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 notesComfy, lose-fit dressing gown Nighties… Continue reading Birth bag tips (COVID-19 TopUPs)
Where will our baby/babies sleep? Which type of bed will fit into our bedroom? How long can they stay in that bed? How long will a Moses basket last us? Will our twins fit into a bedside crib? All very valid questions when it comes to making your decisions on where your baby/babies will sleep.… Continue reading What the… COT!?
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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
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 leave… Continue reading Pregnancy & New Parent Timeline – what to do and expect
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?)
Recovery after Caesarean Birth Emotionally How you will feel after a caesarean birth depends on what your expectations on the birth of your baby were as well as on what happened before and during the birth. The caesarean rate in England is close to 25% (Birth Choice UK, 2011), therefore there is always a chance… Continue reading Recovery after Caesarean Birth
A gentle Caesarean Birth, 'just' a new trend or the step forward? What do you think? If you are having a planned Caesarean Birth, you have quite possibly some time and options to make the experience your own. Do you know your options? Do you know what others have done? This post is about some… Continue reading A gentle Caesarean Birth
Pregnant again?! Congratulations! Being pregnant again is especially challenging when the next older child is still very young. Having a toddler and being pregnant can be very hard work! You are of course tired because you're pregnant but you cannot nap in the day when you need to with your toddler around. Unlike during your… Continue reading Pregnant again?!