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My TENS machine was a lifesaver!

I used my TENS machine throughout my early labour phase (which lasted 36 hours!) and well into my active labour phase, right until I stepped in my birth pool. My TENS machine was an ABSOLUTE lifesaver! Whilst it didn’t take away the sensations completely, it made them more manageable and took away the intensity. When …

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The importance your pelvic floor muscles for an EASIER birth!

Perhaps you’ve already heard of the importance of the pelvic floor. It acts like a hammock for our internal organs. It holds up our uterus, bladder, intestines, (basically all your abdominal organs) in place. Throughout pregnancy with your uterus and baby growing and becoming heavier extra strain is placed on the pelvic floor. A weak …

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5 ways to minimise tearing in childbirth

5 ways to minimise tearing during childbirth

One of the most common concerns for women is the thought of tearing during childbirth. In fact, a quick google search using the keywords “how to reduce the risk of tearing during birth” shows about 380,000 results in 0.47 seconds! Occasionally, during the crowning of the head or birth of the shoulders the skin and …

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colostrum collection why you should do this

Colostrum Collecting – why you want to do this

Collecting colostrum is sometimes termed colostrum harvesting. This is when you hand express colostrum before your baby is born. In a survey in 2016 (by Gestational Diabetes UK), a whooping 77% were not happy with the information and support giving around colostrum harvesting at their hospital. This is one of the reasons why I talked …

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6 ways to make your Labour Ward feel more comfortable

This post explores 6 ways to make a Labour Ward hospital room feel more comfortable when you give birth. As an Independent Midwife and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, I’ve learnt that there are some things you can do to reduce stress during labour. And things are getting stressful in the land of maternity care and specifically labour care. …

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