In this section you will find articles on various postnatal issues covering the time from the baby’s birth to six weeks after birth. We would love to receive your articles or stories on postnatal issues. Email articles or stories to PBB.
Contraception Choices By Hannah Dahlen In Australia, in the past ten years, contraceptive choices for women have increased significantly. Women continue to seek a wide range of contraceptive options and they increasingly want to be fully informed and in control of their fertility. Research indicates that women’s primary concerns when choosing contraception are that it is effective and has minimal side effects. Generally the more effective contraception is the greater the potential for side effects. Ultimately every woman must
Incontinence- The silent epidemic By Hannah Dahlen For many women urinary incontinence is a clear problem without a clear cause, or solution. The fact that one in three women who have ever had a baby wet themselves indicates the extent of this problem. Urinary incontinence is distressing and embarrassing and can impact significantly on women’s lives. The silence that surrounds urinary incontinence results in many women feeling isolated and reluctant to seek help. The severity of urinary incontinence varies
Pelvic Floor Myths By Michelle Wright After birth your midwife may explain the importance of pelvic floor muscles and check for diastasis (the splitting of the abdominal muscles) and/or you may receive a visit from a physiotherapist. Pelvic floor health may be followed up by the GP at the routine 6 week post-natal check. Information may be included in the new mum course running at the Maternal Child and Health Nurse. Or then again, it may not. One third
Pelvic Floor Exercises By Michelle Wright Pelvic floor exercises are an important part of your fitness program. The pelvic floor is a sling of muscles stretching across the floor of the pelvis. Attaching to your pubic bone at the front, the pelvic floor muscles stretch across the floor of your pelvis and attach to the coccyx (the tail at the end of your spine) at the back. Openings from your uterus, bladder and bowels all pass through your pelvic
The Postnatal Woman: What to Expect By Jane Palmer Information available to women once they have a baby is sadly lacking. All the focus of information is mainly on the pregnancy and birth. The postnatal period begins from birth and ends when the baby is six weeks of age. The postnatal period is a very special time where women undergo the transition into motherhood. For during pregnancy it can be very difficult to comprehend just what being mother will
By Erika Elliott “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 pressure in society upon women to have the ‘ideal’ figure is great. Every week leading media outlets release magazines full of pictures of celebrities sporting flat stomachs, toned muscles and winning smiles. While as a group we can lay claim to a firm belief that the female body is beautiful in any form, there are still many women who look at these images and consider their own body inferior by comparison. Pregnant and postpartum women are not immune
By Yvette Barton 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 - a body that nourished a new and unique human for some 40 weeks.
By Andie Fox 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. Why are we so afraid of losing control, of being softened, of giving in, of being affected, of
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. The Continence Foundation of Australia, which commissioned the research, today launched a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of