All posts filed under: Birth Preparation Essentials

Birth Preparation Series

I am writing a series of posts to focus on how you can prepare, plan and do to encourage a positive birth where you are more involved and included in your care and with any decisions rather than leaving it to chance and simply going with the flow. The different series will look at:How to prioritise a straightforward labour & birthHow to plan and manage a more medicalised birthHow to plan and prepare for a caesarean birth And I will also be including information about how to adjust if your birthplan needs to change. As an antenatal teacher, I am passionate about personalised birth preparation, so you are informed and equipped with effective knowledge and strategies and so you can work equally with midwives and doctors as much as possible with plans and decisions so you are included and involved. If you have any queries about preparing for birth, just send me a message and you can also follow: #tynesidebirth Janine – a specialist in pregnancy, birth & early parentingAntenatal CourseRelax & Breathe1:1 Birth Preparation

Do you feel confident about working with your contractions?

Things to consider when preparing for labour & birth… 1. Do you feel confident about working with your contractions? How is your mindset? Don’t fear your big, powerful contractions which could be all-consuming, demanding and seemingly never-ending. These contractions are turning your baby, they were opening your body, they are pushing your baby down – work with them and try to listen to them. #birthpreparation #contractions #birthmindset #tynesidebirth #birthexpertise #birthknowledge #birthconfidence

A birth story…

A mum who has asked to stay anonymous sent me a message about the birth prep session we had years ago. It has made me beam and it sums up exactly why I do what I do – my birth prep is beyond just the information, it is about being assertive and saying what you need because that matters… “I’m not sure if I ever told you but I do talk about this still and I really appreciate the birth preparation session you provided for us.  I think people sometimes think these sessions are for first time but we came for our second pregnancy as we’d had quite a gap and I wanted to be prepared again. In a nutshell I had a super easy, super speedy first birth with my first son.  When I was pregnant with my 2nd son, one of my good friends (who has also had an easy first birth) had an induction and a terrible experience with her 2nd birth.  I was preoccupied with this when we came to the …

Tonight’s antenatal classes – strategies and options…

In my antenatal course I always include a session which pulls together everything the parents have looked at in previous sessions – early labour, established labour and birth – to catch any questions, to talk through any concerns, to focus on labour and birth again after learning information and thinking about what they may need. This is a challenging session because parents do open up about their fears and concerns – tonight’s were dealing with pain, what if they need to be assertive, what if labour is long, what if they panic? This session is about talking through all of this and taking the time to do it. It is also about straight-talking: labour and birth can be so varied, have some kind of plan for what you might need, say what you need and communicate this as often as you want to. I do think it is important to always refer to: what do I need? This is ever changing throughout labour – it can be physical needs such as warmth, food, water or …

New VBAC guidelines

If you thinking about or planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) there is good news – the NICE guidelines have been updated and care for women in labour is no longer very restrictive. It has been a long time coming but this is brilliant and it means that women who have previously had a caesarean will be able to labour with more options. I am all about options and these new guidelines will hopefully provide women with more power to do what they need to do to work with their contractions and to manage their pain and their energy. I say hopefully because this guidance is not fixed, they are just recommendations but the more women know about their increased options, the more likely they are to ask for what they need.   The NICE VBAC guidance includes… Do not routinely insert an intravenous cannula for women in labour who have had a previous caesarean section. A cannula can be routinely used as part of the what-if management of a VBAC, so this is …