From the time you saw those two blue stripes until you feel the first contraction and realise that the time has come to meet your baby, can feel like an eternity for some, but for others - it's gone too fast! Can you believe that it only takes 9 months to create a perfect little human.

As you near your due date, you have probably been wondering how you are going to cope - perhaps you have concerns, fears, anxiety - all of which are totally normal. I have come up with some tips that may help you to achieve the best birth possible - whether you choose to have a completely natural birth, or a planned c-section or you are dead keen on having an epidural. And remember, the birth you want is not guaranteed going to be the birth you get, but even if you don't have the no intervention, drug-free birth you had planned for, there is no medals for the marathon depending on whether you had a natural drug-free birth, or you underwent a c-section or had an epidural. You will have to visualise the birth you want, but keep flexible and keep your options open should things not pan out exactly how you'd dreamed they would.

Nevertheless, here are some tips worth reading as you near your due date:

1. Start already now by thinking positivley about your birth. Keep telling yourself that you will rock this birth. Anxiety and fear can get you all tensed up, and we don't want 'all tensed up' in labour. We want soft and loose <3

2. Remember always that pain is temporary. However long it takes, it will end and when it ends you will finally get to meet that little baby - if that's not the cherry on the cake then what is !?

3. Take your mind off your contractions by remembering your mantras, your affirmations. Keep reading them, saying them, have them always placed where you can see them during the day. Your partner or doula will remind you of them if you get led astray. Visualise your contractions as waves that come and go, bringing your baby closer and closer - or visualise birth as a flower opening. Practice these mantras and visualisations - they will become your reality and you will benefit from this during labour and birth.

4. Use the breathing techniques we have spoken about. Practice them already before you go in to labour, all the preparation and training you do beforehand will benefit you during labour and birth. Just like a marathon runner - if she/he hasn't trained beforehand, both physically and mentally, the marathon is going to be - well, not so groovy!

5. Educate yourself on your options and get aquainted with the different interventions and what side effects and/or domino affects they have . If you have knowledge - you will more likely be able to make informed decisions about interventions - and remember - it is OK to change the course of plan if YOU decide to do so.

6. Back rubs in labour are wonderful for most. Putting pressure on the lower back really helps a lot, or the hip-squeeze, or accupressure on just the right spots. For other Moms, gentle stroking is all they need to distract from pain, while others don't want you near them at all. Go with what feels right for you.

7 Positioning. It's very important to keep moving, dancing, changing from being on all fours, to kneeling, to standing, rocking. Lying on your back is the last place you want to be. The pressure on your back will be very painful, and you will be working against gravity.

8. Having the use of a shower, bath/birth pool, big ball can all help at various stages of labour.

9. Stay at home for as long as you can before you head for the hospital. Home is your comfortable environment - your good, uninterrupted first stage of labour can take place at home. Move to the hospital when contractions are getting 5 mins apart and have been so for about and hour.

10. Get plenty of exercise during your pregnancy - remember the marathon runner in point 4!! :-)

11. Come prepared to the hospital if that is where you will be having your baby. You will need nourishment - energy-rich snacks that are easy to digest! Nuts, smoothies (with added oats for energy), frozen grapes! - yes, some women like to eat ice-blocks, but frozen grapes have the added glucose for energy.

Birth is fantastic! You are fantastic! Motherhood is fantastic!

Do you have any tips of your own to add? Please share them in the comments below.

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THE BIRTHSONG

The night is still, the moon full and bright

She feels it approaching, her belly once again tight

All is ready the time's finally come

She's hoping her baby will be here by the rising of the sun.

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first

The courage, the fear, the love, the hope and the mirth

Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong

Their babies emerge as they sing the BIRTHSONG

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth

They're all connected through their bodies & songs

It knows no boundaries, no colour, no races

It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.

The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

Her breathing grows faster as each new wave moves within

She remembers to let go, to surrender again

She opens her eyes and sees her partner, her lover, her friend

Remembering with tenderness their choice to begin

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first

The courage, the fear, the love and the hope

Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong

Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth

Thery're all connected through their bodies & songs

It knows no boundaries, no colour, no races

It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.

The sounds of each woman as she sings the birthsong

The songs been completed the babe's in her arms

Both teary-eyed parents are moved by its charms

The song appears ended at least in this room

But I'll hear it eternal with other bright moons.

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first

The courage, the fear, the love, the hope and the mirth

Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong

Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth

They're all connected thorugh their bodies & songs

It knows no boundaries, no colour, no races

It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.

The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

-Dana Beardshear


I will be by your side as you sing your Birthsong. I am a doula. I will not leave your side, no one should birth alone.

Jeg tilbyr doula tjenester i Rogaland - contact me for more information. <3 https://www.facebook.com/DOULA.LINDI.intuitive.birthing/


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I have been thinking of using my artwork to make a set of LABOUR & BIRTH AFFIRMATION CARDS. This picture is the first in my series.

birth affirmations and inspirations

"our world is a reflection of the beliefs we hold... and affirmations can be a useful tool in helping us to change these beliefs...if you find you have fears and concerns about birthing your baby, using affirmations can help to dispel these. Even if you are feeling wonderful and positive, they can only add to what is already inside of you --- all power to you for a joyous birth!"

You can have mental affirmations, (that you repeat in your head - like a mantra) or you can have them on little cards and place them around where you see them ... for example, next to your bed, on your bathroom mirror, on the fridge door etc. the aim is for them to be absorbed into your consciousness so your brain believes the statements and then makes them a reality... that can only be a good thing.


Here are some affirmations that I have found on pinterest. I love them. Do you?










I guess I'll be getting out my paintbox and creating some handmade affirmations to give to my doula clients - leaving a little piece of my heart and soul in each one. When I have my little collection, I will post them for you all to see. Perhaps you would like to use them too :-)

hugzzzz Lindi xxx


P.S: Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about my Doula practice and how I can help you.

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Det er kanskje rart å tenke på at de to ordene høre faktisk sammen.

DADDLER GJENNOM SVANGERSKAP - ER DET SANT AT DE FØRE TIL LETTERE FØDSEL?

Når det gjelder fødsel, har vi alle et ønske om å ha et kort, enkel, og behagelig en. Heldigvis er det en del ting vi kan gjøre for å prøve å oppnå dette.

* delta på et fødselsforberedelsekurs

* samarbeide med en DOULA <3

* bli kjent med forskjellige sykehus prosedurene, inngrep osv.

* spis riktig og ta vitamintilskudd for gravide

* yoga, trening osv

OG NÅ KAN DU LEGGE EN TING TIL PÅ LISTEN DIN:

* DADDLER.


Ja, daddler!

Har du noen gang tenkt tanken på at du kan rett og slett 'snope' deg frem til en enklere fødsel?

Forskning viser at kvinner som spiser 6 dadler til dagen de siste 4 uker før terminen, hadde:

* betraktelig større åpning og membrane var inntakt når hun kom til sykehuset

* naturlig fødsel

* kortere aktivfasen

* mindre inngrep

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280989


Ganske AWESOME bare det med å spise daddler huh??

Forskning viser at dadler er en slags 'natur-oxitocin' og hjelper med rier, hjelper også med å dempe blødning etter fødsel (som er også hva oxitocin gjør) og er en fanatastisk næringskilde for den gravide mamma.



Grunnen at jeg valgt å skriver / blogger her litt om DADDLER i dag er at jeg var på 'chat' med min datter som er på reise - og hun sendte meg et bilde av en smoothie hun hadde drukket tidligere i dag. (Hun sa det var bare himmelsk!) Den så heilt fantastisk ut, og jeg spurte hva den inneholdet. Blandt annet daddler - OI ! Så bra for gravide kvinner tenkte jeg ( fordi jeg tenker på svangerskap, fødsel, barsel, rier, bekken osv døgnet rundt selvfølgelig ha ha ha)

JEG DELER HERVED ET BILDE SENDT FRA KAMBODSJA TIDLIGERE I DAG:



SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENSER:

- 5 DADDLER

- 1 BANAN

- 2,5 DL KOKOSMELK (som kjøpes i melkekjøleskap på de fleste store matvarebutikker - ikke fra boks!)

gir alt en skikkelig omgang i smoothieblenderen, med noen isklumper til om du vil - digggg!

Ikke dumt å ha med seg som næring under fødselen heller, men god uansett hvor du befinner deg i svangerskapet. Kan nytes av resten av familien også :-)


Det var egentlig det jeg skulle sier om DADDLER - undervurdert dingsebomser! Men nå vet dåkk mer om det!

Forressten, Norsken min???? Er det forståelig?? Gi tilbakemelding om jeg heller skal over til ENGELSK ! :-)


Doula Lindi signing out :-)



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BIRTH IS SACRED . . .  I WILL HELP CREATE THE SPACE FOR CONSCIOUS BIRTH...

A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother before, during and the few weeks after the birth of her baby. The doula's purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience. A doula (also know as a birth attendant) believes in 'mothering the mother'. She enables a woman and her partner to have the most satisfying birth experience possible, from pregnancy and into motherhood. this type of support allows the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience too.

Women have complex needs during childbirth. In addition to the safety of modern obstetrical care, and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. they need individualised care based on their circumstances and preferences. The role of the birth doula encompasses the non-clinical aspects of care during childbirth.

Doulas have been actively supporting women in labour for a very long time, well before it was the formalised role that it is today. As a result of positive word of mouth (and the need for increased support), doulas are fast growing in popularity.

Who Are Doulas? Doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth and are usually mothers themselves. While they have good knowledge and awareness of the birth process, a doula does not support the mother in a medical role. That is the job of the midwife or doctor. A doula helps to keep birth normal (if that is the wishes of the birthing mother), and is a valuable addition to the birth team. Should a birth become complicated and require medical assistance, a doula will still remain by your side and help in any way she can. She will not make decisions for those she supports, but she will assist them through the decision making process. A doula provides balanced information so the couple can make their own choices.

Given the long term emotional and physical effects that medical births can have on the mother, her partner and baby, a doula is a valuable asset to your birth team. By amping up your support team with experienced, continuous care from a doula, you’re giving yourself an increased chance at a better experience. Your support team are the people you will rely on to get you through your toughest, most intense moments. How well they hold the space and support you can impact on the outcome of your birth.

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GRAVID

Hei, og velkommen inn i min nye verden. DOULAVERDEN.

Dere som kjenner meg vet at jeg brenner for mye. Jeg brenner for rettigheter - for dyr, babyer, barn, kvinner, undertrykket mennesker og mye annet.

Som Doula brenner jeg mest for at kvinner skal føler seg ivaretatt, hørt, respektert og trygg under gravidetet, fødsel og barseltiden og at hennes opplevelsen skal være positiv og fantastisk.

Norsk ferdighetene mine skulle gjerne blitt mye bedre når som jeg skal blogge, og det kommer til å hende at det går mest på englesk (morsmål) fremover.

For dere som ikke vet hva en DOULA er for noe, kommer jeg med en forklaring her: En doula er en fødselsledsagar. Doulaer er relativt nytt i Norge, men både tilbud og ettersporsel er i stadig vekst. Doulaens oppgave er å støtte den gravide og hennes partner både før, under og i barsel tiden etter fødselen. Doulaen fokuserer fullt og helt på de praktiske og følelsesmessige sidene av fødselen. Det viktigiste for doulaen er at mor føler seg trygg, og at hun får den støtten hun trenger for å føde slik hun selv ønsker. Gjennom svangerskapet blir doulaen, fødekvinnen og hennes fødselspartner kjent med hverandre gjennom møter, og når fødselen starter vil doulaen komme hjem til dem og hvis hun ikke skal føde hjemme, reise de sammen til sykehuset. Doulaen blir hos mor helt til babyen er født. Doulaer tar ikke vakskifter, men er sammen med den fødende kvinnen hele tiden. Doulaen skal være en berikelse for fødselsteamet. Doulaer er der for deg om du velge å føde naturlig, hvis du har planlagt keisesnitt, hvis du vil ha epidural. Hun jobber ikke for sykehuset, men kun for DEG.

Jeg ser at Rogalendinger ligger litt etter med det å benytte seg av doula tjenester. Er det fordi det finnes få doulaer her i fylket? Hvem vet, men damer, jeg er den nye 'DOULA ON THE BLOCK' - utdanner meg med den Norsk Doulaforbund og er kjempe klar for oppdrag HER I ROGALAND.

Jeg har stiftet eget firma som heter Doula Lindi - intuitive birthing og er registrert med org.nr og det hele. Kjempe spennendes :-)

Jeg har vært med på flere fødsler og forstå fødsels anatomi og fysiologi, fødsels ulike faser, naturlig smertelindring (massasje, akkupressur, avspennings teknikker osv) sykehusets prosedyrer, inngrep osv, og amming.

På min Facebook side, er jeg nok så aktiv med å legge ut relevant informasjon osv. Vennligst ta en titt inn i den også. Her finner du også min tlf.nr og du kan ringe/sende melding om å bestille en gratis uforpliktende time for å snakker om hva jeg som doula kan tilbyr akkurat deg.

https://www.facebook.com/DOULA.LINDI.intuitive.birthing/


Takk for meg, og hjertelig velkommen tilbake xxx

P.S. Tror jeg bruker engelsk i fremtiden her på min blogg ! Eller en blanding :-)

P.S.S. Hadde vært utrolig gøy hvis du ville skriver i kommentarfeltet :-D

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