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News in 2012

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

Acupuncture is Successful in Reducing Depression in Pregnancy

Acupuncture is Successful in Reducing Depression in Pregnancy

Anyone who has experienced depression themselves, or watched helplessly as someone they love endures it, will attest that the affects of depression are far reaching and long lasting. While many studies have explored the prevalence and treatment of postpartum depression, few have explored the treatment of depression in pregnancy. Learn more about acupuncture as a successful treatment in reducing depression in pregnancy.  Find out more ...

Pregnancy and Parenting Network 2013

Pregnancy and Parenting Network 2013

The 2013 dates for our popular Pregnancy and Parenting Network have been posted online. The Pregnancy and Parenting Network meets regularly at Dundas Valley (in Sydney's north west) and Kurmond. Each meeting have a topic theme and provides an opportunity to talk about all sorts of issues about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting in a safe, supportive and relaxing environment. Find out more ...

Rebozos as a tool for pregnancy and labour

Rebozos as a tool for pregnancy and labour

On this page you will find YouTube videos and links to articles about using the rebozo as a tool for pregnancy and labour. A rebozo is a traditional Mexican shawl, which is long enough to wrap around a woman's body and can be used in pregnancy and labour by midwives, doulas and support people as a comfort measure and to encourage babies into an optional position.  Find out more ...

Remi's Birth Breech VBAC

Remi's Birth Breech VBAC!

Tess Anthony shares Remis's Breech VBAC birth story. Expecting her forth baby Tess discovers that her baby is again breech. Mia, Tess's third baby, was also breech. Mia's birth ended as a caesarean even though Tess wanted a vaginal birth. This time around Tess is determined to have a vaginal birth. Enjoy Tess's story about her successful breech VBAC. Find out more ...

Signs of Fertility

Signs of Fertility

Forum Thread: Join in the conversation on signs of fertility in our online forum. One of our forum members shares her extensive knowledge on fertility and signs of fertility. Read our forum members responses and ask any questions you may have about fertility. Find out more ...

What is Gestational Diabetes?

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during the pregnancy and then goes away after the baby is born. Around 3-8% of pregnant women will develop Gestational Diabetes at around 28 weeks of pregnancy, as this is the time that most women are tested. Certain women are at higher risk of developing Gestational Diabetes due to their ethnic background. Find out more ...

Je Porte Mon Bebe Baby Sling

Je Porte Mon Bebe Baby Sling

New to the PBB's online shopping cart is the Je Porte Mon Bebe (better known as JPMBB)  a premium stretchy wrap from France. Made from an exclusive innovative fabric that is designed specially for babywearing. With a higher density than usual cotton, a slight amount of a specific type of elastane is combined together through an unique knitting pattern. Find out more ...

Rebozo as a baby carrier

Rebozo as a baby carrier

The rebozo makes an ideal baby carrier. The word rebozo means shawl in Spanish and is a multipurpose traditional cloth. As an elegant, beautiful shawl the rebozo can be used for whatever you need it for the time.  Find out more ...

Where did you give birth?

Where did you give birth?

Forum Thread - Did you give birth at home, at a birth centre, or in a hospital? If you have more than one child, did you decide to do things differently for the next birth? Find out what our forum members had to say about where they gave birth. Join in the conversation. Find out more ...

Alcohol and Breastfeeding

Alcohol and Breastfeeding

For the most part, women will abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy in order to provide the best start in life for their baby. However once your baby is born, you may wish to enjoy a drink with a meal, when out with friends or on a special occasion. But what if you are breastfeeding? Find out more ...

Vitamin K for Newborn Babies

Vitamin K for Newborn Babies

At birth you will be asked whether or not you would like your baby to have Vitamin K. The human body requires Vitamin K in order to make blood clot. When babies are born, their level of Vitamin K is low in comparison to adult levels. Regardless, this level of Vitamin K is usually enough to stop bleeding in most babies. Find out more ...

Inducing Labour Naturally

Inducing Labour Naturally

Finding ways of inducing labour naturally has never been more imperative. Medical induction of labour has been increasing since the 1980s. Now days over 25% of women have their labours induced and a further 19.2% will have their labours sped up by artificial means. In order to maximise their chances of a vaginal birth many woman explore ways of inducing labour naturally in order to avoid medical induction and its associated risks. Find out more ...

Doctors and Midwives Make Mistakes

Doctors and Midwives Make Mistakes

While the video 'Doctors make mistakes' is not aimed directly at midwives - it is certainly a video that is very relevant to all midwives. Mistakes are not something that midwives are immune to. Dr Brian Goldman talks about his personal experience with making mistakes in medicine and the silence of errors in medicine.  Find out more ...

Understanding Fertility and Infertility

Understanding Fertility and Infertility

Many of us take our fertility for granted. We presume that one day when we choose to we will be able to have a baby. We envisage one or two months of pleasurable ‘trying’ before pregnancy is achieved. This is not an unreasonable expectation considering the considerable lengths many of us go to in order to prevent pregnancy. Find out more ...

How to prevent diabetes during pregnancy?

How to prevent diabetes during pregnancy?

Forum thread: One of our forum members posted the following question "I know once you are pregnant, you are at risk of increasing your sugar levels. But how do we prevent diabetes when you are pregnant? Does it have any implications on child birth?" Find out what our forum members and health professionals had to say.  Find out more ...

Rebozos have arrived

Rebozos have arrived

Our gorgeous range of handmade woven rebozos have just arrived. A Rebozo is a traditional Mexican Shawl, which is long enough to wrap around a woman's body and can be used in pregnancy and labour by midwives, doulas and support people to encourage the baby into an optional position and to provide the woman comfort. Find out more ...

What are the implications of an increasing caesarean section rate for maternal and perinatal health?

What are the implications of an increasing caesarean section rate for maternal and perinatal health?

We have a dilemma when we consider the evidence available regarding caesarean section. Here we have a group of people closely gathered around a pothole created by a leaking pipe, considering wisely the causes and solutions – believing they are in fact examining the Grand Canyon.  Find out more ...

Breastfeeding as Contraception

Breastfeeding as Contraception

Fully breastfeeding and having a regular menstrual cycle does not necessarily prevent ovulation. Ovulation can be suppressed if you are fully breastfeeding, your baby is younger than six months and you co-sleep with your baby so that your baby is with you all night long and able to easily breastfeed when they want to eat or suckle to pacify. Find out more ...

Understanding IVF

Understanding IVF

Since Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, was born in England in 1978 it is estimated that over a million babies have been born worldwide using some form of assisted reproductive technology. Find out more ...

Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block

Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block

Book review by Hannah Dahlen
Pushed is a voyage of discovery into why and how childbirth has become so medicalised in the USA. The book is filled with stories, interviews and observations. These have been woven into an explanation of why women are handing their bodies over when it comes to childbirth. Find out more ...

Herpes and Pregnancy

Herpes and Pregnancy

Genital herpes is an extremely common disease with one in eight Australians carrying the virus. There is a lot of misinformation in the community about genital herpes and this means the psychological impact of the disease often outweighs the physical effects. Find out more ...

Itchy Tummy in Pregnancy

Itchy Tummy in Pregnancy

Forum thread highlight: If a woman is finding that she has an itchy tummy in pregnancy this is because because the skin is stretching. The woman may may want to try rubbing oil into her belly each day as this can help to moisturise the skin, reduce stretch marks and the discomfort of itching. Coconut oil is good, as is almond oil and olive oi  Find out more ...

New Section on Baby health

New Section on Baby health

Your much-cherished baby has arrived and you want to ensure nothing but the best for them and their life ahead. Keeping in mind that knowledge is power, this section on baby health offers articles to assist you in making informed decisions to support your baby’s current and future health and well being.  Find out more ...

Psychologist - Pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal counselling

Psychologist - Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postnatal Counselling

Women react to the news of pregnancy and the experience of childbirth and early parenting in different ways.They seek help for a variety of reasons including making decisions and exploring possible options about a current pregnancy, coming to terms with unexpected outcomes and treatment of diagnosed pre/post natal anxiety, PTSD and depression. Rhona Barker psychologist has commenced practising at the PBB Health Centre  Find out more ...

Placentophagy

The Bella Birth of Xander Blake Bromwich

VBAC birth story of Xander Blake Bromwich - The sensations grew in intensity and I was breathing deep in through the nose and moaning long deep moans. Occasionally I would say “open” as I exhaled. Jaymes and Amelia dripped warm water down my back with a face washer, patted my face with a cool damp washer, hugged me and held my hands Find out more ...

Placentophagy

Placentophagy

Placentophagy, consumption of one’s own placenta, is undergoing a small revival in Western culture. Numerous benefits to maternal health and wellbeing have be purported by placentophagy. These include specific hormones and nutrients which may be derived from ingestion, benefits for nutrition, the prevention of postnatal depression and increased lactation. Find out more ...

Stretch Marks due to Pregnancy

Stretch Marks due to Pregnancy

A member on PBB's forum recently asked about Stretch Marks during pregnancy - what causes them and if there are ways to help prevent them. Join in on the discussion, or read what our forum members had to say. Find out more ...

Contraception Choices

Contraception Choices

Contraception can help prevent pregnancy occurring; either by stopping the release of this egg, preventing the fertilised egg implanting in the uterus or preventing the sperm reaching the egg. There are several contraceptive methods that work by combining these preventative strategies. Find out more ...

Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening

Newborn screening is offered to all newborn babies born in Australia. This screen involves pricking your baby’s heel between 48 and 72 hours following birth and putting this blood on a little white card made of special filter paper. The newborn screening test can detect a number of serious genetic disorders. Find out more ...

PBB Health Centre video interview

PBB Health Centre video interview

PBB Health Centre is unique in the Parramatta local government area providing general practice, midwifery, nursing and allied health services. On the 2nd November this video about our unique model for a medical practice was featured at the Wentwest conference. Find out more ...

Help for Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Help for Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Up to 80% of women experience nausea in pregnancy. Just over 50% of pregnant women experience vomiting. Known as ‘morning sickness’ the nausea or vomiting can occur at any time of the day. The exact cause of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy remains a mystery. Research indicates that there may be a link to changing levels hormones in early pregnancy. Find out more ...

Twins Pregnancy

Twins Pregnancy

Check out our Twins Pregnancy part of our forum. Find out lots of information about twin pregnancy and triplet pregnancy. Gain support on our forum and share your experience with others Find out more ...

Stand and deliver! Everything you need to know about birth positions

Stand and deliver! Everything you need to know about birth positions

When it comes to childbirth most midwives will tell you it’s not something you can do lying down, yet this is exactly how many women still give birth in Australia. Changing positions during labour and birth changes the shape and size of the pelvis, helping the baby to move through the birth canal. Find out more ...

Designing a birth plan

Designing a birth plan

A birth plan is a way of communicating your wishes to those who will care for you during labour. It helps you to think about the kind of labour and birth you would like to have, and what you particularly want to avoid. A birth plan most importantly, enables you to communicate your wishes clearly to your care providers Find out more ...

Report review: Why the birth after caesarean randomised control trial is good news for VBAC

Report review: Why the birth after caesarean randomised control trial is good news for VBAC

In March this year, the results of the controversial Birth After Caesarean Randomised Control Trial were finally published. Thea re are no big surprises in this report, but there are many questions that remain to be answered. Find out more ...

Early Childhood Services

Birth Ball

The Birth Ball with pump is great for use in Pregnancy and Labour. It is useful during pregnancy for relief from back pain and discomfort, for optimal foetal positioning, prenatal exercises. Use your Birth Ball in labour to help to cope with contractions, for relaxation, and for progressing labour and and active birth positions. Find out more ...

Sleep strategies for a 4 year old

Sleep strategies for a 4 year old

A member on PBB's forum recently asked "How do I get my 4 year old to fall asleep in her bed at night and not on the couch?" Join in on the discussion, or read what our forum members had to say. Find out more ...

Vaginal Breech Birth in Australia

Vaginal Breech Birth in Australia

If you have recently learned that your baby is presenting breech (when the buttocks or the feet are at the bottom of the uterus rather than the head), you are likely to be feeling upset and confused. first hand experience of the 'breech situation', having learned in the 32nd week of her first pregnancy that her baby was breech. She was new to Australia and had already established that her own understanding about the best way to approach childbirth conflicted with the highly medicalised system here. Find out more ...

Vaginal Birth after Multiple Caesareans

Vaginal Birth after Multiple Caesareans

One of the recent discussions on PBB's forum talks about Vaginal Birth after Multiple Caesareans (VBAMC). One member shares her experiences of VBAMC with us. Join in on the discussion, or read what our forum members had to say. Find out more ...

Granny Smith – Not just about apples

Granny Smith – Not just about apples

The original Granny Smith was in fact more famous in her lifetime for being the local midwife than she was for her now internationally acclaimed green apples. Over 200 years ago starting life with a midwife was considered the only option for women, now we fight to have it considered as “an” option. Find out more ...

Early Childhood Services

Early Childhood Services

The PBB Health Centre offers drop-in early childhood clinics, on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week, staffed by two registered nurses with midwifery qualifications. Our drop-in clinics provide the opportunity for regular check-ups which track your baby’s growth and development and assist in the early identification of issues. Find out more ...

Birth information

Birth information

From the first twinge to birth of the placenta, this section on birth information explores what to expect during each of the three phases of labour. In addition we offer information on pain relief during labour, medical interventions and their potential effects, and the impact of birth trauma on the lives and emotions of women and their babies. Find out more ...

Pregnancy with Triplets

Pregnancy with Triplets Video

While many of us may have encountered a friend, a family member or even a stranger carrying twins, triplet pregnancies are substantially rarer. This touching video, encapsulating 35.1 weeks of pregnancy in three minutes, shows the phenomenal adaptability of one woman’s body as her triplet sons grow inside her. Find out more ...

Forum discussion: Preparing for Breastfeeding

Forum discussion: Preparing for Breastfeeding

One of the recent discussions on PBB's forum centres around preparing for breastfeeding. One member asks "Should I do anything to prepare my body?" Join in on the discussion, or read what our forum members had to say. Find out more ...

Pregnancy with Twins Video

Pregnancy with Twins Video

An amazing transformation occurs in a twins pregnancy. This fantastic video, encapsulating 38 weeks of pregnancy in two minutes, shows just how phenomenal those changes are. Whether pregnant with twins, taking a walk down memory lane or just plain curious, please enjoy this short video clip. Find out more ...

The homebirth of Archie McGuire Wolfe

The homebirth of Archie McGuire Wolfe

My greatest achievements in life have been my 9 gorgeous children, each of the journeys that delivered them to me has been unique. I am incredibly proud of myself & feel that I can achieve anything - I birthed a 12lb 4oz(5.56kg) baby at home after a 22hr labour, without drugs & without tearing (thanks to the magical birth pool) after 4 previous c/sections. Find out more ...

Eligible Midwifery

Eligible Midwifery

An eligible midwife is a midwife who has been endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) after meeting certain standards. This endorsement of eligibility enables the midwife to apply for a Medicare provider number and to prescribe a range of medications, once an approved course on prescribing is successfully completed. Find out more ...

Relactation

Relactation

Relactating my son has been by far one of the most difficult experiences in my life. It has also been the most empowering, meaningful thing I may have ever done. I hope my story will inspire more women who've been discouraged to connect with the strength within them and travel this journey. This is what our bodies were made for! Find out more ...

 Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Newborn hearing screening programs involve testing your baby’s hearing in the first few days to few weeks after the birth, depending on where the baby is born. When babies are found to have a possible hearing impairment they can be referred for further investigation and follow up.  Find out more ...

 My birth story of Lucas

My birth story of Lucas

I’ll never forget what an awesome experience my vba2c was, I'd repeat it 100 times if I could. I had previously done my research and realised I could do it. I started to attend a vbac group many months prior and met some awesome women that made me feel normal, that it was ok to grieve over having a C-section. They provided so much information and helped me decide how I was going to birth. Find out more ...

Caesareans linked to increased infertility

Caesareans linked to increased infertility

A study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics (2002) found that three times more first time mothers who had a caesarean section suffered long-term infertility problems than women who had experienced a vaginal birth. Find out more ...

Prenatal Yoga Classes

Prenatal Yoga Classes

We are excited to announce that Prenatal Yoga Classes will be commencing at the PBB Health Centre from November. Jan Baxter will running a 6 week prenatal yoga course on Tuesday evenings. Find out more ...

The Life of a Midwife

The Life of a Midwife

Nine year old Lia talks about the life of a midwife. "When I grow up I want to be a midwife because I want to see the smile of a woman that has just given birth to a child and to see the happiness that the baby brings" Find out more ...

 Homebirths or births at home: It’s simply not the same thing

Homebirths or births at home: It’s simply not the same thing

Intervention rates during childbirth in hospital have skyrocketed over the past ten years in Australia, leaving many women traumatised and fearful. A first time mother in Australia now has a greater chance of having surgical intervention during her birth than of not having it. Find out more ...

Managing PMS

Managing PMS

A thread on PBB's forum this week discusses managing PMS. PMS is caused by a hormonal imbalance and there are ways to help to balance your hormones again. Join the discussion to find out more ...

Birth Journeys: Positive birth stories to encourage and inspire

Birth Journeys: Positive birth stories to encourage and inspire

Much of our pre-existing knowledge about birth comes from the stories we have been exposed to from the time we were children. Sadly, these stories are rarely positive stories. Women are often told horror stories about birth as soon as they become pregnant, if not before. Find out more ...

Why Choose a Midwife?

Why Choose a Midwife?

When my sister became pregnant, she chose midwifery care and a whole new world was opened to me. She educated me on the birth process and how amazing a woman’s body is and most importantly made me realise that I had choices when my time came. Find out more ...

Hormonal imbalance & ability to conceive

Hormonal Imbalance and Ability to Conceive

One of the discussions on PBB's forum this week centres around hormonal imbalance and ability to conceive. One forum member asked "I've been diagnosed to have hormonal imbalance and was prescribed with contraceptive pills around 2 years ago. I've stopped the pills after 6 months of taking. However, my cycle is still irregular... Would hormonal imbalance lessen the chance of conceiving?" Read what our forum members had to say. Find out more ...

 How to Pack Up a Birth Pool

How to Pack Up a Birth Pool

You’ve had your baby – Congratulations! And whether a water or land birth the birth pool was invaluable – Terrific! Now to the next question …. How to pack up a birth pool! This article is designed to assist you in navigating your way through emptying, cleaning, deflating and storing your birth pool. Find out more ...

Midwifery and Medicare

Midwifery and Medicare

The determination of Medicare eligibility for private practice midwifery services has both strengths and weaknesses. While it offers, for the first time in Australia, the opportunity for women choosing private-midwifery to receive at least some governmental support, the requirements placed on Midwives wishing to offer Medicare rebates are large. Find out more ...

 Spacing pregnancies is a good thing?

Spacing pregnancies is a good thing

New research published this year indicates that there may be an optimal time between pregnancies. The research found that pregnancies that were spaced less than 18 months apart or more than 59 months (5 years and nine months) apart carried a greater risk of the baby being born being small or, preterm. Find out more ...

 When the ‘change of life’ comes too early

When the ‘change of life’ comes too early

Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and therefore fertility for women. It is a normal and natural event that occurs in most women’s lives between the ages of 40 and 58, with the average age being around 51 years of age. In some women menopause occurs early, before the age of forty. This is called ‘early menopause’. Find out more ...

midwifery articles

Midwifery Articles

PBB's website has a new section for midwifery articles. Whether you are a private-practicing, hospital-based or student midwife, this section of our site aims to provide you with an informative source of midwifery articles, addressing current issues and topics of interest to the profession.  Find out more ...

Why does it matter where and how women give birth?

Why does it matter where and how women give birth?

After 2 so-called emergency caesareans at one of Sydney’s premier private hospitals, I had a baby who weighed more than 4 kgs, naturally, and without intervention, with the help and exceptional care of my private midwives.  In obstetric parlance, I am now known as a successful VBAC2.  I defied the odds given to me by a number of doubting obstetricians just months before. Find out more ...

Postnatal Visits

Postnatal Visits

Pregnancy Birth and Beyond offers postnatal care to mothers and babies, either in the comfort of their home or at the well-appointed PBB Health Centre. This service is ideal for women who leave hospital within a few days of their baby's birth, or for women who are experiencing difficulties. Find out more ...

Along came Ava

Along came Ava

In 2007, pregnant for the first time, I knew I wanted one thing: continuity of care. Based on the experiences of those around me, I had formed the opinion that birth was a medical event. Therefore I had determined that the only option for us was to find a private obstetrician to ensure continuity of care and that ever-so-important medical expertise. I wish that back then someone would have told me that the decisions you make for your first birth will affect you for the rest of your life. Find out more ...

Swept away!

Swept away!

Going overdue is never easy but going so overdue that you have to be induced can be traumatic for women. There is no doubt that nature is the best midwife when it comes to labour, and induction comes with its own risks. Find out more ...

 Getting serious about Folic Acid

Getting serious about Folic Acid

Folic Acid is a Vitamin from the B group that is needed for healthy growth and development. While everyone needs Folic Acid it is especially important for women of childbearing age, particularly those planning a pregnancy. Folic Acid enables the healthy development of babies in early pregnancy and significantly reduces the risk of certain abnormalities called neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Find out more ...

 Ouch that hurts! Coping with the pain of labour

Ouch that hurts! Coping with the pain of labour

Giving birth is about more than just the physical act of giving birth, it involves our minds, our hearts and our bodies. Giving birth is about more than just the physical act of giving birth, it involves our minds, our hearts and our bodies. Pain in labour is a very complex combination of physical and psychological factors. Labour pain comes from the uterus, cervix, pelvic joints and ligaments. Find out more ...

 How to Find a Midwife

How to Find a Midwife

Perhaps you knew from the start that you wanted your own midwife. Perhaps it has been a long process of weighing pros and cons. But one way or another you have decided that having your own midwife is a priority for your pregnancy care and the birth of your baby. You have made a great choice! However one not so simple question remains - how to find a midwife? Find out more ...

Childbirth and the Law Forum

Childbirth and the Law Forum

12 October 2012 from 2pm-7pm In Parramatta NSW.
Who decides how and where a baby is born? Who bears the risks of childbirth? What role do midwives and doctors have in protecting the unborn baby? What legal rights do women have to choose how they give birth? How can we create the best maternity care system possible for Australian women and babies across all settings - hospital, birth centre and home?  Find out more ...

Midwifery Links

Midwifery Links

The following links and contacts may be useful if you wish to learn more about private midwifery, or seek the services of a private midwife in your area..  Find out more ...

How to Set Up a Birth Pool

How to Set Up a Birth Pool

You’re pregnant – Congratulations! And you’ve decided on a waterbirth – Terrific! Now to the next question …. how to set up a birth pool! This article is designed to assist you in navigating your way through selecting, erecting, using and ultimately packing away your birth pool.
Find out more ...

Antenatal Shared Care

Antenatal Shared Care

Antenatal Shared Care is a program that gives women with low-risk pregnancies the choice of having most of their antenatal care provided by a Private Practising Midwife, unless there is a concern for you or your baby. Find out more ...

Breast Pump Hire

Breast Pump Hire

Ameda Elite Hospital Grade Breast Pumps are available from Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond to mothers for short or long term hire. Each mother needs to purchase her own new personal milk collection kit to use with the hired pump. The cost of these kits will vary depending upon the type of kit purchased - see range of milk collection kits.  Find out more ...

The determination governing collaboration for private practice midwives has changed – It’s about time

The determination governing collaboration for private practice midwives has changed – It’s about time

The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) congratulates the Australian Health Ministers on the excellent and timely recommendations coming out of the Standing Council on Health (SCoH) regarding privately practising midwives. Find out more

The History of Waterbirth

The History of Waterbirth

To the untrained eye, those offering opinions on the safety and value of waterbirth might be seen to be debating a relatively new and radical practice. While it is easy to assume that as land bound mammals, land is where we are intended to birth, this simplistic notion overlooks a number of key biological facts.  Find out more ...

Pregnancy Art

Pregnancy Art

At Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond we have selected products that you can use to commemorate your pregnant belly in pregnancy. Create a 3D belly cast or mask in your home in just 30 minutes using our easy, all-natural kit. Or create a work of art on your pregnant belly using our pregnancy belly painting kit or temporary tummy tattoos! Use our Pregnancy Henna Kits to make beautiful designs on your pregnant belly. All products are ideal for use at a blessing way.  Find out more ...

Prevention of hip dysplasia

Prevention of hip dysplasia

Some types of baby carriers and other equipment may interfere with healthy hip positioning. These devices could inadvertently place hips in an unhealthy position, especially when used for extended periods of time.  Find out more ...

Emotional Wellbeing of Mums

Emotional Wellbeing of Mums

By Melanie Strang
As a mum of 2 young children I try to not only look after myself physically (healthy diet and exercise) but I try also to nurture my emotional wellbeing- this takes time and effort, just like scheduling in some exercise or preparing a healthy meal. Here are my top 5 favourite tips to help care for mum’s emotional wellbeing: Find out more

Five tips for managing your expectations of motherhood

Five tips for managing your expectations of motherhood

It is common for mums to struggle with coming to terms with what they planned versus what reality serves up. Here are five great tips to help you manage your expectations.  Find out more ...

Thalassaemia

Thalassaemia

Thalassaemia is the most common inherited blood disorder in the world and it affects the production of haemoglobin, resulting in severe anaemia in those affected. The red blood cells of a person with Thalassaemia only survive a few weeks instead of four months so they require ongoing blood transfusions and treatments to remove the excess iron from their blood. The disorder is passed from parent to child.  Find out more ...

The ideal birth support person

New Westmead Hospital Midwifery Antenatal Shared Care Program

Westmead Hospital has recently approved a new Antenatal Shared Care Program. Based on evidence illustrating the benefits to both mother and baby of continuity of care, Antenatal Shared Care programs offer women with low-risk pregnancies, the choice of having all of their antenatal care provided by a Private Practising Midwife.  Find out more ...

Angels and Lamb Chops

Angels and Lamb Chops by Rev. Vicki Marriner

In this moving and thought provoking book Rev. Vicki Marriner recounts the events that led to the premature birth of her twin girls, the loss of one and her life afterwards. Taking us on the journey that led her to enlightenment, Rev. Vicki explores the questions that plague the minds of most parents who have lost a child.  Find out more ...

ACM Media Release: Midwifery Care

ACM Media Release: Midwifery Care

Australian study shows continuity of midwifery care reduces caesarean section rates during childbirth, increases satisfaction with birth for women and leads to better health outcomes for babies. Find out more
Birth: The surprising history of how we are born

Birth: The surprising history of how we are born - by Tina Cassidy

Tina Cassidy, a former Boston Globe reporter and editor, has taken a refreshingly new approach to an old and much written story – the history of childbirth. From pre-history to modern day times, this book is an amazing read. Cassidy combines sociology, anthropology, archeology, evolution and history together in a delightfully informative concoction.  Find out more ...

Incontinence- The silent epidemic

Incontinence- The silent epidemic

For many women urinary incontinence is a clear problem without a clear cause, or solution. The fact that one in three women who have ever had a baby wet themselves indicates the extent of this problem. Urinary incontinence is distressing and embarrassing and can impact significantly on women’s lives.  Find out more ...

The ideal birth support person

The ideal birth support person: everything you always wanted to know

Most people have one, sometimes it’s the father of the baby, sometimes it’s the mother of the mother, other times the relationship is unexpected, such as an ex-partner, a brother, a mother-in-law or even a friendly sperm donor! Whoever it is that you choose for your support person, know this; they can make a huge difference to what happens during your labour and birth.  Find out more ...

Tammy's Birth Story

Tammy's Birth Story - Induction in Hospital

For me labour was definitely not what I was expecting. In the weeks leading up I did what most expectant mothers did, I read every source I could on labour and birth so I could be as prepared as possible. My husband had a fairly good idea of when the baby was conceived so I naturally thought I would be into labour right on schedule. Find out more
5 Great Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family

5 Great Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family

Here are a few ideas to help you break free of the same old routine and engineer some new fun and excitement with your spouse and kids.
Find out more ...

The homebirth of Miss Maggie Rose

The homebirth of Miss Maggie Rose

Looking back I had prodomal labour for at least a week prior to her birth. After numerous false starts, especially in the evenings ... it was all starting to wear very thin. On the 16th May when I was 40 weeks 3 days I had a stretch and sweep where I was already 3-4cm & 50% effaced with a posterior cervix and could be stretched to 5cm. Find out more ...

Midwives at Sydney and Beyond

Pregnancy complications with twins

Women having twins are more likely to suffer certain pregnancy complications than women have only one baby. Hannah Dahlen discusses the complications that may arise during a pregnancy with twins; including preterm labour, high blood pressure and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.  Find out more ...

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Midwifery Courses

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Midwifery Courses

Across Australia Universities offer courses that lead to registration as a midwife. Midwifery courses include direct entry Bachelor of Midwifery or double degrees of Bachelor of Midwifery and Bachelor of Nursing. For Registered Nurses post graduation course options are available. It can be difficult to find out about midwifery courses so we've compiled an updated list of undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery courses in one easy place.
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Postnatal Depression

Postnatal Depression

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond's forum is a great place to find support. One forum member posted a question on 'Postnatal Depression" and found lots of information and help at hand. The term 'post partum' means 'after giving birth'. So 'post partum depression' refers to depression after giving birth (also called 'postnatal depression'). Find out more
Head Held High

Head held high!

My pregnancy went incredibly well, with very few ailments or illnesses along the way. Our biggest challenge occurred when Ali palpitated me at week 34 and said she suspected Baby was breech. I truly couldn't believe it, as i knew what this meant (caesarean at 39 weeks) and felt my dream for a natural vaginal birth slipping away.  Find out more ...

Protein matters in pregnancy and lactation

Protein Matters in Pregnancy and Lactation

Protein is an essential macro-nutrient (from the protein, fat and carbohydrate family) needed for optimum health. Protein matters in pregnancy and lactation. Made up of amino acids, protein forms the building blocks of your body cells and your baby’s body cells. Find out more ...

Twin Breech Birth Story

Twin Breech Birth Story

For an unplanned pregnancy, we were certainly surprised when we discovered two little beings on the first ultrasound. We had initially planned a homebirth, with our midwife Jane Palmer who had supported us at our daughter's birth at home one year ago. However due to the increased risks associated with twins, we decided to opt for a hospital birth. Find out more ...

How to prevent diabetes during pregnancy?

How to prevent diabetes during pregnancy?

An interesting discussion has started on how to prevent diabetes in pregnancy on PBB's forum. Diabetes in pregnancy is on the rise and there are ways to help prevent it occurring in pregnancy. Join in the discussion and learn more about how to stay healthy in pregnancy and beyond. Find out more ...

How I Prepared for Birth After My Unplanned Caesarean

How I Prepared for Birth After My Unplanned Caesarean

My work as a doula started only after I had experienced the birth of my second child Bailey, which was a natural vaginal birth into water. The birth of my first child Karl was by caesarean section after a cascade of interventions in my attempt to have a normal vaginal breech birth. Becoming a busy mother did not afford me much time to stop and think back on whether I was happy with how it all ended! Find out more ...

Pregnancy and Birth Story

Pregnancy and Birth Story

Relaxed, calm child birth... surely after having a child before and thinking I knew what I was in for, means I could be ready for it, and be able to have that...apparently, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. My first birth was reasonably short at 7.5 hours and not induced, but my daughter was early and quite small so I assumed I would have at least as much time this go around. Find out more ...

Pregnancy Workout Guide

Pregnancy Workout Guide

The following pregnancy workout guide is an exert from the latest edition of Pregnancy For Dummies. No matter what your particular exercise regimen may be, keep in mind the basic rules for working out during pregnancy. The following is a list of things to consider when keeping up activities as your baby grows larger and larger. Find out more ...

What to Eat in Pregnancy

Pregnancy Tests

One of the discussions on PBB's forum this week centres around pregnancy tests. One forum member asked "How do you decide when to take a pregnancy test? I am not sure about pregnancy tests and I would like to know your tips and recommendations." Read what our forum members had to say. Find out more ...

Coconuts: Tropical Miracle Food

Coconuts: Tropical Miracle Food

Did you know that the composition of mineral nutrients in coconut water is almost exactly that of human blood plasma? It was used by doctors intravenously in war time for transfusions when blood products were scarce. It has also been used extensively in treating cholera, dysentery and influenza where dehydration is a major risk. Coconut water is far superior to most sports drinks as a complete electrolyte balancer. Find out more ...

Face of Birth Premier

Face of Birth Premier

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond's Red Carpet Premiere of The Face of Birth in Sydney at Event Cinemas, Parramatta was a wonderful success. Check out the reviews, video and pictures from the night. One reviewer said "Amazing film! I felt lucky to be there among so many women and men passionate about women's choice in birth." Find out more ...

Pregnancy Testing

Pregnancy Testing

These days, you don’t need to wait to see your midwife or doctor to find out whether you’re pregnant. Instead, you can opt for self-testing. Home tests are urine tests that usually simply give a positive or negative result. Your midwife or doctor, on the other hand, may perform either a urine test similar to the one you can take at home or a blood test to find out whether you’re pregnant. Find out more ...

Pregnancy For Dummies

Pregnancy For Dummies 3rd Edition

New release - Your complete guide to having a healthy, happy pregnancy. This updated and expanded third edition of Pregnancy For Dummies offers mothers-to-be practical advice and expert guidance on every stage of their pregnancy — and beyond! Understand what's happening with your baby and your body, and be guided through what to expect from labour, birth and becoming a new parent. Find out more ...

What to Eat in Pregnancy

What to Eat in Pregnancy?

What to eat in pregnancy is a new popular thread on PBB's forum. Come visit us and join in the conversation. Learn how to provide your growing baby all the nutrients it needs to develop properly and ask questions on what to eat in pregnancy.  Find out more ...

Baby Ink

Baby Ink

Baby Ink is an inkless printing kit, boasting an easy wipe, press, no mess system. Our inkless kits offer a beautiful baby blue, baby pink and black colour foot or hand printing system. Baby Ink is the first of its kind with breakthrough colour technology. Why not create a life long keepsake with one of our kits. Find out more ...

Fifteen with Twins

Fifteen with Twins

This is my birth story: Fifteen with twins. It was the night of my year 10 formal. I went with my boyfriend, Cameron, of 3 years. We had a really good and fun night and decided to sleep together later that night. Around Christmas/New Year time I started to feel quite sick. I had missed a period but didn't think much of it since it was still quite new to me and the have odd times. Find out more ...

Older Mothers: the good, the bad and the ugly!

Older Mothers: the good, the bad and the ugly!

As an older mother myself, having just given birth to a baby girl eight weeks before I turned forty, I find myself sensitive to all the expert opinion on the subject. During my pregnancy some of the comments I received made me wonder if I should just book into a retirement home at the same time I booked in for my antenatal care. I even considered the ultimate defence, lying about my age but this was made difficult when my seven-year-old daughter kept telling everyone about my impending, rather significant birthday. Find out more ...

Induction of labour against my wishes

Induction of labour against my wishes

I was induced much to my disapproval and disappointment, but I felt bulled into following doctors orders. I had gestational diabetes which was diet controlled. They said my baby was macrosomic and they did not want me to go past 40 weeks and 2 days.  Find out more ...

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

On a cold wet day in the Isle of Skye in 2008, I picked up the book, Call the Midwife. A woman browsing the shelves near by, saw it in my hands and said, “oh no! Not that book.” She proceeded to tell me how her sister-in law did not talk to her family for an entire week while reading it, as she found it so gripping. With a title like Call the Midwife it was no wonder I had picked it up. Find out more ...

The Face of Birth DVDs

The Face of Birth DVDs available for preorder

Preorder your copies of the DVDs 'The Face of Birth', 'Birth Stories - Beyond the Face of Birth' and 'Meet the Experts - Beyond the Face of Birth' for a discounted price. All orders will be dispatched on the 12th of March 2012. The Face of Birth is a film about families that choose to give birth at home, the midwives and medical professionals who work with them, and a system that works against them. Find out more ...

Early Signs of Pregnancy

Fertility and Conception

Are you hoping to get pregnant soon? Why don't you check out PBBs forum where you can find out lots of information on how to maximise your chances of conceiving quickly and to get your pregnancy off to the healthiest possible start. Join in the discussion about falling pregnant with irregular periods, conception after 40, polycystic ovarian syndrome, maximising your chances of pregnancy and lots more. Join the discussion ...

The Successful VBA4C Birth of Jamie Wolfe

The Successful VBA4C Birth of Jamie Wolfe

An inspiring birth story has just been posted called 'The Successful VBA4C Birth of Jamie Wolfe'. The story starts "As a mother of 8 beautiful children, I have quite an extensive birth history. Before Jamie’s birth I had had 13 pregnancies - 3 vaginal births, 4 caesarean sections, 5 miscarriages & a successful VBA4C. Two of my caesarean sections were failed VBAC attempts."  Find out more ...

Turning a posterior baby in pregnancy is not so easy

Turning a posterior baby in pregnancy is not so easy

Midwives have traditionally encouraged women whose babies are lying in a posterior position (baby facing the mother’s back) to use a hands and knees position and pelvic rocking exercises during pregnancy to try and help rotate the baby into an anterior position (baby facing the mother’s front). Find out more ...

Nakula Organic Coconut Water

Nakula Organic Coconut Water

Nakula Organic Coconut Water is produced from the finest selection of organic coconut products sourced from the best farms in Asia. Nakulas Organic Coconut Water is a premium range product of the highest quality & is a certified organic product. Coconut water may help rehydrate you, very helpful if you have morning sickness. A percentage of Nakula profits are donated to assist disadvantaged communities in Asia. Find out more ...

Early Signs of Pregnancy

Early Signs of Pregnancy

This week our pregnancy, birth and parenting forum has been very busy - with lots of new members and new posts. Our post popular thread is 'early signs of pregnancy' in the pregnancy section of the forum. Why don't you check out the forum and informative threads. We welcome new members. Tell us what are the early signs of pregnancy that you've noticed. Join the discussion ...

The Pregnancy and Birth of Phoenix Jean

The Pregnancy and Birth of Phoenix Jean

Phoenix Jean Blanc was born at home on the 5th of March 2011 at 6.02am with the help two beautiful midwives, Jane Palmer and Melanie Jackson.. Phoenix’s birth story really starts many years ago with my first thoughts of home birth and then the arrival of my son Kai. After reading a couple of homebirth stories when I was in my late teens I had fleeting thoughts that I would like to experience it one day. Find out more ...

Birth announcements

Birth announcements

Our birth announcements page celebrates the birth of these special babies born under the guidance of Jane Palmer and her colleagues at Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond. We welcome these babies with love. As midwives we believe in women's innate ability to give birth guided by her body’s wisdom.  Find out more ...

Well Adjusted Babies

Well Adjusted Babies

Well Adjusted Babies is a unique guide for holistic parenting from pregnancy through to early childhood. Focussing on health-related issues and what Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani describes as "the variables that may affect your child's inherent potential". The most unique collation of cutting edge information and knowledge on holistic parenting all in the one book. Find out more ...

Would you try a waterbirth?

Would you try a Waterbirth?

Check out one of Pregnancy Birth and Beyond forum's new threads called "Would you try a Waterbirth?". Read the posts, join in the conversation, ask questions and share your experiences about water birth. Waterbirth is now widely available both in hospital and at home. Find out more ...

Hair Dye in Pregnancy

Hair Dye in Pregnancy

Among the myriad of questions pregnant woman ask, many ask about the safety of beauty treatments. And perhaps the beauty treatment that raises the most questions and controversy is the use of hair dye in pregnancy.  Find out more ...

Giving birth to twins

Giving Birth to Twins

Discovering you are carrying twins is often a moment of mixed emotions. Among the plethora of questions and thoughts swimming in your head in the early days after this discovery, no doubt you’ll start to wonder what it is like giving birth to twins.  Find out more ...

Pregnancy Forum

Pregnancy Forum

A little known jewel within Pregnancy Birth and Beyond's website is our forum. We have a growing community and would love for you to join. After introducing yourself why don't visit the most popular area of the forum - our "Pregnancy Forum". Look forward to meeting you there  Find out more ...

Cross Promotional Partners

Cross Promotional Partners

Pregnancy Birth and Beyond (PBB) invites applications from a range of collaborative industries to become a cross promotional partners. If you are a midwife, doctor, natural therapist, counsellor, osteopath, chiropractor, doula, massage therapist, childbirth educator, lactation consultant, physiotherapist, yoga teacher or any other associated industry we welcome you to apply. Find out more ...