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Article Category - "Pregnancy and Newborns"

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

How Reflexology helps IBS, Hormones & Headaches

How Reflexology helps IBS, Hormones & Headaches

Reflexology is so much more than a relaxing foot massage. Reflexology is based on the principal that certain reflex points on the feet correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them creates real benefits for the person’s health. It is a unique treatment that benefits those suffering from a broad spectrum of health conditions and disorders.

What common conditions can reflexology treat?

 

1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

20% of people in Ireland suffer from this embarrassing health condition but there is little doctors can do to help other than a prescription of tablets which can even perpetuate symptoms.… Read more

Posted on February 13, 2019

Try acupressure points to help labour progress

Try acupressure points to help labour progress

Many women receive acupuncture treatment to help them through the different stages of pregnancy, it is an ideal treatment during pregnancy as it is non-invasive and drug free, and will not cause any harm to the baby.

We see many women in our clinic for acupuncture whilst pregnant with the majority coming into us to get support for a natural spontaneous start to labour. With a cervical ripening program many of our clients have avoided inductions and have gone on to have shorter and smoother labour.… Read more

Posted on February 2, 2019

Your waters have broken: Let a sanitary towel be your friend

Your waters have broken: Let a sanitary towel be your friend

In this post we look at how you look after yourself and your baby when your waters break before labour starts.

What is amniotic fluid?

Protective water around your baby inside the membrane sac. After 20 weeks it is mostly produced by the babies kidneys – Yes its wee. It’s straw coloured with flex of vernex which is your babies skin.

It provides a protective, cushioning environment for your baby to grow.… Read more

Posted on January 26, 2019

Rehearsing Labour : Harness the power of your breath

Rehearsing Labour : Harness the power of your breath

I’m a great believer in working with women to provide practical and effective ways to ride the waves of labour. There are many things we can practice before birth to give us the best opportunity for a more physiologically normal birth.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of breath and relaxation and the best preparation for birth. And it is practice that counts. As with many things its 1% theory and 99% practice that will make the different for birth preparation.… Read more

Posted on January 20, 2019