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
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
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!
Water (Hydrotherapy) Water is a drug-free form of pain relief in labour. It works best when you can get your bump covered. Also, make sure the water is warm but not hot. Sometimes, water may slow down labour, especially if used too early. Therefore midwives usually recommend to wait until you are in established labour… Continue reading Self-help skills for Labour & Birth #12
Being Assertive - Making Decisions When making decisions, ask What are the Benefits? What are the Risks? What do my Instincts tell me? What are the Alternatives? What if we do Nothing for a while? Use the acronym BRIAN (or BRAIN).
The birth space To make your birth space your own and make it as comfortable as possible you might wish to take your own pillow(s), blanket(s), music, drinks and snacks. It might also help to change & adjust the lighting in the room or the room temperature. You may also ask for equipment e.g. birth… Continue reading Self-help skills for Labour & Birth #8
Complementary therapies There are many types of complementary therapies available: Acupuncture, aromatherapy (available in most birth units) homeopathy, massage, self-hypnosis and yoga.
Rest or sleep You will need your energy for the later stages of labour. Try to sleep or rest during early labour.
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.