Acupressure is a form of Chinese medicine that is easy to learn and self-administer. Closely related to acupuncture, acupressure involves pressing various points on the skin in order to regulate and restore the body’s energy system. Your birth supporters may wish to learn these highly adaptable techniques as well, as acupressure can be used to assist labour in a variety of situations.
For women who haven’t been pregnant, it can be daunting to read through a list of symptoms they may experience throughout the course of pregnancy. Sure, no one looks forward to feeling badly, but it’s good to remember that it’s so very worth it. What’s encouraging to know is that most symptoms aren’t happening all at once. They come at different stages, last for various lengths of times, and all women experience things differently…
The Swiss Ball or Fit Ball was first used in the 1960’s by physiotherapists in Switzerland as a rehabilitation tool –hence the commonly used name Swiss ball. Since its humble beginnings it has earned its place as a mainstay piece of equipment used in gymnasiums, rehabilitation units and households worldwide. Unlike many fad fitness devices, which end up under the bed gathering dust, the Swiss ball is here to stay. Posing challenges to both the beginner and elite athlete, the Swiss ball is a versatile, value for money exercise tool.
This has been written to inform and help parents and their families whose baby has died before, during or soon after birth. This tragedy is particularly deeply felt because it comes at a time when new life and joy are anticipated. It never occurs to most pregnant women that their baby may die. We see our babies actively moving on a screen when we have our ultrasound scans; we feel the vigorous kicking under our ribs; we know our unborn baby can hear our voice; we know childbirth has never been safer; we know very premature babies can survive because of amazing advances in medicine – it just is not something that we consider.
By Jenny Dewar On discussing this with several people who have suffered a loss the overwhelming response was that while books and resources were helpful, it was the person-person contact that was the most influential to people. These took the…
My husband and I decided, in December 2008, that it’d be great to have our last baby and get that part of our lives out of the way. Given that we had two sons already I desperately wanted a girl, so to Google I go; looking up “conceiving girl”.
A well thought out birth plan can be a useful tool in achieving the sort of birth experience that is important to you. Although you may not be able to control everything that happens to you during your baby’s birth, you can play a role in the decisions that are made about your body and your baby.