Birth in Water – Good or Bad for The Pelvic Floor?

Where do you plan to give birth? Many women who plan to give birth at home, also plan on using a birth pool. If you plan to give birth in a hospital setting, maybe your hospital has a birth pool. So you may be wondering about the pros and cons of birth in water […]

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    Top Tips During Pregnancy for Reducing Your Risk of Perineal Tears

Top Tips During Pregnancy for Reducing Your Risk of Perineal Tears

I recently did a Facebook Live discussion on ‘Protecting Your Perineum for a Positive Birth’ on the Gentlebirth mums Facebook group which you can join and watch back if you’d like. I’m including some of the main points we touched on in this article too. So first of all, what is a perineal tear […]

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Does Squatting for Birth Reduce Perineal Tearing?

Recently, I’ve heard from a couple of mums that they’ve been told that birthing in a squatting position is a bad idea.
They’ve been told that makes it more likely that they’ll have a 3rd or 4th degree perineal tear and/or increased blood loss after their baby is born. So, is there any truth to […]

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Does Episiotomy Really Protect the Pelvic Floor?

What is Episiotomy?
An episiotomy is a surgical to the perineum made during childbirth. The perineum is the area between the vaginal opening and the anal sphincter. In my Gentlebirth workshops, we discuss worries that expectant mums may have about the birth. Having an episiotomy is almost always close to the top of the list.
 
Why […]

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How Ready Are You For Labour?

We all know it’s difficult at times, especially during pregnancy, to commit to a regular exercise routine. But did you know that pregnancy exercise can help make labour shorter, reduce the likelihood of problems like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and help you to get back in shape more easily after your baby is […]

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Stacking the Odds for Your Successful VBAC

If you had a caesarean last time round and are pregnant again, you're probably wondering what to expect this time. In almost all cases, attempting VBAC, rather than an elective repeat caesarean is recommended as the safest option for mothers. So what do you need to do to improve YOUR chances of a successful VBAC?
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    More Episiotomies, Perineal Tearing & Instrumental Births for VBAC Mums?

More Episiotomies, Perineal Tearing & Instrumental Births for VBAC Mums?

So you're planning your VBAC and feeling pretty confident! Then someone, maybe your care provider while discussing the pros and cons of VBAC and repeat Caesarean, happens to mention that VBAC mums have a higher chance of experiencing a significant perineal tear or having an episiotomy or instrumental birth. Is this really true?
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    What Are The Chances Of A Perineal Tear Recurring On Another Birth?

What Are The Chances Of A Perineal Tear Recurring On Another Birth?

If you've experienced a large perineal tear during the birth of your baby, you may or may not have got around to thinking about your options if you're pregnant again or are planning to have another baby. You've got several options to consider - another vaginal birth, a caesarean birth in labour or a scheduled elective caesarean birth. So which is the best option for you?

Just Given Birth? How’s Your Bladder?

Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian and Kate Winslet have all been surprised at the effect giving birth has had on their bladders. After birth, it is common to have some bladder problems in the first few hours or days. However, it is NOT normal for these issues to continue longer than that. Here is some advice to help you address them!

12 Resources for an Evidence Based Pregnancy & Post Partum

Expecting a baby in 2017? Feeling like you'd like to be a little more informed? Or just wondering what books you might buy with those Christmas book vouchers? Here are some really great books, websites and workshops where you'll find (almost) everything you'll need to know as an expectant or new parent.