All posts tagged: #tynesidebirth

What type of birth do you want?

The response to this varies a lot and there’s obviously no exact answer – it’s so personal to everyone but that’s the point. It’s an important question to think about because it goes beyond just wanting everyone to be ok – we all want that – it can help you to focus on what you would like your labour and birth to be like, what your options are and how you make that happen. I work with expectant parents who have such different birth preparation needs – caesarean, induction, anxiety, homebirth, wanting an undisturbed labour, wanting an epidural – my job is to provide the information as well as posing the questions to work out options and strategies for more control and calm rather than over medical if that isn’t needed. Think about what you would like it to look like and then explore your options to make that happen. Labour and birth don’t have to be medically cold and without options – caesareans can be calm, induction can involve positions and gravity and a …

Tips to Relax & Breathe

Giving yourself the time to relax in pregnancy is a great way to prepare for the birth of your baby. And it’s not about just sitting back and watching a movie, focus on your body and become more aware of what it feels like when it is relaxed. Pregnancy is a good time to become aware of your body and to learn how to relax and how to deal with stress and anxiety. Simple relax & breathe exercises in pregnancy…Where to practise? Anywhere you feel comfortable – bed, bath, sofa, birth ball, the loo, in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil…How often? Practise every day if you can – just a few minutes will do the trick. And then use it if you are feeling stressed or anxious. Try…Doing Nothing – close your eyes and just sit/stand for a few minutes. Let any thoughts come and go, just be aware of what it feels like to just sit still. Being Aware Of Your Body – Sit/stand for a few minutes and focus on …

Pregnancy & birth again…

If you are experiencing pregnancy again, it might feel familiar or it can be a very different experience with brand new symptoms. Your pregnancy may involve fewer midwife appointments – although you can ask for more if you need them. If you experienced conditions such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes or obstetric cholestasis in your last pregnancy, you may be offered more checks this time. You may need to take your other children to your scans and midwife appointments – it can be useful to write down any questions for your midwife because you might get distracted, and take snacks and toys just incase you have to wait around. Life is busy when you have children so it is very normal to feel like you are not really focusing on your pregnancy, on your baby and on your birth preparation in the same way. I work with a lot of 2nd and 3rd time parents and many of them get in touch with me during their third trimester when they need to get focused on birth …

Checklist for labour & birth

Do you feel safe?Do you need support/reassurance? Do you need to go to hospital? Do you need your midwife? Do you need quiet? Do you need lower lights? Do you need to focus on your breathing? Are you able to do what feels right for you? What do you need?Say what you need to feel supported, reassured, comfortable and safe. Are you comfortable?Can you change into a position that feels right for you so you are more comfortable for your contractions and to rest in-between? Can you be more upright?If you are on the bed, you can still use gravity by sitting upright in labour and, with some support, getting up on your knees for birth. If you don’t need to be on the bed, try being off it and wandering or nesting, using a ball or a chair for support. Are you drinking water?Regularly drinking water, even a few sips after each contraction, can help keep you stay hydrated. Pack some bendy straws to make this easier if you need to rest. Do you …