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
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
Within the UK parents-to-be can choose between three different environments to give birth in: Labour ward (Obstetric Unit or Delivery Suite) Birth Centre (Birth Unit or Midwife-led Unit) Home To understand and compare which choice is for you, there is some information about differences between the three.
Water (Hydrotherapy) Water is a drug-free form of pain relief in labour. It works best when you can get your bump covered. Also, make sure the water is warm but not hot. Sometimes, water may slow down labour, especially if used too early. Therefore midwives usually recommend to wait until you are in established labour… Continue reading Self-help skills for Labour & Birth #12
The birth space To make your birth space your own and make it as comfortable as possible you might wish to take your own pillow(s), blanket(s), music, drinks and snacks. It might also help to change & adjust the lighting in the room or the room temperature. You may also ask for equipment e.g. birth… Continue reading Self-help skills for Labour & Birth #8