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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 …

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8 ways you can have more control during labour and birth

Lack of control during labour and birth is a common concern and I am always keen to stress that, while labour and birth, can be unpredictable, there are things you can do to have a greater sense of control. Firstly, what does it mean to have control? When it comes to labour and birth, you can’t control the pace or length of labour, you can’t control whether it is easy or not. But there are things you can do that could have some impact on how your labour unfolds and flows. Control can be very subjective and how you perceive control can also be about having realistic expectations of what labour and birth is. For me, having control is about having a foundation of knowledge, being able to work your body, knowing what might help and being able to stay as calm as possible. It’s also about being able to adjust to changes, to be involved in decisions and to know what your options are. So what help give you more control during labour and …

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8 simple ways to boost your labour and birth

Knowing what to do during labour and birth can make all the difference in keeping you comfortable, calm and involved. While this knowledge starts in pregnancy, as part of good birth preparation, these intentions can sometimes get lost when the contractions start and the reality of labour takes over. Ands plans can feel redundant if labour is tougher or more complicated than expected. Good birth preparation is knowing about your ideal labour and birth – and how you can work towards that and what you can do. It is also about knowing more about all births so you are better prepared and equipped for decisions, options and being involved if your labour and birth changes. Knowing more about straightforward birth also means you are then better prepared to manage inductions, epidurals and other interventions, to think about what you can do to help labour continue to be as straightforward as possible. 1. Using effective strategies Remember the strategies you thought about, planned and used in pregnancy – using positions and movement, your relax & breathe …

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Rest is an essential part of labour and birth

Rest is crucial during labour and birth – to allow you to conserve your energy, to recharge, to enable you to move as you need to. Good birth preparation is also about an awareness of how to manage and conserve your energy – this includes positions, using birth balls as well as the bed, using your breathing and pain management options. Labour can be brief and it can be long, no matter how your labour unfolds, listening to your body is really important. You can book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby. antenatal & postnatal specialist | working with parents since 2002 Always seek medical support if you are concerned about yourself or your baby. Even if it is just a feeling that something isn’t right.