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
Be calm and patient. That will help her to stay calm, too When a mother is calm, her body will release Oxytocin more effectively. What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is the hormone which triggers her contractions and keeps them coming. Oxytocin is also known as the hormone of love. At the same time, a mother's body… Continue reading How to be a supportive Birth Partner #2
Distraction Find some distractions in the early stages, such as a book, music, etc. Waiting for contractions creates tension. So cover up your clocks and watches and get distracted by something 🙂 This is the final post of the series. Thank you for reading and following!
Hot / cold packs Heat or cold may help you to cope with labour. Apply them to lower abdomen, lower back, back and perineum. Three-point heat can be a very effective form of pain relief during labour.
Labour, how does it work? Oxytocin is the hormone which triggers your contractions and keeps them coming. Oxytocin is also known as the hormone of love. At the same time, your body produces another hormone, prostaglandin, which helps softening the neck of your womb (the cervix) to help it to open up (dilate) to allow… Continue reading Self-help skills for labour & birth #1