1) Don't speak to me. I wanted all communication and any concerns to go via my birth partner, especially during active labour. My job during birth was to focus and breathe. My husband knew our preferences, so he was about to advocate and make decisions on my behalf without interrupting me. 2) No students. I … Continue reading Things I had on my birth plan…
Hospital procedures & protocols for pregnancy & birth
Hospital procedures are not the law or even evidence-based. Examples of protocols and procedures you don't have to do: - internal examination - it's your vagina, and they don't actually give much information.- IV preparation. This is don't "incase" something bad happens, which is about 4% of the time. Do you want to prepare for … Continue reading Hospital procedures & protocols for pregnancy & birth
Grounding benefits for pregnancy & postpartum
Research suggests there are very real mental and physical benefits to making daily contact with the earth’s surface.Grounding is an exercise you can practise in everyday life, during pregnancy and postpartum. Grounding works by leveraging the negative electrical properties of the ground. The ground on which you walk has a negative electrical charge. Therefore, it's … Continue reading Grounding benefits for pregnancy & postpartum
What is visualisation?
We use visualisation a lot in hypnobirthing and I know a lot of people are very skeptical about it, but with my second baby, everything I had visualised for my baby’s birth happened, literally every detail. Even down to the timing. I wanted things to start after my older son went to sleep at night. … Continue reading What is visualisation?
Bath rental service
Immersing yourself in water is one of life's natural forms of pain relief, this is why so many women choose to give birth in water. Even in the last weeks of pregnancy or early labour it is advised to take a warm bath. This physical act releases endorphins, which is the body’s natural pain relief … Continue reading Bath rental service
Caffeine consumption during pregnancy
Is it ok to have caffeine during pregnancy, in short, YES! The risks included increased heart rate for you and the baby, can reduce the baby’s weight, can increase your anxiety and cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. How much coffee can you drink? The WHO and NHS have recommended between 200-250mg per day but remember … Continue reading Caffeine consumption during pregnancy
Why we give birth on our backs….
Most women give birth lying down - and that's nothing to do with biology or medicine. In fact, the real reason is a little creepy and it's all to do with one man's very weird fetish.King Louis XIV, who ruled France from 1643 to 1715, played a huge hand in popularising the lying down position… … Continue reading Why we give birth on our backs….
Full moon baby?
A lot of midwives and birth workers swear that more babies are born under a full moon. The first full moon of 2022 falls tomorrow, Monday 17th January around 6.50 EST. This ‘Wolf Moon’, constellation of Cancer, is set to heighten emotions. Why is this? And why is there a theory that more women go … Continue reading Full moon baby?
Positions for birth
UFO No not the little green guys from another planet......keep reading. Do you fancy: Knocking 82 minutes off your birthing time,And giving your baby up to 30% more space to come out? Sounds UFO - utterly fantastic outstanding? Yes it does, but UFO stands for upright, forward and open. Being in a good upright, forward and open (UFO) … Continue reading Positions for birth
Festive Induction or C-Section
‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year….’ During the festive season most businesses work with a skeleton staff in order to give employees quality time with their families, maternity wards are no different. But what does this mean for you if you’re pregnant and your due date is over the festive season? Unfortunately, it … Continue reading Festive Induction or C-Section