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Best Positions in Labour

Best Positions in Labour

It is usually best to maintain an upright position and be mobile and active during labour. An active labour helps the baby to maintain or turn into the optimal anterior position. An upright position will also encourage effective uterine contractions, shorten the latent phase of labour and reduce the need for analgesia. It is best to discuss with your midwife the positions for labour that will be beneficial to you. Studies comparing an upright position with a semi-lying position have shown that giving birth in an upright position was associated with: A shorter second stage of labour A decreased need...

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Midwife Care in Labour

Midwife Care in Labour

Every woman is a unique individual who will experience labour and birth differently. Care will be tailored to your individual needs and preferences. You can expect your labour to be regularly assessed in the following ways: Your blood pressure, pulse and temperature will be taken Your abdomen will be felt to determine what position the baby is in You will be encouraged to regularly go to the toilet to empty your bladder (a full bladder stops the head from coming down) You will be encouraged to keep well nourished and rested You may be encouraged to stay active The baby’s...

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The Vicious Circle of Low Milk Supply

The Vicious Circle of Low Milk Supply

After receiving a phone call from a concerned husband seeking advice regarding his wife’s apparent low milk supply with her 6 day old baby I’ve decided to write this blog to share what I advised on what is such a common issue with breastfeeding – that of keeping up with baby’s demands for feeding, feeling like you don’t have enough milk, feeling like you’re not filling your baby. Firstly a couple of pointers I wish to state: 1) Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world for some, but for others it can be a struggle and take some...

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Itching in Pregnancy

Itching in Pregnancy

Mild itching is common in pregnancy because of the increased blood supply to the skin. Later on, as your bump grows, the skin of your tummy (abdomen) is stretched and this may also feel itchy. Mild itching is usually nothing to worry about, but if the itching becomes severe, it can be a sign of a liver condition called obstetric cholestasis, or intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP). If you experience any itching during pregnancy you must consult with your midwife immediately.

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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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