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)
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
What are the things you really need to pack in your birth bag? For mum your maternity notes birth preferences / plan (if you have) TENS machine (if you are planning to use one) warm socks in case you get cold feet during labour light clothing (hospitals and birth units are often very warm) Snacks… Continue reading Your Birth Bag
Attending childbirth preparation classes with your partner will help with your understanding of what is going on and what she is talking about. There is also some new vocabulary you may wish to learn. Be available by phone, especially closer to the due day. Have your own hospital or homebirth bag including: change of clothes, swimming trunks to… Continue reading Going to be a birth partner? Do’s and don’ts.
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
#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?