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…
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.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that joining a mothers group is definitely one of the best parent-related decisions you’ll ever make. As well as an opportunity to make new friends (new motherhood can sometimes feel like a lonely place) this is your chance to natter with other mamas who are going through the same experience as you. Admittedly, the conversation topics can be a bit samey, but then as a new mum your mind is on baby and not much else. Just for fun here are five mothers group conversations you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear at mothers groups. Continue reading →
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…
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.
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.