Forceps or Caesarean Birth for Better Pelvic Floor Outcomes?

Does Forceps Birth Cause Prolapse?
First of all
What is Prolapse?
Prolapse is defined here on the NHS website as “when one or more of the organs in the pelvis slip down from their normal position and bulge into the vagina”. You may or may not feel this bulge, depending on how low the prolapse is in […]

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Quick Guide to Pelvic Floor Exercises

WHAT ABOUT MY PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES??
As a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, as you can imagine, I’m  often asked about pelvic floor exercises.
How do I do them?

Am I doing them correctly?

How many times?

How long and how strong?
Of course my quick answer to this is that everyone is an individual. If you feel your pelvic floor is […]

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Is Relaxin Causing My Pain?

This mysterious hormone gets the blame for many pregnancy and post partum complaints, but is it really the culprit? Here’s what the research tells us about relaxin and how it affects the body in pregnancy and the early weeks post partum.
 
Does relaxin cause pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy?

Relaxin’s best known job is the role […]

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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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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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    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?

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.

What’s Happening in 2017?

A quick round-up of all the fun classes and workshops and great services I'll be offering in 2017!

Gentlebirth: From a Skeptic to a Skeptic

Skeptical about Gentlebirth? To tell the truth, I was too. I first stumbled across Gentlebirth when I was working as a Women’s Health physiotherapist in a general hospital with a small maternity unit. My job involved treating pregnant women with pain and incontinence problems, giving the ‘physiotherapy antenatal classes’, and, the part I found […]

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