A bit of birth science for you today.... the hormone oxytocin!
oxytocin is the hormone that drives your labour. it's responsible for each and every one of your surges. it's also the hormone of love ♥️and happiness. 😊 it gives us that warm fuzzy mmmm feeling like when you laugh, when you cuddle a loved one... or maybe when you see a nice piece of chocolate cake waiting for you. 😋
to make sure that your labour is as efficient as possible, you need to make sure you have high levels of oxytocin. 👍and you can encourage oxytocin by...
* making sure you feel safe, loved and happy in your labour (cue birth partner support!) 💕
* dimming the lights to create a sense of privacy and intimacy 💜
* staying calm and relaxed 😌
* keeping warm 🧦
interested to hear your thoughts... what helped you get that oxytocin flowing in your labour? ❓
Met this little lady at the weekend! and heard her absolute supper mummy’s birth story 💪🏾
it makes me so happy to hear all your birth announcements and birth stories (of all kinds). whether that’s couples i’ve worked closely with as one to one clients, couples who’ve attended our group courses and of course everyone that gets in touch over instagram or in our facebook community! your messages really do mean a lot! even if one little post on here, one short chat over messenger, one look at a blog post or one quick question informs a decision or changes even just a small part of your birth experience then it’s working! keeping this little page running takes a lot of energy, @positivelybirthing is my full time job (oh and chasing a wild toddler),i'm teaching most evenings and weekends, blogging, sharing, researching and supporting by day, it’s on my mind when i go to bed and when i wake up, sometimes it tires me out and i wonder *is it worth it*, and then i get a message, a thankyou or a cuddle with one of these gorgeous babies (and their amazing mummies)👆🏻 and i know it is ❤️❤️ you're all doing the hard work, and i'm you number one champion!
• hypnobirthing & the mind • .
how your mind works is fascinating 🤩 i love the quote by ina may gaskin ‘giving birth can be the most empowering experience of a lifetime - an initiation into a new dimension of the mind-body awareness.’ .
giving birth for me certainly did and started my journey into training to be a midwife, so that i could guide and care for other women entering motherhood. .
we talk a lot about how your mind works in hypnobirthing, the analogy of an iceberg is the perfect example. your conscious mind is the part of the iceberg you can see above water and is what you use in logical, rational thinking and critical analysis. .
the subconscious is the part of the iceberg under the water, it is huge! it’s the instinctive part of our brain and also responsible for activating the flight-fight-freeze response (stress response) in our nervous system.
we all know you don’t want to feel stressed in birth and that this is easier said than done, especially when you haven’t done it before! because when you’re stressed your body creates muscle tension and releases the hormone adrenaline and that can stop or slow the production of oxytocin, your super love hormone which your u****s needs to surge/contract and do it’s job in birth. .
what’s really interesting is that this same part of the brain can’t distinguish between what is real and what is not. for example how your palms sweat or your heart rate increases at just the thought/fear of something or when waking from a nightmare. so by releasing any fear or stress, it helps the physiological process of birth. there is so much more i could tell you about this! .
so you can boost and fill up your subconscious with positive birth stories @tellmeagoodbirthstory watch positive birth videos (link in bio to daisy’s hypnobirth homebirth), repeat positive birth affirmations, listen to hypnosis scripts (which can completely change the way you think about birth) so that you can keep adrenaline and tension at bay, encourage the natural process and feel calm, positive and relaxed for birth. sounds like logical common sense right? it is and as a medical professional that’s what i like!!
Birth bag: there’s lists on google for everything, and the hospital/ birth bag is no exception. aside from the obvious (babies first outfit, maternity pads, nappies etc) your bag for your birth (home, birthing centre, or hospital) should be filled with little tricks. if you are birthing away from home, pack things that remind you of home, your pillow, photographs, a diffuser, a room spray, essential oils, a towel. pack things that help to keep you calm, and make your birth space safe and calm. battery powered candles or fairy lights are a lifesaver. if you’re in hospital did you know you can draw the blinds or even take in blackouts to stick on the windows, and you can ask for the lights to be dimmed. you don’t have to have s***p lighting all the time! another good suggestion is a sports bottle, as it’s easy to take quick sips from. the best advice i was given was to pack the bag with everything you want, then get your birth partner to unpack it all, and then they repack it, as they are the ones that will be handing you things on request. the last thing you want is to have to explain where the bobbles for your hair are! 🤣. what were your birth bag lifesavers? #labour#hospitalbag#hypnobirthing#hypnobirth#pregnancy#pregnant#eastlondon#leyton#walthamstow#wanstead#positivebirth#positivebirthing
Just looking through some of the wonderful cards and thank you’s i get from my couples once they have their babies. .
any time i’m feeling tired or struggling to juggle work and family or having a moment of self-doubt, it’s good to look at these cards.
hypnobirthing makes a difference. it makes a difference to every pregnancy. it makes a difference to every birth. it makes a difference in different ways, but it always makes a difference.
want to learn more or book into my oct / nov or dec courses. dm me or send me an email.
Because your birth space matters! the more relaxed you are, the easier your birth will be. let’s face it, for many going into hospital is a bit scary, or at least a bit uncomfortable. it’s a strange environment to us, and strange environments can make us tense up and literally hold the baby in. but you can change the room around and make it more comfortable for you. remember, just because there is a bed in the room it doesn’t mean you have to lay down on it! perfectly demonstrated here by @mother_of_daughters . #repost ・・・
active birth - get off the bed
i was teaching my midwifery student today about looking at the delivery room and how as midwives we can utilise the space and make it feel less clinical. with the majority of births taking place in hospital on an obstetric unit, the biggest feature as you walk into any room is the bed. but it doesn’t have to be set up like that. women will automatically sit or lie on the bed and once that mentality of being the ‘patient’ in hospital sets in, it’s hard to try and change that behaviour. but as midwives we can make small changes to create a birth environment that encourages women to move, squat, stand, rock, sway and kneel. and birth partners, doulas and student midwives, move the bed, ask for a mat, a birthing ball, a chair, dim the lights, move unnecessary equipment, put some music on. these small changes can make huge differences. ufo - upright, forward and open 💜
My next group course is not long off📅⏰⏳. i have been getting very excited planning it all....mostly the snacks!!! 🍉🍌🍿🍰☕🍩 you still have time to ✨book your spot✨ and positively influence your labour and birth f o r e v e r.