Useful resources and articles for your antenatal journey
Perinatal Depression and Anxiety week is this week , 11-17 November. Did you know that dads can also get baby blues?
As time progresses, we as a society have made great progress in understanding women’s emotional state following childbirth, especially in delicate areas such as postnatal depression, so much so that as a society we are able to better recognised early signs of struggles and are able to provide support much quicker and provide the necessary assistance to start addressing this issue.
Today, pregnant couples all over Australia are lucky enough to have many choices about how and where they can birth their baby.
Attending Calmbirth® classes with my husband 5 years ago, pregnant with our first child, I was enthusiastic & ready to learn skills I could draw upon and use during my approaching labour and birth.
The first hour after birth is crucial for your baby’s early childhood development as well as bonding and attachment with you. Studies have shown the importance and benefits of skin to skin during this golden and precious undisturbed hour after the birth.
In today’s day and age, there is the expectation that men will attend the births of their children.
Until the early 1960s Australian men were typically excluded from the labour room. However, during this decade there was an increasing pressure on hospitals to allow men into the labour room to provide support for their partners.
When I talk about the topic of birth preferences, the general feedback from people is “we have heard if you have a birth plan, it won’t go to plan”. Most feel that they will leave their birth in the capable hands of their care providers as “they know best” and are the experts.
It’s pretty much expected these days that your partner will be there for the birth of your baby. In fact, it’s seen as ‘strange’ if your partner isn’t present.
Lets be honest, being a mum is hard work. The demands that today’s mothers are under are different to those of generations that came before, being time poor is one such challenge. Each generation has its own story.
The book is called “the first forty days” – The essential art of nurturing the new mother, by Heng Ou together with Amely Greeven and Marisa Belger.
About Birth co-founder Lael Stone shares her own experience of traumatic birth and recovery from postnatal PTSD.
By the time I was expecting my third baby I had been a doula and childbirth educator for a long time. I’d attended so many births, supported women in all types of birthing scenarios, witnessed trauma and joy, and interviewed hundreds of women about their birth experiences. Naively, I thought this meant I knew everything.
“We don’t expect her to live through the night, and if she does she will most likely have brain damage”
This is the not the news that you expect to hear once you have given birth. In my drugged post-caesarean state I took this information in and realised that the only thing I had control over was my blind optimism and faith in my daughter.