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Early Days With Your Baby

The early days with your baby can be calm and quiet, giving you chance to heal and slowly adjust or it can be overwhelming and chaotic as you try to meet your baby’s needs. You need to look after yourself in those early days – rest, eat & drink regularly – and it can also help to get some support and reassurance about life with a new baby, as well as to talk through the birth of your baby. The early days can also be full of huge emotions, as your hormone levels change, your milk comes in and you might be feeling pretty sore from birth. In those early days with your baby it can be helpful to remember… to expect some chaos with no schedule – your baby’s needs will vary day by day and they are just working out their new world as well some babies are placid and adjust to life outside the womb really easily, while others need much more reassurance and all the cuddles to feel secure to get …

Baby Sleep Preparation

Baby sleep preparation – either in pregnancy or with your new baby – can make a huge difference so you have a solid understanding of how babies sleep, how it can vary and how normal it is for babies not to sleep through the night. Baby sleep can be a huge concern and a very common topic of conversation with new parents who are tired, in need of more sleep and, often, are wondering what they are doing wrong. While they are a few things that can encourage sleep, it is very normal and to be expected for babies to wake frequently day and night. I work with expectant and new parents to focus on the reality of life with a new baby and how they can manage with less sleep. The truth is that there are no quick fixes with babies and acceptance goes along way! When it comes to baby sleep preparation, these things can be crucial… where possible, asking for and accepting help and support so you can rest plan for night-time …

For new mums

It is important for new mums to look after themselves. As a new mum you may be healing and you will be adjusting to life with your new baby. All the focus can be on the new baby – feeding, sleep, carrying, watching, keeping alive – so it is easy to forget to focus on your needs. The early days and weeks can vary but I do know that it is important to make time to be looked after and to think about your wellbeing as well. It can be important for new mums to… talk and be open about how you are feeling physically and emotionally about birth and about life with your new baby rest – you will be tired eat and drink regularly – to boost your energy get reassurance and support with any low mood or feeling out of your depth focus on your baby and try not to compare with other babies ask for and seek help – from your partner, from family, from friends – so you can rest …

Induction Preparation

Induction Preparation can be essential, even if you have attended antenatal classes because it helps to focus what you know on medical induction. Induction can be straight-forward and it can also take some time. It is medical from the outset – very different from a spontaneous labour where you will spend some time at home – so it can be useful to know more of what to expect, to know more about your options and how to boost an induced labour. Induction preparation can make a huge difference so you know more about: the hospital induction facilities what can boost an induction what you can do to feel more comfortable putting yourself at the centre of your care, saying what you need to do using positions and movement for comfort and help your baby to move into a better position for labour and birth using your breathing so you can be calm and focused, as well as more relaxed – which is crucial for induction Induction feature as part of my antenatal course and 1:1 …

Preparing for a Caesarean

Preparing for a Caesarean is just as important as labour – it is still the birth of your baby and you will benefit from knowing what to expect and what your options are. It may be that this preparation is part of your labour and birth preparation or you may be preparing for a planned caesarean. Preparing for a Caesarean can make a difference so you: know more about the process, as well as your options for issues such as a gentle caesarean, for meeting your baby, for having skin-to-skin. use your breathing to stay as calm as possible – knowing how to use your breathing is not just for labour, it is just as powerful before, during and after a caesarean. are able to say what you need, ensuring you are at the centre of your care, having the information you need to feel reassured. can boost your recovery so you know more about what to expect as well as what can help. Caesareans feature as part of my antenatal course and 1:1 consultations …