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

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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

Ten things every mum-to-be should know about C-sections

Lucy O’Connor is a mum of three who has given birth to all three of her children by C-section.  She blogs at http://www.learnermama.com/ and has recently set up the Facebook Group “Irish C-section mammies“. She shares with us ten things every mother-to-be should know about C-sections. Continue reading

No epidural? Pain management and alternative tips – Part 5: Yoga, Mindfulness and Breathing Techniques

Photo courtesy of Clare Island Yoga Retreat Centre, Mayo, Ireland www.yogaretreats.ie

Science now broadly recognises that the practice of yoga, which includes breathing exercises and meditation, can “actually reverse the physiological signs of stress [and can] provide dramatic and lasting pain relief in a variety of conditions” (Diane Post, MD – Harvard Health Publications)

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No Epidural? Pain management alternatives and tips – Part 4: Using a Doula

Using A Doula

You are probably thinking – How can a person be pain relief?!? But the concept of doulas has been around for centuries.

The desire to have our mothers, sisters or female friends with us in labour is a primal and instinctual example of women’s abilities to act on intuition. For centuries women have given birth with the support and understanding of elder women who have the life experience to guide the labouring woman through her birth. It makes absolute sense that women would chose to labour with their mother or sister in addition to their husband or partner. Women are naturally empathetic, supportive and strong. Many have the experience of having birthed themselves, which can add another dimension to support. Continue reading

No Epidural? Pain management alternatives and tips – Part 3: Water Therapy, Water Immersion and Water Birth

The use of water during labour is used widely across the world. Apart from delivering and labouring in water, many women find using a bath or shower during labour provides significant comfort and support. Women report that when warm water is targeted where they are feeling contractions or discomfort, such as on their bump or across their lower back, using an electric or power shower is particuarly effective, with that extra water pressure providing both comfort from the warm water as well as the massage-like quality of the increased pressure. Most maternity units have showers or deep baths, whether shared or in a private ensuite, that women have access to during labour. Some units will facilitate having your birthing ball in the shower with you. Continue reading

No Epidural? Pain management alternatives and tips – Part 2: TENS Machine

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a device used for pain relief and is frequently used during labour. It emits low-voltage currents from a portable battery-operated pack and consists of a hand-held control with electrode pads which you attach to your skin to manage the pain of contractions. Continue reading

A second time mum’s positive birth – in her car outside the Coombe

On 29th November at 38+6, I went for my weekly reflexology appointment. During the session I could feel the baby really moving around. That night as my husband put our daughter to bed and I was preparing dinner, I had a real sense that it was our ‘last supper’. I’d a lovely relaxing night and a bath before bed. At about 4am on 30th November – I was 39 weeks – I woke with pains, they were about 10 minutes apart and very intense, much more so than when my labour started with my daughter. Continue reading

Birth Statistics for Ireland’s 19 public maternity units 2011

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A long road to an amazing little miracle

A little bit of background, this was our 4th pregnancy, 1st pregnancy loss was at 18 weeks and it was a partial molar pregnancy requiring an ERPC (evacuation of retained products of conception) in January 2011, followed by an early miscarriage at 5.5 weeks in October 2011 and then another early miscarriage at 7 weeks in March 2012. Continue reading

A first time home birth mum has a positive hospital birth following transfer

When we went for our first scan I was told that my due date was 22nd February. We were suprised as we had thought it would be March. I remember we asked the sonographer if the scan dates could be wrong and she said no. As first time parents we just accepted this, since we weren’t completely sure about our own dates. Continue reading