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Labour & Birth Tips

Your Baby at Birth: 10 features that are normal

Posted by Kristin Beckedahl - Naturopath, Childbirth Educator, Doula on

As a doula for years I've seen lots of variations around birth and babies.  I will never forget one dad's face when he saw the coned shape of his baby's head straight after birth. I could see he hadn't expected it to look like that. So I gently reassured him that it was all normal and that it would reshape naturally over the next day or so. He was relieved. On the telly babies come out looking rather clean, pink and often the size of a one month old. So for those that haven't seen many real babies at birth, here's a little...

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Eating and Drinking in Labour

Posted by Kristin Beckedahl - Naturopath, Childbirth Educator, Doula on

Food and fluids can make ALL the difference to a woman's labour. It affects labour's progress, a woman's stamina (mental & physical) and her need for interventions. Here are my doula tips for why you need to do eat & drink, when and what to eat and drink, how to get electrolytes & minerals for the uterus and how your partner can help.

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