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Hypnobirthing … What’s the evidence?

Hypnobirthing … What’s the evidence?

…. Frustratingly inconclusive, that’s what! … regardless of whether you’re looking at for, or against. Because, unfortunately, bottom line is that there are lots of limitations on the studies of hypnosis for pain relief in birth. The studies we have are recognised to be of low quality because of the methods used. However, the available evidence suggests that Hypnobirthing training & practice is helpful for women in labour and reduces the overall use of pain medication and that it’s particularly…

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Induction Considerations

Induction Considerations

First of all let me make it clear that what I’ve put together here are things for you to consider if induction is offered to you. Only you know what’s the right decision for you and your baby. And, let’s be absolutely clear – ‘offered’ is a key word here…. I speak to SO MANY mums who say things like ‘they won’t let me go past X weeks’ or ‘I’m not allowed to go past X weeks’ or ‘my midwife has said I have…

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The Birth Of Molly

The Birth Of Molly

“Our daughter, Molly, was born on the 16th August and we’ve been meaning to get in contact to let you know what a positive experience we had and to thank you for all your help in preparation for the big day!  My waters broke at midday on the 15th August and after a trip to Pembury to be assessed, it was confirmed that my contractions were starting. This was exciting news for Jon and I as we’d been religiously listening…

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The birth of Juniper

The birth of Juniper

  I woke up at 2am on 30thMay with what I interpreted as the beginnings of labour – contractions that felt a bit more intense than the ‘twinges’ I’d been having beforehand. I was sleeping in Martha’s room – Martha and Charlie were in our room. This was the best arrangement because it gave me a bit of space. The contractions were few and far between and I was able to doze and listen to a hypnobirthing track or two….

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The Birth of George

The Birth of George

Whiling away the hours staring at our new-born son, I often find myself casting my mind back to his birth. The memories I have are not of the horrific scenes we are so often bombarded with in today’s society, but of positivity, empowerment, sheer determination, and a sense of awe in regard to the power our bodies possess, and our mind’s ability to remain completely focused at such a time. I spent the first 35 weeks of my pregnancy consumed…

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The Birth of Imogen

The Birth of Imogen

Dear Louise We have a baby girl: Imogen Lara born on Tuesday 27 February! Born on the day the Beast from the East hit Tunbridge Wells, Imogen’s arrival was otherwise drama free and we had a great experience at Pembury. I woke at 3am with mild cramps and knew that labour had started. I managed to stay at home until 2pm but during that time the labour progressed quickly and I managed to focus on my breathing and remained calm…

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The Birth of Harry

The Birth of Harry

I saw a friend the day before I gave birth, at 41weeks and 5 days not knowing what we were expecting. My friend commented on how much cake I was eating when I went in for 2nds to finish off her daughters. I was having low pains that day and she said I was ‘storing energy’ ready for labour to which I laughed. I noticed the pains more when I was walking around, so that evening me and my partner…

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The Birth of Alexander

The Birth of Alexander

Hi Louise, I’m delighted to let you know that Alexander came to join us on Wednesday via the water pool at Pembury. I was totally taken over by loving vibes during the birth and could not have had a better experience. Gill (doula) was fantastic and the Pembury staff completely brilliant. When they asked about our birth plan and we said we wanted to keep things as natural as possible, they just said ‘we can do that’ 😀 we stuck…

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Birth Plans

Birth Plans

Where do you want to give birth? How are you reaching that decision? Who do you want with you? How do you feel about induction? What about pain relief? Are you happy to have routine vaginal examinations? What if you need an assisted birth? … or a caesarean birth? Optimal Cord Clamping? What are the options for delivery of the placenta? The first hour with your baby? Vitamin K? “Birth Plans are not just idyllic wish lists lit by pretty…

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Caesarean Birth Plan

Caesarean Birth Plan

Suggestions for a Caesarean Birth Plan First of all, I have 3 tracks available specifically for mums planning a calm caesarean birth. In the case of a planned caesarean birth here are some suggestions/questions that can be addressed beforehand. In fact, do remember that an ‘emergency’ caesarean is actually an ‘unplanned’ one – there’ll be time for discussion in this situation too. In the case of a ‘crash’ caesarean there will be no time for discussion and partners should be…

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