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News in 2011

Find out about news and fantastic products at Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond from 2011. At www.pregnancy.com.au we aim to keep you up-to-date and informed.

The Sacred Family - Surviving The Day With Over-Tired Children!

The Sacred Family - Surviving The Day With Over-Tired Children!

Jennifer McCormack shares her thoughts and suggestions on "the sacred family - surviving the day with over-tired children." Jennifer says "When my children are in good form they are dynamic and funny, adventurous and just really good company." However "Some days are just a matter of survival!"  Find out more ...

Avent Niplette

Avent Niplette

The Avent Niplette is a simple cure for flat or inverted nipples invented by a leading UK plastic surgeon. Flat or inverted nipples can be a potential problem for women wishing to breastfeed. Through gentle suction the Niplette pulls the nipple out into a small plastic thimble-like cup. In a matter of weeks of continued wear, the nipple will stay permanently erect. Find out more ...

Pregnancy symptoms with twins

Pregnancy symptoms with twins

Being pregnant with twins poses specific problems for mothers and as a result specific pregnancy symptoms with twins can arise. Women are more likely to suffer exacerbation of some of the common, but unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy. These include: heartburn; nausea and vomiting; backache; haemorrhoids; tiredness and general discomfort. Find out more ...

Check out our new pregnancy section

Checkout our new pregnancy section

After a long gestation our new, revised pregnancy section of our website is complete. We've provided comprehensive information on many aspects of pregnancy to help you know all about the changes happening to your body and the growing life inside you. Our pregnancy section aims to help you understand and enjoy your pregnancy.  Find out more ...

Avent Digital Bath and Room Thermometer

Avent Digital Bath and Room Thermometer

The Phillips Avent Digital Bath and Bedroom Thermometer doubles as a convenient way to monitor the temperature in both baby's room and bath. Ideal for monitoring the temperature of the water in a birth pool. No water can get inside the thermometer so can be disinfected for reuse. Find out more ...

Headache in pregnancy

Headache in Pregnancy

Experiencing a headache in pregnancy is very common. The exact reason why women experience more frequent headaches during pregnancy is unknown. However it is possible that headaches are linked to hormonal changes and the natural increase in blood circulation in your body during pregnancy.  Find out more ...

Twins Pregnancy

Twins Pregnancy

Expecting a baby can be an exciting, challenging and awe-inspiring time. But what if you discover that there is not just one life growing inside you but two? While in many ways a twins pregnancy will be similar to a singleton one, there are symptoms, considerations and complications which are unique to, or more common in, a twins pregnancy. Find out more ...

Birth Stories Competition

Birth Stories Competition

Want to win a gorgeous keepsake for babies and children. Enter our birth stories competition. We have three copies of the Limited Edition, Heritage Presentation of Animal Tales Series by Susan Hall and illustrations by Ben Guy to give away. Each prize contains 4 individual hard cover books. Find out more ...

Molar Pregnancy

Molar Pregnancy

Molar pregnancies, otherwise known as Hydatidiform Moles, occur when a part of the baby that forms the placenta becomes quite abnormal. This can occur when a sperm penetrates an empty ovum (female’s egg) or when a couple of sperm enter an ovum. It occurs about 1 in 1000 to 2000 pregnancies. Find out more ...

 Placenta Pleasantries and Possibilities – What To Do With Your Placenta

Placenta Pleasantries and Possibilities – What To Do With Your Placenta

The article Placenta Pleasantries and Possibilities explores a number of options of what you can do with your placenta following the birth of your baby. The author Melanie Jackson, homebirth midwife, offers ideas on how to immortalise, commemorate, celebrate, honour or harness the power of your placenta. Find out more ...

The Third Trimester- Weeks 29 to Birth

The Third Trimester- Weeks 29 to Birth

In the third trimester of pregnancy the baby increasingly matures as well as gains weight.  At 34 weeks of pregnancy the baby weighs around 2 kilograms and their chances of survival are very good. At 38 weeks of pregnancy the baby will be around 45-55cm long and around 3000-4000gms. Find out more ...

Pelvic floor exercises

Pelvic floor exercises

Pelvic floor exercises are an important part of your fitness program. Doing pelvic floor exercises helps strengthen your pelvic floor and prevent problems such as urinary incontinence. Here are some instructions and tips on how to perform excellent pelvic floor muscle exercises: Find out more ...

Wean Meister Freezer Pods Product Review

Wean Meister Freezer Pods Product Review

Wean Meister Freezer Pods are made from 100% Silicone, Baby Safe and Perfect for Freezing Home Made Baby Food. Silicone is the very best for freezing your baby's food. Each pod contains 9 Meal Sized Portions which the food pops out easily.  Safe in the oven, freezer, microwave and dishwasher = Ideal Find out more ...

Holo Lilo

Holo Lilo

Holo the lilo with the hole. For pregnant or sensitive tummies. Use on land or water, on holiday or at home, to lie on your front for relaxation, massage and sunbathing. An innovative new product now available in Australia from Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Find out more ...

Preterm Birth

Preterm Birth

Preterm birth is defined as birth occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy or more than three weeks early. It is divided up into mildly preterm (32-37 weeks), moderately preterm (28-31 weeks) and extremely preterm (before 28 weeks). Find out more ...

 Pregnancy Birth and Beyond Media Kit

Pregnancy Birth and Beyond's Media Kit

We've just released Pregnancy Birth and Beyond's media kit. To find out more about Pregnancy Birth and Beyond and advertising opportunities - download the comprehensive media kit from our advertising page. Since we've launched our new website in 2010 we've experienced huge growth in the number of visitors to our website and we are now able to offer affordable, tailor-made advertising solutions on our website increasing the ability to direct more business to your door Find out more ...

The First Trimester- Period of development Weeks 1-14

The First Trimester- Period of development Weeks 1-14

By the end of the first trimester of pregnancy (14 weeks) the risk of malformations and miscarriages diminishes significantly. The baby will weigh around 45gms and be around 8cm long. They float comfortably in a pool of warm liquor. The baby can already hiccup and move around, flexing its little limbs and exploring its new world.  Find out more ...

Pregnancy Week by Week

Pregnancy Week by Week

To help you with what is happening to you in pregnancy week by week - we've put together a guide to the three trimesters of pregnancy. It explains how your baby is developing, what symptoms you may be experiencing and what tests and appointments may be needed. This is a new section at www.pregnancy.com.au and new articles will be added shortly. Find out more ...

Pelvic Floor Myths

Pelvic Floor Myths

Many pelvic floor myths exist and need debunking. Everyone who leaks urine will feel embarrassed and most will suffer in silence; fewer still will get help. Today we still feel uncomfortable talking about incontinence and many want to continue believing that it is only an issue for the old folks home. Find out more ...

The Second Trimester-period of growth (weeks 15-28)

The Second Trimester-period of growth (weeks 15-28)

During pregnancy women need to take extra care of their teeth and gums. The changes in the hormones can make women’s gums more susceptible to disease. These hormones can cause gums to become inflamed and to bleed. A good routine of dental care that involves brushing and flossing every day can help to keep your gums healthy. Find out more ...

Driving During Pregnancy

Driving During Pregnancy

A recent study conducted in Japan on the effect of driving a car in pregnancy on the baby’s heart rate and mother’s uterus found no adverse influences on either the baby or mother. Some women worry that the increased uterine activity they may feel while driving during pregnancy could cause preterm labour. However the researchers found that women actually had fewer contractions when sitting in a car than they did when walking. Find out more ...

 My Pregnancy: A Woman's Story

My Pregnancy: A Woman's Story

I've always adored Anne Geddes photographs of newborn babies - the photographs are innovative, compelling and unusual. Anne has now turned her wonderful talent to photographing pregnant women and the results are amazing. These pregnancy photographs are combined with women's stories of pregnancy, birth and parenting in "My Pregnancy, A Woman's Story" a heart-warming and compelling quarterly magazine. Find out more

Waterbirth with my tenth baby

Waterbirth with my tenth baby

After nine active and drug free hospital births with deliveries by midwives, I found myself having a waterbirth with my 10th baby. This was, I would say, an accident as it hadn’t even entered my mind to have a waterbirth. Well 4 days past my due date I went and had a massage and Michael the masseuse did my pressure points and I nearly hit the roof, I had had 2 previous acupuncture appointments with no luck and as I’m 44 the option of being induced with this baby didn’t sit well with me.    Find out more ...

Pregnancy Information

Pregnancy Information

Pregnancy is a special experience whether this is your first baby or you’ve had children before.  Feelings can however be a little overwhelming.  You can experience joy to ambivalence and even fear. Suddenly, you’re faced with the reality that your body is about to undergo some profound changes; a baby is going to take shape inside you and you’re going to be a parent. You can take positive steps to help prepare yourself for what lies ahead by reading our pregnancy information section. Find out more ...

Updated International Definition of the Midwife

Updated International Definition of the Midwife

The International Confederation of Midwives has recently released a revised definition of midwifery. We've updated our "What is a Midwife?" page with the new definition. Find out more ...

Healthy teeth, healthy mothers, healthy babies

Healthy teeth, healthy mothers, healthy babies

During pregnancy women need to take extra care of their teeth and gums. The changes in the hormones can make women’s gums more susceptible to disease. These hormones can cause gums to become inflamed and to bleed. A good routine of dental care that involves brushing and flossing every day can help to keep your gums healthy. Find out more ...

 Pregnancy and Work

Pregnancy and Work

Pregnancy and work is a common combination in today’s world, particularly if you’re having your first baby. While pregnant, you may sail through your time at work or, alternatively, you may face some special challenges. Announcing the news of your pregnancy at work may be celebrated and your workplace may accommodate any special needs that you may have. Find out more ...

List of New Zealand Birth Centres

List of New Zealand Birth Centres

The following is comprehensive list of midwifery run birth centres across New Zealand. This list includes primary maternity units located within hospitals and free standing birth centres. New Zealand hosts approximately 60 primary care primary maternity units or birth centres.  Find out more ...

Publicly Funded Homebirth Programs

Publicly Funded Homebirth Programs

Publicly funded homebirth is available for a small number of women in programs across Australia. The number of publicly funded homebirth programs is growing.  If you are eligible for Medicare these programs are free. Find out more ...

Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy Care

Each pregnancy is unique and you have the right to be involved in all decisions affecting you and your baby. A good relationship with your maternity care provider can make a big difference in planning your pregnancy care. We've just added a new section looking lots of issues on pregnancy care. Find out more ...

Miscarriage

Miscarriage

We've added a new section to help answer the many questions we've been asked about miscarriage. Questions such as: What causes miscarriage in early pregnancy? Are their different types of miscarriage? What tests and treatments are available? What can I do to recover from a miscarriage? Is there support available following a miscarriage? In the new miscarriage section we answer these questions and more. Find out more ...

Discomfort During Pregnancy

Discomfort During Pregnancy

When you’re expecting a baby your body undergoes a lot of changes and not surprisingly you’ll most likely experience some discomfort during pregnancy. Every pregnancy is unique. So it’s possible to experience anything from no discomfort at all to major discomfort during pregnancy. Find out more ...

What To Eat in Pregnancy

What To Eat in Pregnancy

When pregnancy is confirmed women start to seek information on keeping healthy. So if you’re asking questions about “what to eat in pregnancy?” you’re not alone. This is one of the most common questions many mums-to-be ask. Find out more ...

 I Will Hold You In My Heart Forever

I Will Hold You In My Heart Forever

This special memory book is dedicated to those babies whose lives have ended too soon. It provides families who have experienced the loss of a baby whether through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, the opportunity to create a baby book that can be customized specifically to their own situation. Find out more ...

Exercise and Pregnancy

Exercise and Pregnancy

Do exercise and pregnancy go together? The answer is YES! Staying active and having regular exercise in pregnancy offers a lot of benefits. Regular exercise will help you keep fit and help avoid pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and diabetes. Exercise will also help you keep your weight gain under control and can shorten labour. Find out more ...

Natural Pregnancy

Natural Pregnancy

Complementary or alternative therapies are a growing trend with many women using them during preconception, pregnancy, labour, birth and after the baby is born. While some options are safe in pregnancy others are not, so it’s important to use complementary therapies with care and consult your midwife or doctor. Complementary therapies may help you achieve a natural pregnancy, avoiding the unnecessary use of synthetic chemicals and medication. Find out more ...

Nature's Sunshine Breast Feeding Support Capsules

Nature's Sunshine Breast Feeding Support Capsules

Nature's Sunshine Breast Feeding Support 100 Capsules contains a balanced combination of two of the most popular traditional lactation herbs Fenugreek and Blessed thistle. These herbs help stimulate breast milk production and flow in nursing mothers. Find out more ...

The Birth of Lia Rose

The Birth of Lia Rose

A home waterbirth story... Nine months ago Lia was born and it now seems like an eternity ago. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get around to writing Lia’s birth story. Life is very full and there never seems enough time. Find out more ...

Due Date Caculator

Due Date Calculator

A fun way and easy way to keep track of your due date is to use Pregnancy Birth and Beyond's interactive due date calculator. All you do is enter the first date of your last period, along with your normal menstrual cycle length and our due date calculator will estimate your baby's due date.Find out more ...

VBAC Support Group

VBAC Support Group

A Sydney and Central Coast VBAC Group offering non-judgemental, friendly atmosphere for women who have experienced a caesarean, have experienced a caesarean and are pregnant, have experieniced a caesarean and are looking at options for their next birth or are pregnant, considering a caesarean but wanting to know all options first Find out more ...

Ovulation Calculator

Ovulation Calculator

The ovulation calculator can help you work out when you'll next ovulate. In order to get pregnant you need to get the sperm to meet up with the egg as soon as possible (ideally, within 12–24 hours) after ovulation. And the best way for this to happen is for the sperm to be in the tube already waiting for ovulation. Find out more ...

Raspberry leaf: panacea for pregnancy and labour or problem?

Raspberry leaf: panacea for pregnancy and labour or problem?

Red raspberry leaf, otherwise known as rubus idaeus, has been used medicinally since the sixth century. Its use and reputation as an aid in pregnancy and childbirth has grown throughout the years, despite the paucity of research into its safety and efficacy for mothers and babies during pregnancy and birth. Find out more ...

My Anchor by Birth Pool in a Box

My Anchor by Birth Pool in a Box

My Anchor is a new device created by Birth Pool in a Box after women stated that they would like something to pull on, whilst giving birth, or to help them change position in the pool. It's a simple flexible and strong H-shaped device that secures onto the outside handles and floats on the water surface. Find out more ...

Early Pregnancy

Early Pregnancy

Early pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life but it can be daunting too. The next year or so will be filled with tremendous change and hopefully great joy. You’re probably keen to find out all you can to ensure a healthy pregnancy to help nurture the growing life inside you. Find out more ...

Recognizing the Baddies in Baby Products

Recognizing the Baddies in Baby Products

It is not uncommon for an infant to develop an allergic reaction to a whole range of baby products, and a little extra knowledge and insight can make it easier for you as a parent to identify the best and safest products to purchase. Find out more ...

Slings and Things - Baby Wearing 101 Workshop

Slings and Things - Baby Wearing 101 Workshop

Would you like to learn how to help you baby to sleep better, cry less and enhance their development? Come join us for our Slings and Things: Baby Wearing 101 Workshop and explore ‘Babywearing’ - parenting’s best kept secret.Find out more ...

Out of the Laboratory: Back to the Darkened Room

Out of the Laboratory: Back to the Darkened Room

Out of the laboratory: back to the darkened room is one of the best articles on homebirth I've read. Tricia Anderson, who passed away in 2007, had a special gift as a midwife and a writer. I wanted to honour her by keeping some of her work alive Find out more ...

Lotus Birth by Lavendilly

Lotus Birth by Lavendilly

Lotus Birth is the name given to a process of placenta-care after the completion of a baby’s birth. The umbilical cord is not cut, and the placenta is allowed to remain attached to the baby until it detaches of its own accord. Find out more ...

Is Chinese Medicine Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Chinese Medicine Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Chinese medicine safe in pregnancy? is one of the most commonly asked questions of TCM practitioners by pregnant women. In short, the answer is both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. There are a number of acupuncture points and herbal ingredients that are either cautioned or contraindicated for use during pregnancy. Find out more ...

Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering

Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering

Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering New Edition by Dr Sarah J. Buckley. Knowledge is Power, and birth is power. In this groundbreaking collection of essays, internationally acclaimed birth expert Sarah J. Buckley, MD, empowers parents-to-be with enlightening explorations of what both ancient wisdom and current medical research tell us about birth and early parenting Find out more ...

Midwives and Medicare: A Personal Perspective

Midwives and Medicare: A Personal Perspective

An article by Jane Palmer exploring her personal perspective on midwives, eligible midwives and Medicare access for Midwives in Australia.  Find out more ...

Lotus Birth by Lavendilly

Lotus Birth by Lavendilly

Lotus Birth is the name given to a process of placenta-care after the completion of a baby’s birth. The umbilical cord is not cut, and the placenta is allowed to remain attached to the baby until it detaches of its own accord. Find out more ...

‘Collaboration or control? Midwifery and Obstetrics

Collaboration or control? Midwifery and Obstetrics

Collaboration or control? Midwifery and Obstetrics - a wonderful article by Dr Hannah Dahlen exploring the new arrangements for midwifery in Australia and collaboration between midwives and obstetricians   Find out more ...

Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting affects 50-90% of pregnancies. Beginning from before 9 weeks gestation it most commonly resolves between 10 and 16 weeks gestation. Although referred to as “morning sickness” the nausea and vomiting in pregnancy may occur throughout the day. Find out more ...

A Breech in the System

A Breech in the System

A BREECH IN THE SYSTEM. A woman wants to give birth to her breech baby in a hospital. They say she has to have a caesarean section. This is an inspiring documentary about her to attempt to birth naturally against all odds. Available as an instant download. Find out more ...

Born at Home

Born at Home

I stumbled across this wonderful video of a homebirth while exploring the internet. The pictures and the video are beautiful. As a midwife and a homebirth mum I feel this video captures the wonder and uniqueness of homebirth perfectly. Find out more ...

Midwifery Practice Management Workshop

Midwifery Practice Management Workshop

Midwifery and Maternity Providers Organisation from New Zealand are coming out to run a FREE WORKSHOP in Sydney. They will profile of midwifery practices in New Zealand and demonstrate an electronic midwifery practice management system. Places are limited to 30 participants (so you'll need to get in quick). Find out more ...

New Categories in Find a Practitioner Search

New Categories in our 'Find a Practitioner' Search

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond's popular 'Find a Practitioner' search has new categories available. Added to our categories of practitioners specialising in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting is 'Baby Massage" and "Therapists" (of the psychological kind). Find out more ...

Anti-Vaccination 'Snobs' given a serve

Anti-Vaccination 'Snobs' given a serve

The first article was entitled, '‘Vaccine Snobs’ Kill Baby'. With a title like this one would expect that parents that had, by the way, refused vaccination for their child, had just been charged with murdering a baby. Find out more ...

Milkbar Breastfeeding Pillows

Milkbar Breastfeeding Pillows

Milkbar Portable Breastfeeding Pillows are perfectly shaped breastfeeding pillow to lift your baby to the correct breastfeeding position. Both single and twin style breastfeeding pillows are available. Find out more ...

Perineal Warm Packs ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ No Longer

Perineal Warm Packs ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ No Longer

For seven and a half years I have been studying ways to reduce perineal trauma and increase comfort during birth as part of my PhD. It is something as a midwife and a mother that I know is vitally important to helping women begin motherhood in the best way possible. Find out more ...

Support and socialisation through play

Support and Socialisation Through Play

A growing number of young mums and dads are turning to Playgroups for young parents for peer support and valuable socialisation for their children. These parents in their teens and early twenties, are setting aside a few hours each week to attend Playgroup with their babies and before school age children. Find out more ...

Natural Remedies for pregnancy, birth and beyond

Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

At Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond we've just created a brand new section in our shopping cart focusing on natural remedies for use in pregnancy, birth, postnatal period or breastfeeding. Find out more ...

Have you got enough Breast Milk?

Have you got enough Breast Milk?

When you’re breastfeeding it can be very difficult to tell how much your baby is drinking.  And as a new mum it’s only natural to worry about if your baby is getting enough breast milk.  Find out more ...

A'Kin PureBaby Products

A'Kin PureBaby Products

A'Kin PureBaby Products provide a natural baby skincare range made specifically for your baby’s delicate skin. Ideal for daily use, soothing and hydrating skin and natural and gentle moisturisation. Active Ingredients: Certified Organic Shea Butter, Certified Organic Rosehip Oil and Jojoba Oil.  Find out more ...

Should pregnant and breastfeeding women take iodine supplements?

Should pregnant and breastfeeding women take iodine supplements?

There have been reports in the media recently about the association between a lack of iodine in pregnant and breastfeeding women’s diet and a link with intellectual problems in their children. Find out more ...

The Power Program for Pregnant Teenagers

The Power Program for Pregnant Teenagers

Teenage pregnancy has been looked at as a controversial topic for decades. The trends and practices have indeed changed over time but one thing is still undebated: the young mothers and the babies born out of those pregnancies need optimal support to thrive and have the best chances in life. Find out more ...

Embracing Safety Homeopathic Pregnancy and Prebirth Kit

Embracing Safety Homeopathic Pregnancy and Prebirth Kit

Embracing Safety Homeopathic Pregnancy and Prebirth Kit - Providing a safe and natural alternative to follow during pregnancy and prior to birth. The Kit includes 11 homeopathic remedies, a pouch for safe storage and a detailed instructional booklet  Find out more ...

‘Pubic Symphysitis: A common cause of pain in pregnancy

Pubic Symphysitis: A common cause of pain in pregnancy

Pubic symphysitis is one of the most common causes of pain in pregnancy. It can manifest as pain on one side of the lower back, pain radiating into one or both groin areas, or pain around the pubic bone.  Find out more ...

PSI Bands for Morning Sickness

Psi Bands for Morning Sickness

Psi Bands (pronounced "Sigh Bands") are acupressure wrist bands for the relief of nausea due to morning sickness (pregnancy), motion sickness/ travel, chemotherapy, and anaesthesia. Unlike any product on the market, Psi Bands are: Drug-free, Adjustable, Comfortable, Waterproof, Fashionable, Reusable and Affordable. TGA approved, Psi Bands are a stylish alternative for those who suffer from nausea.  Find out more ...

Pregnancy Choices – Who do you see?

Pregnancy Choices – Who do you see?

Getting pregnant was the easy part – now what?  Who do you see? Where do you go for your care? How do you find out what is available out there and most important of all, what is the best form of care for you. Find out more ...

Pregnant Pause

Pregnant Pause

Pregnant Pause is written by Sarah Davies. After having her daughter Lulu she started the quest to achieve the perfect work life balance. With this still a work in progress she splits her time between promoting her clients and making memories with her little family. Find out more ...

‘Motherese’ important for children’s language development

‘Motherese’ important for children’s language development

Talking to children has always been fundamental to language development, but new research reveals that the way we talk to children is key to building their ability to understand and create sentences of their own. The exaggerated speech we naturally use with young children is special register – often called ‘motherese’. Find out more ...

Aromatheraphy pack for labour

Aromatheraphy Pack for Labour

New to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond is this wonderful aromatherapy pack for labour, birth and beyond. This pack includes essential oils that may be used during pregnancy and labour to assist with emotional and physical wellbeing. The back includes eleven 6ml essential oils considered safe to use during pregnancy (some are for use during labor ONLY), sweet almond carrier oil, a carry case and a summary guide to the use of each oil. Find out more ...

Eating Fish During Pregnancy

Eating Fish During Pregnancy

Fish is a highly nutritious food and an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D, Iodine and the omega-3 fatty acids. All these nutrients provide important health benefits to you and your baby when you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Find out more ...

Children at birth

Children at Birth

The decision to have a child or children present at birth is an entirely personal one. This article by Dr Hannah Dahlen (midwife) explores the issues surrounding having children present at birth. Find out more ...

Teenage Pregnancy - New Section

Teenage Pregnancy: New Section

Visit our teenage pregnancy section. We've created this resource to increase the information available to young women who are pregnant. If you are experiencing a pregnancy as a teenager, please look through the valuable information we have to help you make an informed decision about your options. Find out more ...

Making your own aromatheraphy massage oil for pregnancy

Making your own aromatheraphy massage oil for pregnancy

Making your own massage oil can be a wonderful way of using essential oils. This article explores how to make aromatherapy massage oil and provides recipes suitable for pregnancy. Find out more ...

Perfecting the Perineum

Perfecting the Perineum

The perineum is a very important part of a woman’s body and it plays a special role during childbirth. It is the area of skin and muscle found between the vagina and anus. During childbirth it stretches to allow the baby’s head through. Find out more ...

How to Increase Breast Milk Supply if you have Insufficient Lactation

How to Increase Breast Milk Supply if you have Insufficient Lactation

Strategies to increase breast milk supply usually include specific breastfeeding techniques and medication. This article discusses using Traditional Chinese Medicine as an alternative strategy to help women with insufficient lactation to promote milk production and supply. Find out more ...

Smoking and cot death link discovered

Smoking and cot death link discovered

We have known for sometime now that smoking during pregnancy and after birth can increase the risk of a whole range of problems. What has not been known until now is how smoking increases the risk of cot death by more than three times. Find out more ...

Waterbirth Video

Lila - Birthing Home Waterbirth

This is a wonderful home waterbirth video. The baby is birthed into the water, in the caul, in the occiput-posterior position. You will see that the midwife is hands off and there is no interference with the birth. Find out more ...

Prenatal Diagnosis Support

Prenatal Diagnosis Support

Stephanie recounts her story as mother expecting a child with a fatal condition (Potter's Syndrome). Stephanie shares her journey to help other families in a similiar situation and offers them practical support. Find out more ...

Midwifery documentation and forms

Midwifery documentation and forms

Obtaining the required documentation and forms as a privately practicing midwife in Australia can be confusing. I have added this resource page to help you navigate through the various organisations to enable you to obtain the required documentation Find out more ...

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean

There are many reasons why a woman may want to have a vaginal birth after a caesarean. Some of these reasons are to avoid the physical impact of caesarean section and others are the emotional desire to give birth vaginally to a baby. Find out more ...

Pregnancy - A Nine-Month Miracle

Pregnancy - A Nine-Month Miracle

From the chaotic stampede of sperm towards the gently rolling ovum, to the amazing growth, development and birth of a tiny, yet perfect human, we indeed witness an awesome miracle. Life begins as union of chance and emerges as a masterpiece. Find out more ...

Shark Bite or Shark Caesarean: What’s the Difference?

Shark Bite or Shark Caesarean: What’s the Difference?

An alert came into my Inbox that disturbed me deeply – it was the story of a shark. What was a news alert about a shark doing mixed up with all my childbirth media, you may well ask? The answer is that this shark had supposedly had a caesarean. Find out more ...

Active birth - Slow dancing

Active Birth - Slow Dancing

View a video clip by Penny Simkin that demonstrates slow dancing as an active birth technique. Couples can use "slow dancing" during labor to help labor progress, decrease discomfort and assist with rotation of the baby. Find out more ...

Understanding Anaemia in Pregnancy

Understanding Anaemia in Pregnancy

By far the most common blood related problem pregnant women face is anaemia. Anaemia occurs when there is a lack of red blood cells due to a reduction in their production or an increase in their loss. Find out more ...

Moxibustion for breech presentation

Moxibustion for breech presentation

Moxibustion is a techniques for turning babies in the breech position. The technique uses a Chinese herb called Moxa, commonly known as ‘Mugwort’. Moxa sticks are lit and held over acupuncture points. Find out more ...

Talking to your employer about paid parental leave

Talking to Your Employer about Paid Parental Leave

If you are eligible for the Paid Parental Leave scheme, it is important that you discuss your leave intentions with your employer. Start the conversation early in your pregnancy to ensure a smooth transition from work to receiving the Government’s Parental Leave Pay ... Find out more ...

Skin to Skin Contact Video

A Parents’ Guide for Skin-to-Skin Contact with Their Infants

Skin-to-skin contact is a method of caring for newborn infants that involves putting the infant on the mother’s chest skin-to-skin. Skin-to-skin contact is an important component of a method of newborn care called “Kangaroo Care”.... Read more and watch the video ...

Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancy

Any pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus is called an ectopic pregnancy. The most common site for an ectopic pregnancy is in one of the fallopian tubes that lead from the ovary to the uterus.... Find out more ...

Risk is in the Eye of the Beholder

Risk is in the Eye of the Beholder

The medical system and home birthing women perceive risk differently and are willing to take different risks based on different motives, but while each ones perception is different, it is not less or wrong, just different. What is ‘right’ and ‘best’ can only be determined by each individual.... Find out more ...

Active Birth with your Birthing Partner

Active Birth with Your Birthing Partner

Zoe, a mother of four and a teacher of both prenatal and baby yoga says: “Understanding and learning these poses will empower pregnant women with knowledge and understanding of active birth positions.” ... Find out more ...

Traditional Chinese Medicine and natural fertility

Traditional Chinese Medicine and natural fertility

In Australia, the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is enjoying growing popularity as couples seek to enhance their fertility using natural methods. News of positive experiences and successful outcomes are spreading as natural, holistic alternatives to conventional medical fertility enhancement (IVF) are sought... Find out more ...

Help! How will I know when it’s time to go to hospital?

Help! How will I know when it’s time to go to hospital?

Later on, when we are actually pregnant and attending parent education classes, we get the ‘not too early, not too late, just right’ drill on when to come into hospital. Then labour starts and it’s suddenly very unclear whether we should be ‘bold and beautiful’ or ‘perfectly balanced’ about the whole event... Find out more ...

Chickenpox - what pregnant women need to know:

Chickenpox - What Pregnant Women Need to Know

Contracting chickenpox during pregnancy can be a problem for both the mother and the baby. For mothers the greatest risk comes from contracting chickenpox in the last 10-12 weeks of pregnancy. ... Find out more ...

Waterbirth photo gallery

Waterbirth Photo Gallery

Waterbirth facilitates gentle, safe and empowering birth. This waterbirth photo gallery celebrates the wonderful option of waterbirth. Photos can say far more than words. We'd love to recieve your photos to add to this page. Find out more ...

Acupucnture induction for post date babies

Acupuncture Induction for Post Date Babies

Acupuncture is also an artificial method of inducing post-term babies, but it is enjoying increasing popularity as women with uncomplicated pregnancies seek to avoid conventional medical induction, imposition of medical timeframes, and the cascade of interventions that often follow. Find out more ...

Aquarium birth pool

New Aquarium Birth Pool

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond as just added a new birth pool to our range. The Aquarium Birth Pool is a small, budget priced pool perfect for use during labour and/or birth. The inflatable floor makes this pool really comfortable and it inflates fast for quick set up ... Find out more ...

New Waterbirth Section of Website

New Waterbirth Section

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond's website is constantly growing. This week we have added to our website a totally new section focusing on waterbirth. You will find lots of resources on waterbirth. Read about waterbirth stories, explore articles on waterbirth, find out where to have a waterbirth, watch waterbirth videos and check out the waterbirth links Find out more ...

Wean Meister Freezer Pods

Wean Meister Freezer Pods

The Ultimate Convenience in Freezing Homemade Baby Food. Wein Meister Silicone Freezer Pods are the best solution for freezing baby food. This is a great meal size for baby and It couldn’t be more convenient to quickly pop out one pod for baby at dinner time. 100% Baby safe - they do not contain any BPA, phthalates or any other chemical that can harm your baby’s food. Find out more ...

Homebirth story - moonlit magic

Homebirth Story - Moonlit Magic

Our decision to have a homebirth was almost as shocking to me initially as it was to so many of the people we told who warned us against it however as a reader and researcher, we watched, reviewed and interviewed greatly and felt a deep sense of calm and faith in home birthing.. Find out more ...

Midwifery - Are We There Yet?

Are we there yet?

Australian College of Midwives Presidents report September 2010 on national maternity reform and the impact on midwifery services. "Are we there yet?" in relation to the past exhausting two years of maternity reform; the last tedious ten years of lobbying for maternity reform; the last painful twenty years of writing and arguing for maternity reform; or perhaps the last slow and repetitive three hundred years of oppression, revolution and renewed oppression and revolution.  Find out more ...

Acupressure for Pain Relief During Labour

Acupressure for Pain Relief During Labour

The intense nature of labour means most women will look for and use some form of pain relief during their childbirth. For those women who prefer to avoid or minimise the use of medical analgesia, acupressure is a safe, effective, drug-free alternative. Find out more ...

Home Birth Story

Reflections of My Pregnancy and Jasmine’s birth

I started to question what I was doing being a so called ‘patient’ for our chosen obstetrician, so after many hours of research on the internet, a month later I was a changed woman. I realized that my philosophies were very old beliefs and that the medical approach to pregnancy and birth had become so ingrained in our culture and was now bursting full of excitement, wonder and awe at my new decision to birth our baby at home. Find out more ...

Midwives Made History November 1st 2010

Midwives Made History November 1st 2010

What a year, what a win, what a moment in history for Midwives! It is wonderful to be able to close the pages of 2010 knowing we have taken one giant leap for women and midwives and only because we took that leap alongside women and midwives. Find out more ...

Understanding Miscarriage

Understanding Miscarriage

Miscarriage affects the lives of many women and their partners and the true impact is often underestimated by health professionals, family and friends. Just because miscarriage is a relatively common event does not mean it is insignificant or that it should, or will, soon be forgotten. Find out more ...

Belly Cast Decorating Kits

Belly Cast Decorating Kits

New to the Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond's range are the pregnancy belly cast DECORATING kits. These kits transform a completed belly cast into an original work of art.  All you need to provide is your imagination. Choose between our bold, pastel or vintage acrylic paint kits. Find out more ...

Early Pregnancy Questions

Early Pregnancy Questions

The first twelve weeks of pregnancy is called the first trimester.  In early pregnancy your body goes through amazing changes to support your baby. These changes affect you both physically and emotionally. Even if your pregnancy is planned, your reaction to it may surprise you.  You can feel anything from elation through to unhappiness. Feeling a range of emotions in early pregnancy is very normal. Find out more ...

Midwifery in Action

Midwifery in Action Video

Midwifery in Action is a short video that provides a glimpse into what midwives do and the special relationship that can develop between midwives, women and their families. Anna, Marc and Baby Ben share their journey through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period with midwifery care. Find out more ...

Birth Pool and waterbirth friendly hospitals

Waterbirth and Birth Pool Friendly Hospitals

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond has just added two new pages. The first page is birth pool friendly hospitals that either provide waterbirth pools or allow women to bring in their own. Our second new page is waterbith friendly hospitals - these hospitals offer the option of watebirth.

Waterbirth pools and accessories

Symptoms of Pregnancy

You may begin to suspect you are pregnant very soon after the baby is conceived or you many not have any pregnancy symptoms till much later. We’ve listed some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. Finding out if you are pregnant is easy.  Home pregnancy tests can confirm pregnancy on the day your period is due (some can give a positive result even earlier). Find out more ...

The Guide to the Perfect Maternity Bra

The Guide to the Perfect Maternity Bra

Gone are the days when women have to resort to bras made from uncomfortable fabrics while pregnant and breastfeeding, with no consideration for when their breasts are at their most sensitive. When purchasing a maternity bra here are some dos and don’ts for you to consider:  Find out more ...

Waterbirth pools and accessories

Complete New Range of Birth Pool Accessories

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond has just added to our extensive range of birth pool accessories, hoses and fittings. Everything you need for your waterbirth is now available for purchase online. Equipment to inflate the birth pool, hoses and fittings to fill the birth pool and equipment to siphon the water out after use. To see our new waterbirth products ...

Midwifery Supplies- Suture Material

Midwifery Supplies- Suture Material

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond is the first business in Australia to cater specifically for professional midwifery supplies. Our newest edition to the range is vicryl suture material. Midwives can now purchase single packets of suture material within Australia for the first time. For midwifery suture material ...

Paid Parental Leave

Paid Parental Leave

On the 1st of January 2011 the Australian Government delivered the first national Paid Parental Leave scheme. The scheme will help working parents spend more time at home with a new baby during the vital early months. The scheme will provide up to 18 weeks Parental Leave Pay at the National Minimum Wage (currently $570 a week before tax) for eligible parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011. Find out more ...

My Journey to Homebirth

My Journey to Homebirth

A wonderful and positive VBAC story. In Karen's first pregnancy she planned waterbirth. The birth ended in a failed induction of labour and caesarean. For her second pregnancy Karen planned a homebirth .... To view the video