At bloom yoga we are passionate about inspiring you to have an empowering birth experience;
birth is a beautiful, transformational experience and a right of passage into motherhood. More than having a healthy baby, we also want healthy mothers too.
Take the time to educate yourself as you would any other life changing experience: knowledge is POWER!
COUNT THE KICKS
Learn the importance of keeping track of your baby's movements in utero.
An open resource to help bring awareness and prevention to babies born sleeping.
A doula is a caregiver who attends your birth to support the mother and her birth partner, not only physically but emotionally. She is also there to help support your birth choices and preferences. Doulas may also continue to support you AFTER baby is born.
Learn more about the roles of doulas: bellybelly.com.au
FIND A DOULA:
It's important to plan and prepare for your labour and birth, the same way you would for any other major life event. It's also a great way to start to educate your self about the choices you have for where and how you labour, as well as a good way to start a discussion with your birth partner, midwife or care provider. It's provided in a WORD template so that you can personalize your preferences, it's a good idea to keep it to one single sided A4 page.
Obstetric TENS machines
One of many drug-free pain relief options to use during labour as well as being helpful post-natally also.
What is TENS? - Read more about what it is and how it's helpful
Benefits of TENS - Read Pregnancy & Birth's article on TENS
What is ACTIVE BIRTH and why will it make a difference to your journey not only during labour but also as a new parent. Read more about ACTIVE BIRTH, and it's many benefits to your labour and birth: see article on bellybelly.com.au
Enouraging and empowering printable mantras to use before & during your labour -
Courtesy of Laura and Josh Weber (http://laurenandjoshweber.files.wordpress.com)
A list of websites and published articles to inspire your birth journey, no matter how your baby is born.
Power of Mum - Wellbeing Magazine Australia
Birth Without Fear - an organisation dedicated to de-mystifying and normalising birth, providing inspiration along the way! www.birthwithoutfearblog.org
Nurturing and caring for your self after baby arrives. Kristin a naturopath and Certified Plancenta Encapsulation Specialist here in Perth. Visit her website to discover the numerous benefits of placenta encapsulation.
CAESAREAN BIRTH STATISTICS
Pip Wynn-Owen is a Perth Local, as well as a Registered Midwife, Childbirth Educator and a Mother of Four. She not only writes inspiring and insightful blogs on her website, but also provides detailed statistics on Caesarean birth in Perth and Western Australia.
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean)
For those women who have previously given birth via ceasarean and would like to plan or prepare for a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), it's so important that you educated and inform yourself from an objective point of view. Vicki Hobbs is a Certified Doula and VBAC educator, she runs workshops and has a Facebook group for those who would like to explore this option for their birth.