Whilst it is fairly common for a preterm baby to change positions in the uterus frequently, by the third trimester most babies prefer to move into a “head down” position. This is thought to be because the top part of the uterus is roomier and allows more space for the baby to move it’s legs (and therefore keep it’s mother up all night!)
Turning “head down” for vaginal delivery is advantageous for a couple of reasons. Firstly, coming out head first allows the cervix to open completely to let the largest part of the baby out first so that the rest generally follows easily. Also, the head fits neatly against the cervix during labour, similar to an egg in an egg cup, which prevent the umbilical cord from slipping out first and being compressed.
read more “Bottoms Up: Options for breech babies”
You made a tiny human – congratulations! Now what? Our Clinical Director of Midwifery, Lauren Williams, shares her knowledge to help you through those special, yet crazy first weeks with your newborn.
Making the transition from being parented to being a parent is a time of discovery, trial and error, and learning. Many new parents underestimate their own instincts and ability to care for and understand a newborn, but you will find yourself learning and understanding your baby’s cues and cries very quickly. Relax and take this time to cuddle, sleep, feed and respond to your baby’s needs as best you can.
read more “The 4th Trimester – Life with your new baby”
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”