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

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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...

Skin-to-Skin: The One Place Your Baby Wants to be After Birth

Skin-to-Skin Contact My main focus with this platform is to inform and educate new parents about important practices regarding pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting. I believe if they have easy access to the important information, they can make informed decisions about their care. So, today I’d like to focus on a very important practice that for years was not very common. Recently, there has been an increased awareness on this simple practice that benefits both mothers and babies immensely. And that practice is skin-to-skin contact (SSC)! What is Skin-to-Skin Contact? It’s very simple, keep your baby close to you,...

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...

C-sections: What Happens in The Operating Room?

This is a continuation of my last post. The last post explained who typically is in the OR during the procedure and what to expect in regards to timing of your c-section. Let's carry on where we left off!

This is a continuation of my last post. The last post explained who typically is in the OR during the procedure and what to expect in regards to timing of your c-section. Let’s carry on where we left off! More from Babytalk: What to Expect When You Are Getting A Cesarean Section You Are Going To the Operating Room! Now What? Once it’s your time to go to the OR, you and your support person will be taken to a private area, which is sometimes the same place you’ll come back to after the baby is born. The nurse...