A mum-to-be who took to the Internet in search of comfort and support after many of her friends turned down an invite to her baby shower, actually didn’t get the response she might have expected. “My sister kindly offered to throw me a baby shower at the end of Jan. I gave her a list of people to invite in early Dec,” she wrote.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Sarah, from Queensland, Australia had given birth naturally, for how else could she have pulled her own baby out of her body, but in fact she’d had a caesarean section. For Sarah is one of a rising number of mums-to-be who are forgoing the protective screen, scrubbing up with the surgical team and taking a more hands-on role during their caesarean births. Maternal assisted caesarean sections are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for Australian and American women, who want to play a less-passive role in their c-section deliveries.
Fast forward six years and Leah says her parenting situation couldn’t have turned out better. In an article for The Guardian, Leah explained that she and the father of her daughter, Cecelia, spent four and a half months drawing up a 16-page legal and philosophical agreement about how to raise their daughter together. According to Leah, the pre-nup enabled her and Cecilia’s dad to have “the best of both worlds” when it comes to co-parenting.
Forget forking out on fancy beauty products, the health of you and your bubba just took the priority top spot. Instead mums-to-be are being encouraged to follow NHS recommendations by taking 5mg of folic acid per day for the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy and vitamin D, both of which can be bought at a fraction of the cost.