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

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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

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

A waterbirth at home for a second time mum

It’s hard to believe it’s 3 weeks to the day (now just over 4 as it’s taken me a week to finish this!) since Lorcan arrived – just like with Aoife it’s almost like he was never not here, yet I can’t quite figure out where he came from! Every now and then I find myself looking at him thinking “where did you come from!” Funny, how we have 9 months to prepare and it still seems to take us
unawares. Continue reading

Baby #4 and a first homebirth

I guess I should start this by saying I had two wishes for this, my fourth baby’s birth:

  1. that I wouldn’t be an angry labouring woman or lose control; and
  2. that we would all (my husband, me and four kids) be in our own beds after the birth.

I’d prepared using the Gentlebirth CDs and this was our first homebirth.

I was six days past term and had been having shows all week. I was also hiding big time at school pickups. I felt like everyone was watching me, even though I’m sure they had more to be thinking about! Continue reading

In Pictures: Women Birthing in Ireland Need Better Birthing Spaces!

 

If you could design the birthing suites in your local maternity hospital, what would it look like? What would be in it? Continue reading

In Pictures: A third time mother’s water birth at home

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