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10 simple birth preparation steps that can really make a difference

Birth preparation can be about reading a book and attending some antenatal classes but what do you do with that information? how do you prepare effectively for labour and birth? Having taught antenatal classes and provided birth preparation sessions for 20 years, I know how unique birth preparation needs to be – books and classes can provide information but they may not encourage you to think, question and plan. With birth preparation, it can make a huge difference to… move – listen to your body in pregnancy so you can move and rest to be more comfortable. Use different positions so you are familiar what can work right for you – leaning, kneeling, using a ball. breathe – it’s important to know how to use your breathing and to know how to relax your body. This is a core skill you can use in pregnancy, in all births and with your baby. know how birth works and how varied it can be – a foundation of knowledge means you will have a better understand of …

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12 ways to boost your breathing for birth

Knowing how to use your breathing for birth is an essential skill to work with contractions, to stay calm and to manage any panic. Relax & Breathe is simple and effective to use – the key to it is to understand how it helps and to practice to make it work for you. Relax & Breathe is my own take on using breathing and relaxation techniques – I originally used it to manage anxiety and panic attacks and then I developed the technique to use for labour and birth. By focusing on your breathing, on relaxing your muscles and on developing you own technique relax & breathe can be used for: pain and discomfort energy boosts rest and sleep stress, anxiety and panic a clear head and thinking space The benefits of breathing for birth Learning how to use relax & breathe throughout your pregnancy means that you can benefit from it throughout each trimester as well as for your birth preparation. During birth it means you have a skill to fall back on: for …

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14 ways to focus on having a straightforward birth

Focusing on straightforward birth This is an essential part of your birth preparation so you are equipped with knowledge and skills to help labour along. If you can have a strong foundation of information with practical skills and strategies to use when you need them, you can focus on what works and adapt if your birth plan needs to change. Of course this doesn’t mean that interventions won’t become necessary, it just means that your preparation and perspective is about what you can do with or without interventions: saying what you need asking questions so you know more about your options movement and gravity – even on a bed using you breathing being supported and informed resting and conserving energy eating and drinking putting yourself at the centre of your care My philosophy with birth preparation is about doing birth on purpose so you have more realistic expectations, so you think about what you want birth to be and so you can be better prepared if your ideal birth doesn’t happen. It’s important not to …

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10 essentials for Induction Preparation

Induction Preparation can make a huge difference because it means you can be more aware of what the reality of induction could mean for you, what your options may be and how you can work with your contractions. Read through these induction preparation steps and make a note of questions so you can think about what would be useful for. It can be helpful to know more about the induction process so you know more about what to expect and what your options are. Ask questions so you have more of an understanding of what it involve. Induction can change your options so it can help to know more about this in advance so you don’t have any unexpected surprises on the day. So you are informed, comfortable and calm. Listen to your instincts and go with what you need. Induction doesn’t mean being on a bed – you can still use positions and have gravity to be as comfortable as possible and to do what feels right with your contractions. Knowing how to use …

Do you know what the 5 main labour and birth challenges might be?

This is a quick guide to what the labour and birth challenges might be and why your options can change. Labour and birth is pretty unique to you and your baby and, while we know what can help labour progress, there are some things that can affect what you need and what is an option for you. Sometimes these challenges can mean a change in your birth plan. Labour and birth challenges: why does the position of your baby make a difference? The position of your baby can be pretty important when it comes to labour and birth. If your baby is in a back-to-back position this can delay labour starting, labour could be longer and you may have more backache. Know: Movement and gravity in pregnancy and in labour can help your baby to be in a better position, although sometimes they just do their own thing no matter what you do. But it is worth knowing that your baby might not quite be in the right position, because your contractions could be trying …