Induction: Membrane Sweeps

Are you reaching the end of your pregnancy and your midwife has offered you the option of a membrane sweep, not sure what it is about or whether you want to have one? Then read on….     So what is a membrane sweep? A…

Comfort Measures in Labour: Water Birth

Have you thought about having a water birth? Do you know whether there are birth pools at your local hospital/birth centre? Hopefully this post will answer some of your questions about water birth and highlight some of the benefits…

Comfort Measures in Labour: The Comb

Did you know if a person in labour can hold one or more combs as shown in the picture, and squeeze them during a contraction, it might help them relieve discomfort or pain during contractions — if it feels a little uncomfortable it means it…

Vaginal examinations

The topic of Vaginal Exams in labour often comes up in classes and quite a lot of people assume that having a vaginal examination is just part of labour and birth. They are surprised when they find out otherwise. These are some of the common…
woman in labour during transition

I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE

"I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE" This is a common phrase uttered or shouted out loud at the transition part of labour. So what is going on and do we all react that way at this point in the birthing journey? In labour, somewhere between…

Comfort Measures in Labour: TENS machine

A TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine is a drug free method of relieving discomfort. It is a handheld device, connected by wires to electrodes that stick to the skin on your back. There are four pads that you place on…

The place of in between – Zwischen

Are you in the last few weeks or days of pregnancy? There is something unique about this time of in-between and the Germans have a word for this "Zwischen."  I would love to be able to write about this "in-between space" as eloquently as Jana…

Comfort Measures in Labour: Epidurals

There a few different types of epidurals (injection with top-ups, continuous infusion, combined spinal epidural and mobile epidural). The anaesthetist will numb your lower back area with a local anaesthetic. They will then guide a fine, hollow…

Comfort Measures in Labour: Gas & Air

Gas & Air aka Entonox, is a popular choice for pain relief during labour. In most hospitals, gas and air, is plumbed into the wall giving the person in labour an unlimited supply. In a home birth setting it is provided in large cylinders…

The Impressive Cervix

In a previous blog I posted all about the amazing uterus and how it works, so following on from that is all about what your cervix is doing in pregnancy, labour and birth and why its doesn't always indicate how long you have to go to meet your…