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Article Category - "Pregnancy, New Mums & Babies"

A Woman Centered Birth Plan: Plain and Simple

A Woman Centered Birth Plan: Plain and Simple

Lisa Wilkinson talks about the need to create a birth plan. Have a look at her plans below. If you are planning on trying for physiologically normal birth, I do recommend looking into The elbowrooms Prep For Birth Workshops with Krysia Lynch who also hosts our Advanced Pregnancy Teacher Training Module 2 which teaches how to teach these workshops to soon to be familys!

Lisa wilkinson – Birth Plan 2003 & 2009 Version 1

Keep me at home to birth my baby.… Read more

Posted on April 1, 2019

Promoting Spontaneous Labour

Promoting Spontaneous Labour

If you are facing the prospect of medical induction, we understand this can be a very stressful time. Although we do recognise that induction can be a very necessary procedure to ensure the health of you and your baby, we are also very aware that the pressure to have your baby can be potentially based to suit the schedules and protocols of your caregivers and not evidence-based or best practice.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

There are some practical things you can do to reduce the risk of induction.… Read more

Posted on April 1, 2019

What is a Doula?

What is a Doula?

The word ‘doula’ (pronounced ‘doo-la’) is a Greek word meaning ‘woman servant or caregiver’. More recently, it refers to someone who offers emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth. In Ireland a Doula is a woman who provides a Doula service usually for a fee.

The principal is to give ‘mothering to the mother’, enabling a woman to have the most satisfying experience that she can from pregnancy and into motherhood.… Read more

Posted on March 16, 2019

Pregnancy Acupuncture

Pregnancy Acupuncture Pregnancy Acupuncture with Clare Foley

Acupuncture has become a hugely popular therapy to support pregnancy, labour and postpartum health in recent years. Every woman wants her pregnancy to go smoothly and acupuncture is a great way to regulate and optimize our natural cycles. Whether you-and-bump are aching for a good night’s sleep or you’re preparing for the big day, booking in some acupuncture sessions will bring calm, energy and help with the following issues:

 

Low back pain is the most common use of acupuncture during pregnancy along with other pain conditions where painkillers need to be avoided such as headaches and migraine.… Read more

Posted on March 15, 2019

Relaxing Into Labour: 10 Tips from a Doula

Relaxing Into Labour: 10 Tips from a Doula

As a Doula I often get called during the middle of the night. This tends to happen when the first sensations are starting for a new mother. I walk in and everyone in the house is busy doing the labour thing. I nearly always spend the next hour trying to get everyone to relax and go back to bed. I normally go home or sleep in a spare room.

Relaxation is the key to both keeping labour moving and initiating it in the first place.… Read more

Posted on March 13, 2019

Breastfeeding through illness

Breastfeeding through illness

While becoming ill while breastfeeding can be exhausting and an additional worry, it is generally fine to nurse through most common illnesses. Always, if you are worried consult your GP, but in the vast majority of illnesses, it is fine to carry on breastfeeding as normal. In fact the only illness considered to have contraindications with breastfeeding, is HIV.

With common viruses and bugs, you will provide antibodies to your nursing baby as you breastfeed through it.… Read more

Posted on February 26, 2019