It was her first baby. She was well supported by her loving partner. They had planned and hoped for a gentle birth in the birth centre, using the hypnobirthing techniques they had learned together. But things had not quite gone that way. Here they were in a busy obstetric delivery suite, with white walls, a hospital bed and a monitor. Now I’m not one for … Continue reading The Birth Pause
Or “Things a person might find herself thinking if she is 7 days overdue and is just very slightly at risk of becoming a crazy person” 1. Oh wow, that was a really big sneeze. That’s bound to get things started. 2. Maybe I’m in labour right now but I’m just so chilled out I don’t even notice. 3. My shoulder hurts a bit. Is … Continue reading Being Overdue…
So you’ve waited 9 months and the day you’re meeting your baby is getting closer. But how will you know ‘this is it’? What will it feel like? Will you know it’s labour? What should you do? Well one thing we can say is that it’s usually nothing like you see on TV. A woman, heavily pregnant suddenly clutches her belly, the waters break, she … Continue reading How will I know I’m in labour?
Check out our ‘Induction of labour’ article if you haven’t seen it yet for some background info. And our ‘How to Cope with Induction of Labour’ article gives you a more in depth look at the induction process with helpful tips. Had a vaginal birth already? If this is your second or subsequent baby, and you had a previous vaginal birth, your cervix never quite … Continue reading Induction of labour if you’ve had a baby before!
Please read ‘What is induction of labour?’ for some background on this, if you haven’t already! So, you’ve been advised to have an induction of labour. The post above tells you what this could involve, although not everybody will go through all the steps. Had a vaginal birth already? Click here for info for you. But read on here too as this gives you … Continue reading How to cope with induction of labour