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Use your pregnancy guide to support you and your growing bump! These extra videos, links, articles, facebook groups and resources aim to EMPWR you for pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.


Your body is incredible.
Trust in it and trust in the birthing process.

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This symbol tells you which pages to look at in your pregnancy guide

I have, as far as possible tried to make these resources as gender neutral as possible, but unfortunately as birth is incredibly heteronormative, this was a little difficult to do! I therefore apologise for the many white, cis female bodies depicted in many of the videos. I hope one day that the rhetoric surrounding birth education will change.

ANTENATAL

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Your body changes a lot during pregnancy. There will be many new feelings and sensations whilst you're pregnant. Check out your pregnancy guide which outlines some of the common changes and symptoms related to being pregnant.

What happens to my body?

An animation showing how the pregnant body changes

Why does my body change?

The physiological changes that happen to your body whilst you're growing a tiny human

Baby's development in the womb

The importance of the environment and elements on the growing baby

Sleeping

Sleep on your left side from 28 weeks

Auckland City Hospital

The National Women's Health (the old hospital before it merged with Auckland City) website has a wealth of information and resources available. Follow this link.

How does smoking affect baby?

Sleep on your left side from 28 weeks

Baby's movements

Please contact your midwife immediately if you are worried about your baby's movements.

 

LABOUR

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Your body has done something incredible. You have grown a teeny tiny human. It's literally created tiny fingers, toes, hair, eyeballs and a beating heart. Believe in yourself and in the magic that is your body. Stay positive. You can do this. No matter how your labour and birth goes, whatever potential deviations from your "plan" might happen, you have still grown a tiny baby. Your baby. Be proud.

Regardless of a vaginal birth, an instrumental birth or a caesarean. You will  birth your baby. You are amazing.

Cervical Dilation

A brilliant video demonstrating how the cervix changes during labour

Mechanism of Labour

An animation showcasing the anatomical changes and the mechanism of labour and birth.

Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing tutorials. Knowing how to breathe in labour will be one of your best tools. Get empowered! Check out Your Birth Project for an online, affordable course.

How is a Caesarean performed?

Playdough c-section and all the steps and layers! great for those of you who are squeamish

How long will labour be?

WHO, the World Health Organisation, says that the duration of the first stage of labour (from 5 cm until full cervical dilatation) usually does not extend beyond 12 hours in first labours, or beyond 10 hours in subsequent labours. You can view their labour recommendations by downloading the pdf.

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BIRTHING BAG CHECKLIST

or you can download one here

What pain relief can I have?

Expert advice from Consultant Anaesthetist, Morgan Edwards. Your Labour Your Way website

Having a Caesarean Section

What to expect when you're having a caesarean section

Find more information about caesarean sections here

Your Pelvis in Labour

Making space in your pelvis during the pushing stage of labour is really important. Notice how changing the direction of your legs can really make a huge difference in space at the outlet. 

 
 

POSTNATAL

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Baby Checker

This handy guide will help you decide if baby is well or not. Its an easy to use, symptom checker. Download the pdf. You can also download the app here!

Car Seats

Plunket has some really important and useful information about car seats for your baby or child. Find that here.

Safe Sleep

Although co-sleeping isn't recommended, it's not always realistic, particularly in the sleepy, feeding haze of those first few weeks. This animation demonstrates how to co-sleep more safely

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Regardless of how you birth your baby, having the weight of them on your pelvic floor muscles for 9 months takes it's toll. It's important to do these daily. Check out @thevaginaphysio on instagram for more info!

Attachment and Skin-Skin

This video explores the importance of attachment theory for lifelong relationships, self image and health

Caesarean Section Scar Massage

This is really good to be done from after your 6 week check with your midwife of LMC. Only as long as your scar is nicely healed without any complications.

FEEDING

The following links contain articles and information about inducing lactation for the non-birthing parent. There have been success stories of trans women (AMAB) who have successfully chest/breastfed their children.

Facebook Support Groups

Long-term Benefits

The long-term benefits of breast/human milk and feeding

How to latch baby on

How to latch baby on! With thanks to @breastfeeding.dietician for this wonderful resource.

How to latch baby on

UNICEF has a huge range of videos and resources about milk and feeding. Please access them here.

 

Pregnancy & Birth Education Instagram Accounts

Earthside: queer inclusive birth education from a qualified kiwi Midwife

The Educated Birth

Dr Morgan Edwards: Consultant Anaesthetist advocating for pregnant people

The Naked Doula: Birth educator and illustrator

The Badass Mother Birther: birth photography and advocacy (based in the US, so not all the content is relevant to parents birthing in NZ)

The Language of Birth

Cradled NZ: GP and lactation consultant in training

The Vagina Physio: pelvic floor health and exercises

Auckland Family Nutrition: specialist information around nutrition in pregnancy

Breastfeeding Dietician: practical tips and tricks for feeding your baby and help with colic and reflu

Chantal Cuthers: pregnancy nutrition

Birth Becomes You: birth photography

NZ.Birthstories: birth photography

Little Beat First Aid: first aid for babies and children

Your Birth Project: affordable, accessible, online hypnobirthing course

The Queer Birth Worker

The Queer Birth Club

Danny Wakefield

Freddy McConnell

Finding Paolo

Positive birth story blog

 

 

Pride & Joy: A podcast about how queers have kids

Kiwi Birth Tales

LGBTTQIA+ Representation

Baby First Aid

Podcasts

Hypnobirthing