Posts tagged midwifery birth
Are you in labour?

Are you in labour?

It’s got to be the most exciting question you have ever asked yourself: Is this it?! The moment I have waited 10 months for?!

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The most beautiful baby gift.

As your baby or the beloved baby of a friend or family gets older, these creations will always be theirs. With their name beautifully woven in with love- what a gift!

Words cannot truly do these perfect creations justice. This gorgeous company sent me my very own Bumpnbub blanket and dear lord am I overwhelmed with love! Is it lame if I hang it on my wall? #askingforafriend Check out my stories to see how beautiful it is!

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Before the Bump: 10 Ways to Ready Yourself for Pregnancy! (Part Two)

Before the Bump: 10 Ways to Ready Yourself for Pregnancy! (Part Two)

Focus Energy Into Healthy Relationship Building

Before you even begin planning a pregnancy, you need to make sure you and your spouse or partner are on a healthy wavelength. Work together to develop a relationship that is free from stress and excessive arguments, develop a bond that is unbreakable, and become each other's best friend - because taking on the responsibility of a new life is so much more than glitz and glamour. You are both going to need to be each other's rock when things get tough. Having a baby will mean a lot less time for your partner and a heck of a lot less sleep, something you both need to be prepared for. It will likely also make you both fall in love all over again with your precious little creation.

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6 Things Nobody Ever Told You About Becoming a New Mom

Becoming a new mother is exciting and nerve inducing all at once. We all have those family members and friends - and even strangers - that will tell us what's to be expected during pregnancy and even into motherhood. But, there are some things nobody really prepares us for - and it can be a bit disconcerting when we find ourselves faced with new normals and new realities we hadn't been warned about and hadn't expected. 

Today, this little midwife is going to explore six of those possibilities - and how you can cope and deal with them. 

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Natural Methods to Coping with Morning Sickness

Natural Methods to Coping with Morning Sickness:

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life - that is, unless, she is faced with the monster that is morning sickness. Morning sickness may range from minor to severe, with the most severe cases requiring medical intervention through means such as IV fluids and nourishment to ensure a healthy mother and baby. But, not to worry - only a small percentage of women - 1- 3%, in fact - find themselves facing Hyperemesis Gravidarium - the most severe form of morning sickness.

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To our darling boy

One day, when you are older, I will tell you all about the day we held you for the first time, I will tell you every little detail, because your mummy and daddy believe that birth is one incredibly powerful and sacred journey, one that is not to be feared. So far, it has been the most empowering journey the three of us have been on together. I hope that one day you get to witness labour in all her glory, it is truly a life changing experience…

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I was PETRIFIED of childbirth... until I learnt of hypnobirthing

Labour is hard hard work BUT with the correct mindset, breathing techniques and relaxation, it is so manageable. When I found out I was pregnant I was convinced I’d take the epidural as soon as I could.Six months later and I did it with nothing but a bit of music, a birthing ball and some VERY encouraging midwives. I can honestly say giving birth was one of the most empowering things I have ever done.

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Why vegan? + 10 tips.

Find your 'why'! For me when I learnt about the atrocities that happen in the meat, dairy and egg industries I became a vegan the next day. I had never put two and two together, the fact that me eating meat meant someone with a personality, with a heartbeat, with the ability to feel scared had to be murdered, so that I could eat their dead body, I mean YUCK! After turning vegan though, I learnt about all of the other reasons…. Like the HUGE impact animal agriculture has on the planet, did you know more Co2 emissions are produced from animal agriculture than the ENTIRE transport sector worldwide combined! (all planes, cars, trains, trams, buses)?! How crazy is that!

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Ten things you should pack in your hospital bag, written by a midwife!

Snacks! Healthy, nutritious snacks to get you through labour and birth and staying on the postnatal ward for a few days. In labour most women don’t feel like eating anything heavy so have light, energy fuelling snacks. Remember, labour is the hardest work you’ll ever do, your body is working to maximum capacity to get your baby here so little bites of something sweet can help you remain energized. On the postnatal ward, you’ll be feeding every few hours, around the clock. Your body is burning calories creating milk for your little one and that midnight hunger becomes real!

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Mumma Etc. swoon worthy Babywearing

What if we could simplify things a little bit. You know that feeling when your babe was tucked away in your tummy, safe from the world, it was just you and them? What if you could recreate that harmonious and simple feeling all over again? (Don’t worry, I am not suggesting another pregnancy or somehow getting your baby back into that belly)!

Let me introduce to a brand that does just that, and more: Mumma etc. This elegant, and minimalistic brand creates the most heavenly wraps that do just that. They create a cocoon of happiness and safety for you and your little one to enjoy this oh so precious time that is flying by!

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Ten tips Thursday #1

1) Listen to yourself more than others, there is such a thing as a natural instinct, so use it, You know best. 

2) Don’t compare your postpartum body to your pre-baby body. It's not the same no matter what, you grew a human!

3) Continue to show love for your husband, he helped create the baby too. 

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I’m so sorry, I would have done anything to save you... A story of miscarriage.

We cried….and I couldn’t believe this was happening to us. I went through every thought. I felt like my body failed you, I felt like I failed my husband, it was unfair. I waited this long to have you and in just an instant, that dream was taken from me. Will I ever be able to have you? Will this happen again? I don’t know if I can bear to go through trying to conceive again, feeling guilty that we lost you. I’m so sorry, I would have done anything to save you.

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