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...

Athena’s Birth Story – A Scheduled Induction

All about inductions!

  Baby Time! It seems like just yesterday, rather than 6 months ago, my husband and I were driving to the hospital on a rainy Friday nervous and excited to meet our little one. While some women may be in labour at this point, I was not. I had been called that morning, around 5 AM, into the hospital for my scheduled induction. I was a week past my due date and had only experienced infrequent Braxton Hicks that whole week. Needless to say, I was anxious and frustrated already that my body was not naturally going into labour...

Helena’s Birth Story – Getting Into Active Labour

How to get your body into active labour

I still have a couple of birth stories to share, with my input as a labour and delivery nurse. Even though I wasn’t present for the birth, I’m hoping to shed some light for the woman who had the experience, and also for anyone else interested in knowing the intricacies of having a baby. This one is neat because Helena had a pretty common issue, she was in prodromal labour for a while, but had a hard time getting into active labour. So, Helena wrote her own story and my information is in the boxes below. Enjoy! Please don’t...

Haley’s Birth Story – A Very Long Labour

This is Haley's Birth Story about her very long labour.

Birth Stories with Babytalk Welcome to this brand new segment of the blog! My plan is to post women’s birth stories and then add in labour and birth information from myself wherever it’s relevant. I find a lot of women have unresolved issues with their experiences and my goal is to clarify some of them, using my L&D and postpartum nursing experience. I also want to use my knowledge to empower other women to take control of their own experiences, and I believe birth stories will do just that. Women can benefit a great deal from reading other women’s birth...

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...