6 Early Signs of Labour Approaching. A Labour Nurses’ Guide

signs of labour approaching

You are probably here because you are sick of being pregnant and ready to meet your baby. Maybe you’ve had some weird symptoms and are wondering if this is it, are these early signs of labour approaching? Well, search no further! This labour nurse will guide you through all the signs that might mean that your labour is finally approaching! I’ve seen so many women come into hospital unsure of what is going on. Are they in labour? Are they close to being in labour? If you’ve never had a baby before, it’s normal to be unsure and questioning...

Stacey’s Birth Story – When Birth Doesn’t Go as Planned

All is well that ends well. A happy baby and happy mom even though things didn't go as Stacey planned and she had to have a c-section

Stacey’s Birth Story It’s very common for women to have a certain idea about what is going to happen during their labour and delivery. Some even write out a birth plan and hope to follow it to a tee! Stacey was one of those women, and she’s going to tell us her birth story and how it can be good to be ready to go with the flow. She shares with us very raw emotions about her experience and the disappointment she felt when things didn’t work out the way she had hoped. Thank you so much, Stacey, for...

How to Naturally Induce Labour Yourself – Four Incredible Tricks

Inductions are a hot topic these days. Unfortunately medical inductions are overused and often for the wrong reasons. Many inductions are medically indicated, for example if either mom or baby are unwell, but many aren't. The fact that we have the option of medically inducing labour, means that sometimes these options are used when they are not warranted. In my practice, I often see women who are being induced because "their doctor said they could" or  because "I'm done being pregnant." These are not valid reasons for inducing labour. Women usually go into labour when their bodies and babies are ready. Actually, for some women, it might be totally normal not to go into labour until 42 weeks. Hurrying this process can lead to multiple interventions and an increased risk of c-section. ACOG (The American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians) say potentially up to 50% of inductions will end in c-section, with the risk being 30% when women go into labour on their own. Do keep in mind though that these are American stats, but none the less, inductions are not to be taken lightly. In this post, I will go over four methods of trying to induce labour naturally. I won't be talking about the medical ways labour is induced in hospital. The methods I'll discuss are common and often recommended by doctors and midwives, but please remember that I'm not your health care practitioner, so please consult with yours before trying these methods! Also, these methods are only meant for healthy full term pregnancies.

Natural Labour Induction Inductions are a hot topic these days. Unfortunately medical inductions are overused and often for the wrong reasons. Many inductions are medically indicated, for example if either mom or baby are unwell, but many aren’t. The fact that we have the option of medically inducing labour, means that sometimes these options are used when they are not warranted. As a labour and delivery nurse, I often see women who are being induced because “their doctor said they could” or  because “they’re done being pregnant.” These are not valid reasons for inducing labour. Women usually go into...

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Inductions

Induction of Labour So, your doctor or midwife has told you that you need an induction to start your labour. What does that entail? Firstly, there are many reasons for induction, the most common one being postdates. This is more than 41 weeks of pregnancy in North America. Other reasons can be because your baby is larger than expected on ultrasound or if you are medically unwell. Unfortunately induction has become too common in recent years. It is a medical procedure that is more likely to result in caesarean section than when you go into labour naturally. The decision...