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Can I use my TENs Machine if I am being induced?

Having an induction of labour means that your labour is being started before your body goes into labour on its own. There are many reasons why wome...

Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition
  The months or years of waiting to see 2 clear lines on a plastic stick. The emotion of doubting “Is this even real?”, “How should I tell my part...

A Quick 5 Minute Guide: How do I use a TENS Machine?

A Quick 5 Minute Guide: How do I use a TENS Machine?
As a midwife, birth educator and mum of 4 there is one thing that I personally recommend for all labours – A TENS Machine! Some of you may be think...

Perineal Massage During Pregnancy

Perineal Massage During Pregnancy
As you near the end of your pregnancy, you may be looking for ways that you can start to prepare your body for labour and birth. One way that you ...

Beginners Guide to using a TENS Machine: Tips and Tricks

Beginners Guide to using a TENS Machine: Tips and Tricks
All the best tips from a midwife on how to use a TENS machine for labour (3 min read) A TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Machine...

A Doula discusses her birth using TENS

A Doula discusses her birth using TENS
I was 39 + 2 days and had peacefully come to the acceptance that after weeks of Braxton hicks, the loss of mucous plug around 38 weeks and very swo...

How to 'hack' your hormones for a better birth

How to 'hack' your hormones for a better birth
There are three main hormones that can influence a woman’s labour and birth. Firstly, a hormone is a chemical that is released from the brain in order to cause a reaction in the body, in terms of birth these hormones can work together to help your labour and birth progress. There are Oxytocin, Endorphins and Adrenaline. So, let’s talk about these hormones…

Andrea's positive birth story

Andrea's positive birth story
It had been a few weeks of "is the baby here yet" and on again off again contractions. I had been in regular contact with my team of amazing midwiv...

What is the cascade of interventions and why does it matter for my birth plan?

What is the cascade of interventions and why does it matter for my birth plan?
The cascade of interventions refers to the use of one medical intervention leading to the use of multiple interventions during labour. A helpful way to imagine the cascade of interventions is as a snowball effect. Understanding the impacts of the cascade of interventions is essential in reducing unnecessary interventions, reducing the length of labour and reducing operative deliveries.

A guide to timing contractions during your birth

A guide to timing contractions during your birth
Contractions in labour are essential in pushing the baby’s head onto the cervix, which progresses cervical dilation and moves baby further into the...

Brittany's road side birth

Brittany's road side birth
One of our lovely customer's Brittany had a wild road-side birth at sunset, and was home from the birth centre and tucked in bed with her new baby ...

Simone's empowered birth

Simone's empowered birth
The TENS machine was amazing, definitely took the edge off. I alternated positions a lot, and changed it up between meditation music and the high energy playlist when I needed to get moving. Jan did light touch massage for relaxation and firmer pressure on my hips when I needed it. I really focussed on keeping loose, light and happy. I felt really good and in control most of the time.
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