Aria’s birth story

I’d had pre-labour surges everyday, every night for weeks, my body was getting ready for birth slowly, just like it did last time.  So I knew that one night at some point the surges would just continue and wouldn’t stop until there was a baby 🙂 This is how it had happened for the birth…

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Preparing your dog for your newborn

Before baby arrives 1. Make changes to your dog’s environment now If you are planning to move where your dog sleeps, eats, rests or hangs out don’t wait until your baby arrives as your pet may associate this (potentially unwanted) change with the arrival of their new sibling.  Rather, get prepared early by moving your…

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Delayed cord clamping, you can’t not.

If you’re planning for birth, delayed cord clamping is something you should know about. In most hospitals across Australia immediate cord clamping is common practice and standard procedure in the 3rd stage of birth.   That is, as soon as the baby is born, a clamp is placed across the umbilical cord to stop the blood flow from placenta to…

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Umbilical Cord Burning

If you google it, you’ll find a few articles touting umbilical cord burning as the new trend for crunchy mums but it’s actually an age-old tradition and practice, one that hasn’t yet been lost. In 2004 when the devastating earthquake and Tsunami hit Aceh in Indonesia, midwives were trained and taught to burn the umbilical…

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The Labyrinth of Birth

When my midwives Josie and Mary started talking about The Labyrinth of Birth I was immediately intrigued.  I’d never heard of one before and hadn’t done anything like it when I was pregnant with my first child.  With my second child, I really wanted a home birth so was working towards that when I did…

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A home HypnoBirth

I kept telling my husband not to call our midwife, not yet, thinking I might be a long way off… But I was already in the zone and was actually very close to transition but of course I didn’t know that at the time. He didn’t listen to me anyway and snuck off when I…

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Interview with a Doula

As a Childbirth Educator, I strongly encourage all my clients to consider having a doula at their birth.  I have met parents who regret not having had a doula at their birth but I’ve never encountered parents who regret having one, they have all said their doula was invaluable and instrumental in helping them achieve…

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