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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 …

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.