At this time of the year, you will likely have your midwife / obstetrician talk to you about the benefits of a Influenza (flu) vaccine to you and your unborn child. That is because Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory viral infection that circulates each year in the winter months and can cause serious illness in otherwise healthy individuals.
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”
Women are our business; women are our story: Empowered Women – Empower women. 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 2019”
Many cultures around the world, for centuries, have known the benefits of eating certain foods for not only a healthy lifestyle but also to assist with recovery of illness and disease. In today’s busy time-poor society, with the instant gratification of sugary foods, loaded with artificial ingredients, readily available, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy diet. However, with a little forward planning, there are a number of foods, you can incorporate into your diet, that can help keep your body and your developing baby’s body maintaining healthy functions. These foods are often called Superfoods. Many whole food nutritionists have the opinion that any natural food is a Superfood, although, I feel there are certain foods that stand out above the rest.
read more “How Superfoods Can Benefit You and Your Unborn Baby.”
Having your first baby is one of life’s biggest transitions, a time when you start to reflect on what kind of parent you want to be. For many there are feelings of excitement but also uncertainty, anxiousness and for some feelings of depression. Hatch Midwife, Lauren Williams, shares her advice for new mums looking for answers during this time. read more “Confidence is key – Advice for new Mums”
Whether you’re going on an overseas holiday, going to visit loved ones, or simply planning one last hurrah (otherwise known as a “baby moon”), you must be well prepared when travelling during pregnancy. Here are some tips on travelling during pregnancy: read more “Travel in Pregnancy”
Massage during pregnancy has massive benefits for both mother and baby and whilst it may seem a bit tongue-in-cheek, partners stand to benefit from pregnancy massage too.
It is important to note that pregnancy massage is not about indulgence. It really is about taking good care of a body that is undergoing huge shifts and changes in order to support and accommodate a growing baby. read more “6 Benefits of Pregnancy Massage”
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”
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”