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In this area of the website women and families share their real-life stories from preconception, pregnancy and birth to the postnatal experience and parenting. Find links to the evidence-based articles at the bottom of each story. Email us, via the contact us section if you’d like to supply a story.

Real Life Stories

Lotus Birth

Lotus Birth

Birth before arrival during Covid-19

Birth before arrival during Covid-19

Monitoring Your Baby’s Movements

Monitoring Your Baby’s Movements

Using stretch mark oil in pregnancy

Using stretch mark oil in pregnancy

Breast massage during pregnancy

Breast massage during pregnancy

Positive birth after sexual trauma

Positive birth after sexual trauma

Self Care; Suzy’s story

Self Care; Suzy’s story

The first night at home; Natalie’s story

The first night at home; Natalie’s story

The first fortnight; Lucinda’s story

The first fortnight; Lucinda’s story

Skin to skin after a caesarean section

Skin to skin after a caesarean section

Breastfeeding with complex needs; baby Issac’s story

Breastfeeding with complex needs; baby Issac’s story

Breastfeeding with complex needs; baby Leo’s story

Breastfeeding with complex needs; baby Leo’s story

Learning, learning, learning. There is so much opportunity for us to continue all our lives.💜

✍🏽 All4birth is a platform committed to continuing to learn about physiological birth processes, pregnancy, postnatal care and parenting.✍🏿

🤰🏿The best thing is that you can be the learner and the teacher. We all have things to learn and we all have things to offer for others.🤰🏻

💭 Writing for All4birth is open to everybody who has an article, factsheet or real life story that contributes to the vision. 💭

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“As I’ve thought about that thread in my life, one strand seems especially important: my aspiration to live as a learner.”⠀

Education is not confined to school.

#onbeing #learning #school #inspirational #inspiration #quote #wisdom #maternity #midwives #phisiologicalbirth #naturalbirth
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As part of the All4maternity family All4Birth welcome and actively encourage contributions from all people 🌈❤️ We really want to represent the full spectrum of life and to do that we need your help and your valuable stories and contributions. If you would like to write for All4birth email info@all4birth.com and we can share your story. Everyone is welcome with love and open arms 🌈❤️

Posted @withregram • @the_student_midwife_journal Inclusivity is embedded into the operating policies of our parent company All4Maternity. 

This is reflected by our editorial board, content and the inclusivity principles included in the author guidelines of The Student Midwife. 

That being said, we can always always do more. This post represents our commitment to consistently inclusive content and practices. 

When we get this wrong, please let us know. We wish to centre women and birthing people and produce content that supports birth workers to optimise the care they receive.  

We will continue to use woman, women, birthing person and birthing people in our publications and social media.

𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗬 caregiver should be able to be 𝗦𝗔𝗙𝗘𝗟𝗬 and 𝗙𝗨𝗟𝗟𝗬 themselves, and the same applies to the women and people receiving care.  

Kindest regards,
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗠𝗶𝗱𝘄𝗶𝗳𝗲
𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗯𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱

@_𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘁𝘁, 
𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿-𝗶𝗻-𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗳 
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗠𝗶𝗱𝘄𝗶𝗳𝗲 
𝗘𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗹: 𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮@𝗮𝗹𝗹4𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆.𝗰𝗼𝗺

𝗔𝗻𝗻𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗻-𝗕𝘆𝗿𝗼𝗺
𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿
𝗔𝗹𝗹4𝗠𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆
𝗘𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗹: 𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮@𝗮𝗹𝗹4𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆.𝗰𝗼𝗺
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🌻 Wishing you all a beautiful, peaceful weekend.

🌻 All contributors are welcome to get in touch with their ideas by emailing us at info@all4birth.com

📸 @evadianaphotography

#waterbirth #newborn #newborn #beautiful #peaceful #calmbirth #weekend #takecare #bekindtoeachother
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‘A Lotus Birth is the practice of keeping the placenta intact and attached to the baby for the first few days of the baby’s life, until the cord dries out and naturally falls off on its own, just like a cut umbilical cord would, usually within 3-10 days of the birth.

While this isn't a very common request, it's important for birthing people to know that it exists as an option, as well as for health care providers to be able to understand why some families might choose to have a lotus birth, as well as how to discuss the risks and benefits of lotus birth, provide informed consent, answer questions and facilitate this practice.

This Factsheet discusses the history of Lotus birth, examines the available research, provides instructions for carrying out a lotus birth and discusses potential infection signs and symptoms which both practitioners and new parents should be aware of when choosing a lotus birth.’ - Factsheet written by Independent midwife @alimonaghan ⁣

@cat.thedoula shares her real life story about lotus birth “I was first drawn to lotus birth as a way to honour the placenta that had nourished my daughter for nine months. With my first baby it had felt odd cutting the cord. I wanted to do it differently this time.”⁣

To read the full fact sheet and real life story head over to www.all4birth.com link in bio 💜 A huge thank you to @alimonaghan and @cat.thedoula for sharing their expertise and story 💜⁣

#lotusbirth #placenta #birth #optimalcordclamping #physiologicalbirth #holistichealth #all4birth
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❤ Those first precious moments, where everything slows down and becomes quiet.

❤ Sometimes referred to as 'the pause' or 'the golden hour' where you can take in every detail of this new little person you have created, and celebrate their new life in the world 🌎❤

📸 @jennifermasonphotography

#goldenhour #thepause #birth #waterbirth #calmbirth #physiologicalbirth #childbirth #newborn #newbaby #newmum #newparent #takeineverydetail #welcometotheworld
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Sickness is pregnancy is one thing, but what about when your symptoms are extreme and you are impacted by severe sickness which leads to the risk of dehydration? 🤔

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a condition that affects 1-3 women in every 100 and it is no mild matter. Getting the support that you need, understanding the unique features of this conditions and ensuring that you work with the needs of your body are vital.🤮

All4birth are so grateful to HG campaigner Charlotte Howden for her article which explains the condition and links you to resources which can help.💜

#All4Maternity #sickness #hg #morningsickness #pregnancyphysiology #pregnancycare #yourbody #4you

@the_holistic_midwife @the_sick_film @kayhollyking @the_practising_midwife_journal @the_student_midwife_journal @sheena_byrom @acbmidwife
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When Rachel went into labour things happened very quickly. So quickly that the midwives hadn't quite made it to her home!

Whilst Rachel had planned to give birth at home, she had not intended to do so with no midwife present. So what happens if your baby is in a bit of a hurry and is born before the arrival of a midwife?

For some women and birthing people the idea of having their baby before a midwife arrives is a very real fear.

⬆️ Link in our bio directly to our Real Life Story section of All4Birth to read Rachel's full story and explore our 'Born before arrival' factsheet to understand the guidance and information you may need in this circumstance. ⬆️

Our real life stories really bring the evidenced based articles and factsheets to life. If you have a real life story that relates to normal physiological birth processes, postnatal recovery or parenting and you would like to add to our growing online resource, get in touch to talk to us about your insight.

#All4Maternity #birth #onlineresources #bornbeforearrival #midwives #doula #maternityeducation #4you

@the_holistic_midwife @kayhollyking @sheena_byrom @the_practising_midwife_journal
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A huge congratulations to all of our launch competition winners!! 🎉🎉🎉

@weleda Mother To Be Gift Set - @j3m_ston3 @louiseslater2232 @hunters_little_world

Roar Behind the Silence by Sheena Byrom - @wondrousbirth.hypnobirthing

Overdue By Amity Read - @emma_rush_art

Birth Shock By Mia Scotland - @hippopoppymus

Why Human Rights In Childbirth Matter By Rebecca Schiller - @lindamachax

Why Postnatal Recovery Matters By Sophie Messager @ebbandflopractice

Why Baby Loss Matters By Kay Holly King - @ruthdodds.stmw

🎉 Email info@all4birth.com to claim your prize 🎉
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🧡 The first hour of life after birth is known to be an optimal opportunity to encourage the release of oxytocin and for the maternal-newborn bonding process to occur.

🧡 However, this crucial window of time is often taken up by various midwifery procedures such as weighing the baby, newborn assessments and all of these can disrupt the bonding process.

🧡 Therefore, it is critically important for all those involved in the childbirth process including parents, midwives, and doctors to be aware of the importance of uninterrupted skin to skin contact in maternal- newborn bonding.

🧡 To read the rest of this wonderful fact sheet on 'Bonding with your Newborn' created by @midwifetiz for the @all4birth website head to www.all4birth.com/bonding-with-your-newborn/ Where you will find lots more incredible evidence-based information on all things from pregnancy through to new parenting skills and support.

🧡 See the link in our bio to head straight over to our website 👩🏾‍💻

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What an incredible evening it was. All4birth is now officially launched. Great to have the chance to fully celebrate this landmark with the team.🎉🎉🎉

Thank you to everybody who joined us, asked questions and sent celebrations.💜💜💜💜

👍🏼You can watch the full launch event on our Facebook page.👍🏼

👩🏼‍💻 Now to the work. All4Birth is a platform, you are the contents. We need to build this resource together, it is a collaboration offering to bring the voice and knowledge about normal physiological birth and parenting into the world. We can't do this without you. Please get in touch with @kayhollyking or @the_holistic_midwife to write for All4birth. We can't wait to hear your ideas.👩🏾‍💻

🙏🏼 Thank you all for your support and celebrating with us last night.🙏🏼

#All4Maternity #birth #onlineresources #midwives #4baby #4families #4you #4professionals #doula #maternity #learning #launch
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We LAUNCH today!! What an exciting day for us all as we bring All4birth to the world in our official launch on Facebook Live.🍾🍾🍾🎉🎉🎉

❤️ Today @acbmidwife introduces the site and shares her excitement for our event this evening. Anna Byrom is a Midwifery Lecturer and one of the founders of All4Maternity our sister company. Her work has significantly contributed to successful midwifery learning and education in England and we are privileged to work alongside her at All4birth.❤️

⬆️ See you all tonight. Join us via the link in our bio and log onto Facebook to find us live on our page.⬆️

#All4Maternity #birth #onlineresources #midwives #4baby #4families #4you #4professionals #doula #maternity #learning #launch

@sheena_byrom @acbmidwife @the_practising_midwife_journal @the_holistic_midwife @the_student_midwife_journal
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It's tomorrow!!!! Official launch event is happening at 8pm tomorrow on Facebook Live.

Today we have a intro to the site from our founder Sheena Byrom. We are so delighted that the All4birth platform is within the wider vision of the All4Maternity company and tomorrow night you can find out all about the journey from an idea into the conception of our FREE online platform.

⬆️ Link in bio to the event ⬆️

💓Don't forget about the giveaway of goodies from @weledauk and @pinterandmartin, see our previous post in feed for details 💓 there is still time to join in and be in for a chance of winning some excellent birth and baby related products.

#All4Maternity #birth #onlineresources #midwives #4baby #4families #4you #4professionals #doula #maternity #learning #launch

@the_practising_midwife_journal @the_holistic_midwife @kayhollyking @the_student_midwife_journal @sheena_byrom @acbmidwife
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Just two days to go until our official launch of All4Birth. Hopefully you have all seen our exciting giveaway post and have tagged and shared to be in for a chance of winning some fantastic gifts from @weledauk and @pinterandmartin

🙏🏻As Co - Project lead of the site I @kayhollyking feel honoured to be working alongside the #All4Maternity team and @the_holistic_midwife Cheryl Samuels to bring this platform to the world.🙏🏻

💜 So often we can forget that normal physiological birth is what our bodies are capable of. Living in a world that has created a lot of noise about the medical side of birth and the fear of pregnancy and parenting, it is easy to forget that we are designed to do this, that we can be in control, have a right to dignity and respect in our maternity care and conception journies.💜

🌐 This resourse is going to change the landscape of what we believe and know to be possible. And the best thing is that it is completely FREE and populated by You! 🌐

The link to our launch event can be found in the bio above ⬆️ we look forward to sharing with you at 8pm on 19/11/2020

#All4Maternity #birth #onlineresources #midwives #4baby #4families #4you #4professionals #doula #maternity #learning #launch
@sheena_byrom @acbmidwife @hannah.dahlen @midwifetiz @the_holistic_midwife @the_practising_midwife_journal @the_student_midwife_journal
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We are SO EXCITED about our upcoming launch 🚀🎉 on Facebook LIVE at 8pm Thursday 19th November and we would LOVE for you to join us!! ⁣

We have some VERY special guests joining us at the launch, including All4birth founders @sheena_byrom @acbmidwife @midwifetiz Petra ten Hoope-Bender and Professor Soo Downe🌟⁣

Also we have an AMAZING giveaway of @weledauk Mum to be relax & prepare gift sets 🌿 and a selection of maternity books from @pinterandmartin and the wonderful @sheena_byrom 💛 ⁣

Here is how to enter the giveaway 👇 and we hope to see you all on Thursday! 🎉🎉⁣

Follow us ✅⁣

Tag a friend below ✅⁣

Like and share this post ✅⁣

We will announce the winners LIVE at the launch!!! (Link to event in bio) 🚀✨🎉🌟⁣
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Our official launch is THIS WEEK!

We are starting to get really excited about the launch event this Thursday ⬆️ Link in bio ⬆️
Facebook Live on Thursday at 8pm.

And how fantastic it is to have the support of the magnificent Kaveri Mayra, a midwifery and nursing researcher and PhD student at Southampton University and Trustee of White Ribbon Alliance UK.

📚📚📚Kaveri imagines a world where all books are free, wouldn't that be incredible? Well, books might not be free but All4birth is!!! A totally FREE to access platform for evidence based knowledge and information relating to normal physiological birth, parenting and pregnancy. 🤰🏽🤰🏼🤰🏿

Take an hour out this week to come and join us as we celebrate and share the launch of this incredible resourse.

#All4Maternity #birth #onlineresources #4you #4professionals #doula #4families #4baby #All4birth #maternity #midwives #phisiologicalbirth #naturalbirth
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🏠 Homebirth 🏠
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🏠 Is this something you have thought about for your baby's arrival?
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🏠 Did you know that the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE)suggest in their evidence-based guidelines that you are less likely to have interventions during birth (like forceps, ventouse or an episiotomy)if you have a home birth compared to giving birth in a hospital?
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🏠 To talk through homebirth options and for further information, please talk to your midwife and healthcare team.
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📹 credit @noulahen @larkandcompamy @midwivesndrv @alevyrm
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Hello it’s Cheryl @the_holistic_midwife here and this week has been an exciting one at @all4birth with all of our pre launch activity and I’m feeling a bit like this gorgeous sleepy baby! 🌈❤️ (who doesn’t love a sombrero and Pom poms?!) ⁣So a big thank you from me for everyone’s likes, comments and shares it makes all the difference 🙏

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and if you would like to join us for more fun next week, we are LIVE at 8pm on Facebook for our official launch party (the link is in our bio) 👆🎉🎉🎉⁣ See you there!
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Mom wanted to celebrate their family heritage with a sombrero and I love how it turned out! Handsome Prince ❤️❤️📷 @shannonleighstudios
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Next up to announce and share the fantastic news about our official launch event on the 19th November is @milli.hill of @positivebirthmovement

🌏Milli does a wonderful job of putting All4birth into a global context for us, ensuring that you all know just how excited we are by announcing us as the third bit of positive global news this week😂😂😁😁 🌏

As the author of The Positive Birth Book and Give Birth Like a Feminist @milli.hill speaks to so many shared values around the capacity of women and families. We are delighted to receive her support for our launch.

⬆️ You can now register your interest for our Facebook live event by following the link in our bio to the event. It is totally free to attend and we are so excited to share this hour with you all to officially launch the All4birth platform. ⬆️

Talking of global contexts, we wanted to share with you that our vision for All4birth is for it to provide information from across the globe related to preconception, pregnancy, parturition, postnatal and parenting experience. Providing evidence based articles, factsheets and real life stories that connect us into a shared global understanding of normal physiological birth.🌐🌐🌐🗺️

Our Co-Project Lead @kayhollyking is also the Executive Director of @wra_uk and will be working to ensure that the global content within All4birth is rich and diverse.

Come and find out more by joining us on the 19th November at 8pm.
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