In this section we explore the changing dynamics of family life after welcoming a newborn. Including partner relationships and sex life, sibling dynamics, supporting each other, asking for help from friends and family and going back to work.
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
We saw these brilliant posts on @rayvilelafisio account and feel they are important tips to share with women & birthing people ✔️
My name is Sheena @sheena_byrom and I’ve been a midwife for more than 40 years - during that time I saw most women giving birth on their backs in a bed and having their knees opened widely either by the staff (including me) or by being in lithotomy position.
Look at the difference in the amount of space for the baby to pass through the pelvis when you are upright and (swipe) if you need to be on your back. The key is BRING YOUR KNEES TOGETHER and ankles apart. Such a simple technique! Keep practising!
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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 💜
❤ This beautiful video shows how Caesarean Births can incorporate lots of aspects of birth physiology to create a positive experience for the birthing person and for baby too.
‘Promoting Physiology During Caesarean Birth’ - “Have you thought about your options for a caesarean birth, especially if you’re having a planned elective? There are many options and choices that you can make to help create the right environment for you and to optimise physiology and they apply to a caesarean birth just as much as any other type of birth! Having a sense of control and safety is paramount in creating a positive experience for you and your birth partner. Birth can be unpredictable even with the odds stacked in your favour, its important to think about and discuss all eventualities and types of birth during your pregnancy. Then you are in a position of knowledge and power, making decisions that are informed and ultimately right for you as an individual.” - Cheryl Samuels @the_holistic_midwife
To read the full blog click the link in our bio 4you or https://www.all4birth.com/promoting-physiology-during-caesarean-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/ 💜...
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. 💕💕💕
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.
Repost from @weledababyuk 🌿💛
Being a parent can be extremely stressful, but what is stress?
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.
Take a look at our article for more information on how to manage stress .
Link in Bio. 💜
Please speak to your midwife or GP if you are worried about your stress levels and always read the label."...
Have you read our factsheet by midwife @francestervet called ‘When will I go into labour?’
‘According to research, only about 4% of babies are born on their due date. Most babies are born between 37-41 weeks but your due date is only an estimate of when you will give birth. It is calculated by adding 40 weeks (280 days) to the first day of your last period date, but this does not account for women who’s menstrual cycle varies from the norm. Putting too much focus on your ‘due date’ may make the end of pregnancy quite stressful; it may be better to focus on the whole period between 37-41 weeks.
A main indicator of your baby’s wellbeing is to monitor their pattern of movements. Movements are usually first noted between 18-24 weeks, maybe a little earlier if it isn’t your first baby. It is not true that babies move less towards the end of pregnancy and you should continue to feel baby move right up until and during labour. If you are concerned in any way about your baby’s movements, contact your maternity unit immediately.
Exercise and remaining active is beneficial to the mother and the baby right up until the end of pregnancy, where comfortable. In fact, doing moderate exercise is actually recommended. Pregnancy is not the time to start a new fitness regime, but activities such as walking, yoga, pilates and swimming are proven to help lower blood pressure, reduce risk of developing gestational diabetes, improve metabolism, aid lower back pain and improve quality of sleep. Exercise, keeping upright and active as well as the use of a birthing ball in later stages of pregnancy can help baby into an optimum position for labour and delivery.’
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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 💜
INCLUSIVITY • When we first released our active birth poster three weeks ago @ryancharlesjacob commented the only thing that would make it better was if it had a trans man on. So here you are and I hope you feel heard. Our newly improved FREE active birth poster which you receive in your subscription welcome email or you can email email@example.com and I will send you a copy ❤️
At All4birth I @the_holistic_midwife and the team at All4maternity would like to celebrate the full spectrum of humanity with all of our individualities, colours, ethnicities, sexualities, cultures and stories. One of the most important skills of any health care professional and birth worker is to listen with an open heart and an open mind ❤️...
🌸 So you walk into the room in a labour ward and you immediately see the bed as the focal point, with the bright lights above.
🌸 Instantly your mind screams we are in a hospital, this doesn’t feel safe or comforting to birth in. BUT you can change this make the room whatever you would like.
🌸 You can ask if your unit has beanbags, birthing balls, floor mats. Raise the bed in the air to lean on and stand upright, or support yourself in an upright forward and open position on a birthing ball. Ask if you are able to use the pool room if there is one available, or have a bath in the bathroom.
🌸 Turn off the main lights and close the blinds. The examination light is a great light for the room if there is one available. Turn the examination light on and turn it round. It provides enough light for the midwife or doctors to see, but it makes the labour room feel safer, warmer and more inviting.
🌸 To read this article in full written by the wonderful midwife @theecomidwife , use the link in our bio or head over to www.all4birth.com and click on the 4you section.
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
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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!
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“I have been a qualified midwife for four years and so I rather naively thought that falling pregnant and having a baby would be relatively simple. I cannot believe how wrong I was! My husband and I fell pregnant with our beautiful son after three years of trying and experiencing two very traumatic miscarriages. Each month came with a very unwanted period, which meant enduring the cycle of checking for signs of ovulation, having sex, and waiting. Lots and lots of waiting and hoping and wishing. One day when my husband and I came back from a run, he said to me ‘You are pregnant, I just have this feeling’ to which I just laughed off – how could he possibly know? My breasts were no more tender than usual in the run up to a period, I didn’t feel nauseous, I wasn’t exhausted – the normal tell tale signs of early pregnancy. It played on my mind what my husband said for the next couple of days – so I took a pregnancy test. When I saw the very faint positive line, I couldn’t help but think ‘here we go again – let’s not get our hopes up’. When I told Adam he felt the exact same way, but it didn’t stop us from buying all the pregnancy vitamins and a few more pregnancy tests to just triple and quadruple check!”
Grab a cuppa it’s a gorgeously long story with so much info and click the link in our bio - real life stories or https://www.all4birth.com/real_life_stories/hannahs-labour-ward-birth-story/ to read Hannah’s full birth story, thank you so much for sharing 💜...
✨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 💜...