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Baby Wisdom Tip 645 – Wondering if your waters will break

Check out this great link with tips and info on what might happen http://www.bellybelly.com.au/birth/waters-breaking#.Ujdc3hYuOlJ

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Baby Wisdom Tip 622 – No hormones for the birth partner

While mum has hormones keeping her body going in labour, you have nothing extra to keep you going, so make sure you have regular breaks, as do the other support people. Its amazing what even a 5 minute power walk can do, or some fresh air, a coffee – anything to get your body stretched and refreshed. Don’t feel bad taking a break, you are only human and this is the benefit of having extra support people at birth.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 621 – Fear-Tension-Pain in labour

It’s a natural reaction to tense up when we feel pain. There is a nasty cycle common in labour: Fear – Tension – Pain Some common areas where women tend to tense up in labour which you will probably be able to see is in the jaw, shoulders, hands and feet. Help her relax these areas by massaging or giving gentle cues

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Baby Wisdom Tip 620 – when mum feels hot during labour

If mum is sweaty in labour a cool flannel is a great idea. Women in labour are like hot water bottles, so a regular cool wipe down is ideal and she may wish to suck on the flannel if she feels sick and doesn’t wish to drink. For an even cooler cloth, put some water and ice in a bowl and put it in that. If her hair keeps flicking in her face, help her tie it up, clip it back or put it behind her.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 619 – Reminding mum to breath in labour

 If she is holding her breath. A gentle reminder to breathe in and a big one out, will keep the oxygen circulating around her body, and to her baby.  

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Baby Wisdom Tip 618 – Quiet actions during labour

It’s a good idea to avoid asking a mum in the later stages of labour too many questions. With things like offering water, there’s no need to ask, just offer it regularly and she will likely want it – if not she will just not have any or say no. It’s very hot and sweaty work being in labour and fluids are very important to keep hydrated through frequent drinks – alternating between water and sports drinks are ideal.  

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Baby Wisdom Tip 617 – Watching mum’s face during labour

A labouring mum’s face is a very good indicator of things she might need. Watch her lips, if she is licking them or they are dry, offer sips of water, ideally in a drink which has a bendy straw in it, so you can hold it for her. Is she hot? A cool flannel. Follow her lead and respond silently to cues.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 605- Cranial Osteopath for baby

For the baby cranial osteopathy can help them  to settle and recover from a birth where they may have been squashed or compressed or where labour has been a long and drawn out process.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 615 – Positive statements for birth partner during labour

“It looks like you’re doing some really hard work, but I can also see that you are doing a really great job. I know you can do this – you are doing this! Let’s do the next few contractions together.” (breathe with her)

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Baby Wisdom Tip 614 – When she says she can’t go in during labour

Chances are if mum declares she ‘can’t go on’ or she’s ‘changed her mind’ and wants to go home during labour, she is now fully dilated and ready to push. Look out for the signs, your baby is nearly here. Stay positive and remind her of this stage.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 613 – Staying a positive birth partner

Sympathy is a wonderful thing to offer, however during labour, encouragement is the key. If mum is struggling to work through a contraction reminding her of the gift at the end, your beautiful baby is a wonderful incentive to keep going. Stay positive and share any worries aside and out of ear shot if possible.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 610 – Mums expectations of her birth partner

The role of the birth partner is to give support and comfort to the birthing mum throughout and after labour in many different ways. Chat about  what she is expecting of you as you may be singing from different hymn sheets, don’t be surprised if she changes her mind as labour progresses.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 609 – A well prepared birth partner

Being a birth partner is someone mum can rely on  in their time of need and vulnerability. Do your homework what will you do if things don’t go according to plan. Agree who will stay with mum, who will you call in as back up, chat to your midwife to explore the sort of questions you should be asking.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 608 – Supporting the birth partner

Don’t underestimate the importance of being present at the labour and birth.You can have a huge effect on how the labour goes and what mum’s experience of birth is, which she will remember for the rest of her life. It will take a lot of energy so plan to have support for yourself after the birth, food and a warm bed. x

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Baby Wisdom TIp 607 – Being invited to be a birth partner

Being asked to be a birth support person is such an honour – it’s probably not something you have been invited to do very many times in your life, if at all! But make sure you feel you can offer positive support. Your fear may transfer to mum if you are not confident. Any worries do your own homework, this may include debriefing your own birth experience if you are soon to be grandma! x

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Baby Wisdom Tip 555 – Over due date and wanting a Home birth

Check out this great link that has notes for mummies wanting a home birth http://www.homebirth.org.uk/overdue.htm#refuse

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Baby Wisdom Tip 544 – Induction, when, why, how and side effects

By understanding and being informed sometimes it is easier to know the questions you wish to ask. Take a read of this link to help you. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/induction-labour.aspx#close

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Baby Wisdom Tip 543 – Induction a step by step guide

Understand a bit more about induction by checking out this link http://midwifethinking.com/2011/07/17/induction-a-step-by-step-guide/

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Baby Wisdom Tip 540 – Birthing for Blokes

Check out this great soundbite link from a male midwife that has a question and answer session about how blokes can support their partner at the birth of their baby. soundcloud.com/arkharris-1/birthing-for-blokes-sample Find him on Twitter at @Birthing4blokes  

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Baby Wisdom Tip 538 – The risks of caesarean section

Often the elephant in the room, discussing the risks might change your choices in labour.  Check out the link below written by Lesley Page, President of The Royal College of Midwives http://theconversation.com/weve-become-blind-to-the-risks-of-having-babies-by-caesearean-14067

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Baby Wisdom Tip 537 – Birth Partners

Find some great information about looking for, choosing and the rights of a birth partner in this article: http://www.birthrights.org.uk/library/factsheets/Birth-Partners.pdf

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Baby Wisdom Tip 517 – Birth Mantras

Some positive birth mantras to help you through your contractions/surges My body is strong and beautiful Each day brings me closer to meeting my baby My body know just what to do My baby and I are working in perfect harmony As my birthing progresses my relaxation deepens

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Baby Wisdom Tip 473 – Just born

In the unique time following your baby’s birth if possible, keep the lights low, keep it calm and warm and greet your baby. ‘Skin to skin,’ mum or dads bare chest on baby’s bare chest and allow your baby to make eye contact for the first time.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 472 – Skin to skin

Help your baby, make the adjustment to its arrival by offering ‘skin to skin’ in the arms of the people it has been waiting to meet. Baby’s skin on mum or dads skin, keeps baby warm, helps their breathing, calms, soothes and regulates their heart rate and nervous system

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Baby Wisdom Tip 451 – To cut the cord or not?

Check out this facebook page that supports the benefits of delayed cord clamping. http://www.facebook.com/delayedcordclamping

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Baby Wisdom Tip 444 – Monitoring during labour

Check out these fab illustrations that offer a couple of solutions for staying mobile whilst being monitored http://www.baby-birth.com/blog/181-sarah-buchanan/851-get-off-the-bed.html#.URgiKqWTGlL

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Baby Wisdom Tip 441 – what to wear at the birth?

Maybe a top or button through shirt that is long enough to cover your bum if you want move around and can open up to receive your baby skin to skin so you don’t have lots of fabric bunched up between you.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 470 – The big announcement

 Chat well in advance to prevent any misunderstandings, about your plans for letting people know when you go into labour . Let everyone know how you are going to manage this to prevent surprise visitors

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Baby Wisdom Tip 423 – Heads up on breech position

Birth options explored here http://www.aims.org.uk/Journal/Vol10No3/breechCSvsNormal.htm  

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Baby Wisdom Tip 422 – Your little co-pilot during labour

Check out this link that shows the  journey your little one takes through you in order to be born. http://www.spinningbabies.com/about-spinning-babies

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Baby Wisdom Tip 420 – Does Baby’s position matter during labour?

Yes, baby being  head down with their  back to mum’s left side can make for a more straightforward birth for both mama and baba. http://www.nct.org.uk/birth/good-positions-your-baby-birth  

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Baby Wisdom Tip 413 – Home birth and the law

A few myths busted here! http://www.homebirth.org.uk/law.htm

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Baby Wisdom Tip 412 – I want to have a home birth

Yes you can . Have a look at these 2 sites for current information , statistics etc http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/15850329. And http://www.aims.org.uk/ hbchoose.htm

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Baby Wisdom Tip 411 – I want a c-section

This article may help and explain your options http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/15850329

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Baby Wisdom Tip 410 – Where will I have my baby?

How to know if my birth centre / hospital is the right one for me ? This great site to have a look at your local birth centres, midwife led units and maternity units which may help you choose the birth place that is right for you and your baby www.birthchoiceuk.com

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Baby Wisdom Tip 409 – VBAC? Vaginal birth after cesarean section

Robust. Information for mamas wanting a straightforward birth following a previous c-section “With proper care the risk for a scar rupture can be as low as 0.5% or 1 in 200 healthy women labouring for a VBAC” http://www.vbac.com/

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Baby Wisdom Tip 408 – Thinking of have a doula/ birth companion

For all you need to know and where to find a doula for you as we’ll as questions to ask a prospective doula check out www.doula.org.uk or www.the birtishdoulas.co.uk or www.nurturingbirth.co.uk

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Baby Wisdom Tip 407 – The difference a Doula can make

A lovely story on how a doula helped Jane and her husband to have the birth they wanted in Bermuda Jane has now returned to her home in England with her son, and is now a doula herself http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/intbermuda.asp

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Baby Wisdom Tip 368 - Active birth

Baby Wisdom Tip 368 – Active birth

Labour and birth can often feel like a marathon more than a sprint. Good strength of your legs and arms will help you endure, keep mobile during labour and take advantage of the best positions to help your baby be born. (link to class http://www.pilatesod.com/classes/class-026/

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Baby Wisdom Tip 362 - Am I allowed?

Baby Wisdom Tip 362 – Am I allowed?

Am I allowed to give birth standing up, sitting down, squatting, at home, in the woods? The answer is YES YOU CAN!  It is your right and your birth.  The book ‘Am I Allowed? ‘Written by Beverley Lawrence Beech ( ISBN 10: 1874413150. ISBN 13: 9781874413158. www.aims.org.uk/pubs3.htm)  Gives you all the info on what you can do and how to get the right support for the birth that you want.

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Baby Wisdom Tip 343 - Make a splash

Baby Wisdom Tip 343 – Make a splash

Thinking of a water birth. There are many benefits to being in water during labour Check out http://www.aims.org.uk/choosewater.htm The Royal College of Midwives also support water births http://www.rcog.org.uk/womens-health/clinical-guidance/immersion-water-during-labour-and-birth

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 Baby Wisdom TIp 337 - Water feature

Baby Wisdom TIp 337 – Water feature

Niagra falls or a slow trickle, either are a perfectly normal sign that baby is on the way. This amniotic fluid should be clear and a pale straw colour. Contact your midwife or the hospital for guidance for what to do next. Good luck you are on your way! PS Some women never have their waters break and the baby can be born in the sack. Check out http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/labour-signs-what-happens.aspx#close

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Baby Wisdom TIp 336 - Its show time!

Baby Wisdom TIp 336 – Its show time!

The curtains about to go up! Look out for a mucus jelly (sometimes called ‘the plug’) in your knickers, sounds lovely, but its often the first sign that labour is fairly imminent and mum’s cervix is ripening ready to roll.

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Baby Wisdom TIp 334 -  This is it........

Baby Wisdom TIp 334 – This is it……..

Baby on the way at last but you feel like you have forgotten everything you’ve learnt about birthing your baby. Keep calm, take a deep breath, remember the midwife will be there to guide and support you and your birth companion through this exciting adventure with the best gift ever at the end of the journey! x

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