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”

Going to be a birth partner? Do’s and don’ts.

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 toContinue reading “Going to be a birth partner? Do’s and don’ts.”

A-Z of self-help for labour and birth

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, comfortContinue reading “A-Z of self-help for labour and birth”

How to be a supportive birth partner #10

#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 newContinue reading “How to be a supportive birth partner #10”

How to be a supportive birth partner #9

#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”

How to be a supportive birth partner #8

#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 believesContinue reading “How to be a supportive birth partner #8”