antenatal, birth plan, pregnancy

Birth Plan!

Birth Plan!
Read an article this weekend in Waitrose Weekend – Q & A’s to Kirsty Allsop.
One question was “What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?”
Kirsty answered – “Nobody makes a birth plan the second time!”

Educating yourself so that you and your partner know about all the choice’s open to you for labour and delivery is really important. Starting from where to deliver your baby, through to knowledge about the 3 stage’s of labour, as well as strategies for self help coping mechanisms in labour as well as all the pain relief options. Common occurances in labour is another useful topic too.

As a practising midwife for the last 20 years, I have put lots of thought into the content of my classes, and aim to educate couples so that they can make informed choice re the above.

Preparation is key and knowledge is powerful. However, it really is best to keep an open mind as to how your labour may go. Mother Nature can sometimes interrupt the best laid plans, so if you keep an open mind, you are less likely to feel that your birth plan do not go “to plan”.

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Water birth alert! Only related to one type of birthing pool!

For all you pregnant ladies considering labouring in a pool at home/ home waterbirth.
The warning issued by Public Health England is ONLY related to one type of birthing pool that you can hire. That is the pools where the hire company you employ come and set the pool up in your room at home, @ around 38 weeks, and fill pool etc…..so the pool is all ready for when you go into labour. The pool water is kept warm for the whole length of time until you labour, with a heater.

The alert does not affect the vast majoirty of home water births, where the pool is put up and filled only when the woman goes into labour. Equally hospital birthing pools are not affected as they too are filled immediately prior to commence of use.

See following link!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10907044/Birthing-pool-alert-as-baby-becomes-severely-ill-with-Legionnaires-disease.html

Any questions, do message!