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August 2014

Tandem Breastfeeding - Pregnancy

Tandem Breastfeeding - Pregnancy

"You are still blissfully breastfeeding your baby or toddler when you find out you are pregnant again. Perhaps you planned another pregnancy or perhaps it has come as a surprise. Many women in this position find themselves instantly questioning their existing breastfeeding relationship. Can you continue to breastfeed during a new pregnancy? Will doing so adversely impact your unborn baby?" This article by Yvette Barton answers all the frequently asked questions regarding tandme breastfeeding. Find out more...

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Forum Feature - The Second Stage of Labour: Your Experiences

The second stage of labour is often termed the 'pushing stage' of labour, however, this in itself is debated terminology as some sources (such as Marie Mongan of Hypnobirthing fame) are of the view that women only feel an urge to push when influenced to by their caregivers and surroundings. Join in the conversation...

Entertaining Small Children on Long Journeys

Forum Feature - Entertaining Small Children on Long Journeys

Have you ever had a holiday planned or a visit to a relative organised but the journey to get there filled you with worry and dread? Small children and long journeys can be a worrying combination, however, there are things that you can do to make it easier and even enjoyable. Join in the conversation...

July 2014

3 Weeks Pregnant

3 Weeks Pregnant

"It’s time to sound the drum roll. Your 3 weeks pregnant. This is the week your baby is conceived! If you have been trying to conceive you will have earmarked the magic four days this week which will give you your best chance of success. You have made love on some (or maybe all!) of those days… so when is the magic moment?" This article by Yvette Barton gives in depth information on the third week of pregnancy. Find out more...

June 2014

The First Time I Met You

The First Time I Met You

"In November 2009 when my oldest daughter was five years old and in her last year of daycare, the children in her class became interested in birth. The teachers, seeing a chance to explore this with them, asked the parents to write about the first time they had met their child. The aim was to make a book the children could share, filled with stories that were all about them. While most of the stories were about birth itself, Finlay’s story was unique." Find out more...

The Agonies and the Ecstasies: My Breastfeeding Story

The Agonies and the Ecstasies: My Breastfeeding Story

"My mother breastfed my three siblings and myself. I was 11 when my brother was born and as she fed him till he was almost 4, breastfeeding was a natural, normal part of our lives. When I became pregnant for the first time, a little over three years ago there was no doubt in my mind that I would breastfeed my baby. I mean another option didn’t even enter my head." This article by Naomi Homel talks about her experiences with breastfeeding. Find out more...

Creating Space for India

Creating Space for India

"The front room in our home is my yoga room it's where I keep all my yoga books, my mat and yoga props. It gets the best light and breeze in the house and it's where I prepare my yoga lessons and meditate. When I decided to have my baby at home I knew I wanted it in this room. We were told we were having a girl and she was due to be born on April 19th." This article tells the homebirth story of India. Find out more...

Your Beautiful Pregnant Body

Forum Feature - Your Beautiful Pregnant Body

How did you/do you feel about your body in pregnancy? As you see your tummy growing and your body changing what thoughts do you have? How about after you have given birth - what do you feel about your body that has brought new life to this world? Join in the conversation...

Back Pain in Pregnancy

Forum Feature - Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic girdle pain can cause a lot of discomfort for some pregnant women and it's caused by the ligaments becoming softer in pregnancy so that your joints move more than normal. This is necessary for a normal pregnancy (for example it helps the baby to move through your pelvis in labour). However, in some women it can also cause one side of the pelvis to move more than the other side and so be known as 'unlocked'. Join in the conversation...

Young Mums Risking Pelvic Floor Health

Young Mums Risking Pelvic Floor Health

"Pregnant women and young mums are ignoring their pelvic floor health, despite almost three out of four experiencing urinary leakage, new research has found. A study of 1000 Australia mums and mums-to-be found that despite being in a high risk category for developing incontinence, 98 per cent failed to do the daily recommended level of pelvic floor exercises." This article gives all the information and advice on pelvic floor health in young mums. Find out more...

Birthing Ball

Birthing Ball

"Exercising while pregnant has been shown to have a broad range of benefits, including avoiding pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and diabetes. Exercise will also help you stay fit, keep your weight gain under control and can shorten labour." This article by Yvette Barton gives all the necessary information on the use of birthing balls in both pregnancy and birth. Find out more...

May 2014

Your Pregnancy Week by Week

2 Weeks Pregnant

"Even though we say ‘2 weeks pregnant’ you are still not actually pregnant yet. As we explained in 1 Week Pregnant, if you receive a positive pregnancy test the first day of your last period is the best constant upon which an Estimated Due Date or EDD can be calculated. However while you may not be pregnant yet your body is not hanging around idly waiting for a pregnancy to occur. Quite the contrary. Your body is working hard to prepare your body for a baby." Find out more...

The Terrifying Softness of Motherhood

The Terrifying Softness of Motherhood

"Parenting books promising to save our sleep (and tame our toddlers) and the yummy mummy movement have something in common. Both contemporary trends capitalise on women’s fear of motherhood. Or that’s what I think, anyway. As a second-time parent there is something now peculiar to me about how frightened we all are of the transforming effect of motherhood." Find out more...

A Beautiful Body Project

A Beautiful Body Project

"Jade Beall is an amazing woman with an amazing mission. Rebelling against the world of air brushing and digital enhancement that proliferates our society, she seeks to shine a light on genuine beauty and the stories behind it. While photographers create glorious images of bellies ripe with babies, how many come back afterwards to photograph the beauty of the post birth body." This article by Yvette Barton gives information about a KickStarter project for A Beautiful Body Book Project. Find out more...

Back Pain in Pregnancy

Forum Feature - Back Pain in Pregnancy

We often hear that our pregnant forum members are unfortunately suffering with back pain. This is not surprising as more than half of pregnant women experience back pain in pregnancy. Did you experience back pain in pregnancy? Was there anything which particularly helped to ease the pain? Join in the conversation...

Homebirth Supplies

Homebirth Supplies

"Having a homebirth can be a gloriously life changing event. Planning and preparing for a homebirth can be an exciting experience too as you collect together the supplies you’ll need. But what do you need? This article aims to detail the most common homebirth supplies you’ll need to have on hand during your labour, for the birth, and after." Find out more...

Feeding Finlay: A Personal Journey to Induced Lactation

Feeding Finlay: A Personal Journey to Induced Lactation

"As far back as I can remember I have wanted to have children, to be a mother, and throughout my life I have always seen breastfeeding as one of the most important parts of the early mothering relationship. But despite my plans and dreams, my path to parenthood just didn’t go to plan!" This article by Yvette Barton tells a personal journey with induced lactation. Find out more...

1 Week Pregnant

1 Week Pregnant

"Even though we say ‘1 week pregnant’ the truth is that you are not actually pregnant yet. It is hard to tell when ovulation occurs, so the first day of your last period is recorded as the beginning of your pregnancy and is the day that your Estimated Due Date (EDD) is calculated from. For this reason if you are pregnant, the start of your menstrual cycle will be regarded as 1 week pregnant." This article by Yvette Barton gives detailed information on the first week of pregnancy. Find out more...

Pregnancy and Birth Story

Pregnancy and Birth Story

"My name is Isabel and I got pregnant at 14 and gave birth to my daughter at 15. One night my boyfriend and I with decided to have sex. After that night my life changed. About 3-4 weeks later I found out I was pregnant. I talked to a trusted aunt and she took me to go get checked. I peed in a cup and yup those 2 lines came up. I looked at my Aunt and I didn’t really know what say. She told me it was going to be okay." This article tells the story of a teenage pregnancy experience. Find out more...

Preconception Care: Your Experiences

Forum Feature - Preconception Care: Your Experiences

Did you make any changes to your lifestyle before you started trying to conceive? What affect did this have on you? How important do you think these factors are? We look forward to hearing about your experiences of preconception care. Join in the conversation...

April 2014

Bathing the Baby

Bathing the Baby

When a new baby arrives you suddenly have so many new tasks. Parenting is a big role – huge in fact – imagine the job description were you to write one! One of the tasks on your new list is bathing the baby. This article by Yvette Barton looks at both the pragmatics of bathing a baby as well as safety considerations. Find out more...

Complete Pregnancy and Labour Preparation and Education Product Package

Complete Pregnancy and Labour Preparation and Education Product Package

A labour of love is created to empower a positive pregnancy and birthing exprience, naturally. The Complete Pregnancy and Labour Preparation and Education Product Package includes: A Labour of Love 1 & 11 Books, Post Birth Spray, Labour Calming Remedy, Labour Massage Oil, Hypnosis for Birth CD1, and Hypnosis for Birth CD2. Check out the product now! Find out more...

When Breastfeeding Time Natural Ends

Forum Feature - When Your Breastfeeding Time Naturally Ends

The natural end to our breastfeeding relationship can be an emotional time. It should also be a celebrated time - just think of all those glorious feeds that have helped to develop your child. How did your breastfeeding journey come to an end? How did/ do you feel about this? Join in the conversation...

My Homebirth Transfer Story

My Homebirth Transfer Story

Here is our story. I hope that it may bring some comfort to other women who have had a similar birthing journey. After a lot of research, my husband and I chose a to have a homebirth with independent midwives because it is the safest and most gentle birthing option. We wanted to work with healthcare professionals who are in alignment with our views on childbirth and we had one hundred per cent trust in the qualifications, knowledge and experience of the midwives we chose. Find out more...

Mt Retour Essential Oils

Mt Retour Organic Essential Oils

PBB Online Store has just added a range of organic essential oils produced by Mt Retour Skin Care Australia. From boosting the immune system to helping you relax, aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to benefit us mentally, emotionally and physically.  Find out more...

My Breastfeeding Story

My Breastfeeding Story

My breastfeeding story begins with my independent midwife saying to me ‘have you started learning about breastfeeding’ and with me responding ‘I thought it just happened naturally’. After kindly and gently letting me know that ‘it doesn’t just happen naturally’, my wonderful midwife lent me countless DVDs to learn from. I also joined the ABA and read their book cover-to-cover. Find out more...

Homebirth Photo Story

Homebirth Photo Story - The birth of Lukas

Recently I was looking at a Google Feed on 'homebirth' when I stumbled across these beautiful photos depicting the homebirth of Lukas.  I just love looking at photographs and fully believe the saying 'a picture paints a thousand words'. These pictures tell the birth of Lukas in a such a way that no words are necessary.  Find out more...

March 2014

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga

"While it may not have been so in the past, it is now commonly accepted that exercising during pregnancy is just as important as exercising when not pregnant. Obviously there are many different routes a woman can take when choosing an exercise regime during pregnancy. A popular form worth considering is pregnancy yoga." This article by Yvette Barton explains everything about yoga in pregnancy. Find out more...

From Bump to Buzz

From Bump to Buzz

This is a wonderful YouTube video featuring time lapse pregnancy photos from the start of pregnancy right the way until the baby is born. The photos are accompanied in the video by a lovely song called "Something New" written by the lead singer from boy band McFly - Tom Fletcher (the father of the baby). The end result is very charming. Find out more...

Having a VBAC with a Keloid Scar

Forum: Having a VBAC with a Keloid Scar

Forum: 'In the last month the topic of VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean birth) has been widely discussed on the Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond forum. Interestingly, there have also been a few discussions about trying for a VBAC when you have a keloid scar. This post consolidates this information with the aim to provide a helpful resource for pregnant women interested in having a VBAC when they have a keloid scar.' Get involved in the discussion now! Find out more...

Waterbirth - Twisting the research evidence

Waterbirth: Twisting the research evidence

"This morning I woke to read the Google newsfeed on Waterbirth. What I found was headlines like “Study: Water Birth Offers No Special Benefits”, “Water Babies: Docs Challenge Growing Trend — Childbirth In A Tub” and my favourite “Water Births May Be Risky For Mother And Newborn”. Had there been a new study to show that waterbirth had no benefits or even poor outcomes?" This article by Jane Palmer explores the recent negative headlines focusing on waterbirth. Find out more...

Cord Care in Newborns

Cord Care in Newborns

"Umbilical cords are amazing. From the moment it forms and until it is cut, the umbilical cord supplies a baby with the oxygen and nutrients it requires for survival. The umbilical cord is comprised of one vein and two arteries enclosed in a sticky substance called Wharton’s Jelly." This article by Yvette Barton gives all the relevant information regarding Cord Care in Newborns. Find out more...

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension

"Whether your pregnancy is managed by a midwife, obstetrician, general practitioner or through the public health system, there are a number of simple observations which will be performed at each antenatal visit. These observations are intended to plot the course of your health during pregnancy and to identify early warning signs of potentially concerning issues." This article by Yvette Barton gives all the details and information on Pregnancy Induced Hypertension. Find out more...

How did a Lactation Consultant or Breastfeeding Support Group Help You?

Forum: How did a Lactation Consultant or Breastfeeding Support Group Help You?

Forum: 'The immense, lifelong benefits of breastfeeding are well-known. This doesn't mean that breastfeeding is always easy. Many mums need some extra help and support with breastfeeding; particularly at first when there is so much to get used to and you may still be recovering from the birth. Getting the latch right is essential as a good latch will mean a baby can effectively and efficiently remove milk from the breast and it will also be comfortable for mum. ' Get involved in the discussion now! Find out more...

Lip Tie: A Breastfeeding Challenge

Lip Tie: A Breastfeeding Challenge

"Perhaps the most important factor in successful breastfeeding is a baby’s ability to latch onto your breast and achieve a good seal. While this might seem an obvious conclusion and a straight-forward action, in practice not every baby will latch well at the outset." This article by Yvette Barton gives detailed information on Lip Ties and how it affects breastfeeding. Find out more...

True Knot of the Umbilical Cord

True Knot of the Umbilical Cord

"Recently I was at a lovely homebirth. Baby was born into his parents arms after a short but intense labour. No problems during the labour where identified. Once the woman and her baby were snuggled together and comfortable, I set to the task of checking the placenta under the women’s watchful glaze. Quickly we both saw that there was a true knot in the umbilical cord." This article by Jane Palmer explores the evidence surrounding the implications of a true knot in the umbilical cord. Find out more...

In Labour at Home

Forum: Are you Considering a Homebirth?

Forum: 'Birthing at home is wonderful and sacred. The labour unfolds at it's own pace and birth occurs in it's own time with less likelihood of complications occurring.' Are you considering a homebirth or have you had a homebirth? What attracts you to homebirthing? How do you feel it is different to giving birth in a hospital? Get involved in the discussion now! Find out more...

Acupuncture and Stalled Labour

Acupuncture and Stalled Labour

"I'm a homebirth midwife, I am doing my PhD on birth outside the system and this was my first pregnancy. At 2.30am I started contracting. I was planning a homebirth and felt fine about birthing a slightly preterm baby at home because deep down I knew he was ready. I contracted regularly through the night and as the sun came up it continued and I felt sure that labour was progressing well and normally." This article originally published in 'Midwifery Matters' tells a story of acupuncture and stalled pregnancy. Find out more...

Arms Reach Euro-Mini Co-Sleeper Euro®

Arms Reach Euro-Mini Co-Sleeper Euro®

Arms Reach Euro-Mini Co-Sleeper Euro® is designed with all the benefits of the Mini but is used for particularly short beds. From comfort of your own bed the bassinet still enables you to settle and comfort your child and draw your baby close for breastfeeding. The Euro-Mini Co-Sleeper® attaches securely to the adult bed under the top mattress and fits beds with a bed height of 40 cm to 45 cm. Find out more...

Heartburn in Pregnancy

Heartburn in Pregnancy

"Heartburn in pregnancy is a common problem. While harmless heartburn can be quite painful. Heartburn is often experienced as a strong burning sensation in your chest extending up to your throat. The burning sensation you feel is when stomach acids rise into your oesophagus (the muscular tube that food passes through to your stomach)." This article by Jane Palmer gives useful information and tips on heartburn in pregnancy. Find out more...

What Did You Do to Prepare for Labour?

Forum: What Did You Do to Prepare for Labour?

Forum: The birth of a baby is a profound and life-changing event. It marks the start of a brand new relationship founded in love. How this baby arrives in the world matters. Indeed, birth matters to women and it is matters to fathers. A positive birth experience increases the likelihood of a positive and long breastfeeding relationship. Get involved in the discussion now! Find out more...

February 2014

Intermittent Auscultation

Intermittent Auscultation

"Sarah had planned a home birth for her second baby; the birth of her first baby had taken place at the local primary unit and all went well. Sarah had commented antenatally that she would rather have this baby at home as she felt the constant interruptions at the primary unit made her labour so much longer." This article by Ruth Martis talks about Intermitten Auscultation. Find out more...

Breastfeeding a Toddler

Breastfeeding a Toddler

"Breastfeeding was always something I was determined to do with my babies, and for as long as possible. I remember a few hours after my first baby was born: the midwife came and asked me if he had suckled yet. When I replied no, she gave his head a firm push in the direction of the nipple, he immediately latched on, and it was the beginning of my breastfeeding career!" This article by Kirrilee Heartman talks about breastfeeding a toddler. Find out more...

When Life Takes a Different Path: A Tale of Postnatal Depression

When Life Takes a Different Path: A Tale of Postnatal Depression

"In the dead of night in October, 2009, I gave birth to my fourth baby. The room was dim, and the air had a sombre peacefulness to it. I had gone nearly two weeks overdue with this baby, and I hadn’t been in a hurry to meet her; in fact, I would have been quite happy to remain pregnant indefinitely." This article by Kirrilee Heartman tells her story and experience with postnatal depression. Find out more...

Breastfeeding in Pregnancy

Forum: Breastfeeding in Pregnancy

Forum: Have you breastfed whilst being pregnant? Did you notice any difference in the breastfeeding relationship between you and your child during this time? Were there any noticeable changes to your breastmilk? Get involved in the discussion now! Find out more...

January 2014

Protect Your Baby's Hips When Swaddling

Protect Your Baby's Hips When Swaddling

"Many parents find that swaddling can provide comfort to fussy babies, reduce crying, and develop more settled sleep patterns. While parents and babies may enjoy these benefits from swaddling, care must be taken to swaddle properly to ensure the baby’s health and safety." This article by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute provides a step by step guide on how to wrap your baby. Find out more...

Birthing in Water

Birthing in Water

"Birth in water is sometimes portrayed as a new-age hippy fad promoted by modern childbirth fundamentalists to push the boundaries of normal birth, but I see it as a small part of a much bigger and more sophisticated idea." This article originally published in Midwifery Matters explains all the details about birthing in water. Find out more...

Women's Perceptions of Midwife Led Care

Women's Perceptions of Midwife Led Care

"The underpinning philosophy of the midwives working in the FBC is to empower women to make informed choices about their care, with a focus on enabling them to labour and birth with minimal intervention." This article, originally published in ‘Midwifery News', shows women's perceptions of midwife led care. Find out more...

Breastfeeding a Toddler

Forum: Breastfeeding a Toddler

Forum: "Can you share your experiences of breastfeeding a toddler? We want to encourage other mums to continue breastfeeding their children as they turn from babies to toddlers." We would love to hear your experiences of breastfeeding your toddler. Find out more...

Women's Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies During Pregnancy

Women's Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies During Pregnancy

"The majority of women rely on health professionals, such as midwives, general practitioners (GPs) and obstetricians, during pregnancy and birth to ensure that both mother and baby are as healthy as possible. Are these the only practitioners providing care to women during this important time in their lives?" This article provides the facts about how women use complementary and alternative therapies during pregnancy. Find out more...

Creating a Sacred Birth Space

Creating a Sacred Birth Space

"One of the reasons I chose to have a homebirth was because I wanted a sacred birth space and I didn’t feel it was possible to create that experience in a hospital. I believe that creating a sacred birth space is one of the fundamental elements of manifesting your intention for a wonderful birth. It is important for a woman to feel safe and held in a loving environment in order to birth in love." This article talks about the signifcance of having a sacred birth space to have a sacred, comfortable birth. Find out more...

Little Girl You Left So Soon

Little Girl You Left So Soon

"Little girl you left so soon. I wept so hard and so long, but my tears would not return you. You were both my blessing and my agony. I knew not how I would ever go on." This touching poem by Yvette Barton tells the heart wrenching story of the miscarriage of her unborn baby, Annabelle Myrtle May. Find out more...

Breastfeeding a Premature Baby

Forum: Breastfeeding a Premature Baby

Forum: "Was your baby born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy)? Did you breastfeed your baby? Did you receive extra help or support to do this (perhaps from special care nurses or a lactation consultant)? We would love to hear about your experiences with this." Get involved with the discussion now! Find out more...

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