STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Incredible animation shows EXACTLY how a woman’s body adjusts to give birth – as experts reveal just how much it hurts

  • Everyone knows that childbirth hurts, but how bad will the pain get? 
  • What happens in the delivery room – and what pain relief is available?
  • Here leading experts reveal the truth – and it may not be as bad as you fear 

It is the most natural thing in the world – a mother giving birth to her child. Millions of women across the world deliver their babies into the world each year, soon forgetting the agonising pain as soon as their tiny bundle of joy is placed in their arms. Babies can enter the world one of two ways, via a vaginal birth or Caesarean section.  In the case of a vaginal birth, a woman’s body adapts stretching and expanding where necessary to allow the baby to arrive safely into the world.

Now, a video animation reveals exactly how a woman’s body adjusts during childbirth.  Regular contractions signal the start of the process, occurring as the cervix dilates to accommodate birth.

Click on the link to read and watch the video

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3266920/Incredible-animation-shows-EXACTLY-woman-gives-birth-experts-reveal-just-hurts.html

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Women in the UK ‘more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as many European countries

Women in the UK are more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as those in Poland, Austria or Belarus, according to research.

Britain failed to rank in the top 20 places to be a mother for the third consecutive year, coming 24th globally. Experts said the poor rating was partially due to higher infant and mother mortality rates than in other parts of Europe. The UK was ranked 30th out of 179 countries on maternal health, with women facing a one in 6,900 lifetime risk of maternal death. This was far greater than Poland (19,800), Austria (19,200) and Belarus (45,200) as well as many other Eastern European countries. In the US, there is a one in 1,800 lifetime risk of maternal death – the worst performance of any developed country in the world.

High risk pregnancies in the UK are thought to be linked to obesity, IVF, social deprivation, multiple pregnancies as well as increased maternal age and poorer access to health care, especially in some ethnic minority communities and among asylum seekers.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11581302/Women-in-the-UK-more-than-twice-as-likely-to-die-in-pregnancy-and-childbirth-as-many-European-countries.html

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