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The Role of the Birthing Partner

The Role of the Birthing Partner

It is very important that the birth partner knows what their role is! Do not underestimate the importance of your support….. It is the key to the woman’s experience. Always talk through birth preferences (birth plan). Discuss hopes and fears together. Perhaps make a list alone and discuss together finding sound solutions that each are happy with. Choose encouragement, not sympathy during labour. Sympathy is a wonderful thing to offer, however during labour, encouragement is the key. Attend parent craft classes together, bonding is important. If you become anxious or panicky ….. take a break!! She needs you, so take...

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Baby Movements

Baby Movements

During your pregnancy, feeling your baby move gives you the reassurance of his or her wellbeing. Most women are first aware of their baby moving when they are around 18–20 weeks pregnant. However, if this is your first pregnancy, you may not become aware of movements until you are more than 20 weeks pregnant. If you have been pregnant before, you may feel movements as early as 16 weeks. Pregnant women feel their unborn baby’s movements as a kick, flutter, swish or roll. As your baby develops, both the number and type of movements will change with your baby’s activity...

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HypnoBirthing

HypnoBirthing

Your journey into parenthood is one of the most amazing things you will ever know. HypnoBirthing is a tried and proven method that guides and prepares a woman for giving birth in a peaceful and extraordinarily beautiful manner. It is a program that considers the psychological, as well as the physical, well-being of the mother, her birth partner, and the newborn, independent of context, whether that be in the quiet of a home, a hospital, or a birth center. The HypnoBirthing™ program is built around an educational process that includes special breathing, relaxation, visualization, meditative practice, attention to nutrition and...

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10 Ways to Look After Yourself Following Birth

10 Ways to Look After Yourself Following Birth

Congratulations on the birth of your baby! You’ve done it! Whether it was a quick birth in the hospital car park, a planned caesarean section, a pool birth or a 3-day event with every pain relief known to man; your baby has finally arrived! But in the aftermath whilst everyone’s attention are on your gorgeous bundle of joy, the exertion of labour will leave you feeling exhausted. Although it’s a job and a half caring for your newborn, it’s really important that you also think about yourself, listen to your own body and give attention to your own needs. Your body has...

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Coping with Mastitis and How to Ease It

Coping with Mastitis and How to Ease It

BY HARRIET from tobyandroo.com I’ve mentioned before that after I had Edith I was really unlucky and developed Mastitis, 10 days postpartum. This wasn’t something that I had any experience with, I never had it with Toby and it certainly wasn’t an issue with Reuben (who was bottle fed due to complications). “Mastitis is a condition that causes a woman’s breast tissue to become painful and inflamed, it usually happens within the first three months of breastfeeding and can be caused by missed feeds, poor latch or problems sucking. Symptoms of mastitis can include: a red, swollen area on your...

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