What is perineal massage and how does it help?

One of the things that our mums-to-be worry and ask us about in our MummyNatal classes is whether there’s anything they could do during pregnancy or labour to avoid tearing. Whilst every woman, baby and birth are unique, and there is no way of telling whether vaginal tearing will or won’t happen, it is a certainly a possibility. There are however factors that can play a part in helping a woman achieve a positive outcome in this sense (i.e. no vaginal tearing!)what is perineum massage and how does it help?

But first of all, let’s take it a step back.

What is vaginal tearing?

A vaginal tear is a spontaneous laceration to the perineum, which is the area between the vagina and the rectum. It can occur towards the final stages of the second phase of labour when the baby is being born. With the head being the biggest part of the baby’s body (and often the first one to come through the birth canal), the vagina has to stretch considerably to allow for the baby’s head to be born. Of course, that’s exactly how a woman’s body has been designed to work, so the tissue can and will stretch, but it is possible that tearing occurs in the process. And this isn’t just a possibility for first-time mothers – the birth of subsequent babies can cause tearing as well. Continue reading

Children present during labour and birth? Here’s what our Natal teachers say

Back in August last year, Jamie Oliver announced on Instagram the birth of his first child, a baby boy. In that announcement Jamie Oliver makes a reference about the fact that his oldest daughters, 14 and 12, were present during the latest stages of an Harrison baby 3“unbelievably composed” labour and birth and were the ones to cut their little brother’s umbilical cord.

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Except, that the whole internet was up in arms. “Should you let your children watch you giving birth”? According to an article that appeared in The Guardian back in August, the question was even asked to Jacque Gerard, the Royal College of Midwives’ director for England, who stated that “if [birth] happens in a prepared, loving, and supportive environment […] it’s really positive and healthy”. And apparently, she continued to say women requesting for their children to be present while they give birth is on the increase in the UK, and “given that we are trying to improve choice, if having children present is part of that choice, we should be supporting women. Birth is a family event, and it affects everyone. With the right support and preparation, why shouldn’t they be involved?” Continue reading

How being a MummyNatal teacher can make a difference – Jenni’s story

Meet Jenni.

Jenni is one of our ‘brand ambassadors’ and a teacher who has trained into the majority of the programmes offered by The Natal FamilyBabyNatal, First Aid (Paediatric and beyond) and MummyNatal. An active member of The Natal Family team, at home, Jenni is a wife and a mum to a lovely boy.mnjenni Continue reading

A Natal teacher in the spotlight – Laura’s VBAC story

Meet Laura.

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Laura has been a BabyNatal teacher since 2013 and has more recently trained in Developmental Baby Massage and MummyNatal. Laura is a fantastic mum to two very cute little girls (who look just like her), and she stands out as one of our most passionate and energetic Natal teachers. If you’re a new or expectant parent and live around Romford and Thurrock, you should definitely check Laura’s classes out! Continue reading

A MummyNatal birth story

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Last year at Natal HQ, we welcomed our own little arrival on Sunday 4th August 2013 at 1.08am. Baby Brock was born at home, weighing 7lbs 11oz.

His birth was even more special as it was my opportunity to use our MummyNatal techniques for the first time during a real labour and birth!  Continue reading