Pregnancy & New Parent Timeline – what to do and expect

During pregnancy Start Pelvic Floor Exercises Health Visitor and/or Midwife visits your home Day one APGAR score for baby Vitamin K offered to be given to your baby/babies Midwife or a member of the paediatric team check your baby over before you’ll leave the hospital or midwife-led unit. Newborn hearing screening – before you leave … Continue reading Pregnancy & New Parent Timeline – what to do and expect

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Planning a Waterbirth (at Home?)

The use of water for labour and birth The Benefits: Contractions will be less painful No side effects on baby or mum The warm water helps you to relax Being relaxed helps your body to produce more endorphins (natural pain killers) Being relaxed helps your body to produce more oxytocin (makes your contractions more efficient) … Continue reading Planning a Waterbirth (at Home?)

Recovery after Caesarean Birth

Recovery after Caesarean Birth Emotionally How you will feel after a caesarean birth depends on what your expectations on the birth of your baby were as well as on what happened before and during the birth. The caesarean rate in England is close to 25% (Birth Choice UK, 2011), therefore there is always a chance … Continue reading Recovery after Caesarean Birth

A gentle Caesarean Birth

A gentle Caesarean Birth, 'just' a new trend or the step forward? What do you think? If you are having a planned Caesarean Birth, you have quite possibly some time and options to make the experience your own. Do you know your options? Do you know what others have done? This post is about some … Continue reading A gentle Caesarean Birth

Going to be a birth partner? Do’s and don’ts.

Attending childbirth preparation classes with your partner will help with your understanding of what is going on and what she is talking about. There is also some new vocabulary you may wish to learn. Be available by phone, especially closer to the due day. Have your own hospital or homebirth bag including: change of clothes, swimming trunks to … Continue reading Going to be a birth partner? Do’s and don’ts.

Persuading the Hubby: Waterbirth in the kitchen by Lara Robinson

If you were lucky enough to delve between lines of this blog last week, you may remember the challenge I set myself persuading a sceptical Mr Hubby of the values of re-usable nappies.  Persuading the hubby can sometimes be like riding a bike uphill in a stiff wind, but just like the equally stiff wind … Continue reading Persuading the Hubby: Waterbirth in the kitchen by Lara Robinson

A-Z of self-help for labour and birth

A Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, Acupressure and Ask for information: the more you know, the more relaxed you'll feel, Fresh air B Breathe rhythmically, and relax as you breathe out, have a bath, birth ball, read a book, bake something C Cuddles, use electronic candles to lower the lighting and change the mood, change position, communication, comfort … Continue reading A-Z of self-help for labour and birth

Overdue = Induction of labour?!?

A main concern for all expectant mothers is the estimated due date. Anything said here is NOT medical advice. If you have any concerns about yourself or your baby, please speak to your doctor or midwife. Only about 5% of all babies in the UK are born on their "due date" (NCT, 2012). A normal pregnancy … Continue reading Overdue = Induction of labour?!?