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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

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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.

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Birth Partner Tips: words of encouragement

During labour and birth your partner may be feeling tired, frightened, unsure, overwhelmed and in pain. She may doubt her ability to do it, she may get angry, she might cry and she will definitely need some words of encouragement. Tell her she is doing it, when she says she can’t, tell her you love her when she feels unsafe, tell her she is amazing when she finished yet another contraction. Tell her she’s ok if plans change and that she is awesome. When women are having a baby, they can need to feel strong and capable – your words will help that. 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.

prepare well for labour and birth

Birth Preparation Tips: Prepare Well!

As an antenatal teacher, this is – obviously – something I feel very passionate about. Not all birth preparation is the same and we all have different needs but there are some basic essentials when preparing for labour & birth. Being told what to do is not preparation, however being provided with a foundation of knowledge and a toolkit of strategies can help you know more about your options and to stay calm and gather information to make decisions. Good birth preparation is about being able to be involved, to say what you need and to navigate any challenges. 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

eating and drinking in labour

Birth Partner Tips: eating & drinking in labour

It’s really important to remember to eat and drink throughout labour – and to offer your labouring partner regular sips of water and bites to eat. Water is definitely needed by both of you during labour, especially if this is over a few hours. Being dehydrated can cause headaches and dizziness, it steals energy and it can cause labour slow. Please don’t wait for your partner to ask for water or food – she is busy and focused on contractions so it can be helpful to put a straw to her lips after each contraction so she can drink and to offer small, healthy snacks to keep her energy going. And you need to drink and eat as well so don’t forget your needs. 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 …