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Clair Turner

CARING FOR YOUR PERINEUM - BEFORE AND AFTER CHILDBIRTH

CARING FOR YOUR PERINEUM - BEFORE AND AFTER CHILDBIRTH

Perhaps until you were pregnant you’d never heard of a perineum, let alone know how important it is during pregnancy and childbirth. However I’m sure you’ve heard about how important your pelvic floor muscles are and how important it is to do your pelvic floor exercises after the birth of your baby to prevent bladder leakage when you cough, sneeze or run later in life.  As a midwife I’ve spent my career supporting women and teaching them the importance of self care for their ongoing, short and long term physical and emotional well-being. Hopefully by the end of this blog...

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Clair Turner

HOW TO DO PERINEAL MASSAGE - PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH

Preparing your perineum for childbirth. From 34 weeks pregnant, start a 5-10 minute perineal massage session 3-4 times a week. Best performed after a warm bath or shower.  Before you start: Make sure your bladder is empty. Use clean washed hands with short trimmed nails. Get comfortable, prop yourself upright with pillow to support your back. With your legs bent and feet apart. Place a soft towel under your bottom. Have a mirror at hand if you want to see better (optional) Use a warm compress (a soft warmed washcloth) on your perineum or alternatively have a warm bath to...

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Clair Turner

Baby Massage

Baby Massage

For many, massage is a way to relax and relieve stress and tension. One of its many benefits is that it enhances your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.  It's no different for your baby.  Research has proven that massaging your baby at least once a day improves their health and development.  This natural affinity with touch begins during pregnancy, when many mums stroke their bellies instinctively to connect with their baby, or to soothe the first cry at birth. Massage is not only a wonderful opportunity for you and your partner to bond with your baby but it...

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Clair Turner

Breast Feeding tips 101

Breast Feeding tips 101

We often hear that breast-feeding is the most natural thing in the world but that doesn’t mean that it comes easily to everyone.   It can be challenging, hard work and sometime uncomfortable.  However it is also very rewarding and has multiple health benefits for you and your baby.  I wanted to share a few quick tips to help you on your way. Get off to a good start.  An minimum of a hours uninterrupted Skin to skin from birth helps to regulate babies temperature, blood sugars, heartbeat and breathing. It also is a time for you to explore your baby...

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