The perineal is the area between your vagina and anus. This is the part that is most commonly cut (episiotomy), torn or grazed during birth. By making sure this area is as soft and supple as possible it will stretch more. Most people moisturise their face because they want it to be soft and hydrated. … Continue reading Perineal massage
Words are powerful. So powerful they have started wars. Words are more powerful than actions. Words can allow someone to take over your mind completely, while actions can only force you to do something out of fear. Being aware of language is such an important life tool. For example, in answer to the question “What … Continue reading The Positive Birth Group thesaurus
If you’re pregnant or thinking about having a baby you’ve probably heard of delayed cord clamping, but do you know why it is important? A baby and its placenta are attached from about one week after conception until the baby is born. The placenta is made from the fertilised embryo which means it has both … Continue reading Delayed cord clamping
Sometimes when we’re dealing with people in a position of authority or someone who we class as more educated in a particular subject, we find it hard to question what they say. This is particularly the case with medical professionals. Doctors, midwives, obstetricians, nurses, and surgeons have all studied for years, not to mention having … Continue reading Use your BRAIN
It’s an analogy I use a lot when I’m teaching. We have to learn how to ride a bike and once we learn it we don't forget how to do it. It becomes natural to us. Birthing a baby is a natural act, but it’s not something we do often in life. Some people might … Continue reading Just like riding a bike.
Weddings are amazing. Such joyous, fun happy occasions. People think about them and start planning them from a very early age. Some people create scrapbooks and use Pinterest to collect ideas before they’re even in a relationship or engaged. It can be so much fun to get excited about a wedding. A lot of effort, … Continue reading Your wedding day versus your baby’s birth day
Stop telling pregnant people negative birth stories Everyone who has given birth has a story to tell. And, unfortunately most of the time they tend to share the negative side of their story rather than the positive. I’m not saying pregnant people are fragile but, especially if it’s their first pregnancy, they’ll naturally be experiencing … Continue reading Negative birth stories
The role of a birth partner is one of the most important roles during birth. This person should be continuously by the pregnant person’s side and on their side. Traditionally a birth partner is typically the baby’s daddy, but as we live in a very diverse world it can be a friend, a life partner, … Continue reading The SCOPE of a birth partner’s role during birth
Birth can seem pretty complicated. So I’ve created a simplified version in five steps. There is: One BOSS! The pregnant person is in charge, closely followed by the birth partner. There are: Two ways to be born: vaginally and abdominally. Abdominal births are by cesarean section, where the baby is born by a small incision … Continue reading Five Steps of Giving Birth
During pregnancy it is important to get as many nutrients and vitamins in your body as possible. Dates are packed with several nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, all of which may provide huge health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease. In a 2011 study, researchers had 69 pregnant of women eat … Continue reading Why you should eat dates during pregnancy.