Birth Partner Hacks

Are you a birth partner? You are not sure where to start when it comes to supporting the birthing mother/person? Here are just some hacks to get you started! 💜 The Hip Squeeze – a favourite of many birthing mothers/people 💜 Figure of 8 ball sit – some gentle movement 💜 The slow dance –Continue reading “Birth Partner Hacks”

Birth bag tips (COVID-19 TopUPs)

What to pack into your birth bag aka hospital bag during this pandemic? Are there any essentials that you’ve missed? Find out… Pack one bag for mum, one for baby/babies and one for your birth partner COVID-19 TopUPs are highlighted in bold Bag for mum Your birth plan and maternity notes Comfy, lose-fit dressing gownContinue reading “Birth bag tips (COVID-19 TopUPs)”

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 yourContinue reading “Aromatherapy for Labour & Childbirth”

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”

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 leaveContinue reading “Pregnancy & New Parent Timeline – what to do and expect”

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?)”