When they approach the end of their pregnancy, many mothers to be start wondering about how they will cope with contractions during labour. While it is becoming more common to aim for a natural, unmedicated birth, some women feel relieved to know that they have the option of an epidural for pain management during labour and birth.Read More
You have been offered a medical induction at your last antenatal appointment, it may even have been very strongly suggested. Now you have a million questions. What IS the deal with induction? Should you or should you not? Or do you have to?Read More
Paced bottle feeding is a method that mimics breastfeeding and can help with reducing some of the disadvantages that bottle feeding brings. Just as the name suggests, it means pacing the feeding to allow baby to be in control of the feed rather than having to cope with the flow. Babies learn to recognize when they are full by feeding more slowly and having to work harder to get the milk, like they would if they were breastfed. The benefits are numerous and undeniable, both in the short and the long term, and many of the more common complaints like spitting up, gassy babies or babies that never seem full can be resolved in this way.Read More
The Code is an international framework for breastfeeding promotion and short for the World Health Organisation’s “International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes”. It was originally adopted at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in 1981 with the aim to protect breastfeeding and therefore all mothers and babies through a variety of measures, one of them being aggressive marketing on behalf of companies who produce formula products.Read More
A lot is known by now about the Fourth Trimester aka the first three months of a baby’s life where they transition from inside to outside of the womb (read more here).
But what about the mother?
Everyone wants to hold the baby. Talk about the baby. Give the baby presents. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MOTHER????Read More
There has been a lot of talk about self care lately - how we need to make time for and look after ourselves. How very true! But while even small acts of kindness towards ourselves are an obvious necessity, the REASON WHY they are needed so much is deeper rooted. From early childhood, our society encourages high achievement and promotes feelings of unease, stress, tiredness and disconnection as a skill that is necessary for success in life.Read More
It wasn’t easy for me to go back to work. Not after any of my 3 babies. The mere thought of having to leave them for a full day was crippling me with guilt and anxiety. An hour here or there, fine - but a whole day!? What if they cried for me? Got upset? Tired? Nobody could calm them like I could and, so far, they had only ever fallen asleep in my arms. They were still so small.
But I also wanted to go to back work and be someone other than Mammy for a bit.Read More
Have you ever noticed the white, creamy substance covering a newborn’s body? Almost like cream cheese? Depending on who you ask, you either get “Eww, gross!” or “Wow, amazing!”
It’s called Vernix Caseosa, or simply vernix. This coating develops in utero through the sebaceous glands around 20 weeks gestation and forms a protective layer on the baby’s skin. With it’s waxy, waterproof properties, it keeps their skin moisturised in the amniotic fluid - without it, their skin would look as if they had a long, hot bath: like a shrivelled up prune.Read More
Whether you are pregnant or have recently given birth, let me ask you one question: How are you really doing? I mean, REALLY?
In honour of Maternal Mental Health Week , let’s open the conversation about a touchy subject.Read More
Have you thought about writing your birth plan? You might have an idea what your ideal birth looks like but don’t know how to put it in words? Look no further, here is our guide that will make writing it up a breeze!Read More
Are you expecting your first baby? Then you may be surprised by the intensity of what a labouring woman is experiencing. It can be so great, that her support person or team can easily get flustered too and end up being the one(s) in need of support. It can be hard to support someone by simply being with them, without doing all the things to make it go away.Read More
Nothing can describe the feeling of utter panic and despair when I started losing my wonderfully thick, healthy pregnancy hair about 12 weeks after birthing my first baby. The high I had been on disappeared down the shower drain along with a clump of hair. What was happening??!Read More
When it comes to pregnancy, birth and postpartum, there is no official guidance system. No voice will pop up in the labour ward to tell you what’s happening next or where to go from here. It’s all new and there is no map that fits you and your families needs and wishes.
Hang on, maybe there is!Read More
If you asked me what my single biggest fear about childbirth was, it was tearing! I was terrified. So, being the person that I am, I combated that fear by doing all the research to prepare my body the best I could so I would minimise the chances of an injured perineum.Read More