Every woman all over the world is equipped with all that is needed to provide warmth, love, comfort and nutrition to her new baby. Where possible It is important that the first hour of your baby’s life is uninterrupted or not disturbed. In this way the built in instincts are ignited and nature starts to provide the baby with his/her first feed …Colostrum.
You are probably aware that having a baby is going to change your life, and may I add, for the better! However, along with this change comes a multitude of emotions and it is good to have a support network around you to help you get through those early weeks as a new mother.
The midwife will help the woman gain tools to help her work through her birth, relying entirely on her own natural hormone release and in labour the same familiar midwife will help comfort and support the woman, protecting her from situations that can inhibit the release of these hormones.
Here at UK Birth Centres Ltd we understand that your birth experience is extremely important because not only does it shape how you transition into being a Mother but will remain with you for the rest of your life. We the midwives at UK Birth Centres are passionate about supporting women, listening to your hopes and dreams and helping to optimise your birth experience which it now turns out is going to have a lifelong beneficial effect on your baby!
At times you will have a pregnancy journey that is veering away from the straight forward route and when this happens you can feel that you have very little choice but to go along with the medical interventions even though they were not part of your birth plan. This can lead to feelings of powerlessness and a perception that you are not being heard!
You are unique, fantastic, a perfect human being; as are your baby, your pregnancy and your birth; they matter so much. I became an Independent midwife to ensure I could continue to support women through this amazing journey in the best way possible. Please take time to consider your choices in who attends you during this time. It is one of the most important times of your life.
Birth is unique and dynamic, working alongside your midwife you will be planning and preparing for many months towards an ideal birth. Sometimes things can and do change which may mean that you as the mother cannot hold your baby for the first time; this may be in the event of a CS for example. If for any reason you cannot hold your baby for a while, skin to skin can start between baby and your partner –Baby will Settle to the rhythm of his/her breathing and his/her heart beating, it is a voice that baby will recognise immediately and can go a long way to start the instinctual process until you are ready to take over.
Women are awake to the notion that being a mother starts when your baby is in the womb and they want to make choices about their pregnancy and birth that will have a positive impact on their babies. Birth is a physiological process that has built in hormone release that floods your body and crosses to the baby giving you both a loving feeling that remains long after the birth giving you a blissful, helpful start to Motherhood!
Now I make no apology to be talking on the subject of relaxation yet again, but it is an important subject when it comes to child birth! Let me explain an adaption your body has that allows us to stop our babies being born until we feel safe and out of danger. When you are fearful and anxious your body immediately activates the nervous system to produce adrenalin. The adrenalin release is to enable you to either fight or to run away from this “threat”.
Here at UK Birth Centres we think you deserve an individual approach for your birth support. We believe whole heartedly that you deserve to have the continued support of a midwife, so that you get to know her and she in turn learns about your hopes and fears and helps you to feel relaxed and cared for throughout your pregnancy and birth, and of course into those special early days with your newborn.