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Being induced on your own…

Current lockdown restrictions mean that some maternity units have had to restrict birth partners in shared induction suites. Understandably this is causing anxiety and upset for women who are due to be induced within the lockdown. Birth partners will be admitted into maternity units once labour is established and their partner is in a private birth room. If you are being induced on your own, here’s a few strategies for staying calm and managing this time on your own because there might be a lot of waiting if you are starting with pessaries… Take everything you might need in with you:*snacks*birth ball*pillow*blanket/scarf*photos*phone/tablet & charger to watch/listen to something*headphones*book/magazines*your birth bags There can be a lot of waiting when being induced with the pessaries so it can help to be occupied and to relax as much as possible. Sit on your ball, relax on the bed and read, watch, listen to something to help you switch off. Headphones can be crucial in a shared space so you are not affected by the noise from other women. …

Pregnancy & Birth Series

Pregnancy is a unique time of change, preparation and planning – you can now sign up for a series of 12 emails providing you with a range of information and tips for your pregnancy and to enhance your preparation for the birth of your baby. The series will provide you with knowledge, tips and activities for your pregnancy…*looking after you*managing your mood and your wellbeing*relaxation & breathing skills for pregnancy and birth*being active in pregnancy*positions for pregnancy, labour and birth*if you need to be induced*if you need a caesarean*getting ready for labour and birth*preparing for your new baby The Pregnancy & Birth Series will be available from March 1 – you can sign up now and your emails will arrive weekly. If you are at the end of your pregnancy, you can choose to receive them daily.

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Hiding away at the back…

This week I have found myself googling ‘why do I feel inadequate?’ ‘why do I feel unworthy’ ‘how do I stop overthinking?’ and ‘how to feel good enough’ in search of articles and self help books to help me get a grip on the lack of confidence I can sometimes be consumed by. I am writing this not for sympathy or praise but to share because I can’t be the only person who struggles with this both professionally and personally. I never shy away from writing about the tough issues and if this post can help someone else feel less alone, then it has been worth my overshare. The truth is that I have always held myself back and I need to stop. I am at a point in my life – almost 50! – where invisibility happens, society doesn’t see the middle-aged woman and her menopausal woes. When I look at my life on paper, it’s all great and I have no regrets about the choices I have made but, going forward, I need …

Prioritising straightforward birth

At some point during your pregnancy, you will need to focus on the birth of your baby – to know more about how it all works, what helps, what doesn’t, what your options are, how you can manage contractions and energy and what your strategies might be. It’s about good knowledge and practical skills, questions, realistic expectations and a good dose of feistiness when needed. This helps you and your birth partner become better prepared for labour, birth and any challenges.

Baby Sleep – and why it can be so tough

Baby sleep is a huge topic of conversation – both antenatally and postnatally. It comes up in conversations with expectant parents, who have concerns about how they are going to cope with lack of sleep, and it is a popular postnatal topic among tired parents, whose baby sleep issues are ongoing. Lack of sleep with a baby is the toughest thing to cope with for many reasons…*you are really tired*the days are long*it can feel like it is all on you*you may be feeling like you are getting something wrong*it can all feel very overwhelming and isolating*it can affect your mental health Baby sleep is a complicated issue – some babies sleep in longer chunks, and others wake more frequently. If there was a simple solution to this, we would all be doing it and it wouldn’t be an issue but a baby’s needs vary each day and sleep can easily be affected by growth spurts, needing food/comfort/reassurance, colds, teeth, reflux, wind, being uncomfortable, wanting to be near mum and just not being able to …