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
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?!?
“I think we should go for use re-usable nappies, what do you think?” I asked my hubby as I rested my hand on my bump. It was one of those seemingly innocuous questions in the last couple of months of my pregnancy which brought a strange look of fear and horror across his face, closely… Continue reading Persuading the Hubby: Reusable Nappies 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.
#10 Be strong for her and your baby Finally, yes, be strong. You have got this! You can do this! The midwives will be there to support you both also. Be strong, be confident! Thank you for following this little series. I hope you've found it helpful. All these tips have been collected from new… Continue reading How to be a supportive birth partner #10
#9 Reassure her. Often all that is needed is a bit of reassurance. Being in labour and giving birth can be hard work and tiring. Reassuring words, eye contact and touch can help your partner to get through it all. You might also want to try some praise or affirmations such as "You are strong." or "You,… Continue reading How to be a supportive birth partner #9
#8 Support her choices. It is important that your partner feels supported in her choices. It may be beneficial to discuss her choices and agree on few prior to going in to labour. Some women choose to write a birth plan, others prefer to write down just a few preferences. If you have strong believes… Continue reading How to be a supportive birth partner #8
#7 Be assertive. Ask if you are not sure what is happening. When making decisions, remember to ask your B.R.A.I.N. What are the Benefits? What are the Risks? What are the Alternatives? What do my Instincts tell me? What if we do Nothing for a while?
#6 You can do this! Yes, you really can! Be confident, you've got this!
#5 Give your partner your full attention! Give her your full attention, notice when she's starting to get tense. Help her by breathing together, massage, eye contact etc. Follow her lead! Remember #1 You know your partner best. You are confident and supportive.