Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

Today, pregnant couples all over Australia are lucky enough to have many choices about how and where they can birth their baby.

Today, pregnant couples all over Australia are lucky enough to have many choices about how and where they can birth their baby.

Early skin-to-skin contact, off to a good start!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Building Your Village – Strategies To Thrive During Your Postpartum Period

Up until now, the fourth trimester or otherwise known as the postpartum period was seldom talked about. Today, this post partum period has been recognised as crucial not only for the healthy development of the baby, but also for the healing of the mother after birth and the transition to parenthood for both mother and father/partner alike.This is why we are collaborating with experts in the field of perinatal mental health and wellbeing to continue to offer support and confidence to new parents who may be feeling challenged or even overwhelmed with the complexities and emotional journey that becoming new parents brings. We are working together with Rachel Bridge, a psychologist and author who shares our passion and values in supporting families on their postpartum journey by providing much needed resources and strategies to cope during this very fragile time in a new parent’s life.

Up until now, the fourth trimester or otherwise known as the postpartum period was seldom talked about. Today, this post partum period has been recognised as crucial not only for the healthy development of the baby, but also for the healing of the mother after birth and the transition to parenthood for both mother and father/partner alike.This is why we are collaborating with experts in the field of perinatal mental health and wellbeing to continue to offer support and confidence to new parents who may be feeling challenged or even overwhelmed with the complexities and emotional journey that becoming new parents brings. We are working together with Rachel Bridge, a psychologist and author who shares our passion and values in supporting families on their postpartum journey by providing much needed resources and strategies to cope during this very fragile time in a new parent’s life.

Possums for parents with babies – Breastfeeding or Sleep Problems?

Calmbirth is working together with the Possums Clinic to provide families with the latest and evidence based information, services and support they need once they bring their babies home. Parents with babies in the first year of life are now able to receive support for breastfeeding and sleep in an online group setting.The Possums Clinic Online is commencing VIRTUAL Shared Medical Appointments, small group sessions that are bulk-billed for parents seeking our support during the COVID-19 crisis. To book in or for more information, go to www.possumsclinic.com/SMA/

Calmbirth is working together with the Possums Clinic to provide families with the latest and evidence based information, services and support they need once they bring their babies home. Parents with babies in the first year of life are now able to receive support for breastfeeding and sleep in an online group setting.The Possums Clinic Online is commencing VIRTUAL Shared Medical Appointments, small group sessions that are bulk-billed for parents seeking our support during the COVID-19 crisis. To book in or for more information, go to www.possumsclinic.com/SMA/

Stepping into Parenthood

Rachel Bridge is a Perinatal, child and family psychologist and author.She is also one of our Calmbirth expert contributors that prepares Resources for our Calmbirth couples on topics ranging from the postpartum period, setting expectations & parenting to name a few.

Rachel Bridge is a Perinatal, child and family psychologist and author.She is also one of our Calmbirth expert contributors that prepares Resources for our Calmbirth couples on topics ranging from the postpartum period, setting expectations & parenting to name a few.

Mothering the Mother – In the absence of a Village

“As a professional working in the field of perinatal and parental mental health and parenting, I, in no way thought that I was above the mama experiences of unmet expectations or the all mighty ‘mother guilt’…I just thought since I knew the risk factors of perinatal mental health difficulty, I know the approaches that are helpful, I teach the skills and have experienced the journey with so many beautiful and inspirational mamas…. I thought, surely I would have this sorted!!!!!!! wow!!!!!!! was I in for surprise. TGhe intensity of the feelings bought on by these little beings is something I could have never prepared myself for. The rawness of the emotions felt as a mama caught me of guard like a blast of cold wind. the endless unconditional love, the mama bear like protectiveness, the self doubt, the sleep deprivation, the hormones, the relationship adjustments and the self and role adjustments have been and continue to be the most challenging, rewarding journey of my life”.

“As a professional working in the field of perinatal and parental mental health and parenting, I, in no way thought that I was above the mama experiences of unmet expectations or the all mighty ‘mother guilt’…I just thought since I knew the risk factors of perinatal mental health difficulty, I know the approaches that are helpful, I teach the skills and have experienced the journey with so many beautiful and inspirational mamas…. I thought, surely I would have this sorted!!!!!!! wow!!!!!!! was I in for surprise. TGhe intensity of the feelings bought on by these little beings is something I could have never prepared myself for. The rawness of the emotions felt as a mama caught me of guard like a blast of cold wind. the endless unconditional love, the mama bear like protectiveness, the self doubt, the sleep deprivation, the hormones, the relationship adjustments and the self and role adjustments have been and continue to be the most challenging, rewarding journey of my life”.

Birth Trauma…

The birthing of a baby, and the birthing of a mother and of a father, is a significant transitional event in our lives. . A mothers experience of birth, can go onto shape her experiences of motherhood in its entirety. Her experiences of self, her experiences of her relationships (particularly the relationship with her baby), and her experiences of the world and how she feels supported, or unsupported in her journey of motherhood.

The birthing of a baby, and the birthing of a mother and of a father, is a significant transitional event in our lives. . A mothers experience of birth, can go onto shape her experiences of motherhood in its entirety. Her experiences of self, her experiences of her relationships (particularly the relationship with her baby), and her experiences of the world and how she feels supported, or unsupported in her journey of motherhood.

The Golden Hours…

The golden hours are life changing. Literally.

But what are the golden hours?

The golden hours are the first few magical hours after a new human being is born into this world. Not only is a new baby born, but also a new mother & family, irrespective of how many other children you have. It really is a magical time. But, there are many things that you can do to try and help promote a lifelong positive transition.

I first heard about Calmbirth when my sister in law and her husband did it in the lead up to having their first child in February this year, when I was pregnant with my second. They were saying how good it was, and my thoughts were yeah ok, let’s see if you still say that after bub is born, very pessimistic, I know. Fast forward to her enduring a 3-day labour and giving birth to their beautiful son, and her declaring that the Calmbirth techniques were what helped her through it with minimal pain relief.

The golden hours are life changing. Literally.

But what are the golden hours?

The golden hours are the first few magical hours after a new human being is born into this world. Not only is a new baby born, but also a new mother & family, irrespective of how many other children you have. It really is a magical time. But, there are many things that you can do to try and help promote a lifelong positive transition.

I first heard about Calmbirth when my sister in law and her husband did it in the lead up to having their first child in February this year, when I was pregnant with my second. They were saying how good it was, and my thoughts were yeah ok, let’s see if you still say that after bub is born, very pessimistic, I know. Fast forward to her enduring a 3-day labour and giving birth to their beautiful son, and her declaring that the Calmbirth techniques were what helped her through it with minimal pain relief.

Postnatal Isolation

The messages are flowing, the visitors are frequent and there are huge smiles all round. You’ve just given birth to the most spectacular little human you have ever seen! Life is hectic and tiring, yet somehow you still feel a sense of energy and excitement when you gaze into those sparkling, curious eyes.

Quite quickly your new life settles into its new pattern. Partners go back to work, family and friends visit much less often, and the messages become a slow trickle rather than a tsunami. You are now feeling far more alone than you had ever expected. Who do you talk to? Who do you share your little victories with? What about navigating those inevitable challenges that come along with caring for a baby? Nobody told you how hard this really is.

The messages are flowing, the visitors are frequent and there are huge smiles all round. You’ve just given birth to the most spectacular little human you have ever seen! Life is hectic and tiring, yet somehow you still feel a sense of energy and excitement when you gaze into those sparkling, curious eyes.

Quite quickly your new life settles into its new pattern. Partners go back to work, family and friends visit much less often, and the messages become a slow trickle rather than a tsunami. You are now feeling far more alone than you had ever expected. Who do you talk to? Who do you share your little victories with? What about navigating those inevitable challenges that come along with caring for a baby? Nobody told you how hard this really is.

Breastfeeding in the first days and weeks of life…

Dr Pamela Douglas is in conversation with Melbourne neonatologist Dr Danielle Freeman about breastfeeding in the first days and weeks of life and avoiding formula use in the days after the birth but still keeping baby safe.

Dr Pamela Douglas is in conversation with Melbourne neonatologist Dr Danielle Freeman about breastfeeding in the first days and weeks of life and avoiding formula use in the days after the birth but still keeping baby safe.

The Placenta

The placenta is a truly amazing organ, grown throughout pregnancy to nourish and give life to the baby and then it is no longer needed post birth so is often destroyed…but what if you could get some more benefits from it for the postnatal period?!

You may of heard of consuming your placenta but don’t know too much about it, I am going to give a quick overview of some different methods used and the potential benefits you could gain from your amazing placenta.

The placenta is a truly amazing organ, grown throughout pregnancy to nourish and give life to the baby and then it is no longer needed post birth so is often destroyed…but what if you could get some more benefits from it for the postnatal period?!

You may of heard of consuming your placenta but don’t know too much about it, I am going to give a quick overview of some different methods used and the potential benefits you could gain from your amazing placenta.

Postpartum Bleeding – What to Expect

Vaginal bleeding (known as Lochia) is a normal part of giving birth, whether you have a vaginal birth or a Caesarean section birth. Lochia is made up of tissue, blood and mucous.

The bleeding is due to the placenta detaching from the wall of the uterus (after the birth of baby), where it was held in place by blood vessels that ran between the uterus and placenta. This leaves the blood vessels open, which causes the bleeding, whilst the uterus works hard to clamp them shut post birth and renew the lining of the uterus.

Vaginal bleeding (known as Lochia) is a normal part of giving birth, whether you have a vaginal birth or a Caesarean section birth. Lochia is made up of tissue, blood and mucous.

The bleeding is due to the placenta detaching from the wall of the uterus (after the birth of baby), where it was held in place by blood vessels that ran between the uterus and placenta. This leaves the blood vessels open, which causes the bleeding, whilst the uterus works hard to clamp them shut post birth and renew the lining of the uterus.

Getting To Know Calmbirth Educator Karen Jones

My name is Karen. I have worked as a Midwife for almost 30 years.

About 7 years ago I decided to take a position as a Community Midwife in Aboriginal health. My AMIHS (Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service) position allows me to see women in the antenatal period and up until 6 weeks post-partum. A job which is both challenging and extremely rewarding.

I work alongside an Aboriginal Health Practioner. Together we support all pregnant Aboriginal Women, as well as those Non Indigenous women having Aboriginal babies.

What we quickly realised in our community, was that breast feeding rates amongst our clients were extremely low.

 Some of the reasons for not breast feeding identified were

“My mum, sister, aunty didn’t breast feed so why should I”
I won’t have enough milk.
Its “shame”

My name is Karen. I have worked as a Midwife for almost 30 years.

About 7 years ago I decided to take a position as a Community Midwife in Aboriginal health. My AMIHS (Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service) position allows me to see women in the antenatal period and up until 6 weeks post-partum. A job which is both challenging and extremely rewarding.

I work alongside an Aboriginal Health Practioner. Together we support all pregnant Aboriginal Women, as well as those Non Indigenous women having Aboriginal babies.

What we quickly realised in our community, was that breast feeding rates amongst our clients were extremely low.

 Some of the reasons for not breast feeding identified were

“My mum, sister, aunty didn’t breast feed so why should I”
I won’t have enough milk.
Its “shame”

The Calmbirth Conversation Podcast Episode 12.Support in Perinatal Mental Health.Creating a Safe, Private environment in the fourth trimester

Calmbirth Director, Karen McClay chats with Perinatal, Child and Family Psychologist,  Rachel Bridge about creating a safe, calm and private environment in the fourth trimester.

Calmbirth Director, Karen McClay chats with Perinatal, Child and Family Psychologist,  Rachel Bridge about creating a safe, calm and private environment in the fourth trimester.

Breastfeeding on Demand

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! This year’s theme is: “Protect breastfeeding: a shared responsibility”. The theme highlights the importance of support – right from a nuclear level through to a more structural level, to enable women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, so that babies and infants can reach their optimal health.

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! This year’s theme is: “Protect breastfeeding: a shared responsibility”. The theme highlights the importance of support – right from a nuclear level through to a more structural level, to enable women to achieve their breastfeeding goals, so that babies and infants can reach their optimal health.

The Calmbirth Conversation Podcast Episode 13. Support for breastfeeding, baby sleep and attachment

In episode 13 of the Calmbirth Conversation Podcast, Calmbirth Director, Karen McClay talks to the Founder of Possums & Co & Medical Director & lactation consultant, Pamela Douglas about how the work of Possums & Co helps prepare, educate and support families in the challenges of the first 12 months of their parenting journey with breastfeeding, baby sleep and cry fuss problems and parent mood and attachment.

In episode 13 of the Calmbirth Conversation Podcast, Calmbirth Director, Karen McClay talks to the Founder of Possums & Co & Medical Director & lactation consultant, Pamela Douglas about how the work of Possums & Co helps prepare, educate and support families in the challenges of the first 12 months of their parenting journey with breastfeeding, baby sleep and cry fuss problems and parent mood and attachment.

The Calmbirth Conversation Podcast Episode 14. COPE – Emotional Support For The Challenges Of Becoming A Parent

In Episode 14 of the Calmbirth Conversation Podcast, Karen McClay talks to Dr. Nicole Highet who is the Founder & Executive Director of COPE, the Centre of Perinatal Excellence and how COPE is providing support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent. 

In Episode 14 of the Calmbirth Conversation Podcast, Karen McClay talks to Dr. Nicole Highet who is the Founder & Executive Director of COPE, the Centre of Perinatal Excellence and how COPE is providing support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent. 

The Calmbirth Conversation Podcast Episode 15. The Golden Month

In Episode 15 of the Calmbirth Conversation Podcast, Calmbirth Director, Karen McClay talks to Dr Carla Brion & Nadia Parisi about the Golden Month – an in-home postpartum service they have created based on Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ayurvedic practices to nourish and nurture women in the postnatal period. 

Dr Carla Brion is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist & Women’s Health Specialist while Nadia Parisi is a  Women’s Health Massage Therapist, Fertility, Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner – two dynamic women who are here to break the mould, shake things up & bring women the care that they really need. It takes a village to hold the mother. “We want to  re-shape the postpartum care in our community, for our daughters & their daughters to come.”

In Episode 15 of the Calmbirth Conversation Podcast, Calmbirth Director, Karen McClay talks to Dr Carla Brion & Nadia Parisi about the Golden Month – an in-home postpartum service they have created based on Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ayurvedic practices to nourish and nurture women in the postnatal period. 

Dr Carla Brion is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist & Women’s Health Specialist while Nadia Parisi is a  Women’s Health Massage Therapist, Fertility, Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner – two dynamic women who are here to break the mould, shake things up & bring women the care that they really need. It takes a village to hold the mother. “We want to  re-shape the postpartum care in our community, for our daughters & their daughters to come.”

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