Recently I had the pleasure of being in a room full of birth workers, there to learn the importance of the closing the bones massage. If you’re like me, you’ve probably never heard of it. I hadn’t until it popped up on Sophie Messager’s facebook page and, knowing of her from her work in the… Continue reading Why closing the bones is so much more than closing the bones
I wrote this blog post for The Daisy Foundation all about how releasing your fear in labour can help ease your pain. Fear, tension and pain are in a self-fulfilling cycle, find out how to break it. http://thedaisyfoundation.com/letting-go-for-labour/
Once baby has been born the placenta is no longer needed either by the maternal body or the baby. It is this process of being expelled that is called the third stage of labour. There are three ways in which this can be delivered: the physiological, the active or the expectant management. A physiological –… Continue reading Three ways of the third stage
Many women enter pregnancy having only seen labour occur on television, where women are laid on a bed, knees up, chin to chest, 'purple pushing' interspersed with screaming. Understandably, this can lead to some nervousness on the pregnant woman’s part! The weight of research shows that upright labouring positions can provide advantages to a birthing… Continue reading Positioning the birth
The presentation of baby in labour is extremely important for how that labour progresses. Most women know, or come to know, through their pregnancy that their baby should be head down in preparation for birth: but even a head-down baby can be in an optimal or suboptimal position depending on where their spine aligns. The… Continue reading Why is the LOA the OFP, and other acronyms.
The pregnancy and perinatal period is one of immense change for a woman as she gets to grips with becoming a mother, both physically and emotionally. In many regards, particularly for first-time mothers, pregnancy is a threshold which separates the known world from one that will be radically different. In this context, emotional balance is… Continue reading Antenatal education: why is it important?
I have a bit of a love affair with oxytocin (aka the love hormone - pun intentional!). For that positive labour experience that birthing mothers are looking for it's vital to keep her body producing good quantities of this hormone to help her birth baby as efficiently as possible. Bursts of it are produced when… Continue reading Synthetic oxytocin& the effect on mothers’ mental health