Published on Monday 30 January 2017
A Wirral midwife is to share her personal birthing journey as part of a social media campaign aimed at helping mums-to-be hoping for a natural delivery.
Emma Walker, 30, from West Kirby is fronting Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital’s #MovingMama campaign to highlight how staying active during late pregnancy and labour helped to increase her chances of having the natural birth she longed for.
Emma has been a midwife for eight years and is currently on maternity leave. She and her partner, Michael, welcomed their beautiful baby boy, Reuben, last September after he was delivered naturally at their home by the Trust’s community midwives.
Throughout her pregnancy, Emma felt passionate about having a natural birth so put all of her midwifery knowledge and experience into practice in the hope of reducing the chances of any complications. As well as a shorter stay in hospital, a natural birth is known to have other benefits such as initiating breastfeeding sooner and reducing the likelihood of babies having breathing difficulties.
Having had the delivery she was hoping for, Emma is now keen to share her top tips so that other expectant mums with similar ambitions can increase their chances of giving birth naturally and lower the risk of interventions such as forceps, ventouse or surgery.
Emma explained: “Every woman is different when it comes to giving birth and there is no right or wrong way. Growing a baby is proof that your body can do amazing things and when it comes to labour, there are ways of encouraging your baby into a good position which really worked for me.
“More often than not, the ladies I care for feel strongly about having a natural birth and now that I’ve been through it myself, I am pleased to be sharing my personal journey in the hope that it benefits other mums-to-be.”
Head of Midwifery at Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital, Debbie Edwards said: “The safe delivery of a healthy baby is always our ultimate goal. Sometimes our midwives and obstetric colleagues need to provide some extra help and support along the way, or sometimes complications mean that surgery is the safest option, but in many cases there are things that women can do to increase their chances of giving birth naturally.
“I’m delighted that Emma has agreed to be our ‘moving mama’ and provide such a personal insight into such a special time. I’m sure that expectant parents will benefit from her advice and enjoy seeing her wonderful photographs over the next few weeks.”
#MovingMama will be launched on Monday 6th February. Like Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital’s Facebook page or follow #movingmama and @Wirral_Midwives on Twitter to see all of Emma’s top tips and photographs over the coming weeks.Tweet