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Articles by: Jenna Troy

My Calmbirth baby nephew

Jenna Troy is a midwife and one of our very own talented Calmbirth Educators. She is also an extremely proud Aunty who helped support her sister, Lauren birth her baby boy.  Jenna shares with us an intimate account of her nephew’s birth from her perspective as a Calmbirth Educator and from her experience being a midwife. My Aunty heart is overflowing! Two weeks ago my sister and brother in law welcomed their second little boy in the ultimate safe, calm and private environment – their home. I am honestly struggling to put into words how amazing it was!! Hence my delay in posting this because I am struggling to capture the magic of what I was so lucky to witness!

One in Four

On the 15th October was Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day and I was touched by so many beautiful photos and stories shared on my feed on social media.  I planned to do one myself and then suddenly — I froze! Writing this even now I am overcome with emotion. The thing is, I am #1in4 . I am not ashamed or hiding behind it by any means but sometimes (and thankfully now it’s only on the odd occasion) when I allow myself to remember what it was like losing my second pregnancy at 10 weeks tears well up in my eyes and my throat closes over. That’s the thing about grief and loss isn’t it – over time it might no longer be surface level but rather skin deep, etched into our Mama hearts

DATES

Did you know studies suggest that eating 60-80g of fresh medjool dates (equivalent to around 5-6 dates) every day from 36-37 weeks can lead to:

SROM

SROM (Sh-rom) aka Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes or in layman’s terms most people know it is simply as “your waters breaking” and refers to the fluid-filled bag of waters surrounding your baby breaking.

Did you know this about Vaginal Examinations?

6cm Dilated
You know you’re a Midwife when you see this image and the first thing you think is “6cm dilated” haha!Which leads me into the topic of vaginal examinations (aka VE or internals) in labour. Did you know that vaginal examinations have NO predictive value in determining how long your labour will last? Or when you will give birth?

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