A positive birth experience is an individual concept. It will mean different things to different people. For some, it might be how pain is managed, or it might be more important to have a certain kind of support, for others, it might be all about feeling in control of what is happening. This isn’t about […]
Why might labour be different if you have Gestational Diabetes?
In our last post about Gestational Diabetes, we mentioned that labour and birth might be different if you have this diagnosis. Here we will go into more detail about the two main interventions that you are more likely to be recommended. They are an Induction of Labour and Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring during labour. This […]
How do I increase my chances of a successful VBAC?
These 5 strategies can help you increase your chances of a successful VBAC Ask any woman who has had more than one baby, she’ll tell you each pregnancy and the circumstances for each birth was different. What happened for your first birth won’t necessarily happen again. Planning your next birth after a caesarean may feel […]
So you’ve been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes… What now?
In Australia somewhere between 12% and 15% of pregnant women are diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. Most will be managed with diet and a small number will need medication (insulin injections or oral metformin). Whilst there are a number of risk factors that predispose the condition, such as family history or high BMI, for many women […]
‘You are not alone Mama’. Reflections on birth in the time of COVID-19
I recently saw in my social media feed a beautiful post from Sydney paediatrician Dr Claire Egbers (originally from Johannesburg). Inspired by her own family, two of whom are due to give birth in the coming months, she created this drawing for them to accompany some words written by Catie Atkinson, Spirit Y Sol. Catie writes […]