Looking at the Evidence for Birthing Your Baby: Self-directed vs Coached pushing?

As you approach the end of your pregnancy, it is normal to think about and even worry about giving birth. It is normal to have some apprehension in these last few days, even if you have given birth before or are looking forward to your birth day!

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Information vs Advice: A Guide to Self Advocacy

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From the moment you discover you are pregnant you are surrounding by a litany of ‘experts’ all encouraging you in different directions.

Where will you give birth? Who will attend you? Are you going public or private? Seeing an Obstetrician? Or midwife? Or staying at home? Is it safe? What about pain relief? What will you do with older children?

It can be confusing, overwhelming, and scary!

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Please join us and legendary activist, Beverley Beech, to celebrate an incredible 42 weeks!

Legendary Beverley Beech to close AIMS Ireland’s 42 Weeks Campaign

 “The way a woman gives birth can affect the whole of the rest of her life. How can that not matter? Unless the woman herself does not matter”” ~ Beverley Beech

Please JOIN US on Saturday 29th March to celebrate an incredible 42 weeks!

Where?: Cassidy’s Hotel in Dublin, 6-8 Cavendish Row, Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

When?: 13:00, Saturday, 29 March 2014.

Doors open at 12:30 and admission is €5

Who?: Maternity rights activist, Beverley Beech will be our keynote speaker at the closing event. She will be presenting ‘Informed Choice – an Irish illusion?’

Beverley Laurence Beech is a freelance writer, researcher, campaigner and mother of two who has campaigned to improve maternity care since the birth of her second child in 1976. For six years she was a lay adviser to the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford and was for seven years a lay member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and a member of the Midwifery Committee of the NMC. She was also a lay member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Maternity Forum, and a founder member of CERES (Consumers for Ethics in Research). She lectures, both nationally and internationally, on consumer issues in maternity care and the medicalisation of birth. She is the honorary chairman of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (UK).

There will also be presentations from our special guests including:

AIMSI member Nuala Hoey, shares her personal experiences of self advocacy: “Birthing Decisions – A Positive Choice”

Co-chair of AIMS Ireland, Krysia Lynch will speak about “42 weeks in the Irish maternity system; the rights, the wrongs, and the going forwards”

Angela Martin, our 42 weeks photographer will make a presentation on birth photography.

We’ll also have a 42 weeks slideshow overview of the campaign and much more!

What?: 42 weeks is a public information campaign for women giving birth in Ireland. 42 weeks began on Sunday 9 June 2013 and ran for 42 weeks, closing this coming Mother’s Day 2014, Sunday 30 March, focusing on healthy positive birth for healthy mothers and babies through positive Irish birth stories, a gallery of beautiful birth photography, and evidence-based articles to help women make the best choices for themselves and their babies.

Why 42 weeks?: Most pregnancies go to full term, which means that a woman will go into spontaneous labour some time between the 37 and 42 week mark. Our campaign is called 42 weeks to reflect that the vast majority of babies will arrive when they are ready – not on an Estimated Due Date (EDD) but some time during this 5 week window – up to and including 42 weeks gestation.

Hope to see you there!

A first time mother shares her breastfeeding journey

 

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Since before I was pregnant, I knew that when/if I had a baby I was going to breastfeed him or her. From a young age (maybe 14) I had seen my cousin’s wife, (who is Canadian, breastfeed her children. I had only ever known a baby to be bottle fed. At that time in Ireland it was very unusual for a mother to be breastfeeding, particularly in public and or for longer than 6 weeks. Continue reading

A second time mother sticks to her plan

I was delighted when I found out I was pregnant with Lucy. We had been trying for over a year and the disappointment each month was devastating. This was quite a new experience for us seeing as our first baby was conceived in one of those ‘lets chance it’ moments early in our marriage! I had just started investigations to see if something else was at play when, around 18 days post ovulation, I was DELIGHTED to find myself feeling ill by the smell of raw meat walking past our local butcher! I ran into the chemist and drove home as quick as I could to pee on that stick! And pee on a stick I did….. 6 times…. JUST TO BE SURE THOSE PINK DOUBLE LINES WERE REAL!!!! Continue reading

No Epidural? Pain management alternatives and tips – Part 1

In a previous article, 42 weeks explored the epidural and other medical pain relief interventions for labour. You can read it here: Epidural, Is it right for You?

This week, 42 weeks looks at ways to manage labour without the use of medical pain relief.

A father applies pressure to his partner in labour. Taken from the 42 Weeks Gallery.

A father applies pressure to his partner in labour. Taken from the 42 Weeks Gallery.

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Did You Know…. Holiday Periods are linked to an increase in elective induction of labour?

Does Your Estimated Due Date Fall Over the Holiday Season?
If so, you may have a chat about induction sooner than you think!

Did You Know….holiday periods are linked to an increase of elective induction of labour?

Choosing a Holiday Induction – Is it Right for You & Your Baby?

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A thank you to student midwife Breda

“I had my appointment last week and was really nervous waiting on the consultant as I was hoping to be signed off for a homebirth. There was a student midwife with me named Breda and she was just lovely and so reassuring. She was really supportive of homebirth and thought it was fantastic and asked me why I decided to birth at home. She seemed genuinely interested and reacted really positively to everything I said. She relaxed me so much that I felt really confident by the time the consultant came in and the mood stayed really light. For women like me who get so nervous in hospital and having to initiate a discussion it makes all the difference meeting supportive people. Thanks Breda! (I got signed off!)”

The Birth of Three Sons – or – How I Became the First Direct Entry Male Midwife in Ireland

Viking Boys (1)Many people ask me how a hardened construction foreman, used to barking out orders to the team over the squeal of sheet metal being cut or the pile-driving of skyscraper support columns, could end up in a very different setting, helping women deliver babies. My 25 year old self definitely would not have believed it. Compassion and empathy are not generally a job requirement for a project manager either, another role I have carried out over the years. Continue reading

The Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT)

Photograph copyright Angela Martin Redboots Photography

Photograph: Angela Martin, Redboots Photography

The Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) is a common test performed in pregnancy. The GTT may be suggested to you if your health care provider thinks you fall into risk groups for developing gestational diabetes or if you are showing symptoms of gestational diabetes in your routine clinical checks. Continue reading

A first-time mother has a gentle home birth using hypnobirthing

Our daughter Lyra Bluebell Bridie, was born on the 20th September 2010. I had prepared for her birth with the same determination as a marathon runner. Quite early on I decided I would like a home birth. My female doctor tried to terrify me out of this idea with sad stories and tales of ‘untried’ pelvis’. I came away from my appointment with her scared witless and the whole idea of home birth went out the window. But gradually as my pregnancy developed the idea started nagging away at me again. My instinct, my gut feeling, was to have my baby at home. It is unusual for women to have their first pregnancy at home, but I was healthy and it had nothing to do with me being ‘brave’ or stupid either for that matter. It was just the way I knew I had to birth my baby. Continue reading

Healthy Births for Healthy Babies: Delayed Cord Clamping

During pregnancy, labour, and birth there are many choices to make which can affect the health of ourselves and our babies. You might feel that all the ‘big decisions’ to make are over once your baby is born. But, research shows that there are many important choices to consider in the 3rd stage of labour, which have an impact on your baby’s health.

In a recent article by 42 weeks, we talked about the Mysterious Placenta and the third stage of Labour. Today, 42 weeks looks at Delayed Cord Clamping. Continue reading