Who starts labour? Mum, baby, or other?

A recent study implies that the Baby is responsible for starting spontaneous labour! “Published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and supported by the National Instituted of Health and a Prematurity Research Initiative grant from the March of Dimes, the study expanded on former research that had suggested signals from the fetus are actually responsible for theContinue reading “Who starts labour? Mum, baby, or other?”

Why Every Pregnant Mum Needs to Join a VBAC Facebook Group

Congratulations! You’re expecting! Maybe it’s your first, maybe it’s your last, but there’s so much you can learn from joining a VBAC Support Group on Facebook. Firstly, What does VBAC stand for? VBAC stands for “Vaginal Birth After C-Section,” and it is a term used for women with previous cesarean deliveries but want to birthContinue reading “Why Every Pregnant Mum Needs to Join a VBAC Facebook Group”

Why the Bradley Method®? This is my story.

I’m a natural childbirth educator. I never thought that I would become an advocate for women in their most vulnerable and their strongest moments–pregnancy and childbirth! So as I meet and talk to more and more mothers, I feel so lucky that I had my natural childbirth experience with my first child. I didn’t haveContinue reading “Why the Bradley Method®? This is my story.”

7 Things Hospitals Do During Labour That You Are Told to Avoid Whilst Pregnant

There are some strange things happening in our society with regards to birth. Women feel less and less able to birth naturally, yet industrialised countries like the US and the UK are seeing maternal and infant mortality rates on the rise. What is going on? I’d like to present 7 Things that hospitals do forContinue reading “7 Things Hospitals Do During Labour That You Are Told to Avoid Whilst Pregnant”

9 Things that can lead to Failure to Progress (FTP)

What is Failure to Progress? According to doctors and midwives, Failure to Progress is also known as Prolonged Labour, when labour lasts for approximately 20 hours or more after regular contractions begin, and approximately 14 hours or more if you’ve given birth previously. Prolonged latent phase happens during first stage labour where mother can get exhausted and emotionallyContinue reading “9 Things that can lead to Failure to Progress (FTP)”

Do You Have to be a Duchess to Get the Birth You Want?

On 2nd May 2015, the nation celebrated the birth of the Princess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana! What was on everyone’s minds at the presentation of the baby just 10 hours after birth? How did Kate look so good? Daily Mail’s “Call the Midwife” article stated, Kate had a meticulous birth plan. She hadContinue reading “Do You Have to be a Duchess to Get the Birth You Want?”

If You Eat Paleo, You Should Birth Naturally

My husband and I have been eating a paleo diet/lifestyle since we were engaged. It not only helped us lose a total of 40 lbs put together for the wedding, but it also changed the way we think about our health. The philosophy behind the paleo diet is can be found here and Mark’s Daily Apple‘sContinue reading “If You Eat Paleo, You Should Birth Naturally”

Why Natural (Unmedicated) Childbirth?

Why Natural Childbirth? Reposted from givingbirthnaturally.com Choosing natural childbirth is choosing to trust your body.  Even more than that, it’s knowing that you already possess all the tools you need to give birth. Having a natural birth doesn’t mean choosing pain.  There are a wide variety of natural comfort measures that can be employed. WomenContinue reading “Why Natural (Unmedicated) Childbirth?”