10 Benefits of An Undisturbed Hour After Birth

Babies come into this world straight from the safety and security of the uterus and it’s no exaggeration to say that that transition is a stressful one. Then, in many cases, hospital procedures that involve weighing, measuring and cleaning baby straight after delivery, delay mum and baby’s skin-on-skin time, which causes further trauma and can have short- and long-term consequences.

Evidence shows that newborns who are placed straight with their mothers after birth have better respiratory, temperature and glucose stability. They also cry less, which shows that their stress levels decrease significantly when placed with mum. Ultimately, an undisturbed hour after birth is a critical period that should not be delayed unless mum or baby are in need of medical assistance. To get more information about the benefits of an undistrubed hour after birth we caught up with antenatal/postnatal doula and breastfeeding counsellor, Andrea Allen of The Doting Doulas. Here is what she had to say…

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7 Reasons To Hire A Doula

Your hubby’s promised to be on hand to help you with those all-important breathing techniques, so why would you want to hire a doula? Well, as any woman who has had a baby will testify, giving birth is one of those times when a bit of extra support goes a long way, especially when it comes in the form of a doula. Doulas are trained in childbirth and unlike midwives, whose role is to physically deliver babies, they provide emotional and physical support to expectant mothers before, during and shortly after birth. We caught up with antenatal/postnatal doula and breastfeeding counsellor, Andrea Allen of The Doting Doulas, to pick her brains on why you might want to think about hiring a doula. Here is what she had to say…

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Giving Birth Upright – 7 Benefits

As the story goes, the first woman to give birth lying down was the mistress of French King Louis XIV. He wanted to watch his child being born and the doctor noticed it would be easier for him to see if his mistress was lying flat. It seems this new birthing position caught on and it soon became the normal way to deliver. However, while it may now be the norm, it doesn’t make for an easy delivery. In fact, birthing in the upright position is far more natural and appears to be associated with several benefits, including shortened labour time, fewer interventions and less pain. To learn more about the benefits of giving birth upright, we talked to doula and hypnobirthing practitioner Nic Bambury. Here’s what she had to say. Continue reading “Giving Birth Upright – 7 Benefits”

14 Ways to Bond With Your Baby: Before, During and After Birth

From talking to your bump and visualising your first meeting with baby, to creating the ultimate birthing experience, there are many ways to bond with your baby, before, during and after birth. To get the lowdown we talked to doula and hypnobirthing practitioner Nic Bambury to get her tips. Here’s what she had to say.

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20 Useful Baby Shower Gifts

So your friend is expecting a baby. You know what else she’s expecting? An amazing baby shower gift. This is your cue to bag something that is cute, thoughtful, unique and useful. That’s right. While something for the shelf will look pretty in the nursery, what mama-to-be really wants and needs are practical pressies that she can use on a daily basis. We know what you’re thinking… Where’s the fun in that? Well, the good news is we’ve put together a list of useful – and adorable – gift ideas. Bag one of these useful baby shower gifts and mama-to-be will be very happy come baby shower day.

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12 Things Experienced Mums Want Mums-to-be To Know

things experienced mums want you to know

Sure, we’re excited about becoming mothers, but many of us are apprehensive, nervous, darn right terrified. We have no idea how life is going to change and that can be scary. To put paid to some of those fears we asked JustKidding mums to tell us their ultimate pearl of wisdom – the one thing they wish they’d known before landing on planet parenthood. We had so many wonderful suggestions from you all, but in the end we could only pick our top twelve. Here are some of the things experienced mums really, really want mums-to-be to know.

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Baby Shower Games: 7 Of The Best

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If you’ve been asked to plan your friend’s baby shower, you may be feeling a little intimidated. From guest lists to party favours, there is a lot to think of, and that’s before you’ve even got onto the tricky topic of baby shower games. Finding suitable and inclusive entertainment for a diverse group of ladies, some who may never have met, is a daunting prospect. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities that help to break the ice and bring people together for a fun-filled baby shower. Read on for our suggestions…

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New Year’s Resolutions For Mum-to-bes

new years resolutions for mum to be

It’s nearly that time of year again when you turn over a new leaf and start from scratch with New Year’s resolutions. Now, we know all the usual ones (eat better, spend less money, do more exercise), but if you’re a mum-to-be, there are a few other things you might want to consider adding to the list. Read on for our recommendations for New Year’s resolutions for mum-to-bes. Happy New Year!

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Questions to ask before hiring a doula

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Giving birth can be a beautiful experience, but it can also be tiring, overwhelming and the one time in your life when the extra support of others goes a long way. That’s where doulas come in. Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth and unlike midwives, whose role is to physically deliver babies, doulas are there to provide emotional and physical support to expectant mums before, during and shortly after birth. If you’re considering hiring a doula you’re probably wondering how it works and what to expect. To answer your questions I caught up with antenatal/postnatal doula and breastfeeding counsellor Andrea Allen of The Doting Doulas. Here’s what she had to say…

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Things Pregnant Women Worry About

Things pregnant women worry about

I consider myself to be a fairly rational and levelheaded person, but from the moment those two blue lines came into my life, I obsessed about everything from maternity wear to miscarriage, and everything in between. When I was awake at 4am fixating on whether a bag of Cheetos could cause listeria I questioned my own sanity, but I’ve since come to realise that there are a lot of things pregnant women worry about. However, while some fears may be warranted, there are definitely a few irrational ones. Here are just some of the things you’ve probably found yourself fretting over during pregnancy.

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