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…
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…
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 →
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.
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…
Before I had Baby Boo, this seemed like a no-brainer. You reach 40 weeks, your waters break and hey presto, you give birth. No big questions marks there. But, like most things in life, there’s a difference between theory and practice. As any mum will tell you, the final stage of pregnancy is filled with odd feelings and peculiar sensations and it’s often difficult to tell what’s just a random pain or puddle and when it’s action time. Fortunately, there are a few common signs of labour to look out for, and I caught up with Dru Campbell, midwife at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai to get the lowdown.
I was a little apprehensive… ok terrified about giving birth. In between ‘anecdotes’ from my friends about their own scary experiences, and a few too many episodes of Call The Midwife, I was petrified of everything from what ‘might’ go wrong to whether we’d make it to the hospital in time. As it turned out my birth experience was wonderful. Of course, it’s natural to be scared though, which is why I’ve put together a list of eight common labour fears, and called on the help of respected Dubai-based Consultant OB/GYN Dr. Elsa de Menezes Fernandes to lay them to rest.
‘Are you packed yet?’ It’s a question mum-to-bes can expect to hear incessantly during those last few weeks of pregnancy, and having an immaculately packed case sitting in the corner of your bedroom is an exciting reminder that delivery day is fast approaching. The only obstacle is knowing what to pack. Here is a foolproof list of baby essentials to pack in your hospital bag.
Pregnancy is a time when you will receive well wishes and nice remarks from those around you. It’s also a time when you’ll be on the receiving end of some rather unflattering, frustrating and darn right infuriating comments. Here’s our pick of what not to say to a pregnant woman.