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News in 2013

Pregnancy Birth and Beyond's news for 2013. 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.

December 2013

Breastfeeding and Tongue Tie

Forum: Breastfeeding and Tongue Tie

Forum: "Have you breastfed a baby with a tongue tie? There seems to be varying opinions among health professionals as to the impact that a tongue tie has on breastfeeding; I think it would be good to gather our experiences here to help support mums' of babies who have a tongue tie." Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

Day in the Life of an Independent Midwife

Day in the Life of an Independent Midwife

"The familiar jangle of the mobile at 3am woke me but not with a start as I had been expecting the call. I had received a text at 9.30pm giving me the heads up that things were happening. She was term plus 12 days and keen for labour to start, especially since it was a “super moon’ that night." This article by Sheryl Sidery tells the story of a day in the life of an independent midwife. Find out more...

PBB Health Centre: A Medical and Midwifery Centre

PBB Health Centre: A Medical and Midwifery Centre

"As business grew Pregnancy Birth and Beyond evolved in structure from a business name to an incorporated company in 2011. In March 2012 Jane decided to take a leap of faith and move her private midwifery practice and online business from her home and take over the lease of an operating medical centre in North Parramatta." This article by Jane Palmer tells the story of her business Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, and showcases her current centre. Find out more...

UnBreaking Birth

UnBreaking Birth

"Ryan McAllister is a parent, biophysicist and a research professor at Georgetown University. Ryan has for over 10 years studied maternity care. Ryan presents this YouTube video called “Unbreaking Birth”. This video is well worth watching." Check out the full video now! Find out more...

Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump

Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump

The Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump has many impressive innovative features to fully support your breastfeeding journey including 300mmHg suction, double pumping, massage mode to encourage fast letdown together with andjustable suction and cycle speed to best suit your body. Check out the entire Spectra range here!

The Co-Sleeping Debate and the Benefits of Infant-Parent Proximity

The Co-Sleeping Debate and the Benefits of Infant-Parent Proximity

"Many parents and parents-to-be love the idea of having their baby sleep close to them but have some fears around bed-sharing. So, what some of the benefits of close infant-parent proximity? What are some of the dangers that can be associated with bed-sharing? We also offer a solution that offers the best of both worlds." This article by Adam Devcich provides all information regarding co-sleeping and infant-parent proximity. Find out more...

The Pregnancy and Parenting Network

The Pregnancy and Parenting Network for 2014

The Pregnancy and Parenting Network are casual get togethers and provide the opportunity to talk about all sorts of issues in a safe, supportive and relaxing environment. Pregnancy, birth, parenting and breastfeeding issues are discussed. The dates for 2014 have just been uploaded. Mums, dads, friends and kids are all welcome! Find out more...

Exercise During Pregnancy Increases Infant Brain Development

Exercise During Pregnancy Increases Infant Brain Development

"The idea that exercising during pregnancy is good for women is not a new one. An abundance of research has shown that women who exercise regularly during pregnancy experience less in the way pregnancy discomforts, have a shortened active phase of labour, are less likely to need a forceps or caesarean delivery, and recover faster after birth." This article by Yvette Barton explains the benefits of exercising during pregnancy, especially its connection to infant brain development. Find out more...

My Birth Story

My Birth Story

"Firstly I will start by saying that I was not a maternal woman through my earlier life. I was not the person that ran to a newborn baby begging for a cuddle. I was the person that waited until the baby could hold its head up before I volunteered to hold it." This article by Hayley Sheen tells the incredible birth story of her second child. Find out more...

Pregnancy Changes Women's Feet

Pregnancy Changes Women's Feet

"A new study published in the March 2013 edition of the American Journal of Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine shows that pregnancy may permanently change a woman’s feet." This article by Oliver Fawcett explains changes to women's feet during pregnancy and provides some helpful ways to deal with these changes. Find out more...

Where Your Baby Sleeps and Breastfeeding

Forum: Where Your Baby Sleeps and Breastfeeding

Forum: "How do you feel where your baby sleeps (for naps and at night-time) affects your breastfeeding relationship? What are your experiences of breastfeeding in relation to where your baby sleeps at night? What sleeping location do you feel works well for a breastfed baby?" Get involved with the discussion on the relationship between where your baby sleeps and breastfeeding. Find out more...

November 2013

Best Way to Wash a Baby's Bottom

Best Way to Wash a Baby's Bottom

"Health professionals and midwives have long recommended using just plain cotton wool and cooled boiled water to wash a newborn baby’s delicate skin, yet so many common chemical ingredients found in wipes read more like a science encyclopedia." This article provides details on the best way to clean your baby's bottom. Find out more...

I'll Never Get Pregnant

I'll Never Get Pregnant

"Natalie stared down blankly at another negative strip of plastic, urine covered let down. Ten months and still nothing. She hardly expected to see a second line, but that didn’t dampen the hard slap in the face that it was every time she saw such faceless rejection." This story Ki Wolf tells an incredible story of 'Natalie's' pregnancy struggles and she dealt with and got past these issues. Find out more...

Pregnancy After 35

Pregnancy After 35

"Generally speaking you probably don’t have to go very far to find a woman who has given birth to a child after 35. The age at which women in Australia will have their first baby is increasing as many couple choose to achieve other goals first." This article by Yvette Barton gives all the facts and details on conception and pregnancy after 35. Find out more...

When You Have a New Baby Do Not Worry About...

Forum: When You Have a New Baby Do Not Worry About...

Forum: "I will parent naturally and joyfully. I will not parent out of fear. I wish I had understood this from the start. I wish I had known not to worry and to take each day as one adventurous, emotional, joyful, difficult day at a time. " Check out this forum for some great advice on what not to worry about when you have a new baby. Find out more...

Induced Lactation Adoptive Breastfeeding

Induced Lactation Adoptive Breastfeeding

"In order to breastfeed, don’t you first have to give birth to a baby? The truth is that while conventionally speaking pregnancy and breastfeeding are intrinsically linked, it is possible for a woman to develop a breast milk supply without ever having given birth, or long after she has done so." This article by Yvette Barton answers all commonly asked questions referring to adoptive breastfeeding. Find out more...

Perinatal Depression

Perinatal Depression

"This week, 17th - 23rd of November 2013, is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week. Perinatal may be an unfamiliar term for some people but it refers to the period from conception through to 12 months after the birth of a baby." This article by Rhona Barker brings awareness about Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week, as well as insight into Perinatal Depression and Anxiety. Find out more...

Natural Ways to Help with Nappy Rash

Forum: Natural Ways to Help with Nappy Rash

Forum: "At some point most babies suffer from nappy rash. This topic often comes up on our forum and members share their experiences at dealing with this rash; in this post I have gathered together some of the wonderful words of wisdom of our forum mums and dads." Check out this forum for some great tips for natural ways to help with nappy rash. Find out more...

Helping Young Mothers at Risk of Mental Illness

Helping Young Mothers at Risk of Mental Illness

Young mothers at risk of perinatal mental health issues will have instant access to expert advice following the launch today of a new mental health awareness online resource by the Minister for Mental Health, Kevin Humphries. Find out more...

Safe Baby Wearing

Safe Baby Wearing

"Baby wearing in some form of sling or another has been entrenched in the parenting practices of some cultures for centuries. In the western world we have been a little slower to get on the baby wearing bandwagon, but baby slings are now in common used by many parents." This article by Yvette Barton gives the best safety tips to wear your baby. Find out more...

Pregnancy and Exercise

Pregnancy and Exercise

"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." This article by Yvette Barton gives useful advice and tips for exercising whil pregnant. Find out more...

Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy

Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy

"You’ve discovered you’re pregnant again but you’re still breastfeeding your toddler. Does this mean you must wean your child? If you don’t are you putting your unborn child at risk? Will breastfeeding during pregnancy be more demanding on my body?" This article by Yvette Barton answers all the question regarding misconceptions about breastfeeding while pregnant. Find out more...

Tips for Tired New Parents

Forum: Tips for Tired New Parents

Forum: "You have a new baby. Your world has changed. It is never going back. You are now responsible for this tiny bundle. Often sleeping, sometimes watching, frequently feeding. You are tired, exhausted even. You can't think straight." Check out this forum for some great tips for tired new parents. Find out more...

Celebrating Breastfeeding

Forum: Celebrating Breastfeeding

Forum: "Imagine if mums who breastfed toddlers and older children only experienced encouraging smiles and welcoming attitudes. What if we felt confident to allow our children to take the lead with when they were ready to be weaned; free from the pressures of those around us. What would the health and developmental consequences be?" Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

Having Twins

Having Twins

"Alongside all the extra precautions advised for a twin pregnancy, there are benefits as well. Start with the moment your six month old twins face each other, grab each other's hands and lay on your chest for a nap. Sigh. That's true bliss." This article provides a motivating and uplifting way to look at having twins. Find out more...

October 2013

How to Weigh Your Baby

How to Weigh Your Baby

"As most parents know, consistent weight gain is a key sign that your baby is getting enough nourishment and developing well. Most babies lose some weight after birth but should regain that weight within 10 days, and then continue to gain an appropriate amount of weight each week/month." This article provides ways in which you can weigh your baby at home. Find out more...

Assisting the Non Latching Infant to Breastfeed

Assisting the Non Latching Infant to Breastfeed

"Not all newborn infants latch to the breast immediately after or in first few hours following birth. Factors such as the nature of the labour, mode of birth, the infants need for resuscitation and/or respiratory support soon after birth and prematurity may cause maternal infant separation and therefore interfere with the infants ability to latch to the breast and feed." This article by Michelle Simmons gives all the facts and details about assisting a non latching infant to breastfeed. Find out more...

Does Sex Induce Labour?

Does Sex Induce Labour?

"As any woman who has ever been overdue and anxious to get to the finish line will tell you – there are lots of ideas out there about how to bring on labour. There is the eating hot curries idea... But the question most likely to bring on either fits of giggles or extensive eye rolling is… does sex induce labour?" All the facts and details are in this article. Find out more...

What Position Did You Give Birth In?

Forum: What Position Did You Give Birth In?

Forum: "During active labour it is helpful to be in an upright position; moving around if you feel comfortable to do so. Indeed, a birthing pool can help a woman to move more freely and easily as the warm water comforts and surrounds her. Despite what the Hollywood films may tell us, giving birth whilst laying on our backs in a hospital bed is best avoided as gravity cannot help during the second stage of labour (the 'pushing stage')." Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

Are You Considering a Homebirth?

Forum: Are You Considering a Homebirth?

Forum: "The latest statistics show that more and more women are choosing to have a homebirth in Australia. For a pregnancy which is low risk, a homebirth can be a wonderful place to give birth." Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

Caffeine During Pregnancy

Caffeine During Pregnancy

"Many of us cannot imagine starting a day without a cup of tea or coffee and for some a can of cola or an afternoon cuppa is like a means to survival! Tea, coffee and cola all contain caffeine which is a stimulant and for many is what kick-starts them into their day and keeps them going." This article gives the facts and details on coffee and other drinks during pregnancy. Find out more...

Pregnancy Story - 17 and Pregnant

Pregnancy Story - 17 and Pregnant

"This is my story: My name is Angela and when I had just turned 17 I found out I was pregnant. I found out in January of 2010 and I was 7 weeks along. I took a home pregnancy test during winter break from school. I was a couple weeks late on my period and was feeling very sick all December. I asked my step sister to buy a test and it was positive." This article tells the story of Angela and her teenage pregnancy story. Find out more...

Hypnosis to Reduce Pain During Labour and Birth

Hypnosis to Reduce Pain During Labour and Birth

"Most women you encounter who have given birth vaginally will tell you… it hurts! However the way in which women describe labour pain varies. Some experience it as something akin to severe muscle pain like you might get if you over-exercised, for others it’s like really bad period pain." This article by Yvette Barton gives details on hypnosis during labour and birth as a way to reduce pain. Find out more...

Digital Baby Scale Hire

Digital Baby Scale Hire

You can now hire digital baby scales for short or long term use to accurately weigh you baby. The digital baby scale features a detachable tray for easy cleaning and portability. Infants can be weighed in the tray and toddlers on the platform. Find out more...

Forum: A Letter To My Pre-Breastfeeding Self

Forum: A Letter To My Pre-Breastfeeding Self

Forum: "Recently, a number of my close friends have given birth to their first child and started their breastfeeding journeys. This has got me thinking, and reminiscing, about the time following the birth of my first son nearly three years ago now. If I could send myself a message, perhaps late in pregnancy, about breastfeeding what would I say? What knowledge would I want to pass on to make those early days easier? Could I make those early days easier?" Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

Healthy Parents, Healthy Baby: A Guide to Conception & Pregnancy

Healthy Parents, Healthy Baby: A Guide to Conception & Pregnancy

Book Review: "In our health-conscious society, a fairly common question asked by couples trying to conceive is what they can do, health-wise, to maximise their chances. Beyond that there are also the questions about how best to ensure the health of their unborn baby. Healthy Parents, Healthy Baby: A Guide to Conception & Pregnancy by Jan Roberts has the answers." Find out more...

Are Birth Pools Beneficial in Labour?

Are Birth Pools Beneficial in Labour?

"The use of water in labour is a centuries-old practice for the human race. However today, many people are either unaware or sceptical of whether birth pools are beneficial in labour. The concept of using water in labour is a fairly simple one. If you are a bath-person you will understand because it is as simple as hoping into a warm bath after a long, hard day." This article provides information on whether birth pools are benficial in labour or not. Find out more...

Losing Temperance

Losing Temperance

"When you see an embryo, your embryo, on a screen in an embryology lab it can be hard to resist not falling in love with the hope that this tiny mass of cells offers. There it is. Your baby. And if it can just hold on long enough, you will hold him or her in your arms just 40 short weeks from now." This article by Yvette Barton provides a touching story of a miscarriage and how she got through those tough times. Find out more...

September 2013

Helping Labour to Start Naturally

Forum: Helping Labour to Start Naturally

Forum: "Here on the Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond forum we often help to support mums who are 'overdue'. You may find it useful to bear in mind that your due date is an estimation based on the fact that an average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. However, we are all unique and so are our babies. Babies do not come according to schedules, calendars or average calculations! Babies come when they are ready." Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

Preparing for Breastfeeding

Preparing for Breastfeeding

"There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the natural way to nourish your baby. However, the early days are a learning period for both mother and baby. Preparing for breastfeeding while you are pregnant and seeking support once your baby is born can help to establish breastfeeding far more smoothly." This article provides insight into preparing yourself for breastfeeding during pregnancy. Find out more...

Preparing the Nursery

Preparing the Nursery

"Preparing a nursery for your baby can be one of your most exciting tasks in pregnancy. As you lovingly select and arrange furniture, clothes and other belongings, you deepen your bond with your baby. Creating a nursery creates space for your baby both in your home and in your heart." This articles explains the important things to consider when preparing a nursery for you baby. Find out more...

Supplements in Pregnancy

Supplements in Pregnancy

"In pregnancy a woman's body needs extra vitamins, minerals and nutrients to help her baby grow. In addition, the presence of some nutrients in good supply has been shown to reduce the risk of certain conditions in pregnancy." This article provides insight into what supplements should be taken during to pregnancy to help both you and your baby. Find out more...

The Home-Water-Lotus Birth of Lukas Singh Cheema

The Home-Water-Lotus Birth of Lukas Singh Cheema

"Verena and Bobby are excited to welcome their second son Lukas Singh Cheema into this wonderful world. He was born on Wednesday the 19th of June 2013 at 12.40pm through a natural home-lotus birth in water at 38 ½ weeks (49 cm and 2.9 kg). We are very thankful for this empowering birth experience and overjoyed to have Lukas, a very amazing, calm, alert and healthy child, in our lives." This article tells the heart-warming lotus birth of Lukas Singh Cheema. Find out more...

Risk of Haemorrhage is Higher in Hospital than Home

Risk of Haemorrhage is Higher in Hospital than Home

"The debate on which is better for birth – hospital or home – is one which often generates strong and emotive responses. On one side are campaigners demanding that baby’s lives are being put at risk ... On the other side we have campaigners demanding the right to choose their place of birth" Yvette Barton gives the facts and details on the risks and benefits of homebirth over hospital birth. Find out more...

Do Herbal Preparations Increase Breastmilk Supply?

Do Herbal Preparations Increase Breastmilk Supply?

"The health advantages of breastfeeding for both mothers and infants have been clinically proven. For infants breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and increases IQ, brain development and immunity to childhood illnesses. For mothers, breastfeeding significantly reduces the likelihood of developing breast cancer." Yvette Barton discusses the effects of herbal preparations on breastmilk supply Find out more...

Resuscitation Trolley with Basket for Size C Oxygen Cylinder

Resuscitation Trolley with Basket for Size C Oxygen Cylinder

This resuscitation trolley fits a size C oxygen cylinder. The side basket keeps your resuscitation equipment all in one place ready to grab in times of need. The wheels on the resuscitation trolley make moving your equipment easy. The resuscitation trolley with basket for size C oxygen cylinder is an ideal edition to your midwifery kit. Find out more...

Lactation Consultations

Lactation Consultations

Our Lactation Consultants guide you in the art of breastfeeding, assist you with parenting skills and provide ongoing support. Consultation includes taking a comprehensive history and assistance with any problems regarding breastfeeding or parenting. All consultations include follow up telephone call. If you are experiencing breastfeeding difficulties, require guidance on parenting, need to consult during pregnancy about breastfeeding support or are planning to return to work do not hesitate to contact us. Find out more...

The First Days as a Student Midwife on Placement in Birth Suite

The First Days as a Student Midwife on Placement in Birth Suite

"The day is here, my first day of placement, in a real hospital, on a real maternity ward – I have been anticipating this day, not just since being at University, but from beginning my path to becoming a midwife (my dream job)." Nikki Rossiter gives a first hand experience of her first day as a student midwife at a birthing suite. Find out more...

New Section: Student Midwife

New Section: Student Midwife

New Section: Congratulations on embarking on a career in midwifery. I am very passionate about supporting our up and coming midwives. Midwifery is a wonderful carer and it can be a wild ride as you complete your education and training as a student midwife. Having support, resources and knowledge can help you as you work towards becoming a midwife. I would like to develop this section of the website into hub of information and support for student midwives. Find out more...

Are there Consequences of Immediate versus Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping and Cutting at Birth

Are there Consequences of Immediate versus Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping and Cutting at Birth

"The most common surgical procedure in the world today – one that every human alive today has undergone – is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth. The need for clamping and cutting the cord is not in dispute but how soon after birth this should occur is now being questioned." Hannah Dalen gives the facts and details on immediate vs delayed cutting/clamping of the umbilical cord at birth. Find out more...

Forum: What Do You Love About Tandem Breastfeeding?

Forum: What Do You Love About Tandem Breastfeeding?

Forum Thread: "Tandem breastfeeding - breastfeeding two children at once - is another road that many of us happily travel on our breastfeeding journeys. It can be a time of immense bonding - not just between new baby and mum but also between toddler (the newly named 'big' brother or sister) and mum as well as baby and toddler. What are your experiences of tandem feeding? What have you loved abut feeding your children together?" Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

Diesel's Birth

Diesel's Birth

"I can still remember clearly the day my husband Pete and I found out we were pregnant. After eighteen months of trying to conceive, we were in shock when we saw the two lines on the pregnancy test. It was real!" This article by Amanda Kane tells the inspiring story of her personal homebirth experience. Find out more...

Beyond the

Beyond the "Homebirth Horror" Headlines

"A woman in Victoria, who had had two previous caesarean sections, researched her birthing options online when she next became pregnant and chose to have a homebirth based largely, the article states, on information found online that supported this option. Tragically, her baby died." This article by Karol Petrovska dispels the misleading information on homebirth. Find out more...

Midwifery Care has Better Outcomes for Mothers and Babies

Midwifery Care has Better Outcomes for Mothers and Babies

"While the ‘place’ of midwives in child birth might be hotly debated by some, one thing is for certain – midwives are an integral part of labour and birth for most women in many countries of the world. In Australia if you choose a hospital birth, whether through the public or private system, your labour will be largely managed by midwives." This article talks about how pregnancies with midwifery care have better overall results for both mothers and babies. Find out more...

Forum: Gentle Discipline - Your Stories

Forum: Gentle Discipline - Your Stories

Forum Thread: "As our babies grow, jump and leap into the toddler stage many of us start considering the question of discipline. What form of discipline is suitable for our children? If we follow a gentle parenting style then what does this mean in terms of how we teach our children what is right and wrong?" Get involved with this discussion now! Find out more...

August 2013

Thoughts on Mothering: The First Two Years

Thoughts on Mothering: The First Two Years

Broken down into simple sections of Birth to 3 months, 6 to 12 months, 1 to 2 years and 2+ years this article by Jane Palmer gives a detailed breakdown of mothering in the first two years of your child's life. Find out more...

Testing Times: Facing the Odds of a Less than Perfect Outcome

Testing Times: Facing the Odds of a Less than Perfect Outcome

"When faced with the news of my seventh pregnancy and eighth child, I was surprised but excited. I knew our work-load would increase, but I was still happy." This article tells the inspiring story of Justine Caines and the birth of her eighth child. Find out more...

Isambard's Birth Story

Isambard's Birth Story

"I knew this baby wanted to come to us fast, but I didn't expect to go into labour before forty weeks. I felt a trickle just as I was falling asleep about 1 am on Saturday 7th May, exactly thirty nine weeks! I found it really hard to get to sleep. Where are the contractions, if this is it? And what about being Group B Strep positive?" This inspiring homebirth story of Isambard, gives a deep insight into what goes through a mother's mind when giving birth. Find out more...

Forum: Blighted Ovums

Forum: Blighted Ovums

Forum Thread: A blighted ovum occurs when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus but doesn't develop into an embryo. Our forum thread focuses 'Blighted Ovums'. Come and get involved in the discussion on blighted ovums. Read other peoples views and share your experiences or thoughts on blighted ovums. Find out more...

Yiri's Bush Birth

Yiri's Bush Birth

"Country spoke to us and sent us the totems of the new teachers that would come into our lives during this new chapter. Country also began to speak about the learning journey that mother and new child would commence together. Country showed us a waterfall and gave us ochre to dance." Fleur Magick tells the incredible story of her baby, Yiri's bush birth. Find out more...

What is Genetic Counselling?

What is Genetic Counselling?

"Genetic counselling is a communication process, which aims to help individuals, couples and families understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, familial and reproductive implications of the genetic contribution to specific health conditions." This article by Dr Jon Hodgson provides the facts and details of genetic counselling and it's links to pregnancy. Find out more...

Gentle Caesarean Birth Plan for Triplets

Gentle Caesarean Birth Plan for Triplets

Amy Buteau has shared her gentle caesarean birth plan for her triplets. I would like to thank Amy for sharing her birth plan. This example of a birth plan may help you with writing your own birth plan. - Jane Palmer Find out more...

Jayden Singh Cheema

Jayden Singh Cheema

"Verena and Bobby are excited to welcome their first son Jayden Singh Cheema into this wonderful world. He was born on Thursday the 30th of June 2011 at 3:58 am through a natural home-lotus birth at 41 weeks (49 cm and 3 kg). We are very thankful for the guidance, calmness, support and wisdom we received from our midwife Rachele Meredith. Jayden is an amazing, grounded, alert and healthy child and we are so thankful, overjoyed and blessed to have him in our lives." This article tells the heart-warming lotus birth of Jayden Singh Cheema. Find out more...

So Called High Risk Birthing

So Called High Risk Birthing

"The important thing to remember about the so-called high risk situations (and there’s many more situations usually included in the list than the three here) is the role of fear. Fear clouds the mind, fear has us revert to basic survival instincts – fight or flight. Fear stops labour." This extensive article provides facts and details on VBAC, Breech Birth and Twins. Find out more...

Breastfeeding with Large Breasts

Breastfeeding with Large Breasts

"When it comes to breastfeeding, a good deal of criticism has fallen on the humble breast. Some believe that small breasted women will find breastfeeding next to impossible. Others consider breastfeeding with large breasts to be the true bugbear. The truth is that the size of your breasts has no bearing on how much milk you will produce or ease of breastfeeding." This article provides the facts and tips on breastfeeding with large breasts. Find out more...

Forum: Babywearing Research Shows Bonding Benefits

Forum: Babywearing Research Shows Bonding Benefits

Forum Thread: "Simple holding, without the skin-to-skin contact, was found to reduce crying, and the provisions of soft carriers led to mothers who were more responsive to their babies and to babies who were more securely attached." Get involved with the forum discussion now! Find out more...

Relaxation During Pregnancy

Relaxation During Pregnancy

"Relaxation during pregnancy has many benefits. It can help to relieve physical, emotional and psychological tension, assist in preparing mind and body for birth, and ultimately support better outcomes for mothers and babies." This article provides the facts and details on the benefits of relaxation during pregnancy. Find out more...

July 2013

What Do You Love About Tandem Breastfeeding?

Forum: What Do You Love About Tandem Breastfeeding?

Forum Thread: Tandem breastfeeding - breastfeeding two children at once - is another road that many of us happily travel on our breastfeeding journeys. It can be a time of immense bonding - not just between new baby and mum but also between toddler (the newly named 'big' brother or sister) and mum as well as baby and toddler. Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

For Ethan

For Ethan

"I have always wanted to be a mother. As a child I played with the role, through my adolescence I dreamed of it, and as an adult I held it as my greatest goal. I had always known, or at least believed, that I would have a son. Fortune tellers in their droves had confirmed it, and neither my realisation that I was lesbian, nor a specialist telling me I was infertile, could shake my resolve. I would have a son and I would name him Ethan." Read this incredible and inspiring story by Yvette Barton. Find out more...

Publicly Funded Homebirth

Publicly Funded Homebirth

"In Australia Homebirth is a contentious issue. For many years now we have heard of the increased risk to babies and mothers of homebirth, and read stories of homebirth tragedy splashed on newspaper billboards. We have also seen reports of the protests of pro-homebirth midwives, women and their families fighting for a woman’s right to choose where they give birth." This article provides an interesting look on how homebirth is seen in the Australian community. Find out more...

Leg Cramps in Pregnancy

Leg Cramps in Pregnancy

"Pregnancy can be a time of great joy. However no matter how over the moon you are about your pregnancy, it can come with its fair share of discomforts. There are the obvious nausea and back pain, but some women also experience leg cramps in pregnancy." This article provides some helpful facts and strategies to stop leg cramps during pregnancy. Find out more...

Stem Cells in Breastmilk - A New Discovery

Stem Cells in Breastmilk - A New Discovery

"Every now and then an article about stem cell research appears in the media, often followed by a flurry of debate. And little wonder. Stem cells are truly amazing. They are a unique type of cell which can divide and self-renew indefinitely to regenerate an organ or even grow an entirely new one." Read as this article provides the facts and details on stem cells and their link to breastfeeding. Find out more...

Why Did You Start Baby Wearing?

Why Did You Start Baby Wearing?

Forum Thread: "There seem to be so many benefits to baby wearing, however, I feel I stumbled into this wonderful way of carrying my baby. It was never mentioned at any antenatal preparation, information or appointments I had." How did you begin your baby wearing journey? Do you feel it should be recommended to families during pregnancy? Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

Safety of Vaginal Birth After Three or More Caesareans

Safety of Vaginal Birth After Three or More Caesareans

"Many would acknowledge a general perception that attempting a vaginal birth after a caesarean (VBAC) carries unique risks. The prevalence of these risks is also perceived to increase with the number of prior caesareans a woman has experienced." This article gives the facts about vaginal birth after three or more caesareans and presents the safety issues surrounding it. Find out more...

Safety of Pineapple During Pregnancy

Safety of Pineapple During Pregnancy

"Do a quick search on any good internet search engine and you’ll discover just how often pregnant women ask about the safety of pineapple during pregnancy. While some sites attribute this question to an old wives tale, others tell of the dangers of uterine contractions brought on as a result of consuming pineapple." This article provides the facts on pineapple and if it is safe to eat during pregnancy. Find out more...

Siblings at Birth

Siblings at Birth

observing and recording children's developmental capabilities and needs and using those recordings to write programs for individual children in early childhood settings." Read as Jo Hunter explores the mind of children during the arrival of a new sibling. Find out more...

Stand and Deliver! Upright Births Best for Mum and Bub

Stand and Deliver! Upright Births Best for Mum and Bub

Think of childbirth and you’re likely to picture a woman lying on her back on a hospital bed. That’s the position most (78%) Australian women adopt to give birth birth, despite growing evidence that being upright to give birth can have better outcomes for the mother and baby. Find out more...

Water Can Help Birthing in so Many Ways

Water Can Help Birthing in so Many Ways

There are many ways water can help a woman in labour. We would love to know how water helped you in your labour and create a useful resource for pregnant women here. Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

Encapsualting Placenta

Encapsualting Placenta

In the world of homebirth and natural birth, placenta encapsulation is becoming more common. Some midwives offer this as part of their service to their clients. Some women prefer to encapsulate their placentas themselves. Humans are the only mammals who do not usually consume their placenta. Find out more...

What Diet Works Best for Women with Gestational Diabetes?

What Diet Works Best for Women with Gestational Diabetes?

"Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a glucose intolerance that develops during pregnancy. In pregnancy the woman’s body is not as sensitive to insulin which is needed to lower blood sugar levels. When GDM occurs the body does not produce sufficient insulin." This article gives the essential facts and information about the best diet for women with gestational diabetes. Find out more...

Aminah Anne's Birth Story

Aminah Anne's Birth Story

A golden needle was gently pushed into my upper wrist. "What do you think, boy or girl?" I asked. "Definitely the pulse of a girl!" replied my wonderful Japanese acupuncturist, Jacqui. I was excited but cautious. At 46 years of age I was amazed that I would be having another baby ... let alone perhaps, a girl after two boys? Find out more...

Vasa Previa and Me

Vasa Previa and Me

Vasa Previa is a rare complication in pregnancy where unprotected blood vessels run across the cervical os. If the blood vessels rupture during labour, or are compressed during birth, consequences for the baby can be rapid and severe. Claudia Phares talks to Katharine Gillett about experiencing Vasa Previa and the care and support she received from midwives. Find out more...

Birthing Rituals

Birth Rituals

"Rituals and ceremonies flourish in every culture, and have done so throughout history. Perhaps the two most ritual-inspiring events are birth and death, events that are seeped in culture, mysticism, religion and local custom." Emily Burns writes about the ancient and modern rituals surrounding birth, involving the placenta and lotus birth. Find out more...

Well Babies - Learning Your Babies Cues

Well Babies - Learning Your Babies Cues

"There are a number of cues which can assist you to develop a sense of knowing about your child’s health and wellbeing, which will in turn better enable you to spot initial signs of discomfort or illness." This article tells you what the cues of your baby are and how to deal with these signs. Find out more...

The Bella Birth of Finley Samuel Humphreys

The Bella Birth of Finley Samuel Humphreys

"Unfortunately, I skipped the parts about cesarean, as in my mind I wasn’t having “one of those”. It wasn’t even a thought. I didn’t even consider it an option. That was a mistake. It made me very underprepared for what eventually unfolded." This story of Finley Humphreys Bella birth is inspiring and amazing, and speaks about a personal bella birth experience. Find out more...

The Yoga of Birth

The Yoga of Birth

"As a long term yoga teacher and practitioner, when I became pregnant with my first son I was very interested to learn about what the teachings of yoga had to offer, beyond the benefits of preparing my physical body for birth." This article by Kat Manitsas talks about the benefits of doing yoga during pregnancy and gives her own personal experience. Find out more...

Preventing Postpartum Haemorrhage with Prenatal Care

Preventing Postpartum Haemorrhage with Prenatal Care

"When I set out on the journey of planning our fourth baby, I knew I would be labelled 'high risk' by the medical profession due to previous postpartum haemorrhages (PPHs) during my second and third births." Michelle McRitchie tells the amazing story of her journey through her fourth pregnancy and her experiences with postpartum haemorrhage. Find out more...

Pregnancy, Birth and the New Sibling

Pregnancy, Birth and the New Sibling

"When we are pregnant with No. 2 (plus) it is normal to feel worried: will I have enough love? How will my older children cope? Do I want them present at the birth? How can I prepare them for the changes that will inevitably happen?" Catherine Bells answers these questions and gives her ten tips for pregnancy after the first child. Find out more...

Birth Story of Finn Kenneth

Birth Story of Finn Kenneth

"Not knowing much on the subject I automatically assumed that I would be booked in to have a‭ ‬caesarean,‭ ‬however my midwife suggested that I explore the option of a vaginal breech birth.‭" This story of Finn's breech birth tells of the amazing journey and breech birth of Finn Kenneth. Find out more...

Why Wear Your Baby?

Why Wear Your Baby?

"Babywearing is instinctive – and research backs up how vital it is that a baby feels secure, touched and nurtured by his or her parent or carer." This brochure from Manduca shows the advantages and uses of 'wearing; your baby. Find out more...

Risky Research

Celebrity Pregnancy Mythbusters

Will she have a caesarean or a home birth? Will her parents be there? Is she too old to be doing this at 40? Has she got a baby bump … and then that wicked, unspoken thought — will she get stretch marks like the rest of us mere mortals? Find out more...

Risky Research

Risky Research

Private hospitals are safer than public hospitals for mothers and newborn babies, according to a study that made headlines last month. But there was less coverage when clinicians and other researchers began to express concerns about the research methodology, write Hannah Dahlen and Sally Tracy. Find out more...

Turning Breech Babies

Anaesthesia Increases Success Rates of Turning Breech Babies

"In around 4% of pregnancies the foetus will present in the breech (head-up) position." This article talks about the impacts and successes of anaesthesia turning breech babies, and explains the use of the 'External Cephalic Version' for breech babies.. Find out more...

What is Hip Dysplasia?

What is Hip Dysplasia?

"Hip dysplasia is the medical term for instability, or looseness, of the hip joint that affects thousands of children each year." This article by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute provides the vital information for parents on what Hip Dysplasia is and what the signs to look for. Find out more...

Flying During Pregnancy

Flying During Pregnancy

"A common question asked of midwives and doctors by pregnant women is whether flying during pregnancy is safe." This article provides an answer to this question as well as an in depth look into the risks involved with flying while pregnant. Find out more...

Smoking and Pregnancy

Smoking and Pregnancy

"It is a sobering thought to consider that 1.7 million Australian children are at risk of developing serious illnesses as a result of sustained exposure to tobacco smoke." Hannah Dahlen writes about the facts and issues about smoking and pregnancy and provides an excellent insight. Find out more...

Folic Acid During Pregnancy

Folic Acid During Pregnancy: Before, During, After

"Folic acid, also known as folate, is a B-group vitamin which is essential for the healthy development of the foetus in early pregnancy. Folic acid is instrumental in preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) – serious birth defects of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly)." This article gives the facts and details on folic acid during pregnancy. Find out more...

Birth at Home After Caesarean

Birth at Home After Caesarean

"From low groaning comes the occasional grunt, deep throaty noises from Penny tell the midwife the baby is low and nearing the end of the journey to the outside world." This story shows the journey and success of a birth at home after having a caesarean birth. Find out more...

Twins Birth Story at 37 wks plus 6 days

Twins Birth Story at 37 wks plus 6 days

After hoping for a natural birth Christy ended up planning a mother-friendly and baby-friendly caesarean birth for her twin boys due to their position. At 37 plus weeks however Christy's birth did not go to plan. Medical staff ignored the agreement made before the birth. Please read Christy's story. Find out more...

Medula Breast Pump

New Medula range has just arrived

PBB online store has just added the Medula range of breastpumps, accessories and special feeding devices. Through Medula's extensive range of breast pump products and other accessories we are providing real solutions for breastfeeding mothers to get over any hurdles in the early days and to support long term breastfeeding goals. Find out more...

Naphthalene in Moth Balls and Toilet Deodorant Cakes

Naphthalene in Moth Balls and Toilet Deodorant Cakes

Naphthalene, the active substance in moth balls, is used to deter moths and silverfish from eating fabrics. It is also commonly used in toilet deodorant cakes. While highly effective in preventing insects from destroying stored clothing and eliminating toilet odours, naphthalene is dangerous to both pets and humans, especially infants. Find out more...

Late Pregnancy

Late Pregnancy

Forum Thread: For all sorts of societal reasons the average age at which women are having children is rising in Australia. It is not uncommon for women in their late 30s and early 40s to be contemplating a pregnancy. However we all know that our chances of success lessen with age. So what can you do to prepare for a late pregnancy and maximise your chances? Find out what our forum members had to say about late pregnancy. Join in the conversation. Find out more...

Placenta Praevia

Placenta Praevia

This article provides details and facts on Placenta Praevia. Ranging from the different severities of this condition to commonly asked questions on the issue, this article answers those questions and gives a detailed insight into Placenta Praevia. Find out more ...

Increasing Breast Milk Supply-Power Pumping

Increasing Breast Milk Supply-Power Pumping

"The benefits for babies of breastfeeding have been well documented and in recent times, significant health benefits for women have also been uncovered. However despite their best efforts, many women experience issues with low supply." This article describes the advantages that come with 'Power Pumping' and how it can help breastfeeding women. Find out more ...

Lisa's Birth Story

Lisa's Birth Story

"I woke up from a lucid dream that I had a baby kicking in my tummy. Within the week I had confirmation that what I had was no dream, I was expecting my 3rd child and was already 17 ½ weeks pregnant. Wow." This story tells us the amazing experience of having a third child and the success of a VBAC. Find out more ...

What is folic acid

What is folic acid?

Folic acid, also known as folate, is a water soluble B-group vitamin carried through the bloodstream and excreted in urine. Because it is not stored in the human body we must consume folic acid every day in order to make sure our body has an adequate supply. Folic acid performs several vital functions in the body. The recommended daily intake of folic acid is 400 micrograms (mcg) per day. Find out more ...

Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy

Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy

Forum Thread: It is not uncommon for women to experience an iron deficiency during pregnancy. This is true of both women who have had difficulties maintaining their iron levels throughout life, and those who have never been aware of an iron deficiency before their pregnancy. An iron deficiency can increase feelings of fatigue... not a good thing in pregnancy! Find out what our forum members had to say about iron deficiency during pregnancy. Join in the conversation. Find out more...

Postpartum Haemorrhage

Postpartum Haemorrhage

"Significant blood loss after birth is the most common cause of maternal death in the developed world, and is also a major cause of reduced post-natal health." This article provides facts and details on Postpartum Haemorrhage, and recent developments into its research. Find out more ...

Matthew's Birth Story

Matthew's Birth Story

"On November 28, 2011, I was 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant with Matthew. I awoke in the morning and remembered that this was the exact same day of gestation on which Sara was born. It occurred to me that maybe he would make his appearance that day as well. I didn’t really think he would, but it crossed my mind." This story tells us about the amazing and unexpected birth of Matthew Ali Zavieh. Find out more ...

CranioSacral Therapy for Babies and Children

CranioSacral Therapy for Babies and Children

"Childbirth is a journey like no other. For mother and father it is one of wonder, excitement and the unknown. For the child it can hold all the rewards and risks that a new life offers." Krisitane Heidrich explains in detail all information about CranioSacral treatment and provides insight into the topic. Find out more ...

What are your Chances of Having a Natural Birth?

What are your Chances of Having a Natural Birth?

Many pregnant women wonder what their chances are of achieving a natural birth. It is a common question asked on online forums, at hospital check-in visits and of midwives, doctors and other medical staff. But while discussion ensues about strategies to maximise your chances of a natural birth and ways to combat unnecessary interventions, the New South Wales Mothers and Babies Report 2010 puts a figure on it – 57.7%. That’s right. In 2010 only 57.7% of women achieved a normal vaginal birth. Find out more ...

Bouncing Back Postpartum

Bouncing Back Postpartum

"This is the message that caregivers, educators and women at large need to deliver loud and strong to all pregnant and postpartum women. Your postpartum form is neither unhealthy nor unattractive." This article captures the feelings and views on image for postpartum women and gives a positive message throughout it.Find out more ...

Bouncing Back Postpartum

Successful VBAC with Gestational Diabetes

"This is the story of the pregnancy and birth of my second son ... I had had the perfect labour, birth and baby." This article tells the story of how successful vaginal birth after caesarean with gestational diabetes and describes the events of a second pregnancy.Find out more ...

Wondering what to do with your placenta?

Wondering what to do with your placenta?

“Well you also have the option to encapsulate your placenta and ingest it.”........ blank stares, open mouths, nervous giggles, or simply no registration at all. This is the normal response I see when talking about the third stage of labour in my calmbirth® classes. I have been encapsulating women’s placentas for over two years now and what once seemed to me like sacred “ooga booga” has now reached the brink of mainstream and almost all of the families I support as a doula Find out more ...

Mums and Bubs Exercise Classes

Mums and Bubs

Forum Thread: Redeveloping physical fitness after having a baby offers challenges. Caring for an infant is tiring! Even if you're keen, can you exercise with your little one in tow or make care arrangements you're happy with? If you choose a class, will it accommodate your pregnancy recovery needs? The answer may be a mums and bubs class. Find out what our forum members had to say about mums and bubs exercise classes. Join in the conversation. Find out more ...

Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are an almost inevitable part of pregnancy, though some women do avoid them. Stretch marks are caused by the skin stretching to accommodate the enlarging uterus and increased weight. Some women probably have some genetic predisposition for stretch marks, and they’re also more common in younger women. Find out more...

>Birth and Homebirth-A Grandmother’s point of view

Birth and Homebirth-A Grandmother’s point of view

"As a mother and grandmother I felt compelled to write my story about my births and more significantly about the wonderful experience of being present at my youngest daughter’s homebirth of her second child, Ivy Grace." Jan Baxter writes as a grandmother showing her point of view on homebirths, while telling us the amazing experiences she has had with her own family. Find out more ...

Should I Stop Taking Folic Acid Beyond the Second Trimester

Should I Stop Taking Folic Acid?

Forum Thread: Taking Folic Acid as part of your preconception regiment and in early pregnancy is vital to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) – serious birth defects of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly). But is there value in taking Folic Acid in the third trimester, once the threat of NTD has passed? Find out what our forum members had to say about whether to stop taking folic acid beyond the second trimester. Join in the conversation. Find out more...

The pregnancy journey and the homebirth of Sienna Jane

The pregnancy journey and the homebirth of Sienna Jane

There was a lot of joy on the morning I confirmed my pregnancy with Sienna. Craig and Jasmine were still snuggled up in bed when I snuck out to the bathroom to do the test, so it was lovely to announce that I was pregnant to both of them and enjoy a few moments together soaking it all in. Jasmine declared that she also had a baby in her tummy and seemed very excited for both of us! Find out more ...

The birth story of Juniper Valentine

The birth story of Juniper Valentine

'The birth story of Juniper Valentine begins not with labour, but the incident that would ultimately forbid it from happening, and alter the course of the remainder of my pregnancy'. Read Anna's story of her experience of a pregnancy with placenta preavia and the beautiful, empowering and sacred birth of Juniper Valentine. Find out more...

Circumcision-Challenging the Jewish Tradition

Circumcision-Challenging the Jewish Tradition

Mark Morris writes about how he come to a decision not to circumcise his son as per the Jewish tradition. Mark writes "I had always thought that if I had a son I would not circumcise him. I felt the need to challenge this Jewish tradition. But when I found out we were going to have a baby boy, the sudden emotional desire to have him circumcised was immediate and very strong". Find out more...

Jude and Jesse's Birth Story

Jude and Jesse's Birth Story

My twin pregnancy was a long and arduous journey, and tested all of my physical and mental limits. It was with some relief that I noted my mucus plug at week 35, on a Monday; I was a little bit nervous at how 'early' this sign of impending labour was for the babies’ sake, but I trusted my body and knew the babies would come when they were ready. Find out more...

Water for Labour and Birth

Water for Labour and Birth

I have attended women for over 18 years, many of whom have chosen to birth in the water. In case you’ve forgotten, before birth we all spent close to nine months totally surrounded by water. It is certainly no stranger to any of us: most of our body is simply water and the surface of our wonderful planet is mainly water. Water is essential for life and birth. Find out more...

Best Ways to Increase Breast Milk Supply

What are the best ways to increase breast milk supply?

Forum Thread: You probably know that breast is best, and not just for baby but for mother too! But while many women set out to breastfeed, some experience a common breastfeeding issue – lack of supply.  Find out what our forum members had to say about the best ways to increase breast milk supply. Join in the conversation. Find out more ...

Signs of Pregnancy

Signs of Pregnancy

Whether you are attempting to conceive or suspect you might be in for a big surprise, many women wonder if there are any reliable signs of pregnancy. The simple answer is yes! Right from conception a women’s body begins going through huge changes aimed at accommodating and ultimately birthing a growing baby. Find out more...

Jonah's Birth Story

Jonah's Birth Story

So it’s taken me 7 months to get around to writing this down and the urge has suddenly hit me. I feel an intensity to get it onto paper ASAP. Jonah your birth was life changing, amazing, intense, overwhelming, and nothing all at once, I’ll explain the nothing at the end. Find out more ...

Rosina and Lilian's Birth Story

Rosina and Lilian's Birth Story

When Penny arrived at the birthing unit doors she could not have imagined that 30 minutes later she would have birthed her twin girls. Yet at 39 weeks, with her husband, trusted independent midwives and two year old daughter at her side, that is precisely what Penny did. Read the story of the gloriously uncomplicated arrival of Rosina and Lilian. Find out more...

Constipation in Pregnancy

Constipation in Pregnancy

About half of all pregnant women report that they suffer from constipation. When you’re pregnant, large amounts of progesterone circulate in your bloodstream, slowing the activity of your digestive tract, and constipation can result. If you take an iron supplement, constipation can be made worse. Find out more...

Women Unite to Fight For Vaginal Breech Birth

Women around the world unite to fight for the survival of vaginal breech birth!

Eight months after the traumatic and unnecessary caesarean birth of her breech presenting daughter Miriam, Canadian Robin Guy co-founded the Coalition for Breech Birth (CBB). A consumer driven organisation advocating for the re-normalisation of vaginal breech birth CBB now has sister chapters in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Find out more...

Allergies and Illnesses in Pregnancy

Allergies and Illnesses in Pregnancy

Forum Thread: Pregnancy can be a time of joy and anticipation as you await the arrival of the new addition to the family... it can also be a time when allergies and illnesses become harder to bear. There are also newfound considerations about how to treat these with a baby on board. Find out what our forum members had to say about treating allergies and illnesses in pregnancy. Join in the conversation. Find out more ...

Breech Birth at Westmead

Breech Birth at Westmead

Westmead Hospital is fully embracing the philosophy of the 2010 NSW Health policy directive: Maternity – Towards normal birth in NSW. Midwife Michelle Underwood and Consultant Obstetrician Andrew Pesce are going a long way to achieving that objective with the establishment of the Westmead Breech Birth Clinic. Find out more...

Smart Financial Strategies

Smart financial strategies for families with young children

The arrival of a new child can present a whole range of financial challenges. Not only does the household income usually drop, costs generally go up. However, there are several Government benefits available to families with young children. Find out more...

Term Breech Trial

Term Breech Trial

The art of breech vaginal delivery has in some places been lost through the headlong dash of many obstetricians to the comfort of caesarean delivery. In 2000, Hannah et al published the findings of a randomised multicentre trial into planned caesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for breech presentation at term. More than ten years on the’ Term Breech Trial’ remains a prime example of how evidence itself can be put on trial. Find out more...

Playing the Dead Baby Card

Playing the Dead Baby Card

In 2011 a group of researchers conducting research into how Canadian pregnant women and care providers manage birth in a highly medicalised and risk-adverse culture of childbirth, discovered a chilling practice. It’s called ‘playing the dead baby card’ – the act by medical professionals of claiming to a labouring woman that her baby is at risk of death, purely to convince her to submit to unwarranted intervention. Find out more ...

Would you try a waterbirth

Would you try a waterbirth?

Forum Thread: In the realm of homebirth, the use of water for pain reduction, and to afford babies a gentle entry into the world, has long been utilised. Now many Australia hospitals have instated waterbirth policies and offer rooms with large baths which can be used for the purpose. Find out what our forum members had to say about whether they would try a waterbirth. Join in the conversation. Find out more ...

Environmental Tobacco Smoke: a danger to children

Environmental Tobacco Smoke: a danger to children

It is a sobering thought to consider that 1.7 million Australian children are at risk of developing serious illnesses as a result of sustained exposure to tobacco smoke. The Car and Home: Smoke Free Campaign aims to help prevent children’s exposure to tobacco smoke so they can avoid the damaging health effects. Find out more...

Hold the Dose of Fear

Hold the Dose of Fear

Why do services delivering safe parenting messages often first start with a healthy dose of fear mongering? Lynette’s first baby was born at home and like her antennal period, in her first six weeks postnatally she was attended by her knowledgeable, caring and ever-respectful midwife. However the visit by the local community health nurse heralded the start of a different approach. Find out more...

The Natural Breech Birth of Remi Violet

The Natural Breech Birth of Remi Violet

When Tess discovered her forth baby was breech, just like her third, she became determined to avoid the caesarean birth outcome she had experienced last time, confident both in her and her baby’s ability to achieve a natural birth. Find out more...

What is natural Childbirth?

What is Natural Childbirth?

Natural, or normal physiological birth occurs when no drugs or interventions are employed while a woman labours to birth her baby vaginally. For some women, considering the use of some interventions is necessary and essential to their health and that of their baby. However the rate of interventions has serious implications for babies and women. Find out more...

Top 12 Fears in Labour

Top 12 Fears in Labour

If you were to ask a woman who is scared about giving birth why she feels that way, she’d probably tell you that she is simply worried things will go wrong and birth will be an unpleasant event. There are common fears which can weigh heavily on the minds of pregnant women. Find out more...

Nine Months of Pregnancy

Nine Months of Pregnancy

Perhaps you have just discovered you are pregnant, you are hoping to be, or your partner has just given you the news. Find out what the next nine months of pregnancy hold in store as both you and your baby grow, develop and change. Find out more ...

Nine Months of Pregnancy

Decaffeinated Coffee and Pregnancy

Forum Thread – Do you love your coffee and are unable to bear the thought of 40+ weeks without it? Are you concerned about the chemical disruption required to turn regular coffee into decaf? Find out what our forum members had to say about safer coffee options during pregnancy. Join in the conversation. Find out more ...

Your Newborn Baby Check-up

Your Newborn Baby Check-up

Even babies who are very healthy generally see a doctor, midwife or child health nurse a lot in their first two years of life. This starts with a newborn baby check-up.This first check-up involves a midwife or doctor conducting a full physical exam to ensure your baby is looking healthy and responding well. So what can you can expect of your baby’s first check-up? Find out more....

Home or Hospital? Is there a 'best' birthing option?

Home or Hospital? Is there a 'best' birthing option?

Everyone has a birth story, whether it is one of anguish or one of elation, whether it took place at home with minimal intervention, or in a hospital operating theatre. In this public lecture Professor Caroline Homer explores the history of birth and the debate that rages today in regards to the importance of birth place and practices, women’s rights to choose, and the politics that drive public policy. Find out more...

Formula Feeding and Childhood Obesity: Is there a link?

Formula Feeding & Childhood Obesity: Is there a link?

The World Health Organisation recognises childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. In recent years a link between formula feeding of infants and childhood and adult obesity has been established. A number of potential explanations for lower rates of childhood obesity in breastfed infants have been cited by researchers. Find out more...

Risky Research

Risky Research

According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2009, private hospitals are safer than public hospitals for mothers and newborn babies. However in reviewing the research methodology utilised to reach this conclusion, clinicians and other researchers identified a number of flaws. In this revealing article, Hannah Dahlen and Sally Tracy unpack the research and conclusions, and hold them up to the light. Find out more...

A critique of the South Australian Homebirth Paper and its portrayal in the media

A Critique of the South Australian Homebirth Paper and its Portrayal in the Media

Homebirth continues to incite powerful responses and passionate debate. In January 2010 the Medical Journal of Australia released a study about planned home and hospital births in South Australia occurring from 1991 to 2006. The result was a media frenzy claiming ‘proof’ of the dangers of homebirth. However the findings of the study itself fall well short of this claim. Find out more...

Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

Revised Safe Sleeping Guidelines 2012

In preparing your home for the arrival of your new baby, one of the most important decisions you may make is where and how they will sleep. A new campaign launched by SIDS and Kids seeks to raise awareness of the Revised Safe Sleeping Guidelines 2012 including the addition of a sixth guideline based on recent research on the benefits of breastfeeding in reducing the tragic loss of infants to SIDS. Find out more...

Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

Forum Thread – Whether regular workouts were part of your everyday pre-pregnancy life, or exercise is something you struggle to fit in, during pregnancy many women seek out safe exercise options to improve their own health and that of their baby. Find out what our forum members had to say about safe exercise options during pregnancy. Join in the conversation. Find out more ...

Your Options For Pregnancy and Birth Care

Your options for care during pregnancy and for the birth of your child

So you’ve found out that you’re pregnant.  Congratulations! Now it’s time to choose someone to care for you during pregnancy – and someone to support you when having your baby. You’ll also need to think about where, and how, you want to have your baby. Find our more...

Sally Birthing Goddess

Sally – The Birthing Goddess

Sally, a strong woman bringing her first baby into this world, has worked with her breath and movement all night and now the time of birth has arrived. In this moving letter, Sally's midwife Robyn shares the entrance of baby Gabrielle into the world. Find our more...

Employing A Midwife

Common Questions Women Ask About Employing a Midwife

As women consider their birth choices, they often have many questions about the care offered by midwives in private practice. What monitoring is done during labour? What tests are required? What are the fees for a private midwife? This article explores common questions women ask about employing a midwife. Find our more...

Huntleigh Sonicaid D920 Fetal Doppler

Huntleigh Sonicaid D920 Fetal Doppler

Huntleigh Sonicaid D920 Doppler has been designed with ease of use in mind. The high sensitivity transducers coupled with clear fetal heart sounds, enable the clinician to quickly locate the fetal heart. A midwifery favourite this waterproof doppler makes monitoring the fetal heart rate when a woman is in water easy. Find our more...

Birth Pools FAQs

Birth Pools FAQs

PBB has put together a list of frequently asked questions and answers to help you as you make decisions about purchasing and using a birth pool for labour and birth. Researching your options in pregnancy helps you decide whether or not a pool is right for you, what is the best pool and how to set up and pack up your birth pool Find our more...

Stretching and Massage After Tongue-tie Release

Stretching and Massage After Tongue-tie Release 

Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a condition in which the lingual frenulum (the thin piece of skin under the baby's tongue) is abnormally short, restricting the movement of the tongue tip. The most immediate impact of tongue-tie is generally on a baby's ability to breastfeed effectively. If breastfeeding is painful, the baby’s weight gain is of concern and there is a significant tongue-tie, releasing it may be recommended in order to improve a baby's ability to breastfeed. Find our more...

Bleeding During Pregnancy

Bleeding During Pregnancy 

Forum Thread: A good proportion of women experience bleeding during pregnancy, which can occur at any point and range from a few spots to heavy bleeding. It is not uncommon for women to experience bleeding and go on to have a healthy pregnancy. However bleeding during pregnancy can also be a sign that something is wrong. One thing is unanimous. Bleeding in pregnancy is generally an unnerving and upsetting experience for any expectant mother. Find our more...

Reverse Pressure Softening

Chiropractic Pregnancy 

Every pregnant mother wants to have a healthy, safe and natural pregnancy. A birthing mother who is deeply connected to her own body, trusting her own body to do what it is hardwired to do, is much more likely to experience a natural birth process than someone who is fearful. Fear can become a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ because the brain responds to fearful emotions by releasing hormones throughout the body that can slow labour and dilation. Find our more...

Reverse Pressure Softening

Using Reverse Pressure Softening to Help with Attachment 

When breasts are engorged or nipples swollen, your baby may have difficulty attaching to the breast. Reverse pressure softening is a simple technique developed by Jean Cotterman that can help with attachment in these cases. The technique can be used in the first two weeks after the baby’s birth and you can perform it easily yourself. Find our more...

Open Letter to RANZCOG

Bashi Hazard’s Open Letter to RANZCOG

Bashi Hazard, an Australian consumer lawyer, has written an open letter to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) in response to their claim that women are responsible for the high rates of medical intervention in birth. Find our more...

 

Birth Photography

Co-sleeping and Breastfeeding

Co-sleeping is not an unusual practice for families living in the USA and Australia, with 44% of infants aged 2 to 9 months in the USA and 41% of Australian children aged up to 2 years sharing a bed with a parent or caregiver. Co-sleeping offers many benefits for breastfeeding infants and their mothers. Find out more ...

Birth Photography

Birth Photography: Capturing and Preserving Your Unique Birth Story

The day you welcome your baby into the world is the most important day of her life … and one that will change you forever. This is what birth photography is all about.  Jillian Harris of Spiky Hedgehog Photography has written a brilliant article on birth photography sharing her experience on how to choose a birth photographer and what to expect Find out more ...

PBB Health Centre

PBB Health Centre: The Perfect Partnership of Family Medicine, Midwifery Care and Allied Health

In a first for Parramatta, the PBB Health Centre offers medical care, midwifery care and allied health services in one state of art complex. Established in 2012, PBB Health Centre combines the benefits of the family medical practice of years gone by, with the latest medical and technological advancements. PBB Health Centre represents the way forward in comprehensive, whole-of-life-span care.  Find out more ...

Remi's Birth Breech VBAC

The 6 Steps to better Family Finances in 2013!

What goals have you set yourself for 2013? Was being better with your family finances one of them? Many of us wake up on January 1st with the hope and aim of making this year better, that this will be the year that I achieve… and then by mid- January many of us are back to our old ways. But, the lifestyle changes you want to achieve don’t have to be short lived. Try the simple steps in this article and see how they could lead to a lifetime of change. Find out more ...

What are my birth choices?

What are my birth choices?

Forum Thread: When it comes to planning your birth, most women think about a "birth plan" which is documenting how you want the actual birth experience to be. But there are some big decisions that need to be made even before you start thinking about the actual birth and those decisions involve choosing the best birthing attendants, choosing where you will give birth and choosing what kind of a birth you want Find out more ...