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It’s been 13 years since I attended my FIRST ever birth! Even though it feels like a lifetime ago, I so clearly remember the details of the labour. It was mind-blowing. I knew a baby was going to be born but it was impossible to imagine. Childbirth is an ‘everyday' miracle but it still took my breath away when she actually entered the world.

I lived my life on-call for 12 years,...

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Why mama’s need to be massaged

Nearly everyone loves a good massage. The benefits are even greater for pregnant and postpartum women. Their bodies are going through such immense changes that some nurturing touch can make a HUGE difference.

It’s very common to have aches and pains in pregnancy as the body accommodates the growing belly and prepares for birth. Prenatal massage can be fantastic for alleviating back and...

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Why iron is crucial for mothers

This article is inspired from a talk by Dr Oscar Serrallach about the importance of iron.

Dr Oscar Serrallach is an integrative GP who is well-known for his work in functional medicine and postnatal health. He has written the groundbreaking book, The Post Natal Depletion Cure.

He is extremely passionate about helping mothers rebuild their health and reclaim their energy after giving birth. He...

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Herbs to help boost breastmilk

While breastfeeding is a natural process, sometimes mama’s want a little boost to help with their milk supply. There are many natural herbs and foods that can make this journey just that bit easier.

The act of taking a few minutes to enjoy a warm cup of tea can help boost oxytocin which helps with milk flow. If the herbs used in the tea can also help boost milk production, then it’s...

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Birthing on Country

Thank you to Bobbi Lockyer, Aboriginal artist and photographer, for allowing me to use her beautiful photo. 

 

During my Clinical Science degree at Southern Cross University I studied two units from the College of Indigenous Peoples (Gnibi). As uncomfortable as it is learning about history of invasion of Aboriginal nations and the health crisis facing our Indigenous communities,...

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What are the signs of labour?

Having more knowledge about the signs of labour will help you to have a better birth experience.

 

How do you know when labour is starting?

There are many ways that labour can begin. You may have a show (lose your mucus plug), you may have diarrhoea, your waters may break or contractions may just begin with cramps and/or back pain.

In early labor you may like to try to rest and...

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How to have an easier birth

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all face-to-face antenatal classes got cancelled. But don’t worry, you can still learn all you need to know.

Enrolling in the online course, Map to Birth and Beyond means you can watch and re-watch the classes as many times as you like. You can even watch the classes in your pyjamas at a time that suits you.

And, you still have access to me… AKA your...

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Helpful hints to help you dilate

 

In today's video you will learn what the cervix does BEFORE it starts to dilate and then helpful things to do to help you reach 10cm dilation.

You can boost your confidence even more by checking out The Map to Birth and Beyond online antenatal course.

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Giving birth during COVID-19

I know that a lot of people are thinking about switching from a hospital birth to having a homebirth because of everything that is going on with COVID-19.

I recently spoke with homebirth midwife, Bronwyn Moir (Holistic Midwifery) so she could answer some common questions that are coming up. She has noticed an increase in homebirth enquiries. Not so much because people think they will catch...

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How Perifit is taking pelvic floor health to a whole new level

Kegel exercises help to strengthen our pelvic floor muscles. It’s something we know we probably ‘should’ be doing, but how many of us are actually doing pelvic floor exercises? And if you are doing them… how do you know if you’re doing them properly?

 

Let’s start with WHY Kegels are important

Having a strong pelvic floor means you’re better able...

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