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    Happy International Women’s Day #iwd2021 from @all4birth Here’s to strong women! 💪🏿💪🏾💪🏽 May we know them. May we be them! May we RAISE them. 🌍💜🤰🏾🤱🏻 ...

    Repost @melanin_mothers 💜👇🏾

    Have you heard of the 4th Trimester?

    ▪️This is classed as the period of time up to approximately 12 weeks after giving birth.

    ▪️I have included some buzz words and phrases of common changes which may occur during the 4th trimester.

    ▪️It is a vulnerable period of major adjustments to motherhood/ parenthood.

    ▪️New mothers will experience great hormonal changes, and this may be when you experience “baby blues”, changes in mood, tearfulness, feeling slightly low in mood, anxious, restless and irritable. Usually transient and occurs approximately 2-3 days after giving birth and can last up to 10-14days.

    ▪️Becoming a mother means you have to adapt your day to day routine to care for a newborn who solely depends on you and your family unit to take care of them.

    ▪️Your new life can become consumed with feeding, changing, cleaning and bedtime routines for not only your newborn but also older children you may already have. But what about YOU? You can easily forget and neglect yourself..

    ▪️Self Care, protecting your mental health and wellbeing is so important during this time too. Don’t forget to feed yourself and have plenty of healthy meals as much as possible to nourish & heal your body. Drink plenty of water (approx 3 liters) a day to prevent dehydration. Fruit, veg and fiber are also very important in the healing process.

    ▪️Try and get adequate sleep and have regular naps throughout the day when your baby is sleeping, in order to recharge and heal. Did you know sleep is vital in the body’s healing & recovery process?

    ▪️Take a break when you can and take time out for you. If you can get a baby sitter or a relative you trust to look after baby for a few hours, take some time out for you & whatever you love to do in your spare time. Some you time!

    ▪️Look after yourself & your partner, because if you are both not in the best shape, caring for a baby will only be increasingly difficult! Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help if you need it! “Health is wealth” as the saying goes...

    ▪️Did you experience any of these changes in the postnatal period or more? 👇🏾

    https://www.all4birth.com/4you/your-postnatal-health/
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    Great visual about the physiology of birth from @the_bushey_midwife 💜👇

    The 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗯𝗶𝗿𝘁𝗵 is miraculous!

    Before labour starts the cervix is about 2cm long, firm in consistency, thick, tightly closed and points towards the person’s spine.

    During the early phase of the first stage of labour, irregular, mild and short lasting contractions make the cervix start to soften, shorten, thin and open up to about 4cm.

    During the active phase of the first stage of labour, strong, regular contractions make the cervix open up completely to about 10cm when it is classed as being fully dilated.

    Baby’s head then descends down into the vagina during the second stage of labour, encountering resistance of the pelvic floor and then extending upwards under the pubic bone and pubic arch.

    As baby continues to descend, their head begins to emerge from the vagina, also known as crowning. The perineum slips over the nose, mouth and chin and then their head is fully born.

    There is now an alignment of the shoulders with the head as baby rotates internally, also known as restitution. After this the body is born and baby can be passed to the birthing person!
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    “Currently only 2.1% of births in England and Wales are at home. With the implementation of continuity of carer and dedicated home birth teams, the potential to see this figure rise is on the horizon. Having your baby in your home environment is very safe for you and your baby, which we explore further in this article and being at home is also very beneficial for the physiology of birth. The hormone oxytocin, which is responsible for contracting your uterus during labour thrives on privacy, intimacy and security all of which for many people, are enhanced when feeling relaxed at home.

    So what are the benefits?

    A recent literature review published in The Lancet of around half a million women concluded that there was no significant difference in poor outcomes for planned home births for mothers or babies when compared to planned hospital births for uncomplicated pregnancies. However further research concluded that planning to birth at home significantly reduced their medical intervention –

    40% less likely to have a caesarean birth
    50% less likely to have an assisted birth
    60% less likely to receive oxytocin augmentation of labour
    70% less likely to have use epidural analgesia
    55% less likely to have an episiotomy
    40% less likely to have a 3rd or 4th degree tear
    30% less likely to have a postpartum haemorrhage
    75% fewer reported maternal infections

    If you are unsure about your place of birth, you can always book a home birth and request a home assessment from your community midwifery team when you go into labour and then decide on your final place of birth on the day. During a home birth you will be cared for by a midwife during established labour, if you are being cared for by a continuity team you may have met them already antenatally and they will call a second midwife to also attend when you are close to the time of birth.” - Cheryl Samuels @the_holistic_midwife 💜

    To read the full blog click the link in our bio 4you or https://www.all4birth.com/thinking-of-having-a-home-birth/
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    What a gorgeous birth video from Sarah @thebirdspapaya we had to share it!! 💜✨ ...

    💜 A beautiful reminder for all parents 💜

    #parenting #motherhood #fatherhood #parenthood #birth #baby #toddler #tween #teenager #family #care #wednesdaymotivation
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    I think we all need to read this blog right now! The lovely Ali Pember @goodenoughmamas reflects on her early motherhood journey in her new blog for us and explores how perfect expectations, can set us up to feel like we’re failing 💜 #parenthood

    “In 1953 a British paediatrician and psychoanalyst named Donald Winnicott termed the phrase ‘good enough mother’ in response to a study of many mothers and babies and his theory that children can benefit from imperfect parenting.

    As parents we can feel enormous pressure to produce children that are ‘good’ or that let us sleep and function without an overwhelming sense of chaos. Yet many of the structures and mechanisms that allow us to feel supported throughout our childbearing years are very different to how they used to be. Knowing how to manage when everything is less than perfect can present as an enormous challenge.

    This article explores what is meant by the term ‘good enough mother’ and allows us to identify ways in which we can all seek reassurance that our love, care and compassion for our children and babies is all that is really necessary.” - Ali Pember @goodenoughmamas

    To read the full blog click 4family in our bio or https://www.all4birth.com/becoming-a-good-enough-mother/
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    Seeking a real life story about jaundice • Did your baby have physiological jaundice? We have a factsheet coming out soon and would love to share a real life story alongside it!

    If you would like to share your story please get in touch by email cheryl.samuels@all4birth.com 💜

    📷 @tailsandwingsphoto
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    Faith can often provide comfort, strength and resilience. Whether that faith is in a religion, an object or practice, another person or yourself, faith has certainly helped many women and families I have cared for during birth. It is an important aspect of holistic wellbeing and Katherines birth story tells beautifully of how faith worked for her personally.

    Katherine’s Home Birth Story • “This is the story of my second labour & birth. My first resulted in an emergency caesarean due to an internal infection and suspected Sepsis. I suffered with birth trauma as a result. After preparing though counselling, praying, reading, learning & a lot of talking, I was ready to labour with & birth my second baby. My plan was for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), waterbirth at home supported by the University Hospitals Leicester Home Birth Team.

    By the time my contractions began at around 10:00 on Monday 11th January, pretty much everything had been in place for 4 whole weeks. I was 41 weeks pregnant and beginning to wonder if my body remembered what it was supposed to do to get this baby out! I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable over the course of the day, but more worried that the contractions would slow down, or worse stop. Thankfully they continued, though irregularly, over the course of the day and by the time I’d usually go to bed, my mum was on her way.

    Around 01:00 on Tuesday 12th, a couple of midwives came to assess how I was doing and though my contractions weren’t quite regular or intense for them to stay, they were confident that I was progressing and left the birth pool and aromatherapy mix behind.

    I tried to rest as best I could until my regular midwife came at around 15:30 for my scheduled appointment that day. I agreed to a sweep in the reasonable hope that it would move things along a bit. The sweep proved very successful and my Bishop’s score was noted to be good. Around dinner time, my sister arrived (to look after Diane, our almost-2-year-old), closely followed by the midwives who were just starting the night shift.”

    To read the full story - link in bio or click https://www.all4birth.com/real_life_stories/katherineshomebirthstory/
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    Since All4Birth launched last November, the support we have received has been incredible! A big thank you 🙏 from all of us at All4birth & All4maternity for spreading the word, writing for us, popping on for live chats and ultimately reaching and supporting as many families as possible 💜

    If you have enjoyed our page so far, please tag a pregnant friend or a maternity colleague or two below in the comments! We have our birth centre week coming up soon 🤩💜👇

    Here is some more info about All4birth👇⁣
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    💜 It’s freely available to all⁣⁣⁣
    💜 We’re gathering childbirth and parenting information into one accessible space ⁣⁣⁣
    💜 Family friendly articles relating to normal, physiological childbirth from preconception to early parenthood ⁣⁣⁣
    💜 All written by maternity professionals and based on evidence ⁣⁣⁣
    💜 With real life stories from women, birthing people and families⁣⁣⁣
    💜 Translatable into 10 other languages ⁣
    💜 PDF & Printer friendly⁣

    We’re so excited about it. We hope all birthing people and families love it too. If you would like to share your expertise or experience go to www.all4birth.com (link in bio) and click on ⬇️⁣

    ➡️ Menu⁣
    ➡️ Contact us⁣
    ➡️ Online submissions⁣

    There you will find all of our author information including ⬇️⁣

    ➡️ Articles⁣
    ➡️ Factsheets⁣
    ➡️ Real life stories⁣
    ➡️ General information⁣
    ➡️ Download our authors toolkit
    ➡️ Inclusivity guidelines ⁣
    ➡️ Submission guidelines⁣

    When you have finished your writing, just upload your document and photos onto our submission form. Of course if you need any guidance just pop us an email and we will get back to you 💜
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    “I was asked to write about the use of water during the COVID 19 pandemic, to reassure parents about using water. This is based on the best evidence that we currently have about the actual virus, how it spreads and how we can contain the virus during labour/birth. It should be appreciated that our knowledge of COVID 19 is changing on a daily basis so the advice I have shared is where we are at this date and time.

    On a positive note, and during these difficult times it is important to remember midwives will be there to support and provide safe care for you, your baby, birth companion and themselves. Working together, midwives will provide choice, respect and humanisation of one of the most beautiful and important parts of our lives. Be positive and prepared about labour and birth. Where classes have been cancelled review web sites who can assist and of course it’s recommended to write a birth preference plan which midwives will follow as far as is safely possible.

    Some maternity units have postponed water labour/births and you should discuss this with your midwife to find out whether your unit has been affected. It is not possible to cover all aspects of care regarding the use of water so please consult your local unit or midwife.” - The use of water for labour and birth during COVID 19 virus
    by Dianne Garland
    Freelance Midwife FRCM SRN RM ADM PGCEA MSc

    To read the full article click the link in our bio 4you or https://www.all4birth.com/the-use-of-water-for-labour-and-birth-during-covid-19-virus/ 💜

    📷 @gatherbirth
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    💜 All4Birth provides information to optimise wellbeing throughout your childbirth journey 💜

    “Imagine what would happen if every mother, midwife, obstetrician, doula, yoga teacher, perinatal psychologist, women’s health physio and baby specialist shared their expertise in optimising normal physiological childbirth from preconception to parenthood, all in one place, freely accessible for everyone?

    Empowerment begins with education.

    Join our movement and write for All4birth.”

    If you would like to share your expertise or experience go to www.all4birth.com (link in bio) and click on ⬇️⁣

    ➡️ Menu⁣
    ➡️ Contact us⁣
    ➡️ Online submissions⁣

    There you will find all of our author information including ⬇️⁣

    ➡️ Articles⁣
    ➡️ Factsheets⁣
    ➡️ Real life stories⁣
    ➡️ General information⁣
    ➡️ Download our authors toolkit
    ➡️ Inclusivity guidelines ⁣
    ➡️ Submission guidelines⁣

    When you have finished your writing, just upload your document and photos onto our submission form. Of course if you need any guidance just pop me an email cheryl.samuels@all4birth.com and I will get back to you 💜
    ...

    Did you have your baby at a birth centre? Freestanding or in hospital? We are seeking real life birth stories to accompany an article about midwifery led care coming out soon 🤰🏥🤱
    ⁣⁣
    Here is some more info about All4birth 💜👇
    ⁣⁣
    ➡️ It’s freely available to all⁣⁣
    ➡️ We’re gathering childbirth and parenting information into one accessible space ⁣⁣
    ➡️ Family friendly articles relating to normal, physiological childbirth from preconception to early parenthood ⁣⁣
    ➡️ All written by maternity professionals and based on evidence ⁣⁣
    ➡️ With real life stories from women and families⁣⁣
    ➡️Translatable into 10 other languages
    ➡️ Printable

    We’re so excited about it. We hope all birthing people and families love it! ⁣⁣The articles can also support midwives and birth workers to provide information to women in their care.⁣⁣
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    Are there any women who would like to support us by providing a short account about having their baby at a birth centre?⁣⁣ We are looking for stories with an emphasis on promoting physiology - hormones, low lighting, active birth, supportive birth partner, optimal cord clamping, skin to skin and anything that helped you!
    ⁣⁣
    You can be anonymous if you wish.
    If you would like to share your experience go to www.all4birth.com (link in bio) and click on ⬇️⁣

    ➡️ Menu⁣
    ➡️ Contact us⁣
    ➡️ Online submissions⁣

    There you will find all of our author information. Thank you 🌈🙏

    ⁣📸 @stroudmaternity

    #all4birth #normalbirth #homebirth #pregnancy #birth #baby #parenting #motherhood #families #womensupportingwomen #birthingpeople #informedchoice
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    Brilliant video from Midwife Emily showing you how to use your birthing ball at home and during labour 💜 Take a read of our factsheet ‘Managing labour: Mobilise (part 2 of 3) by Trixie McAree, Professor of Midwifery and Maternal Health, Birmingham City University 💜 Link in bio 4you 💜

    https://www.all4birth.com/factsheet-managing-labour-mood-mobilise-and-munch-part-2-of-3/

    Repost from @midwifepullan_pt 👇

    Every wondered how to use a birthing ball at home and in labour? 🤷🏻‍♀️🏐🤰🏼
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    #askthemidwife #midwife #midwifery #midwifelife #labour #birth #birthingball #birthball #uprightbirth #uprightbirthing #activebirth #activebirthing #physiologicalbirth #activebirthworkshop #birthpositions #birthingpositions #positionsforbirth #birthaid #birthenvironment #birthpreparation
    ...

    Did you have your baby at a birth centre? Freestanding or in hospital? We are seeking real life birth stories to accompany an article about midwifery led care coming out soon 🤰🏥🤱
    ⁣⁣
    Here is some more info about All4birth 💜👇
    ⁣⁣
    ➡️ It’s freely available to all⁣⁣
    ➡️ We’re gathering childbirth and parenting information into one accessible space ⁣⁣
    ➡️ Family friendly articles relating to normal, physiological childbirth from preconception to early parenthood ⁣⁣
    ➡️ All written by maternity professionals and based on evidence ⁣⁣
    ➡️ With real life stories from women and families⁣⁣
    ➡️Translatable into 10 other languages
    ➡️ Printable

    We’re so excited about it. We hope all birthing people and families love it! ⁣⁣The articles can also support midwives and birth workers to provide information to women in their care.⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    Are there any women who would like to support us by providing a short account about having their baby at a birth centre?⁣⁣ We are looking for stories with an emphasis on promoting physiology - hormones, low lighting, active birth, supportive birth partner, optimal cord clamping, skin to skin and anything that helped you!
    ⁣⁣
    You can be anonymous if you wish.
    If you would like to share your experience go to www.all4birth.com (link in bio) and click on ⬇️⁣

    ➡️ Menu⁣
    ➡️ Contact us⁣
    ➡️ Online submissions⁣

    There you will find all of our author information. Thank you 🌈🙏


    #all4birth #normalbirth #homebirth #pregnancy #birth #baby #parenting #motherhood #families #womensupportingwomen #birthingpeople #informedchoice
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    ✨HOME BIRTH WEEK ✨ We have a series of real life home birth stories for you and three IGTV lives with Cheryl @the_holistic_midwife and guests 💜👇⁣

    ✨16/02 7pm Abigail @maternal_matters is a community midwife and also a homebirth mum! We will discuss the role of a midwife at a homebirth and also what equipment they bring along! ⁣SAVED ON IGTV 📺

    ✨ 19/02 7pm @francestervet is a midwife and also had one of her babies at home. We will discuss what equipment you actually need to prepare for your homebirth, what’s helpful and what’s not!⁣ SAVED ON IGTV 📺

    ✨TONIGHT 20/02 7pm Roselyn @marvellous_me_massage is a midwife and also a massage therapist. We will be discussing all of the alternative and non- pharmacological comfort measures you can try such as water, massage, aromatherapy, movement, hiring a doula and tens machine.

    We hope you can join us and find the week really supportive and helpful. Please feel free to share, the more the merrier! 💜

    If you have any questions for our experts pop them below and we will try to answer as many as possible during the LIVE sessions on Instagram 💜👇
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    ✨HOME BIRTH WEEK ✨ We have a series of real life home birth stories for you and three IGTV lives with Cheryl @the_holistic_midwife and guests 💜👇⁣

    ✨16/02 7pm Abigail @maternal_matters is a community midwife and also a homebirth mum! We will discuss the role of a midwife at a homebirth and also what equipment they bring along! ⁣SAVED ON IGTV 📺

    ✨ TONIGHT 19/02 7pm @francestervet is a midwife and also had one of her babies at home. We will discuss what equipment you actually need to prepare for your homebirth, what’s helpful and what’s not!⁣

    ✨20/02 7pm Roselyn @marvellous_me_massage is a midwife and also a massage therapist. We will be discussing all of the alternative and non- pharmacological comfort measures you can try such as water, massage, aromatherapy, movement, hiring a doula and tens machine.

    We hope you can join us and find the week really supportive and helpful. Please feel free to share, the more the merrier! 💜

    If you have any questions for our experts pop them below and we will try to answer as many as possible during the LIVE sessions on Instagram 💜👇
    ...

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