Studies have found higher comfort and satisfaction when people use aromatherapy during labour. Some essential oils may help decreasing nausea and vomiting. In one large study, more than 50% of mothers rated aromatherapy as helpful for coping with labour and birth. In general, aromatherapy may promote relaxation, ease anxiety, and promote greater satisfaction with your… Continue reading Aromatherapy for Labour & Childbirth
Pregnancy is often a woman's first significant introduction to the healthcare system. Suddenly, you have to make all sorts of decisions for you, your baby and your family unit. You'll be faced with difficult choices around your healthcare during your pregnancy and birth. Often you'll be influenced by healthcare professionals, your family and friends, media,… Continue reading Informed Choice
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
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 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, '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
Pregnant again?! Congratulations! Being pregnant again is especially challenging when the next older child is still very young. Having a toddler and being pregnant can be very hard work! You are of course tired because you're pregnant but you cannot nap in the day when you need to with your toddler around. Unlike during your… Continue reading Pregnant again?!
What are the things you really need to pack in your birth bag? For mum your maternity notes birth preferences / plan (if you have) TENS machine (if you are planning to use one) warm socks in case you get cold feet during labour light clothing (hospitals and birth units are often very warm) Snacks… Continue reading Your Birth Bag
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.
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