In every art, the beginning is extremely important for the whole, when constructing buildings, foundations are most important, in the naval field, the importance is in the hull… Thus, in society, the way couples unite and the beginning of life are very important for their prosperity. Ocelle of Lefkada, disciple of Pythagoras.
Today I’m so excited to bring you more evidence-based information to you about perineal tears, and some research on a method that is sometimes used with the intent of preventing perineal tears, and that is perineal massage during pregnancy. Before we get started, I wanted to let you know that we will be talking about some topics including tears, severe tears from the vagina to the rectum, obstetric violence, and episiotomies.
In honour of Father's Day, we're honouring fathers by sharing just some of the many ways they show up and provide truly supportive care and encouragement during labour and birth. Despite the tired, misaligned tropes media continues to show, dads are capable, loving, intuitive, and sensitive.
You may have heard of the phrase "skin-to-skin" or "kangaroo" care, but if you're new to the idea, here's a simple definition:
Skin-to-skin or "kangaroo" care is when a newborn baby is placed unclothed on mother's chest directly after birth and as often as possible during the newborn stage. This kind of care has been proven to have many health benefits for healthy full-term babies, as well as quicker recovery from illness and difficulties for premature and sick babies.
So what is it about a mother's body that makes skin-to-skin care so important?
Immune system – Breast milk helps to mature the immune system. Responds better to vaccinations. Decreased risk of childhood cancer
Skin – Less allergic eczema in breastfed infants
Joints and muscles – Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is less common in children who were breastfed
Bowels – Less constipation
Urinary tract – fewer infections in breastfed infants
Digestive system – Less diarrhoea, fewer gastrointestinal infections in babies who are breastfeeding. Six months of exclusive breastfeeding reduces risk of food allergies. Also, less risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in adulthood
Mental help and practical advice at hand for those navigating new living situations
As every parent knows, raising a family is challenging even at the best of times. Those experiencing a change in their living situation due to a split between parents or the forming of a new, blended family are faced with an entirely more difficult reality.
Pregnancy gives a whole new meaning to the word “beautiful” and is a time of enormous delight and anticipation. The feeling of carrying a tiny soul inside you is incredible. If you’re expecting a baby or know someone who is, share some lovely pregnancy quotes with them to motivate and inspire them and bring a smile to their faces.