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The Birth Collective Blog

Preparing you for an empowered pregnancy & birth

Membrane Sweeps: What Are They & What Do I Need To Know?

It's natural to feel impatient in the final weeks of pregnancy, feeling frustrated to wake up each day to find you’re still pregnant. It’s important to remember that only 5% of women will give birth on their due date and not to fixate to greatly on this date. As the weeks go on, you may find...

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Exercise & Yoga In Pregnancy

I’m a big advocate for moving in pregnancy and anecdotally, I have seen the benefits it brings for the women I care for. In this blog, we are breaking down the evidence-based benefits of exercising in pregnancy and more specifically, yoga in pregnancy. A 2019 Systematic review 1 examined the...

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Hot Weather and Pregnancy: How to Beat the Heat

Some expectant mums can find hot weather challenging, and during a heatwave, there’s a greater risk of issues such as dehydration, heatstroke, and exhaustion. There are many risks when it comes to high body temperature during pregnancy, which is why we’re offering advice on how to stay cool in...

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Pelvic Girdle Pain

PGP in Pregnancy If you’re suffering with pelvic pain, also known as pelvic girdle pain or PGP in pregnancy, know that you are not alone. PGP is something that affects 1 in 5 of pregnancies and is something that as healthcare professionals we can attest to seeing an awful lot of. What Does PGP...

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Instrumental Delivery

Dispelling the fear There can be a great deal of mystery and fear surrounding instrumental delivery. You may have a friend who had a terrible experience and still feels traumatised, or perhaps you’ve seen pictures or videos online and are adamant that you don’t want this to happen to you. As...

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Breastfeeding Newborns: What To Expect In The Early Days

Breastfeeding Newborns - The First Hour If you can, you should try to breastfeed your newborn within the first hour of birth. After this time your baby can become sleepy for up to 24 hours and can be disinterested in feeding and hard to rouse for feeds. Place your baby skin to skin as soon as you...

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