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
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
Complementary therapies There are many types of complementary therapies available: Acupuncture, aromatherapy (available in most birth units) homeopathy, massage, self-hypnosis and yoga.
Movement and positions Use gravity to help you during labour and birth. Also, empty your bladder hourly. Both, being upright and an empty bladder maximises your body’s ability to give birth. Movement, like walking or a good wiggle may help speed up labour.