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Melbourne Midwifery

a woman calls her midwife "I think I'm in labour" innately she knows the time is right for when the sun goes down beyond the horizon it is safe - her labour will establish

miscarriage

It is something that no pregnant woman wants to think about, but something many women will experience sooner or later. Miscarriage occurs in approximately 20% of known pregnancies. The actual miscarriage rate may be much higher, but because many of them occur very early in pregnancy, they sometimes occur before[…]

new-born-baby

Pink? Blue? Green? Nearly every expecting mother has an ultrasound at some point during her pregnancy, usually around the 20 week mark. If you’re far enough along in your pregnancy to show, people are going to ask what you’re having. Even without an ultrasound, there are any number of old[…]

pregnancy-skin-changes

Last time we talked about the ways your senses change while you’re pregnant, and the digestive issues that seem to plague so many pregnant women.  These aren’t the only unexpected symptoms that crop up during pregnancy, though.  This time we’ll talk about changes to your skin and hair, and your[…]

cold-sore

Given the frequency of herpes infections in the general population the lack of realistic treatment options during pregnancy is surprising. The general medical intervention for the treatment of herpes simplex outbreaks is treatment with anti-viral medications such as acyclovir. These medications act by reducing the virus’s ability to reproduce. Unfortunately[…]

pregnant-woman-stretches

We all know about nausea, needing to pee, cravings, sleep disturbances, and, as the baby grows, back pain.  While these are the most common symptoms of pregnancy, the hormone changes and growing baby can cause many other symptoms that you may not expect.  If you experience any of the following[…]

Sleep in pregnancy

As baby grows larger, you may find sleep becomes more difficult.  There are a number of things that can make sleep difficult, from trying to get comfortable while accommodating your baby bump, to heartburn or restless legs.  Here are a few difficulties you may encounter and some ways to deal[…]

Pregnant woman

Morning sickness. One of the most common and earliest pregnancy symptoms, it’s the bane of nearly every pregnant woman. Despite the name, morning sickness can occur any time, day or night. Research shows that as many as 80% of pregnancies are accompanies by some degree of nausea caused by changing[…]

Cord blood uses

Most people are unaware of banking cord blood before having children, though it’s been available for many years.  There are main types of banking, public and private.  Public banking makes the cord blood available anywhere there may be a need.  Privately banked cord blood remains the property of the donor[…]

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Expecting a baby is an exciting time for a couple, but it can also be a source of tremendous anxiety, especially for new parents, but even for parents of many children.  Physiological and hormonal shifts that accompany the process of growing a new life only amplify the anxiety that tends[…]

Primitive reflexes are normal for babies

At birth, babies have a number of primitive reflexes, including breastfeeding and gaining the attention of caregivers and other functions necessary for surviving the early months.  Some of these reflexes are repetitive movements that help the child gain muscle control and sensory processing.  Newborns who lack some of these reflexes[…]