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    #Repost @the_practising_midwife_journal
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    🌸 Normal Birth 🌸

    Promoting and facilitating normal childbirth is considered an essential component of the role of the midwife. However with hospital protocols, regulatory bodies and public opinion to consider, the promotion of normal birth can be a difficult subject to navigate.

    Over the years, birth has become much more medicalised. However, when asked, lots of women say they would prefer a normal birth. Additionally, lots of maternity services are now working towards a vision of a safe and personalised service which focuses on continuity of carer and physiological birth. But with a healthcare system which is predominantly risk-averse, alongside contention over the use of terms like ‘normal birth’, can midwives balance the desires of women with the policy and guidelines they must adhere to, to safely and sensitively promote normal birth?

    In #ThePractisingMidwife Journal we have introduced a brand new series all about advancing practice for normal birth. This fantastic 10 part series seeks to revisit the midwife’s role in supporting physiological birth, providing both a re-cap of A&P information alongside the latest evidence, while offering practice tips throughout. The first article in the series, which is beautifully written by Evony Lynch (@cornwallmidwife) explores the concept of ‘normal’ birth and its contentions.

    Evony (@cornwallmidwife) explores:

    🌸The growing tide of medicalised birth
    🌸The contentions surrounding normal birth
    🌸The hopes women have for their birth vs the reality of the care they receive
    🌸How we can overcome negative perceptions and enhance the public’s view of the safety inherent in physiological birth

    It really is a fantastic read and we’re so excited to share the rest of the series with you! You can read Evony’s article in full in this month’s issue of #ThePractisingMidwife - head to the link in our bio for open access!

    📸: @gentleseeddoulas 💗

    #All4Maternity #TheStudentMidwife #midwives #midwife #midwifery #studentmidwives #studentmidwife #normalbirth #physiologicalbirth #physiology #birthphysiology
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    Following on from our post today about skin to skin contact and how your baby feels when you first touch them.... How amazing is it when birth partners, dads , other mums , other dads , parents and family members also get to have their own skin to skin immediately after the birth?

    ❇️To a newborn skin to skin time is so special, it can regulate their temperature, calm them, encourage bonding and it is so special for the receiver too!!!! Skin to skin can also stimulate digestion and regulate babies heartbeats! So whip off your top and snuggle in. This special time can be shared by both parents and birth partners. ❇️

    ✅ Skin to skin is part of Unicef UK's Baby Friendly Initiative standards. Recommended to help baby to adjust to life outside of the womb. ✅

    And how gorgeous is this picture? Dad meeting his little daughter for the first time.

    #All4Maternity #newborn #maternity #midwives #dads #dadswithdaughters #newbornwithdad #phisiologicalbirth #naturalbirth #normalbirth #unicef #babyfriendlystandards
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    Slippery aren't they when they make that first appearance into the world? So many birthing people share how surprised they were at how slippery their baby(s) were when they first arrived.

    What was your babies skin like when they were first born? Did they have lots of vernix on their skin? What can you remember about the colour and feel of that first touch?

    🔸Vernix is the white sticky substance that covers the baby to protect and moisturise their delicate skin whilst they are in the womb. It can be left on to absorb naturally over the initial days after birth.🔸

    Your baby doesn't need to be washed immediately, although you may choose to do so. Washing their delicate skin with warm water in the first few days and weeks is fine.

    #All4Maternity #newborn #maternity #midwives #phisiologicalbirth #naturalbirth #waterbirth
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    The trusty toilet 🚽 one of the best places to sit in any stage of labour! I cannot count the amount of times a woman I’ve been caring for has popped to the loo and declared baby is coming minutes later!!! Perfect for allowing the pelvis to open and I think psychologically being able to let go and release, as that’s where we naturally do!! The next time you’re doing a number two, practice your deep breathing for birth and really relax your pelvic floor 😉
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    It’s the only place I get any peace and quiet anymore!! 🤣🚽
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    📷 @willowsagephotography
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    When we give birth our belief in ourselves is so important. We love this sweet reminder from the incredible poet @rupikaur_ that from day 1 we already have everything we need within us.

    What would your birth look like if you fully embraced this idea, this knowing that you are enough, you have everything you need to do this and as a birthing person have the resources of your strength and ability.

    At @all4birth we believe in the power, magic and intuition of birthing people. We are also so grateful for all of the Birthworkers who strive everyday to bring choice and dignity to the birthing experience for others.

    We belive you have everything you need within you. And just like this beautiful work by @rupikaur_ we want you to remember that it is the world that convinces you that you don't, not your capability.

    #All4Maternity
    #phisiologicalbirth
    #normalbirth
    #selfbelief
    #womenempowerment
    #yesyoucan

    @the_holistic_midwife
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    #obstetricviolence is never acceptable. The magic of birth and the capacity of women is undermined wherever it occurs.

    @whiteribbonalliance
    @wra_uk

    Within thier #BraveVoicesPodcast are highlighting where and why we are seeing it and how to birth with respect by understanding your rights.

    At @all4birth we appluad and support the work that is being done by White Ribbon Alliance to call this out.

    #Repost @whiteribbonalliance
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    Your right to #RespectfulCare IS NOT optional. Listen in to the #BraveVoicesPodcast to learn about YOUR rights with @GIRE_mx 's Isabel Fulda & find out how you can take action against #obstetricviolence. Now streaming everywhere you listen to #podcasts! Link in bio.
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    @moonandcheeze is amazing for empowering breastfeeding photos and how beautiful is this one? 🤱🏾🌸🌸👇#Repost @moonandcheeze
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    Yep, Im still breastfeeding!
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    Yep, the kid is almost one!
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    No, I don’t know when we will stop. That is up to her.
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    #normalizeblackwomenbreastfeeding
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    Thanks for these beautiful Facetime images @delfiseefeld 🌸💕🌸
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    #BlackBreastfeedingWeek #BlkBreastfeedingWeek #BBW2020 #BBW #blackmamasmatter #breastfeeding
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    As it’s ✨🤱🏾 Black Breastfeeding Week 🤱🏽✨ we thought we would share this very informative article from the 4you section, written by the lovely @midwifetiz discussing breast changes during pregnancy 👉🏿 “During pregnancy a woman’s body undergoes rapid changes. As soon as the female egg and the male sperm merge, the body begins to prepare for birth and taking care of the child during the first months of life. Even if the pregnancy is not yet noticeable from the outside, many women feel that their body is changing. This article discusses changes to your breasts during pregnancy and following birth.” - The link to the full article is in our bio! ✨🤱🏾✨
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    #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmom #breastfeedingmama #breastfeedingtips #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingawareness #blackbreastfeedingweek
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    #Repost @thelearner_mommie
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    The picture says it all.......
    Happy Thursday family





    #thelearner_mommie #motherhoodthroughinstagram #parenting #momswithcameras #emmasdiary #motherhoodunplugged #mommasboy #justthetwoofus #mumbloggeruk #mumsnetparents #parenting101 #feelgood #begrateful #love #happy #londonmums #bountyparentingclub #mum #stayhome #motherhood #mumsnet #mummyblogger #picoftheday #mumsofinstagram #channelmumvillage #netmums #londonmum #babycenter
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    It is Black Breastfeeding Week🤱🏽🤱🏿🤱🏾To celebrate we will be sharing some amazing photography of black breastfeeding mothers ❤️ Brilliant post by @the_practising_midwife_journal 👇🏿 ⁣

    #Repost @the_practising_midwife_journal⁣
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    The 25th-31st August is Black Breastfeeding Week! 🤱🏽🤱🏾 An initiative originally founded in the USA, Black Breastfeeding Week is now in its eighth year in America and its third year here in the UK. This year’s theme is Revive, Restore, Reclaim and we want to use our platform to help educate, spread awareness and #amplifymelanatedvoices.⁣

    According to 2019 CDC data (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) the USA has a huge racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. Black women in the USA have a significantly lower rate of any breastfeeding when their baby is three months old (58%) compared to white women (72.7%).⁣

    Whilst those statistics aren’t mirrored in the UK (research in the British Medical Journal suggests UK Black women are slightly more likely to breastfeed) the UK’s total breastfeeding rate is poor. Black Breastfeeding Week highlights the unique cultural and historical barriers Black women face in an attempt to increase the rate of breastfeeding within the Black community.⁣

    @iamksealsallers, the founder of Black Breastfeeding Week, and @121doula who started it in the UK, say the barriers to breastfeeding for Black women include...⁣

    🤱🏾 A history of breastfeeding trauma - In times of slavery, Black women were forced to wet nurse slave-owner’s children, often to the detriment of their own children⁣

    🤱🏾 A lack of skilled breastfeeding support⁣

    🤱🏾 The inequality in mortality rates for Black mothers and babies⁣

    🤱🏾 A lack of diversity within the lactation field⁣

    We’ll be sharing some amazing photos and stories throughout the week so look out for our posts! If you’re a Black woman and you’d like to share your breastfeeding experience, we’d love to hear from you.⁣

    Amazing 📸: @_supersavyshots and @gemmedbyjewellb⁣

    #BlackBreastfeedingWeek #BlkBreastfeedingWeek #BBW2020 #BBW #blackmamasmatter #breastfeeding #All4Maternity #ThePractisingMidwife #TheStudentMidwife #All4Birth #midwives #studentmidwive
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    SKIN TO SKIN • There are so many benefits to having an undisturbed hour of skin to skin after birth. It helps to regulate your baby’s heart rate, breathing and temperature. The bonding process between you and your baby is initiated and promoted and this helps to soothe any stress hormones that maybe floating around. If you are breastfeeding your baby can root around using their senses and latch onto your breast. This exposes them to all of the good bacteria on your skin, to help boost their microbiome. There is a lot of new research in this area and having a healthy gut microbiome is thought to improve digestion, promote vitamin production, regulate our immune system and protect us against other bacteria that cause disease. Partners can also provide skin to skin anytime! So the checks can wait a little while, to help facilitate this special and important time ❤️
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    #skintoskin #oxytocin #microbiome #newborn #baby #thegoldenhour #bonding #parenting #love
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    📸 @phibrz
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    📆 Due Dates, great post from @thelittlebirthcompany who are discussing when babies are likely to make their entrance into the world.
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    📆 Did your little ones arrive on a due date or make an early or later appearance?
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    Reposted from @thelittlebirthcompany Due date? How about the date that your baby is least likely to be born on 😂

    Only 4% of babies will be born ON their due date. 75% will be born AFTER this time.

    We are going on a journey! You are in the UK. Your 'due date' is at 40 weeks. Lets take a trip to France - your 'due date' is one week later, at 41 weeks. In other parts of the world, it will be at 42 weeks.

    The average time for a first time mum to give birth is 41 weeks and 3 days and for subsequent births, 40 weeks and 6 days. So why is the focus so heavily on this 40 weeks!

    There is some truth in the affirmation 'my baby will be born when my baby is ready' - they are NOT going to stay in there for a year. You aren't a zebra, or an elephant, who are pregnant for up to 22 months!

    You are considered full term from 37 to 42 weeks - whether they come unassisted, with an induction or caesarean. Your baby will be born, generally by 43 weeks at the very latest. I understand that those last few weeks of pregnancy are exhausting and when you have people asking if the baby is here yet, you just want out! But we are all unique and our bodies and babies are doing important preparation for birth throughout this time.

    It is not all for nothing!

    Have you told people your due date?

    If you have already had your baby, how many weeks were you when you had them?
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    #thelittlebirthcompanyfamily #womensupportingwomen #hypnobirthinginstructor #thelbc #hypnobirthing #babyonboard #mumtobe2020 #20weekspregnant #midwifery #studentmidwife #thelittlebirthcompany #newbaby #babyontheway #birth #hospitalbirth #pregnancy
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    Reposted from @the_bushey_midwife During times of hot weather like we are experiencing now (hooray!), your breastfed baby doesn’t need any other liquid other than your breastmilk.
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    The components of breastmilk match that to your babies needs and the composition changes accordingly. You don’t need to give them water in addition to breastmilk, unless they’re also on solids. The female body is so clever!
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    You may find that your baby is particularly thirsty/hungry, wanting to feed more often, and that‘s ok. In the same way that we‘re more thirsty when we‘re hot, the same applies to babies. Don’t withhold feeds because ‘they aren’t due one yet’ - it’s important that they don’t become dehydrated and that you allow them to drink to thirst and have plenty of fluids.
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    #breastfeedingtips #breastfedbaby #midwife #midwifery #breastfeedinginhotweather #heatwave #hothothot #baby #newborn #infantfeeding #breastfeeding #thebusheymidwife
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    Reposted from @epinouk It’s World Breastfeeding Week!

    The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”.

    In line with this theme, WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support. While breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support – both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding.

    This is why UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments to:

    - INVEST to make skilled breastfeeding counselling available to every woman.

    -TRAIN health care workers, including midwives and nurses, to deliver skilled breastfeeding counselling to mothers and families.

    -ENSURE that counselling is made available as part of routine health and nutrition services that are easily accessible.

    -PARTNER and collaborate with civil society and health professional associations, building strong collaborative systems for provision of appropriate counselling.

    -PROTECT health care workers from the influence of the baby food industry.

    #epino #epinouk #worldbreastfeedingweek #breastfeedingweek #worldbreastfeedingweek2020
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    ❤ This wonderful post by @common_wild shows some of things that mums all around the world think and feel every day. ❤

    Reposted from @common_wild I hope that all mothers can see all the other mothers, and take it upon themselves to create an inclusive experience of motherhood, where we hear each other’s stories, see each other’s faces and magnify each other’s voices. Where we fiercely protect each other and each other’s children. One thing we do all have in common in an unparalleled strength that is underpinned by love.
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