You’re pregnant, you go to pop on your favourite jeans and struggle to get in them so you put it down to that ‘freshly washed tight feel’ and move on to the next pair…and the next and then realise it’s perhaps time for some maternity wear! This could be at 4-6 weeks or for some, much later. Every mum-to-be grows at a different rate and what’s important is that as soon you as you start to feel uncomfortable in your normal clothes you move into something more comfortable. One reason ladies may opt to try to last in their own clothing (at least until 12weeks) is to not give the ‘secret’ away until that first 12 week scan but these days maternity clothing is so discreet and subtle that no one need know it’s not already part of your wardrobe!
An infection of concern to midwives, obstetricians and paediatricians is called Group B Streptococcus or’ Group B Strep’. Group B Strep is a bacterium found in your vagina and gut which is present in up to a third of the population and it is transient, meaning it may not always be present throughout your pregnancy. We all have colonies of different bacteria in our digestive tracts, throats, skin, etcetera, and most of the time they do not make us ill.
“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine” – Slovakian Proverb
Water birth is not a new phenomenon or trendy fad. There are tales of South Pacific Islanders giving birth in rock pools and Egyptian Pharaohs being born in lakes.
1. Day & Night
We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have periods of on call where we are not technically at work but are on stand-by should we be needed. This means we could be expected to cover in any of the hospital settings; delivery suite, antenatal and postnatal wards, antenatal clinics and also attend homebirths. We may have to change our working days at very short notice.
The first stage of labour begins with the first contraction and ends when your cervix is fully dilated. The stage is split into two phases; the latent phase and the active phase. The latent phase can stop and start, even over the course of days. The active phase is where we see the cervix opening consistently, contractions becoming regular, more intense and lasting for around 60 seconds.
In February the Department of Health announced the new Maternity Budget. There were many aspects of the proposed changes to the way in which maternity services are provided, however the press quickly homed in on the ‘Birth Budget’. This budget would allow women to choose their provider of maternity care by giving them control of their own personal ‘birth budget. This, it was felt, would encourage those providers who lack personalised, women centred care to improve their level of service provision, for women and their families thus lifting the overall level of service offered by the NHS.
This is an excerpt from my book, and I’ve posted it in response to a dad’s comments about how it made so much sense in removing the fear of labour & birth. I hope you enjoy it!! L x
What is Pain? (Chapter 2 – The Bump, Birth & Baby Bible)
This is not to be confused with your ‘show’ which is the mucus plug of your cervix. When your ‘show’ comes away it is usually a dark red or brown and mixed with mucous. When you bleed from your vagina it is fresh, red blood which varies in the amount. It is a warning sign and you should inform your labour ward or midwife straight away. Again there are many reasons why this would occur and it may happen with or without pain. The most common reason for bleeding is that there is an area of raw skin on your cervix which bleeds easily, especially after intercourse although not always. Another reason may be that your placenta is low lying and very close to or covering your cervix and may cause heavier blood loss. If this has been identified earlier in pregnancy you will have been made aware of this eventuality and what to do.
Hypnobirthing is essentially a state of very deep relaxation used during labour and childbirth. Practise is the key, and because of this it’s best to start your hypnobirthing course as early as possible, usually around 28 weeks. There are many different methods of hypnobirthing, each with their own merits. Some hypnobirthing teachers are midwives, some hypnotherapists and others neither.