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The birth alphabet Q-R-S-T: Questions, Rainbow Baby, Swaddling and TENS machine

This week we continue with the birth alphabet (Q-R-S-T) to help you feel more knowledgeable about what questions to ask during birth, why rainbow babies are so special, how swaddling can soothe your baby and why the TENS machine is a great option for pain relief.

Q is for Question Asking

There are a lot of decisions to make during pregnancy, birth and into postpartum. Knowing what your...

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The birth alphabet: M-N-O-P Midwives, Newborn Screening, Obstetricians and Postpartum

There are a many options for who can help you through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Why would you consider hiring a midwife?

Many healthy women choose to have a midwife support them during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal time.

Midwives are specialists in natural birth. They understand what helps birth flow more easily and can also diagnose if something isn’t progressing normally and...

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4 keys to a more peaceful postpartum

 

If you’re pregnant, you have probably thought a lot about the birth of your little one. But what about postpartum, the time after your baby arrives?

Hopefully you realise that planning your postpartum is just as important as planning your birth.

Some postpartum professionals say that the transformation a woman needs to make to become a mother is actually more intense than birthing her...

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[Mini Birth Lesson] Jaundice in Newborns

 

Many babies develop jaundice in the early days after birth. It is caused by high levels of bilirubin in the blood. A baby with jaundice develops a yellow tinge to their their skin or eyes.

In newborns, jaundice will most likely clear up on its own with regular feeds (every 2-3 hours). If your baby seems extra tired, isn’t feeding well or develops a fever please call your doctor or...

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The birth alphabet I-J-K-L: Induction, Jaundice, Vitamin K and Lochia

Do you know enough about inductions? How to recognise jaundice? When to get vitamin K? or how long lochia lasts after birth? Let's dive in...

Induction

A full term pregnancy usually starts on its own between 37-42 weeks. But for some people, their labour might need to be started artificially. This is called induction.

Induction may be recommended for:

  • gestational diabetes
  • If the waters have...
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The birth alphabet E-F-G-H

 

This week we continue with more words you might hear when you are preparing for birth. Knowledge is power.

During pregnancy, the cervix stays closed and has a mucus plug to help protect the baby from outside pathogens. Towards the end of pregnancy or in early labour, the cervix will efface. This means it will soften, shorten and become thinner. The mucus plug will be released and this is...

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The birth alphabet A-B-C-D

 

This week we are looking at a few common terms related to birth. Let's take a look at the amniotic sac, the breech position, where the cervix is located and what dilation means.

Amniotic sac: You may have heard people talk about "their waters breaking". The unborn baby is inside a bag of waters also known as an amniotic sac. This helps protect and cushion the baby from any bumps or sudden...

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What we can all learn from the birth of baby Sussex

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, wanted to take charge of her birth and postpartum experience. She sought out support that felt right for her. She knew that she would remember the birth of her precious baby for the rest of her life and she was determined to make it a positive experience.

She researched her options and made the choices that felt right.

She chose a birthing place that felt...

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Why is water birth so beneficial?

Do you love having a bath? Sliding into the warm water can bring instant relaxation to your body and mind. This soothing quality is why some women are choosing to use water when they give birth too. But the benefits don't stop there!

What is water birth?

This is when a person immerses in a warm bath or birth pool during labour. Some choose to use water immersion during the first stage of labour...

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Here’s why you need to take charge of your birth and beyond

Even though birth is a natural event and humans have literally been doing it for thousands of years. A LOT of people are not having a good experience on what should be the happiest day of their life. Too many people are heading into birth and postpartum without the right skills and attitude.

You will remember the birth of your baby for the rest of your life and it will dramatically effect your...

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This natural birth checklist will help you to feel more confident planning your own birth.