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At the time immediately after having your baby you will probably have been given lots of verbal information from your healthcare provider. But we know that this isn’t an ideal time to absorb it all. Therefore, in this section we will re-present the most important aspects, to help you and your family get to know your baby.

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Optimising Physiological Birth On A Labour Ward

Optimising Physiological Birth On A Labour Ward

Promoting Physiology During Caesarean Birth

Promoting Physiology During Caesarean Birth

The Golden Hour After Birth – What is it and Why is it so important?

The Golden Hour After Birth – What is it and Why is it so important?

Bonding with your newborn

Bonding with your newborn

Factsheet – Optimal Cord Clamping

Factsheet – Optimal Cord Clamping

💞Happy IDM21💙💙

We wanted to share this important and wonderful film from our sister company #all4maternity
to celebrate how important midwives are to us here at All4Birth.

Reposted from @the_practising_midwife_journal As International Day of the Midwife draws to a close, we have a special video to share with you all.

It is clear that investing in midwives saves lives - and here are a few familiar faces sharing which areas they believe investment is required.

If you could choose an area of midwifery or maternity care to invest in, where would it be? Share your thoughts 👇

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our video:
@ireland_jillian
@vickiehastings
@doulamaddie
@katrina.rigby
@benashnaz
@oh_anotherstudentmidwife
@the_desi_midwifetobe
Rachel Mullins

#midwife #studentmidwife #midwives #studentmidwives #midwifery #midwiferystudent #InternationalDayoftheMidwife #IDM21
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ALWAYS the question ‘when are you due?’

Repost • @thepositivebirthgroup It was a German obstetrician Franz Naegele (1778–1851) whose rule calculated the length of pregnancy. His rule adds nine months and seven days to the first day of the last menstrual period.

This rule doesn’t take into account a person’s age, race, previous pregnancies, and births. In addition, many women regard the 40‐week date as a deadline, which if crossed, may then place the baby under stress - this is not the case.

Fantastic new research published in April 2021 in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology analysed the medical literature relating to "variables on the length of pregnancy, the expected date of confinement, and prolonged pregnancy.

The research showed that "a number of factors were found to significantly influence the length of a pregnancy, including ethnicity, height, variations in the menstrual cycle, the timing of ovulation, parity and maternal weight." (Lawson 2020).

See the full paper and other research from WHO (World Health Organisation) on your due period at
https://thepositivebirthgroup.com/2020/12/17/due-date-myth-busters/

#thepositivebirthgroup #duedate #baby2021 #dueperiod #who #facts #mythbuster #babytips #anxiety #stress #hypnobirthing #hypnobirth #antenatal #takecontrol #yourbirth #yourbaby #pregnancy #pregnant #kghypnobirthing #mumtobe
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REPOST• @livewildbirthfree Society wants you to FAIL at birth and breastfeeding.

What would it be like to fully know you have everything you need to birth and feed your baby?

What power would that give you?

How might you start to rise up against in the patriarchy?

This long-term motherbaby bond is not encouraged by society, which has shamed and sexualised our female nipples.

As women, we've been conditioned to hide ourselves, not take up space unless it's pleasing to the male gaze.

Our breasts were made to feed our babies and children.

When our older babes touch our breasts, it offends the patriarchy.

It offends our capitalist culture which says we must constantly work and produce.

As mothers we have the opportunity to change this paradigm for the next generation.

In the UK 85% of mothers end their breastfeeding journey before they would like to, and often feel bereft by this.

The especially sad thing is we know that in countries where breastfeeding is the cultural norm, breastfeeding rates are over 95%.

The average worldwide breastfeeding age is 4.

With the right support and coaching most of us are completely able to breastfeed.

In a space where there isn't shame in feeding/showing your breasts in public.

When we see our friends/mothers/sisters nursing and learn from them as we grow up.

We also see a correlation between unmedicalised birth and high breastfeeding rates in said parts of the world which is something to consider.

When you feed in public, you show other mothers it's okay to do this, you unknowingly teach them about attachment and positioning.

When you openly share your breastfeeding journey you support others on theirs.

Keep up the amazing work sharing your breastfeeding skills Mamas!

Via @peacewithbirth
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Have you thought about these to create your perfect birth environment? ✨🥤🍉🎵💧 Take a look at the link in our bio 4you for plenty of blogs about how to create your birth environment and have a positive birth 💜
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‘The use of water for labour and birth during COVID 19 virus’

“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.” - Dianne Garland, Midwife.

To read the full blog click 4you in our bio or https://www.all4birth.com/the-use-of-water-for-labour-and-birth-during-covid-19-virus/ 💜
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We feel relaxed just watching this video! 💜 Repost from @gentlebirthofficial 👇

Imagine a world where all babies are given a loving respectful family centred welcome no matter how they arrive. What a beautiful transition this baby experienced. 💕💕💕

#Repost @nantigdl
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Todos merecemos llegar a esta Vida asi, suave, en transición del maravilloso mundo acuoso en que venimos a este, donde encontramos la conexión vital de supervivencia en nuestros padres.

A veces lo logramos, a veces ni sabemos que esto es posible. Pero siempre que estamos en nuestro refugio que es donde suena el ritmo de los corazones amados, nos damos cuenta de porqué ha valido la pena llegar a aquí.

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Repost from @weledababyuk 🌿💛

Being a parent can be extremely stressful, but what is stress?
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The word stress literally means 'power' or 'pressure' and the stress we experience in everyday life is a very normal phenomenon. The body is programmed to respond to stress, because that way we can respond appropriately to dangerous situations. There are many ways to deal with stress and each person manages differently. If you feel you need a little extra help to relax and unwind, Weleda and nature are here to help.
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Take a look at our article for more information on how to manage stress .
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Please speak to your midwife or GP if you are worried about your stress levels and always read the label."
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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, tag a pregnant friend or a maternity colleague or two below in the comments below, sharing is caring!🤩💜👇

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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 ⬇️⁣

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Because everyone deserves a dose of happiness everyday 🌞🍉🌿🧘‍♀️🐾

Tag a person who makes you happy below👇👇🏾👇🏼👇🏽💜 #happiness #hormones
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✨ BIRTH ENVIRONMENT ✨ Why the twinkly lights and low lighting? When your body starts to surge/contract it will be releasing a hormone called oxytocin (also known as the love 💗 hormone). It’s a shy hormone and is produced more when we are feeling relaxed, safe and loved. Cue twinkly lights, cosy rooms, warm water and massage. ⁣

✨Oxytocin is also boosted when we produce melatonin, a hormone we release when we are in darker places, at nighttime and when we feel safe. ⁣

✨When we feel scared, watched, uncomfortable, unsafe, worried we produce a hormone called adrenaline, which is designed to flood our arms and legs with blood and energy so that we can fight, flight (run) or freeze (and not be seen) and diverts the blood away from our uterus and makes the muscles in our body tense up. ⁣

✨All really unhelpful responses when we’re trying to have a baby!⁣

✨If we produce adrenaline our bodies will slow down and stop our production of oxytocin, as it’s sensing danger and getting ready to respond. Therefore slowing down our surges. ⁣

✨We also produce our own pain relieving hormones called endorphins, which are boosted by oxytocin 💗 so the less oxytocin, the less endorphins. ⁣

✨So you see it’s not just about creating a beautiful space for you to birth in, which is important too but also about how it will make you feel. We want you to feel safe, relaxed, comfortable and unobserved, to get that oxytocin flowing.⁣

✨There is so much you can do to make your birthing space, whether at home or in a hospital, a more welcoming, relaxed and comfortable environment.⁣

✨Any suggestions on how to make your space your own, whether you’re at home, hospital or birth centre? 👇👇👇

Read our blog for more info - https://www.all4birth.com/how-to-relax-in-your-birth-environment/ click the link 4you in our bio 💜

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Repost from @theecomidwife

This week over on @all4birth I have written a blog post all about Optimising physiological birth on a labour ward. Go and check it out.

I am massively passionate for education of both parents to be and healthcare professionals: particularly in the physiology of birth. This video really helps support one of the points I make about having an active birth in a labour ward.

The bed is often a focal point in any labour or birthing room. But it can give you a huge amount of options to use in ways which don't just involve lying down to rest. It is important to know that being upright and active in birth can:
❤ Shorten your labour length
❤ Help with optimal fetal positioning
❤ Reduce the length of time pushing
❤ Reduce the chances of interventions
❤ Reduce your chance of requiring an instrumental or caesarean birth
❤ Reduce your chance of perineal tearing
❤ Improve maternal comfort and reduce the amount of pharmaceutical pain relief required

Ask your midwife how to use the bed in different ways or get your partner to learn how to use the bed to help you remain active.

Note: This is something I had filmed before the pandemic after I had finished a 13 hour shift (hence no PPE, the lovely hairdressing cared for hair & the poor quality videoing with a previous phone) but have been using when teaching ever since with university students for lectures & during antenatal classes with parents to be to highlight the bed is an asset, not a hindrance to birth. #pregnant #pregnancy #pregnancyjourney #birthbecomesher #thepractisingmidwife
#birth #birthwithoutfear #midwifery #midwife #midwives #antenatalclasses
#antenataleducation
#antenatalclass #mumtobeuk #mum #parent #parenttobe #activebirth #positivebirth #positivebirthstoryproject #positivebirthmovement #babyontheway #pregnancyannouncement
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Join us LIVE on Instagram tonight at 7pm with midwife Alice @thenorthernbirthingschool as we discuss how pregnancy yoga and hypnobirthing can help optimise physiological birth even in a labour ward environment!

If you have any questions pop them in the comments below 👇👇👇

See you all tonight 💜
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✨Optimising Physiological Birth On A Labour Ward✨ By Angie Willis @theecomidwife Fetal Surveillance Midwife, MSc Professional development, PGdip public health nursing, BSc Midwifery. This blog is a MUST READ for every pregnant person out there!! 👇👇👇

“Labour ward environments can be the safest choice for some women. Many women choose to birth in a labour ward either because of additional monitoring recommended by their midwives and obstetricians based on previous medical conditions, current pregnancy conditions, requesting an epidural in labour, induction of labour or if women have symptoms such as premature labour, meconium (baby poo in the waters) or bleeding where additional monitoring and support is recommended.1 Whilst home birth and birth centre births have higher spontaneous vaginal birth rates than labour wards, there are many ways you can increase the chances of a physiological birth on a labour ward.”

A huge thank you to Angie for sharing your expertise with us all 😊🙏 To read the full blog click the link in our bio 4you or https://www.all4birth.com/optimising-physiological-birth-on-a-labour-ward/

Don’t forget to join Cheryl @the_holistic_midwife and Bunty @bunty.lb LIVE on IGTV at 7pm tonight 💜
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