OK, so not all induced labours result in C-Sections, but many of them do.
Being offered an induction MUST be CLINICALLY justified. Being ‘overdue’ is NOT a good enough reason on its own. Here’s a list of some ‘clinical’ reasons:
- Kidney disease
- Reduced fetal growth
- Significant decrease in amniotic fluid
Inductions for non-medical reasons could be dangerous to both mothers and babies. Induced labour tends to be much harder physically for mum, and baby often gets into distress, resulting in an unplanned C-section.
Think first: 'Do you REALLY need this?'...before accepting this procedure.
Read the NICE Guidelines on Induction of Labour.
Good maternity care during labour requires one-to-one care, but sadly this is often not the case. Be aware that no amount of electronic monitoring can ever fill this need.
What does continuity of care mean in labour?
Continuous support during labour from the same maternity caregiver has been associated with a positive childbirth experience. Continuity of care supports trust and familiarity between care provider, often the midwife and the mum-to-be.
In an ideal world, the care would commence in pregnancy. During labour one of her familiar midwives would be there at that time too too help her through the experience. Often it falls on the birth partners to offer that continuous support in labour and relay vital information to the midwife when s/he is present.
The same group of midwives would continue giving care in those days after birth, which in the UK is often carried out by an unknown Health Visitor.
Wouldn't you agree that this would be a better model of care?
Read more on the NHS website: The importance of continuity of carer in maternity services
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“Home birth remains an acceptable alternative to hospital birth for low risk women who have midwives to assist them, and that such care leads to far fewer medical interventions without sacrificing safety.”
From Ina May Gaskin’s book - Birth Matters
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“I am prepared, confident and ready for labour.”
Find out what your choices are for labour. What feels right for you? Prepare for that birth plan. Wait excitedly for your baby to decide when they want to be born.
“I may not have done this before...but I CAN do this”
People often create unnecessary fear around birth, yet there really is nothing to be afraid of.
I promise you, you’ve got this!
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What's possible will depend on your needs and what facilities are available where you live. There are three main places to consider when having your baby.
This is where people usually tend to imagine births to take place - having your baby in hospital. For certain birth situations, this is the right place, especially if you have a medical condition or complications during your pregnancy. All the equipment and expertise are on hand to help you, should you need it. You will also have available to you other pain relief options, that are not on offer in other birth settings, such as having an epidural. Even in a labour ward, midwives will support women to have as natural a labour as possible.
(this is also sometimes called a birth unit, a midwife-led centre, or community maternity unit). This option is open to women whose pregnancies have been straightforward and labour is expected to proceed without any concerns. Your local birth centre may be attached to a hospital or may be an independent facility in its own right. Most birth centres offer homely surroundings and in many instances the midwives may be trained in other areas such as hypnobirthing, massage and aromatherapy. Should complications arise during labour, your midwives will recommend for you to be transferred to the local hospital.
Having your baby at home is an option that is fully supported in many communities. For women who have had no complications in pregnancy, they may opt for this birth place. In a home birth a midwife would come to you during labour and would stay with you once you are in established labour. A second midwife would be present at the end of your labour, before your baby's birth. They would ensure that your baby is settling well in their first few hours after birth.
Should complications arise in a home birth, your caregivers would suggest for you to be transferred to the local hospital for medical assistance.
In your home you can have more family members witness the birth of your baby, than you could do in other birth places. Many women choose a home birth because they feel more comfortable and confident being in their own surroundings.
Parents-to-be need to consider carefully, what they want from their birth experience and take into consideration the circumstances around their pregnancy and the health of mum and baby. Taking through your ideas with your midwife or your antenatal teachers will help you come to a decision that feels right for you.
Birth Places close to Magical Baby Moments:
Queen's Hospital Labour Ward
Queen's Hospital Birth Centre
Basildon University Hospital Maternity Unit
Basildon University Hospital Midwife-led Birthing Unit
Newham General Hospital
Newham Birth Centre
Barkantine Birth Centre
Let’s establish where the perineum is and then let’s talk about why anyone would ever what to do massage there!
Your perineum is the area of skin and muscle between the vagina and the anus. When you give birth for the first time vaginally, this area will stretch to a point that it never has before. There is a school of thought that, by massaging and stretching this area in late pregnancy, it can help you prepare for giving birth to your baby and will minimise the likelihood of tearing…
…is it sounding a bit more appealing now?
Massaging your perineum towards the end of your pregnancy can also reduce your chances of needing an episiotomy. It may also reduce tearing. Even if you have had a baby before, perineal massage can help to reduce discomfort after the birth.
Perineal massage aims to relax, stretch and soften the perineal area. It will help the opening of your vagina to stretch more easily as your baby is born.
When should I start doing perineal massage?
Women would usually start do this in the final six weeks of pregnancy. Not only will it minimise the chance of tears to the perineum during childbirth. When done correctly in pregnancy, it helps prepare for the sensations experienced during childbirth.
How do you do perineal massage?
Perineal massage should focus on the inside of your vagina, though you may still feel the skin on the outside stretching.
Here’s how to do a perineal massage:
Discontinue if you feel pain.
Start perineal massage from 34 weeks pregnant and aim to do it at least once / twice a week.
The bigger your baby gets, the more cumbersome it can be to do perineal massage to yourself.
*If your partner is willing, they can do it for you. The process is the same, although ask them to swap the positioning around – so it is their index fingers inside the vagina and their thumbs on the outside.
Find a routine that works for you and stick to it. Perineal massage shouldn't hurt, though it may feel a bit uncomfortable, particularly at first. After you've been doing it for a few weeks, you may notice the skin and muscles around your vaginal opening becoming looser. This is a great sign that perineal massage is working.
The crux of hypnobirthing is about becoming more mindful about your body and your baby. Look at the journey you have been on so far in your pregnancy. How many amazing things – miracles really – have happened up until this point? It’s mind blowing!
Your body intuitively knows how to grow that little person within you. A tiny human being is developing and growing each day. Whilst you go about your day, nature knows the exact order and process in which to allow your baby to develop. For women who go into labour spontaneously, this happens at the right time – when your body and baby are ready for the next chapter. Your cervix will ripen, soften and open. For nine months, these muscles have remained tightly closed - to keep your baby protected in the uterus. In early labour, they will dilate to make way for your baby to gently make his way down into your pelvis and birth canal.
The muscles around the top of the uterus, which have gently expanded as your baby has grown, will contract and tighten to help your baby nudge his way down. This will happen gently to start with but may grow in intensity as the body works to move your baby down into the birth canal. These are commonly known as ‘contractions’ - what hypnobirthing teachers may also call ‘surges’ or ‘waves’.
A hypnobirthing course teaches you the skills and techniques to trust in the ability of your body. Relax, nature already knows what to do. You simply need to embrace that journey with calm confidence and let your body do the rest.
Hypnobirthing techniques will help the mum feel calm and focused. She understands that any tension in her body may make the feelings during a contraction more intense. Tense muscles can’t work as efficiently. When a uterus is contracting, any tension in the body could mean:
Invariably labour could last longer, as the tension and tightness slow down or delay the baby’s descent.
How do the hormones oxytocin and adrenalin affect labour?
A mother naturally produces oxytocin to help labour start and to maintain regular contractions. It is sometimes known as the ‘happy hormone’. Our body also produces oxytocin on other occasions, such as: when we laugh, when we are happy and when we make love.
The opposing hormone to oxytocin is adrenalin. It is also known as the fight-or-flight hormone (or, in the case of labour, the fight-flight-or-freeze hormone). You don’t want adrenalin and its associated hormones to be present during labour and birth. This is not a good place to be mentally or physically when you are about to birth your baby. It is not good for your baby either. They can pick up on your emotions, which could potentially make labour more difficult for them as well. If the midwife detects a baby in distress, they will be concerned. If this persists, alternative care may need to be considered, maybe even a C-section.
As you can see, the links between the mind and the body are strong. You can influence how you feel one way or another. Hypnobirthing scripts, visualisations and positive birth affirmations are all techniques used by mothers to help them remain calm, reassured and focused. All these techniques can make the labour more comfortable (often with reduced, or sometimes no, pain-relief and fewer medical interventions), which tends to result in a shorter labour. How appealing does that sound?
A hypnobirthing course will teach you and your birth partner a variety of techniques that will enable you to connect your body, your mind and your spirit with your baby, in a positive way. so that you can have a calm pregnancy and a positive birth experience.
Prepare yourself and your birth partner for a birth experience that feels right for you. Use hypnobirthing techniques to calmly connect with your body, your mind and your baby. It can help you achieve the birth you want.
If you want to know more about what a hypnobirthing course can offer you, buy The Power of Hypnobirthing: 10 reasons why its for you. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.
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If you are expecting a baby in the next few months and you’re looking for a calm and positive birth experience, then book yourself on a Hypnobirthing Course.
If you’re located near Romford in Essex, come and join Magical Baby Moments for a weekend or evening hypnobirthing course.
The expectant mum and her birth partner will learn practical tips to stay relaxed, focused and positive in late pregnancy, labour and birth and they will come away completely informed about the possible scenarios that may arise during labour; so that they know how to make decisions wisely that are right for both mum and baby.
A hypnobirthing course is a fully rounded antenatal course, covering all the topics and more that you will learn on either an NCT or Parent Craft course.
If you want a course that gives you the facts about labour and birth, arms you with the information and questions to ask your caregivers, should things deviate from your plans and empowers you to take control of your birth, then look no further.
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