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Rose Annabel L ally Daughter of Daniel an d Maria Lally Born on the 16th of May 2013 At the Royal Surrey Co unty Hospital, Guildfor d Weighing 8lb 2oz , Sis ter to Sophia, 3½
Proud parents share their birth experiences with us and Baby Surrey welcomes three new arrivals into the world.
ur first daughter, Sophia, was born in June 2010, and we were absolutely thrilled. It was exhausting at first, but we soon got the hang of it, and on her second birthday we decided to try for another baby. I fell pregnant soon after, and we were even more excited the second time around because we knew what lay in store. We were also happy that Sophia would soon have a sibling. We decided to find out the sex of the baby because we were moving house during the pregnancy and we wanted to be organised – for example, the day we moved we wanted to know whether to put all of Sophia’s old clothes up into the loft (if it was a boy) or in the new nursery (if it was another girl). Sophia kept saying, “I really want a baby
sister Mummy, not a brother!” The pressure was on! At the 20 week scan, however, the sonographer couldn’t tell me the sex because Rosie wasn’t in the right position. So a week later I paid for a private gender scan, which revealed that we were indeed having another little girl.
“At the 20 week scan, however, the sonographer couldn’t tell me the sex because Rosie wasn’t in the right position.” My pregnancy was very straightforward. The biggest worry was the house move – it was very stressful because we were in a complicated chain that kept threatening to collapse. We were living in a flat in London, and I was desperate to move before the baby
arrived because the flat could only be accessed via a long flight of stairs, which would have been tough with a baby and a toddler. Plus, the new house had a garden and the baby was due at the beginning of the summer. We ended up moving when I was seven months pregnant, so, instead of taking it easy in the last few months, I was lifting heavy boxes and trying to get the house organised. I had given birth to Sophia one week early, and exactly one week before Rosie’s due date my waters broke. I was reading Sophia a bedtime story when I felt them go. I carried on putting her to bed, then called the hospital. I had a shower and washed my hair and waited for Dan to come home. By the time he arrived I was having frequent contractions, so we asked my motherin-law to come over and we set off. Things were much quicker than they had been during my first labour.
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i r h B t y D a p y! p aH Giving birth is all about choice. Becky Dickinson explores different ways to deliver. W O R D S : B E C K Y D I C K I N S O N | I L LU S T R AT I O N S : E K AT E R I N A T R U K H A N
s your pregnancy draws to an end, childbirth becomes an increasing, sometimes daunting, reality. Deciding how to give birth is one of the most important decisions you will need to make while your baby is still inside you. To the uninitiated, the options can seem as bewildering as the array of different pushchairs on the market. But just as there is no ‘one travel system fits all,’ neither is there one correct way to give birth. From living room floor to surgeon’s table, aromatherapy to epidural, there are more ways to bring a baby into the world than you can shake a Clear Blue stick at. Here are just a few of the options.
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natural birth It seems somewhat superfluous to refer to a natural process like childbirth as ‘natural.’ Yet, in the case of labour, it means giving birth vaginally without medical intervention. Its advocates believe birth is a normal, healthy part of life, not a medical procedure. During a natural birth the woman can move around and try out different positions, using breathing exercises and relaxation techniques in place of drugs. This can have the advantage of feeling more relaxed and in control. Natural births can be extremely empowering. However,
for some women it can be hugely disappointing if things don’t go to plan. Clare Shepherd from Clapham, London, says, “I’d set my heart on this beautiful drug-free experience, but after 40 hours in labour, I was exhausted and my baby was distressed. I ended up having an epidural and forceps delivery. Afterwards, I couldn’t help feeling I hadn’t done it properly.’’ Although many women aspire to a natural birth, it’s important to realise they are not always possible and intervention is never a mark of failure.
Hypnobirth HypnoBirthing is a birth education programme that teaches simple self hypnosis, relaxation and breathing techniques. HypnoBirthing is based on the belief that pain is not necessary and that a woman’s body is perfectly designed to give birth. HypnoBirthing aims to free women from the fear and tension that often surrounds childbirth and to enable the pelvic muscles to relax. For the best chance of success, it’s necessary to practise
the techniques well in advance of the due date. Kerry Woodcock from London says, ‘’HypnoBirthing kept me feeling calm and in control throughout labour. The contractions were no problem at all. It gave me a better understanding of the physical and psychological aspects of childbirth. I would advise every mother-tobe and her partner to try HypnoBirthing even if they intend to use drugs.”
Once the preserve of home births and midwife units, water births are becoming increasingly mainstream and many hospitals now have birthing pools. Larger than a normal bath, pools are deep enough for the woman to be immersed - with space for a partner or husband to jump in too if desired! Being in warm water can help a woman’s muscles to relax, which can reduce pain and speed
up labour. Research suggests that being in water can also reduce the risk of tearing to the perineum. According to a Which? survey in 2013, about 30% of women giving birth in England used water or a birth pool for coping with labour pain, and 6% of women gave birth in a pool. Many women feel that giving birth in water provides their baby with a more gentle transition to life outside the womb.
Caesarean section In the UK, around one in four babies are delivered by an abdominal operation. There are two kinds of caesareans: planned (elective) and unplanned (emergency). A planned caesarean is arranged in advance, usually for medical reasons such as the baby being in an awkward position, or the mother having a high risk condition. Unexpected problems can also develop during or before labour which means the baby needs to be born quickly by emergency caesarean.
This is usually done using spinal anaesthesia, but in some cases a general anaesthetic may be necessary. A c-section involves major abdominal surgery and recovery can take several weeks or longer. While caesareans can sometimes be the safest means of birth, some babies may retain fluid in their lungs which would have been squeezed out in the birth canal. It is still possible for a woman who has had a caesarean, to give birth vaginally in the future.
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Life s a BEACh If the sun’s shining, what could be better than an afternoon spent building sandcastles, playing with friends and tucking into a picnic? Best of all, you don’t always have to pack everything but the kitchen sink and head off for a week’s holiday to the Med, some of our best beaches are much closer to home. WORDS: VIV MICKLEFIELD
hether you’re four, thirty-four, or sixty-four, the idea of whiling away a few hours relaxing on a beach fills all generations with giddy excitement. No matter that the sand seems to find its way into everything; few of us tire of setting-up ‘base camp’ and re-discovering our inner child. Obviously, the mental checklist to remember before closing the front door does depend on the ages in your party, whether or not you expect to go into water too, how long you intend to be out for and your mode of transport. Sunscreen that gives UVA and UVB protection, wide brimmed hats and long-sleeved cotton tops are a must on even the cloudiest day. And toddlers and older children usually feel more comfortable wearing jelly or breathable beach shoes, while a baby in tow means you’ll probably need extra towels and blankets for them to rest on. Unless you’re planning to drive very close to the chosen beach, taking sun tents and windbreaks to provide shelter is an extra encumbrance so consider a big umbrella to provide shade if needed. As onsite facilities can vary enormously, and an advance recce isn’t always possible, you’ll probably want to take your own cool bag with food and water. Travel bottle warmers and
flasks of hot water add weight, but can be invaluable if you have a little one on formula food. However, as the Hutson family know, when you hit the beach it doesn’t require a trunk-load of expensive toys to keep little ones amused. “My three-year-old daughter loves playing in the sand so a
“My three-year-old daughter loves playing in the sand so a bucket and spade is essential,” says dad Mike. “We also enjoy checking out the little rock pools and paddling in the sea.” bucket and spade is essential,” says dad Mike. “We also enjoy checking out the little rock pools and paddling in the sea. Sophie has as much fun here as she would at an over-priced theme park.” Jackie and Matt Field, who’ve spent plenty of family time at the beach since sons Ned 6, and Ben 8 were small, would agree. “Seeing everyone enjoying themselves and finding pleasure in the simple and natural things that you do is great,” says Matt. And although a cricket bat and ball also make it onto the packing
list, now that the boys are getting older, they still love building sand sculptures. “Everyone can do it and contribute to creating some amazing things that people admire as they go by,” says Matt. A spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) does advise caution when it comes to sand play, “Children have been known to dig very deep holes in the sand, the sides of which can collapse. Sand pits should be kept shallow.” And according to RoSPA, even if children are confident in water, they should always be supervised by an adult, “Unlike a swimming pool, the sea has no depth markings, no fixed depth and you can’t always see the bottom. Conditions can change rapidly, so consider the risks to yourselves and others.” Lifeguards in coastal areas provide helpful guidance on the safest spots for splashing and swimming, and Blue Flag signs indicate that a beach tops European standards for cleanliness and water quality. As the mercury rises, a dip in freshwater ponds and rivers can also be a tempting option and Surrey’s Frensham Common is one of the region’s most popular countryside sites because of its heath-fringed sands. A council spokesperson does remind visitors, “Naturally occurring blooms of blue-green algae can appear which
great ways to spend summer days Want to know what to do with the little ones over the Summer? Baby Surreyâ€™s put together ten great ideas to inspire you. WORDS: EMMA OLIVER
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With good facilities that include three fun slides, Guildford Lido brings summer heat relief to families through its well-maintained outdoor water pools. There are lots of trees, and therefore shade available, making it a cool choice for mums of young children. But don’t worry, it’s not overly cool, - the pool is heated to 24ºC. Pack a picnic and stay all day. Open from 10.30am. Adults £5.90, juniors £4.50.
Do not under estimate local holiday theatre classes. More affordable than big franchises, and just as much fun, drama groups such as West Surrey based The Man in the Moon (themaninthemoon.co.uk) offer flexible days and week long fun themes, helping to keep children entertained throughout school holidays. Be sure to check out the show at the end of each week! Prices from £20 a day.
Ride a tractor and a pony, watch a pig race and cuddle a rabbit; these are all available at the award-winning Bocketts Farm (bockettsfarm.co.uk), a seriously fun and fabulous day out for all, come rain or shine. Open daily from 10am. Adults £9.20, children from £8.
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Playing On The River
Everyone remembers that iconic photo of Princess Diana with her two little princes on the log flume water ride at Thorpe Park (thorpepark.com). Question is, will you and yours take the plunge? Thorpe Park, Chertsey, open daily from 10am, with lots on offer for tots to teens. Tickets from £22.99.
While away the hours messing about on the river at Tilford near Farnham (GU10 2B). This quintessential British beauty spot with its medieval stone bridge is a haven for paddling. Plenty to keep little ones entertained. The nearby pub serves delicious ice cream too!
A popular and pretty destination for some summer fun is Frensham Great Pond (GU10 2QD, off the A287). It offers a sandy beach for the children to play on. Pack a picnic and fishing nets. Free during the week but you have to pay parking at weekends.
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