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labour & birth checklists

Labour and Birth Checklist

A labour and birth checklist can help you remember the simple things that can be overlooked when you could be tired and in the thick of it with contractions. All of these help to put you at the centre of it all – to focus on what you might need to be more comfortable and to give your body what it needs to work and help labour progress. Do you feel safe? It can make a difference to feel safe, secure and able to relax during labour, so you are not feeling tense or scared. This helps your body to produced oxytocin, which is needed to create strong and effective contractions. Do you need support/reassurance? Do you need to go to hospital? Do you need your midwife? Do you need quiet? Do you need lower lights? Do you need to focus on your breathing? Are you able to do what feels right for you? What do you need? Put yourself at the centre of your care. Say what you need to feel supported, reassured, comfortable …

tips for birth preparation

Tips for birth preparation

These tips for birth preparation are for every birth. Whether you want a waterbirth, are having an induction or you are booked in for a caesarean – there is power in doing birth on purpose. Putting yourself at the centre of your care is all about knowing your options, having a say and asking questions. This means you can be better prepared for the reality of labour and birth and what it might involve. Labour and birth can be unpredictable so pregnancy is a time to start gathering knowledge and skills and to get your head ready for what you can do and what you might need. I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 as a childbirth educator and as a doula. And I have also had three of my own babies, which all required different preparation. I passionately believe that it helps to: know more about the reality of birth. Labour and birth can be about contractions, tiredness, decisions, doubt, strength and vulnerability. There is great strength in knowing where the challenges might …

Pregnancy Checklist

This pregnancy checklist is for everyone who is pregnant. Whether you are feeling great or if your pregnancy is more complicated you can adapt these to suit your needs. Pregnancy is a time to look after you, to focus on what you need and to gather knowledge. It is a time to ask questions, to put yourself at the centre of your care and to tune in to your instincts. After working with thousands of expectant parents – and having three pregnancies myself – I know how different each pregnancy can be. This pregnancy checklist is simple and effective because pregnancy wellbeing is about the basics: being as comfortable as possible – moving, walking, stretching, using a ball, using pillows, changing positions can all help. eat as well as possible – you might not always fancy a big meal, so little and often will be better. Keeping food and snacks as healthy as possible will boost your energy as well as your general wellbeing. drink plenty of water – as well as preventing dehydration, drinking …

encouraging rest in labour

Can you encourage your partner to rest?

One of the practical ways you can help during labour is to encourage rest, especially in between contractions. This will include physical support with cuddles, guiding into comfortable, resting positions using a ball or on the bed, using pillows to encourage greater comfort. Even using breathing to be more relaxed and calm can provide more energy. Labour can be brief and it can be long, no matter how labour unfolds, physical support and rest 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. For Pregnancy & Birth | For You & Your Baby | For You

book with a good practitioner

Use a good birth practitioner

It can help to go on recommendations and do a bit of research to find someone who is going to best support you. Good birth preparation is about a mix of good information, professional experience, proven skills and encouraging you to think about what matters to you. And remember, you get what you pay for – put a value on your birth & baby preparation. You can book a session with me if you have questions, need some additional support or preparation for birth & baby. Or there is my digital antenatal course, which is a comprehensive, clear and practical way to prepare. 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.