Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious respiratory viral infection that circulates each year in the winter months and can cause serious illness in previously healthy people.
Unlike a cold, flu symptoms develop abruptly one to three days after infection, and can include: tiredness, high fever, chills, headache, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, runny noses, poor appetite, and muscle aches. Most people who get the flu will suffer from mild illness and recover in around four weeks. In some cases, severe illness and complications such as pneumonia can develop, which can result in hospitalisation and even death. Even if you are generally healthy and rarely get sick, changes in immune, heart & lung functions during pregnancy make you more likely to become seriously ill. read more “The Facts about Flu Vax and Pregnancy”
Pregnancy is just the start of a journey, where both your body and mind are transformed to either begin the transition or add to your experience of motherhood. Whatever your mode of birth, no two experiences are the same, You may have gone in with no expectations, or planned every possible scenario, hypnobirthed, waterbirthed, chose an elective caesarean or required medical intervention to facilitate a safe arrival. What you are left with however, is a lasting memory that has the power to transcend other life experiences, whether positive or negative. read more “The Power of a Positive Birth Story”
A midwife’s view of international women’s day.
Being a woman and being ‘with woman’ – the very definition of a midwife; I feel the importance to reflect on what this means today and be proud to celebrate International Women’s Day with all those women that have walked before me, besides me and in front of me. read more “Happy International Women’s Day 2018”
Growing a little human is a big job. Your body is made to adapt but sometimes those adaptations can make you uncomfortable. One of the most common questions we get asked in our clinic here at Hatch is “Why is my pelvis so sore?”. This question can be complex to answer, but for most mums who are experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy it is related to a wonderful hormone called Relaxin. read more “Why is my pelvis so sore? Pelvic pain when pregnant.”
Over the past few days, we have all been striping down to our shorts and singlets to cope with the heat. But what have you been doing with your little one? The rule of thumb has always been ‘one more layer on their you’. Good theory, but very few of us wear onesies or jumpsuits; mums and dads are often different temperatures’ so we have one tricky translation. To add to this confusion, what about wraps and whether we are in air conditioning? read more “Dressing little ones in the hot weather”
We were confident that creating an affordable private maternity care option for Brisbane women and families would be welcomed. Its been a big year meeting our 100th baby just shy of our 1 year anniversary, piloting a new partnership with BUPA to offer their eligible members a gap free private maternity experience and welcoming the addition of two new endorsed midwives to join our team of obstetricians and midwives. We look forward to sharing in the journey for many more families as we embark on our second year. read more “Your new look Hatch midwifery team”
Did you know whilst you are pregnant, your body can increase your temp by up to nearly 1 whole degree? Wonderful news for your little incubating baby who is tucked up cosily! Certainly not an issue if you are enjoying a white Christmas and singing songs about “It’s cold outside”, but when you are facing a Brisbane summer filled with 30+ degree and 70% humidity things start to look a bit less cosy and a bit more like cankles. So let’s talk about what might help you get through these next few months. read more “Surviving a Brisbane Summer whilst growing a baby bump”
Whilst growing a baby is a huge undertaking for your body it doesn’t mean you need to be inactive during your pregnancy. The type of exercise suitable in pregnancy, depends on what your body is used to and you may need to modify your exercise a little, and even take up something brand new. read more “Exercise and Pregnancy”
You are glowing, eating for two, you are tiny, you must be having twins, are all comments you hear when you are growing your new little human. Then you walk up to the buffet at a function to discover almost nothing you ‘can’ eat? Let’s get some clarification so you can eat a healthy delicious meal tonight without the anxiety. Firstly, there is no need to be ‘eating for two’. Whilst you are pregnant you need to eat a good nutritious diet for one healthy person. read more “Healthy Eating in Pregnancy”
Breastfeeding can be easy for some, and challenging for others or may not be the optimal feeding choice for some families. Whilst we support new mothers and their choice on how to feed their babies, this week from 1 to 7 August is Breastfeeding Week, so we would like to share some facts that you may not already know: read more “It’s National Breastfeeding Week”