Birth Partners, Birth Place, Homebirth, Labour and Birth, Self-help, Waterbirth

Aromatherapy for Labour & Childbirth

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

Birth Partners, Birth Place, Blog, Caesarean Birth, Homebirth, Induction, Informed Choice, Labour and Birth, Positions, Self-help

Informed Choice

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

Blog, Postnatal Recovery, Practical Baby Care

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

Homebirth, Waterbirth

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?)

Birth Partners, Blog, Labour and 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.

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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