet Childbirth Talk

Netmums Coffeehouse Birth and labour

Multiple pregnancy: having more than one baby Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

i Other weakening factors include: pelvic floor muscle weakness and tightness, constipation/straining, large waist measurement, heavy lifting, prolonged abdominal workouts, prolonged coughing, weak connective tissue and emotional reactions

ii Pelvic floor muscle exercises – How to exercise and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy

Maternity and paternity rights and benefits

NICE guidelines Maternal request caesarean section

Choosing to have a caesarean section Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Do I have a right to choose a caesarean section? Birthrights

Chapter 2

Professor Brian Toft’s statement


Safety issues for second-hand baby items Which?

What you’ll need for baby NHS Choices

Safety Information & Checklists Stripey Stork



v Two examples of classes offered by NHS hospitals: Chelsea and Westminster hospital; Royal Victoria Infirmary

Chapter 3





Twins UK

Types of formula milk NHS Choices

Feeding premature or sick babies Bliss

Maternity Services Survey 2017



Diabetes and Pregnancy

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies

Mental health in pregnancy Royal College of Psychiatrists The page says the article has been withdrawn in January 2018. I imagine it means there is more up-to-date information elsewhere on the website but I have not been able to find as generic an article. There are a number of articles under Postnatal Mental Health in Problems and Disorders.

Understanding postnatal depression and perinatal mental health Mind

Pandas Foundation (Pre and PostNatal Depression Advice and Support) Facebook group

The Miscarriage Association


Miscarriage NHS Choices

Pre-eclampsia NHS Choices

Action on Pre-eclampsia

Existing health problems NHS Choices

Reporting reduced fetal movements. What should I expect? Tommy’s

Sleep position in the third trimester Tommy’s


Women’s Aid

Broken Rainbow UK

Premature labour patient information leaflet Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists This leaflet is no longer available. There is now a link to NICE Guidelines.


xiii Stillbirth NHS Choices

When your baby dies before birth Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

xiv Sands


xvi child bereavement UK

2017 MBRRACE report

Samaritans UK

Suicidal thoughts – how to support someone Rethink Mental Illness

Part II – Birth

Chapter 5

xvii Correction – 24% of women who had an instrumental delivery felt they hadn’t given their consent. I do apologise. I have misquoted what the Birthrights survey shows. I will make changes in the next edition.

Chapter 6

xviii Perinatal mortality associated with induction of labour versus expectant management in nulliparous women aged 35 years or over: An English national cohort study

The Little Heartbeats

Chapter 7


An assisted vaginal birth (ventouse or forceps) Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Delay in labour and instrumental delivery


Chapter 8


Heavy bleeding after birth (postpartum haemorrhage) Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

A third or fourth degree tear during birth Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Birthmark Support Group

Part III – Postpartum

Chapter 14

Safer Sleep for Babies – A guide for using baby boxes Lullaby Trust



The Breastfeeding Network

La Leche League


How to make up baby formula NHS Choices

Expressing and storing breast milk NHS Choices

Babychange app

How do I bath my baby NHS Choices

Touchpoints: Birth to Three T. Berry Brazelton

Chapter 15

Postpartum Psychosis: Severe mental illness after childbirth Royal College of Psychiatrists

Action on Postpartum Psychosis

MASIC Foundation

Bladder and Bowel UK

Birth Trauma Association

Birth Tear Support (Severe Birth Tears) Facebook group

4th Degree Tear Support Group Facebook group

Living with Obstetric Fistula Facebook group


Birth Trauma Association

Birth Trauma Association Facebook group

Unfold your wings Emma Jane Sasuru

Postnatal depression Royal College of Psychiatrists

Understanding postnatal depression and perinatal mental health Mind

Pandas Foundation (Pre and PostNatal Depression Advice and Support)

PND and me Rosey Adams

Reaching Out Positive Motivation Hope Mark Williams

PND Daddy Tony

Dads in Mind