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labour & birth checklists

Labour & Birth Checklist

This labour & birth checklist works as a quick reminder to focus on you when you are in labour. There can be a lot going on so it is easy to forget the small, important details. There’s a lot of simple things that can make a huge difference to how you are feeling from those early contractions, right through to giving birth. Here’s a quick guide to your labour & birth checklist… are you using your breathing? You can use your relaxation and breathing techniques to remain calm, to help your contractions and to give you energy. can you rest? Using positions to rest and conserve energy can be crucial, especially if labour is over several hours. do you need to move/change position? Listen to your body, move about to be as comfortable as possible. do you need to eat? Food is important for both you and your baby during labour. You might need to snack regularly or you could be ravenous. are you going to the loo regularly? Your baby needs every bit of …

how to feel safe in labour

Here’s why you need to feel safe in labour

Feeling safe can be crucial in labour and for birth, which is reliant on a balance of hormones. If you feel unsafe, scared, unsettled, panicky or overwhelmed your body might be creating too much adrenaline, which can affect how well your labour and birth flows – it can slow it down and it can make you tired. If you are feeling unsafe when you are labouring, your body might hold on to your baby until your body relaxes again. And the opposite can also happen – stress can sometimes speed things up and you can birth very quickly, especially if you were close to pushing. While labour and birth can always be a bit unpredictable, feeling unsafe doesn’t help. If you are feeling unsafe, ask yourself what needs to change? 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 …

go to the loo regularly in labour

Labour & Birth Checklist: go to the loo

There can be so much going on in labour that it is easy to forget our basic needs and going for a wee is one of them. It can be helpful to go to the loo about every hour – you need to be drinking plenty of water and you also need your bladder to be emptying. If your bladder remains too full this can be uncomfortable, it can affect how labour progresses and it can also affect the position your baby gets into. So something as simple as going for a wee can be really helpful in labour! 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.