The Honest Confessions of a NICU Mum on…. Birth

The Honest Confessions of a NICU Mum on…. Birth

 

 

I recently met someone who I knew, last time I saw her she was heavily pregnant, and now she was pushing a little bundle around.

I went to congratulate her, and then it was though I couldn’t help myself, I then asked her if the birth was good, turns out she had a rotten time and I felt awful and intrusive for even asking.

Having both of my boys, I have suffered two birth traumas and used to hate when people asked me if it was natural, painful or my favourite ‘good’.

I had found myself using the exact phrase I used to abide, why is it as a nation we are so interested in birth stories, and always want to know exactly how someone gave birth before you’ve even asked the baby’s name?

Wellbeing

It’s odd we are normally so focused on the baby, we tend to forget the wellbeing of the mum, as she is just expected to put everything to one side now she is responsible for the small human she just birthed.

Birth has changed so much over time, dad’s are now active birth partners, there are new practices and methods.

I think I must have just been really oblivious when I was pregnant with my eldest about giving birth, we went to ante natal classes but seeing a doll being pushed through a pelvis doesn’t really have the same effect as actually giving birth does it?

One Born Every Minute terrified me so I had to stop watching it, towards the end of my pregnancy I was felt very under prepared. I felt for a first time mum I was not really educated when it came to giving birth. Yes, all births are different and it might have been my own fault for relaying only on the ante natal classes, but I really didn’t have a clue.

Spoiler alert; it is not like it is in the films.

With both of my births, I was sick and had an awful stomach during contractions which meant for two labours I spent most of my time on the toilet. I actually stayed on the toilet with both of them until I was ready to push!

Hospital vs Home

Elijah was born in hospital after 8 hours and a fairly textbook labour but I suffered a significant haemorrhage and the aftermath of being stitched up traumatised me. I developed and infection and needed a blood transfusion. I didn’t have a clue what was being done or why.

I spent so much of my time re living the birth over and over which when I fell pregnant the second time, it made me fear giving birth again.

There was a turning point and that was attending a hypnobirthing course with Jackie at The Orange Grove Clinic. I learnt so much about my attitude towards birth, my language and for the first time in seven months I felt positive and empowered to give birth the way I wanted.

That’s the thing with giving birth again you are suddenly more aware, you know what could and couldn’t happen and you are more prepared.

Let down

Which makes me think perhaps we are letting down some first time mums if they like me were solely relying on the local ante natal classes, or perhaps as a society it is our view as birth as a whole?

Out attitude, our language, our pressure to live up to an unrealistic image of birth and when we don’t achieve it we feel as though we have failed.

Turns out my second son had other ideas, and after sitting down to watch Die Hard 2, I ended up giving birth less than fifty minutes later in the bath!

My two experiences were polar opposites when I did eventually get to hospital with Harlow, I was met on the Midwife Led Birthing Unit, and they were so mindful of my past experience and supported and understood me.

Empowered

It made me think it really does make a difference when there is someone there to empower you, I wish I had that the first time round. Or perhaps someone had just taken the time to talk to me, to explain what was going on, being done then perhaps I wouldn’t have been so unaware of things.

There is an attitude shift towards birth at the moment, and we are beginning to look at our attitude, our language it is no longer your dirty little secret if you have a ‘bad’ birth or trauma, there is a focus on you, and your wellbeing after birth.

Birth Better

There is a fabulous network called the Birth Better Network who are doing just that, and revolutionising the way birth has affected us, and how we can make significant changes for the future. The Huffington Post which has hundreds of thousands of readers every day is also currently doing a fantastic series called the Birth Diaries to show how diverse birth can be.

I think we still have a long way to go regarding educating ourselves about birth, and we still need to shift our attitude and let the new mum take the lead to talk about her experience is she wants to but the important thing is not to put pressure or high expectations on birth and to give everyone the tools they need to have the birth they want. Or if things don’t go to plan it is explained to them every step of the way.

Make Birth Better Network

Huffington Post Birth Diaries

The Orange Grove Clinic

Vicki Cockerill is a Freelance Content Writer and NICU/CHD Mum to two boys, she authors The Honest Confessions Of A NICU Mum Blog and co-founded the @KnackeredandNorwich Social Club and campaigns for NICU and MMH issues. You can contact her via her blog or social media;

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Pregnancy guest blogger 35 weeks - hypnobirthing and antenatal classes

Waking up on the floor, dazed and confused…I was obviously quite receptive to a hypnotised Alpha Brain state… Or if not… i was very tired!

 

We saw the wonderful Jackie – owner of ‘The Orange Grove Clinic’ for a weekend of Hypnobirthing. She was great! Honest, informative and reassuring. We studied Balloon breathing, Feather breathing and Deep breathing whilst pelvic tilting on a Bouncy ball all on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon. I now feel like i understand what my clever body will go through. I never thought i would be able to have a water birth or be able to give birth to my baby without medical intervention, i now truly believe that i am capable of doing whatever i wish for our little ones big day. I feel more empowered than ever. Go women!

 

We have begun our Antenatal classes this month. ‘Birth to Babies’ was what we opted for. Our team of new parent troops are lovely, and our tutor Sian is very informative and makes the evening entertaining. We group up in small numbers to express fears and then try solve them, we test out birthing positions, strategies and discuss the role of our other halves. I’m now part of a ‘Yummy Mummy’s’ group in which we share advice and plan catch ups over must needed coffee and cake.

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Sometimes it’s nice to get away from it all, so my hubby and I had a treat night away at Park Farm. Swimming in their warm pool feeling light and bouncy and lounging in our luxury suite was just what we needed. I’m a sucker for a freebie, so coming into our room with salted caramel and hazelnut chocolate, wrapped up in ribbon on the bed accompanied by bottle of ice cold Shloer (pregnancy wish) was such a treat and i felt super special.

 

After our romantic getaway we thought we would make detour to visit to MLBU ward. We rang ahead and they confirmed it was quiet that day so we should pop up to visit. The rooms we could sneak a peek into had dimmed lighting, twinkly lights and birthing pools, which is perfect for me to use my new hypnobirthing techniques along with my portable music soundsystem, essential oils spray and battery candles… Like a spa they say. All of the midwives at N&N have been reassuring friendly and we are so lucky to be having our baby in their safe hands!

 

On a final note we are PACKED! Everything prepared in the boot rearing to go. I’ve tried to cleverly pack my bag that my hubby knows where to look for my ‘Give me this item now’ when i’m squealing at him and throwing raised eyebrows in his direction. Baby’s bag was the best to pack as i get to sit there all teary eyed deciding on which baby grow i love the most, and looking through the tiny socks and booties trying to match to the outfit. Hubby’s bag is filled with pants and food…. Standard.

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32 weeks and a bump shoot - guest blog

32 weeks and a bump shoot – guest blog

Bridget Jones pants… maternity pads… Waterproof mattress protector… All very sexy things to buy when walking around the city with your other half! With 8 weeks to go i thought i best start packing my hospital bag. There is an unbelievable amount of ‘equipment’ you need to bring for yourself and your little bundle. Luckily i’ve got a great friend who has been amazing at helping me with this, knowing she had been through it before with her daughter she could give me useful advice on what she wishes she had packed for herself and her little Mollie.

 

Learning you have to look after yourself is a lot more important than i realised, before birth and after, you should be congratulating yourself, after all you’ve just grown a Human! And then given birth to your beautiful baby! Well done you!

 

Jess kindly booked a bump photo shoot for me, i didn’t know what to wear so picked out a few favorites to show off the bump. I even fake tanned the night before to mask my snowman skin. We all have our reservations about ourselves on how we look and i have the ‘good side’ and ‘bad side’. Luckily Jess understood my weird request and i felt so comfortable changing outfits and poses and even stripped to pretty undies for a different look and i didn’t even mind strutting about as i’m falling in love with my pregnancy body.

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My bestie had her baby shower at a surprise location, there were banners, bright balloons, homemade sausage rolls, scones and cupcakes, all delicious. I overindulged of course… i am pregnant after all, that was my excuse. She loved it and it was fab to get everyone together to celebrate the occasion. It made me think about how quick time has come around! I’m going to have a baby soon! Wow! I can’t wait! I’m getting tired quickly so i’m no longer at night owl but an early morning bird who likes to wake my husband up early too, i get bored, if i can’t sleep neither should he right?…

Single digit countdown…

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Maternity Photographer Norfolk

5 Ways To Keep Cool When Pregnant

5 Ways To Keep Cool When Pregnant

 

The summer months are here (hurrah!) but not so much fun if you are pregnant.

You begin to frequent supermarket freezer aisles a bit too much, you have the Dyson fan sitting in your Amazon basket and an unhealthy obsession with ice pops.

Have no fear we are here to help!

 

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Here are our top 5 ways to keep cool when pregnant whether you are at home or out and about.

Take A Swim

This is probably one of the easiest ways to keep cool when pregnant, whether it be in the sea, the local pool or my favourite chucking your toddler out of the paddling pool and occupying it despite is protests of ‘MUUUMMMMMM get out’, being in the water is great for keeping cool when pregnant and also good to reduce any swelling you may have too.

Stay Indoors

Remember when you saw the first glimpse of sun grabbed the tanning oil (okay the cooking oil from the cupboard) and your bikini and whiled away the afternoon worshipping the sun? Yes, summer is a very different story when your pregnant I am afraid. If you can try to avoid the midday Sun by keeping inside with your feet up and curtains closed to cool the room down. Well, it’s the perfect excuse to catch up on The Handmaid’s Tale at least and it will keep you cool when pregnant.

Water Spray

Never before will you look at a tiny plastic squirty bottle with as much love as when your pregnant and hot. Keeping a little spray bottle of water in your bag, or when at home in the fridge is a quick way to cool down when your pregnant. You can also buy sprays that claim to cool you down as well. Try running your wrists under the cold tap, and wetting a flannel and placing it on the back of the neck too for a quick way to keep cool when pregnant.

Fan

What’s that noise? Oh it’s just the gentle whirring of a fan in every single room of the house! Soon you will find that you will only suggest to meet in places with amazing air conditioning and buy lots of extension leads so you can buy more fans! Don’t forget to get a mini fan or two to carry with you to keep cool when your pregnant, and one for the hospital bag is an essential if your due to give birth in the hot summer months.

No Cold Showers

As much as your tempted to jump and have a cold shower, try to avoid it, being pregnant your running slightly hotter so to cool down you must do it gradually. Try a luke warm shower or bath and put on some loose fitting clothes. If all else fails, kick the toddler out the paddling pool again!

Are you currently heavily pregnant, or have been pregnant during summer?

We would love to hear how you kept cool when pregnant!

(Ahem one of us may have been guilty of sticking their bum in Morrisons freezer every time she went there!)

 

Find more useful blogs here.

 

Jess x


How to Dress Your Bump

How to Dress Your Bump

 

Deciding what to wear for a photoshoot can be hard enough, but deciding what to wear for a maternity shoot when none of your clothes fit you any more can be a real challenge. Luckily, getting your maternity photoshoot outfit right is easier than you think, all you need is a few carefully selected accessories and a bit of knowhow.

 

A belt

 A belt can be used to adjust your outfit, make it more flattering and emphasise your bump. Place the belt just above your bump and below your bosom to draw in any loose clothing, add a splash of colour to your outfit and make your bump really stand out.

 

Maxi dress

 When it comes to dressing for a maternity photo shoot, the maxi dress is very much your friend. Available from most maternity clothes shops and high street fashion brands, maxi dresses help to draw attention to your bump while making your silhouette look slim and smooth. What’s more, maxi dresses are very comfortable, so you’ll feel happier and more at ease throughout the shoot.

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Block colours

 

To ensure the photos don’t look too busy, try to stick to block colours when selecting your outfit. As well as giving the photos a lovely aesthetic, this will help to ensure your bump isn’t obscured by patterns, prints and textures. To add a unified look to your photo series, select a colour palette, using accessories and outfits that complement and enhance each other throughout the shoot.

 

Accessories

 

Accessories are a fantastic way to add colour and detail to your maternity look. Chunky necklaces work well with maxi dresses as they add visual interest to the top of your outfit and help to balance out your look. You can also add layers like wraps, coats and scarfs to your outfit to make it more vibrant and eye-catching.

 

Make it classic

 

Though you’re capturing a specific moment in time with a maternity photoshoot, it’s a good idea to choose a classic, timeless look to ensure your images don’t look too dated too quickly. Try to avoid clothes that are faddy or trendy, opting instead for outfits that will stand the test of time. As well as helping your photos to look great, this approach will also ensure that your maternity wear is still on trend next time you’re pregnant.

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Sourcing fashionable maternity clothes

 

Though shopping for maternity outfits can be fun, sourcing clothes that are fashionable as well as practical isn’t always easy. The best place to start is word of mouth recommendations, so the other pregnant women you know where they buy their clothes. If that fails, you can either hit the high street or, if you want to take the weight off your feet and avoid trawling shop after shop, go online and see what specialist brands have to offer.

My favourite picks are

https://www.isabellaoliver.com/

http://www.debenhams.com/women/red-herring-maternity

http://www.newlook.com/shop/maternity/view-all-maternity_1920039

 

If you’re thinking about planning a maternity shoot of your own and want to find out more, give us a call today.

 

 

 


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Pregnancy guest blogger 30 week bump

Pregnancy guest blogger 30 week bump

 

This. Is. Hard. Really hard.  I’ve had two pregnancies previous that have reached this stage (bump is now 30 weeks) and I can hand on heart say this is the hardest one. I’ve LOVED being pregnant before. I have always been that annoying person who doesn’t get sick, who doesn’t get insomnia, doesn’t get much discomfort. Well this time, I can safely say all that has gone out the window.

 

I hurt. Everywhere from belly button to knees. I have horrendous pregnancy insomnia . Plus a toddler who wakes up a couple of times a night, so I’m awake more overnight than I’m asleep.

 

I am putting a large proportion of how challenging things are/how much discomfort I’m in down to the fact that I have 2 very lively, very active beautiful kiddies to run around after this time. First pregnancies see the luxury of rest, and even my second pregnancy (because we had such a small age gap) was quite restful as my daughter still napped! This time I’m up against a 4yr old and a 2.5yr old, no wonder I’m knackered!

 

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We had our 28 week midwife check up , o far I’m managing to avoid the dreaded GTT test . For the first time EVER in my pregnancy history my bump measurements are on ‘target’. I’ve always measured big and have had polyhydramnios ,  which has kept me from being able to birth on MLBU. I’m really wishing hard that the stars align for me this time and I get my hypnobirthing waterbirth I’ve longed for since 2013!

 

 

My amazing Osteopath has been roped in to try and keep the SPD pain under control (if anyone can help she can) , the home stretch is all about survival for me now! And getting organised. Sorting through old clothes, packing hospital bags, buying the car seat, rebuilding the nursery furniture The list is quite long ! Until next time ...

 

 

Rach also popped into my studio for her maternity shoot , my style is light and airy and Rach totally rocked this look , dont you think?

 

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Ten common misconceptions about Birth Photography - Guest blog

Ten common misconceptions about Birth Photography - Guest blog Jennifer Sarah Birth Photography.  Birth Photography? What’s that? Have you heard of it? As a specialist birth photographer, when I tell people what I do, it seems to be a very marmite subject that people either get really excited about or are really not sure about!

I was really excited when Jess asked me to pen a blog to clear up some common misconceptions around birth photography.

 

Here are some of the most frequent things I hear from people when I tell them about what I do:

 

  1. It's the same as Newborn Photography.

 

This is a surprisingly common misconception as newborn photography is so well known, but many people are yet to hear of birth photography. Like Jess, I trained in newborn photography many years ago with one of the industry leaders in safe posing and handling of babies, and it was part of my portfolio when I started my business. It was around this time Jess and I became friends, however over the years our work has ended up taking different paths! Jess has fine-tuned her specialist skills in creating beautiful studio portraits, establishing herself as one of the regions top Newborn Photographers, which is why I refer enquiries looking for this photography straight to her! I instead have been drawn towards documentary photography; and combining this love of natural light and real life-changing moments, with my passion for calm and educated births from teaching my NormalBirthing Hypnobirthing classes, has lead me to now be Norfolk’s specialist birth photographer.

The clue is in the title as to have the two types differ though, Newborn Photgraphy is when your little one is newly-born in the first few days of life, birth photography is the story of their actual birth into the world.

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2. But, I look ugly in labour!

 

No you don’t. You really, really don’t! You’re beautiful in labour. All women are as they find their inner strength to birth their babies. Even when the mascara is smeared down your cheeks and your hair is sweaty and tangled - I promise you - you are beautiful. I am yet to photograph a labouring mother who says she feels ugly in her images, instead she finds them stunning, empowering and emotional.

My favourite quote comes from the world renowned birthing guru, Ina May-Gaskin; “If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labour, someone isn’t treating her right.”

 

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3. It’s gory and graphic.

 

When I tell people what I do the most common response is a screwed up face grimace - “Ooh that’s a bit gory isn’t it?!” But it’s really not! The actual birth of your baby is actually just a small part of the whole story that’s captured. And actually birth itself is often far less messy than people think!

Jess doesn’t bat an eyelid if your newborn enjoys some nappy free time on her blankets, and I don’t bat an eyelid at the inevitable bit of blood during a birth. But it’s often really not like a lot of media would have you believe! I have worked in birth for 5 years now, and I myself have done it twice. I’m quite used to seeing all manners of bodily fluids and functions - that doesn’t mean I photograph it all though!

 

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4. It’s all picture’s of ‘down there’.

 

Trust me, that’s not where I tend to point my camera! Your privacy and decency is of upmost importance to me. That said I do have some mums who want me to get the crowning moments as their baby is born, because it’s a viewpoint as a mother which is very hard to see! But, as above, the birth is much more than what’s happening ‘down there’. It’s the look on Dad’s face as baby is born, it’s the forgotten back rubs, jokes in-between surges (contractions), your baby’s first expressions, and the little details and moments that make the day so special.

 

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5. It's only for ‘hippies’.

 

Far from it! Like hypnobirthing this is something parents from all walks of life want and is increasingly seen in the mainstream media.  I do find though that the type of parents who come to me to capture the day their baby is born are usually those who have spent some time planning and preparing for The Big Day. Often, but not always, it’s booked by those who have explored their birth options and are planning homebirths. They may have attended my classes or another in the area, and have looked beyond the NHS’s antenatal offerings and usual birth plans and pathways.

 

Like wedding photography, this is the story of your family’s day. From the preparations before birth to the celebrations after, more and more people are investing in their birth experiences to be the best they can possibly be, and want that special day remembered forever.

 

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6. It's scheduled like any other photography session.

 

When I book a birth, I book out the whole month. Booking an Estimated Due Date in the diary sadly just isn’t the way it works. Babies keep to their own schedule for their birth, and we have no real way of knowing exactly when that might be! I go on call at 37 weeks, and remain on call until your baby is born. Just like you, I wake up every day thinking ‘is today the day?’ I recently blogged about life on-call over on my website, and I think it’s important to remember that I become just as invested in your birth as you are.

 

And on-call really does mean on call. I will come out wherever and whenever your baby is being born. Middle of the night, or the other side of the county, I cancel all plans and forgo all sleep to be by your side as you birth your baby.

 

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 7. It's intrusive.

 

As mentioned above, I promise you it isn’t. I spend time before birth chatting to parents about images they do or don’t want, both to be captured or included in their private or public galleries.  As a birth professional I am also aware the effects of being observed can have on a mother in labour, and so I make myself as accessible, and yet invisible as possible. I offer a fly-on-the-wall perspective, and for that I must keep myself out of the way. That being said I’ll also be on hand to make cups of tea or lend a hand tidying up where needed, after all I am another pair of useful hands!

But the biggest compliment I am so fortunate to often receive is “I didn’t even know you were there!” If I hear that I know I’ve done my job well.

 

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8. It’s pricey.

 

As with all professional photography, it is a luxury. And when hiring a photographer you are paying for many things beyond the time they spend clicking a shutter. You’re paying for the years of training, things like professional equipment and insurance, and for a specialist birth photographer like myself, years of birth experience.

 

More and more people are valuing the documenting of these life changing events through beautiful photography, and just like with wedding photography, are seeking out photographers who’s work they admire and want to invest in to capture their day. You may be surprised to hear many people spend more on their pushchairs than they spend on their antenatal classes and birth photography!

 

Often it is cheaper than you think, and my birth packages actually start cheaper than my basic wedding photography package. And yet unlike weddings, I have no idea when I will be called to work, or how long I’ll then be there for! Like many photographers I have different offerings for different budgets, and can also accommodate payment plans. I even offer gift vouchers for alternative baby shower gift ideas!

 

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9. My partner can just take photos on his phone.

 

You know what. He can! For my births that’s exactly what my babies’ Dad did. But… the one photo I had from my eldest’s birth got lost in phone upgrades. We forgot to take my camera out of the car. I can still picture the image of me cradling my son, but I can’t ever see it, and I am really sad about this.  For my youngest son’s birth he did pick up my camera briefly and managed a slightly blurry snap of me and my son in the pool. It’s the only picture I have of that time and I cherish it as one of my most treasured possessions.  So although I am a photographer, I have one photo from both my births. So often I hear Mums say that they wish they had more photos from that time. Dads are caught up in the moment, and (rightly so) aren’t thinking about photos!

 

The truth is, even if your partner is a world famous photographer, Dad should be with you, by your side supporting you, welcoming your new baby into your family. You’ll see most images in this post include Dads - it’s his special day too. These wouldn’t be possible if he was watching the events through his camera screen!

 

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10. Any photographer can take pictures for me.

 

Again, this is in some ways true. Having someone at your birth who is there just to document the day will always give you more memories to look back on than not having such a designated person. But there are two things that are so important when choosing who to have with you; someone who can work confidently in ever changing situations (importantly light and environments), and someone who has a complete and thorough understanding of the birth process.

 

I am so passionate about both of these - the latter in particular. I have spent many years perfecting my art, working in ever changing natural light, knowing my equipment inside and out, and working intuitively when these things change to always capture the best images. Any professional photographer will have been perfecting these skills over their lifetime. And as professionals we find our area of expertise usually lie in certain areas. For me this is documentary photography, where my environment is uncontrolled and my subjects completely un-staged, it’s so different from my previous studio work. I just love the completely unpredictable nature of it!

This is taken even further when working in a birth environment. There are so many factors to consider I can’t begin to list them all here! Being in a birth room is such a roller coaster of emotions and logistical changes; your photographer has to be ready at a moment’s notice to change plans or position, and it’s imperative they have a full understanding of what impact their work might have on you or your care team.  All while maintaining professionalism and a calm composure.
Having been teaching hypnobirthing for 5 years now - and now embarking on my Doula training - I am a full blown birth geek! I fully understand how small words and actions can have huge impact both positively and negatively, and this is something I work hard with my couples to understand, and use in my birth work when alongside mums.

 

I cannot stress the importance to you to find someone you feel 100% comfortable around, and who you can 100% trust to be there when you need them, offer you support, and not disrupt your labour and birth. I am registered with both the UK Professional Birth Photographers and the International Association of Birth Photographers, both of whom have minimum requirements for their many registered photographers to ensure those on their listing are professional and experienced.

 

I love what I do. As corny as it sounds, this isn’t a job, it’s a calling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you may be able to tell, I’m really passionate about what I do, and I love to chat about it. So if you’d like to know more please feel free to email me at jen@jennifersarah.co.uk , find me on Instagram or facebook, or pop along to the Baby Shows at the Showground, Sportspark, and Open Norwich over the next few months to meet me in person and see more of my work. I’d love to hear all about your birth plans!

You can read my other guest blogs here, thanks Jennifer for taking the time to write this blog, did this help change your misconceptions if so comment below we'd love to know!

 

 


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 Jess Wilkins Photography:  Inside my newborn baby studio

 Jess Wilkins Photography:  Inside my newborn baby studio

 

Over the past five years, I’ve welcomed hundreds of wonderful families from across Norfolk into my purpose-built studio. Located in Norwich, the studio is specially set up to be welcoming, convenient and comfortable for families. I have a lot of experience photographing babies and young children. So know exactly how to ensure your family is happy and comfortable for the duration of your visit.

 

Parking

 

When you’ve got a baby, changing bags and maybe  another child in tow. Easy and accessible parking is very important. When you arrive at the studio you’ll find parking right outside my house. This makes it easy for you to carry your bags, belongings and baby inside.

 

Looking after baby

 

Before, during and after the shoot your baby is my number one priority. At the studio you’ll find everything that new parents need to care for their baby. Including nappies, wipes, a changing mat and plenty of space for bottle and breast feeds.

 

Refreshments

 

When you arrive at the studio you’ll find a selection of snacks to keep you going, with tea and coffee available for parents. Full length studio sessions are never rushed so there’s plenty of time for you to relax and enjoy a cuppa.

 

Older siblings

 

Older siblings are always welcome to come along to the shoots, even if they don’t want to join in themselves. There are wooden toys to play with and if you have a tablet you can plug it into the Wi-Fi. If you feel they may get restless in a newborn shoot.  One parent is welcome to go off and explore the local woods/parks. Or pop to White House Farm café which is just a short drive from my home studio.

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The shoot

 

During the shoot itself i’ll work hard to ensure your baby is comfortable and happy at all times. The shoot will last between two and two and a half hours and is always baby-led. I’ll capture your baby both asleep and awake . I use a small heater, white nose maker and a collection of delicate rompers and wraps to keep your baby warm and snug.

 

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Your baby will be photographed on a beanbag surrounded by blankets and soft things. I don’t use props in order to ensure all the focus is on your brand new baby. As all babies are completely unique, each shoot is unique. We’ll work around you and your baby making sure everyone is happy at all times.

 

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If you’d like to find out more about my home studio and photoshoots, or if you’d like to arrange a newborn session of your own, get in touch or take a look around the rest of my website.


gender reveal

Pregnant guest blogger : gender reveal she is having a ...........

My lovey pregnant guest blogger,  Rachael is back at 26 weeks pregnant and with her gender reveal.  I have to admit that I’m beginning to envy Queen Elsa with her “…the cold never bothered me anyway”. I am officially freezing. The cold wind these past few weeks has been a little tricky when you don’t have a coat the fits over an ever growing bump!

 

These past few weeks has seen the start of organising for the new arival. Starting with a new car. We went with a Citreon Grand Picasso C4. A true ‘Mummy Wagon’. But I actually really like it (totally showing my age here).

 

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I’ve also been researching car seats and sorting through mountains, and I mean MOUNTAINS of clothes. We have cupboards bursting full of 4 years worth of clothes , from when the older 2 were babies.  I even made hubby tile the bathroom – nesting much?

 

We’ve had our 25 week midwife appointment. Our midwife has been through our previous pregnancies with us , so she’s pretty relaxed about this new addition. So far she’s not hopping about too much, regarding me having a GTT test  . Which I’ve had to have,  multiple times with the other two. She’s also (thus far) given me the all clear for an MLBU birth . Which,  following previous hemorrhages and pregnancy complications is a real bonus! I’m absolutely aiming for my MLBU, waterbirth and hypnobirth this time.

 

Now to the part that most people have been waiting to know, what are we having?!

 

I’ll give you a hint with the image I took below:

 

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Rachael is also a baby photographer and amazing one too , check her out here 

 

The girls in the house will officially be outnumbered! Truth be told,  I have found parenting a boy quite a bit harder than a girl. I’m hoping this boy is just a little bit calmer. And my goodness it HAS TO SLEEP!

 

By the time you hear from me again, I’ll be in the final stretch at 30 weeks. It’s beginning to get pretty uncomfortable at times , with rather painful SPD which I’ve not had before. I think this is my body's way of saying ‘STOP NOW PLEASE’! Come on weather,  warm up for this mumma!

 

To read Rachael's other guest blogs and follow her journey find them here. Let us know if you did and gender reveal and how you did your gender reveal below.

 

Jess x

 

 

 

 

 

 


exercising

Guest blog from Babyfit are you exercising in pregnancy? If not, why not?

Are you exercising in pregnancy,  If not, why not? Most pregnant women who choose not to exercise tell me it’s because they don’t think it’s safe. Or they have been advised by helpful friends and family, often from older generations, that pregnancy is a time when you should do as little as possible. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Have you ever met someone who has run the London Marathon without doing months of training to work up to the big day?

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It is true that many pregnant mums spend the first trimester (three months) feeling tired, nauseous and worried, and in those cases, rest is always best. But after your first scan, as soon as your energy levels recover, the best thing you can do for you and your baby is get moving. In fact, the Department of Health recommends aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week during a healthy pregnancy.

However, it is very important to choose the right sort of exercise. Going hell for leather to achieve peak physical fitness is neither appropriate nor safe. Exercise during pregnancy should be viewed as a positive way to nourish your body and help support the physical and emotional changes you are going through.

So where should you start if this is all new to you? Slowly is essential, to enable you to listen to your body until you feel ready to do a little more. A brisk walk, swimming, a low-impact aerobics or dance class are all great ways to get moving during pregnancy. Or maybe you would prefer a class especially for pregnant women? There are plenty on offer. Whatever you choose, make sure you enjoy it and can talk throughout.

 

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Still not buying it? What if I told you that exercising during pregnancy might make your labour and delivery shorter and easier due to increased stamina and strength? As well as reducing the need for intervention such as forceps and/or pain relief? Exercise can also help you stay within a healthy weight range, meaning less effort after birth trying to lose your baby weight! It could help you sleep better, feel more energised and reduce the common pregnancy aches and pains like pelvic girdle pain. Catching my drift?

If you are now thinking: “Woo-hoo, let’s go!” but have unanswered questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at info@babyfit.me.uk. You won’t regret it !

Debbie from Babyfit xx

To read my other informative guest blogs click here ,i'd  love you to guest blog if you are a local business mum/ lifestyle blogger just get it touch. Jess