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Month: February 2018

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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Example Birth Plan

Example Birth Plan

Jane’s Preferences Partner – John Jane would like to use a birthing pool if one is available to labour in and maybe to birth her baby in (will decide at appropriate time). Jane would like to have a vaginal birth with minimal intervention. She understands that there may be a need for medical staff to suggest intervention and would like the opportunity for discussion of any that may be deemed necessary if that is appropriate. As such, she would prefer:…

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