The Naked Midwives Appear On Just Women, Brooklands Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For 25th June’s episode, Alexandra Williams and Samantha Pantlin from The Naked Midwives provide a completely different type of antenatal course.

Just Women is introduced by two of the following presenters – Jackie Mitchell, Amanda Weller, Penny Carter, Ivana O’Brien, Anne Twist, Mandy Dineley and Lynda Berger. Just Women is on at Tuesdays at 1pm and repeated on Thursdays 8pm.

https://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk/JustWomen.html

Have a listen below!

Pregnant women: look after your legs!

The Naked Midwives recently met the lovely Esther, mum to three and developer of Mary Marguerite maternity compression leggings. Please take 2 minutes to read her story as such a great concept. PROMO CODE: NAKEDPROMO to receive a third off retail price at www.marymarguerite.com

Esther Demery, mum to three boys, explains why she developed MaryMarguerite maternity compression leggings:

Did you know that about 40% of women experience varicose vein issues in pregnancy? If you’re pregnant, have you noticed swelling or general achiness in your legs by the end of the day? Did you know that your blood volume increases by 25 to 40% when you are pregnant? Or that increased hormone levels relax the muscular walls of your blood vessels? This increased blood flow puts pressure on your legs, and this is what causes circulatory problems for many women during pregnancy. Health professionals regularly prescribe the wearing ofcompression garments to help reduce the risk of blood pooling in the veins and to relieve any discomfort caused by poor circulation.

I, for one, never thought that I would get varicose veins. It was only whilst pregnant with my second son that I noticed spider-like veins appearing on my legs. I couldn’t believe it, as I had always considered myself to be fairly healthy, the right sort of weight and pretty active. I felt very self-conscious about my legs, but as the heaviness and discomfort grew worse, I had to overcome my embarrassment and show my midwife. I was then prescribed NHS compression stockings. Wearing compression was a great relief, but my flesh-coloured stockings made me feel so unattractive! Thankfully, my last two pregnancies were mainly during the winter so I could keep my legs out of view!

I felt that pregnant women deserved a better product. Why not design some maternity compression wear that could be worn without having to cover up? That’s when I thought about designing leggings that could do the same job as compression stockings. Black leggings are so versatile; they can be worn as a stand-alone garment or combined with other clothes, and with compression built into the legs, they would offer the relief that pregnant women need. That’s what MaryMarguerite leggings are all about: quality compression and versatility. Our leggings are tested to British Standard for compression garments and they are made of luxurious Italian fabric. The bump panel is made of silky soft stretch fabric which can be worn up or down depending on the stage of pregnancy.

They are compression leggings that can be worn without embarrassment, whatever the occasion, whatever the season; a garment that lifts pregnant women, helping them to feel both comfortable and stylish.

MaryMarguerite leggings are:

  • made from luxurious and strong Italian fabric
  • lovingly designed and manufactured in the UK
  • tested to British Standard for graduated compression (BS7563 non-prescriptive graduated support hosiery)
  • as medically reliable as any compression stockings your doctor would prescribe
  • a pregnancy investment to help you look after your legs
  • flexible for any stage of pregnancy (or beyond), because the bump panel can be worn up or down as required

Website: www.marymarguerite.come-mail: esther@marymarguerite.com

When 3 Become 4…Education For 2nd Time Parents

Birth is very unpredictable and even though it’s true most second babies tend to come quicker it doesn’t necessarily mean straight forward. There are lots of different pathways which will lead to the birth of your baby, and although it’s a good idea to think over your birth plan, we at The Naked Midwives see this as more of an opportunity to research your options, as there’s no true way of knowing which path you may take.

 

We feel the lack of antenatal birth preparation classes can be of a disadvantage to second time mum’s, but as practicing midwives we know the huge pressure’s the NHS is under right now. Things are forever changing in maternity services and it’s paramount to get the correct information on board in order to help you achieve a positive birth.

 

“We found it such a useful and empowering session to work through what I wanted for the birth of Baby W number 2, and to understand and reflect on how this might be different to my first birth experience. It was great to involve Ben and Alex also – and for us, being able to do so at home made it a really relaxed experience” January 2019

 

It’s also very common to have feelings of fear when you fall pregnant a second time and quite often this encourages us to reflect, and maybe unanswered questions from the first time around surface. Sometimes it’s just a bigger gap in between sibling and you can’t remember how you coped last time (or you’ve blocked this out!)

 

It’s always a good idea to talk through your first delivery with your midwife and discuss what changes have been made to our practice and what’s new/available now. This will help you feel more confident and in control of your labour.

 

If you feel extra support would be useful to you and your family then please check out our sibling’s workshop tailored directly to your needs. Not only do we go over your previous delivery, we provide you with current birth preparation education and ways in which to introduce the new arrival to its sibling!

 

 

 

7 Common Health Mistakes women make when pregnant

When pregnant many you want to the answer this question: How can I have the most fulfilling pregnancy, childbirth and give my baby the best start to life?  

Whilst each Women, pregnancy and birth journey is unique; We have seen mistakes which we want to share with you so you and your friends can experience a better pregnancy and birth.

MISTAKE 1 – WANTING TO DO THINGS PERFECTLY
TIP: Rather than trying to control everything you can instead focus on reconnecting with what’s important. Your preferences, body, baby space and breath.

MISTAKE 2 – WORRYING THEY’RE ALWAYS GETTING IT WRONG

TIP: Rather than fighting or listening to everything and everyone, work to empower your psychology and mind so you can build yourself up and trust in yourself.

MISTAKE 3 – IGNORING THE BODY’S WARNING SIGNALS

TIP: If you have pain seek help, don’t suffer in silence. Check out the pelvic partnership to find recommendations and advice. All our chiropractors are highly recommended by the pelvic partnership.

MISTAKE 4 – NOT REALISING PRIVATE DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN MORE EXPENSIVE

TIP: Find a system that works for you and take some time to way up what you are not able to do because of what the pain is preventing you from doing with your family and work.

MISTAKE 5 – IGNORING THE BIGGER PICTURE

TIP: Find people and resources who can help you better understand the relationship of passage (pelvis) and passenger (baby) with your hips, pelvis and spinal alignment and how they interrelate may positively influence your birth experience.

MISTAKE 6 – THINKING IT CAN BE DONE ALONE

TIP: Recruit the help of friends, yoga teachers, partners and health care professionals to help you better deal with the stresses and strains of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.

MISTAKE 7 – NOT FINDING THE TIME OR MAKING WAYS TO RELAX WITH THEIR FRIENDS

TIP: Build a support network. The litmus test to know if you are stressed is ask your spouse. Don’t try to alter everything at once, realise slow and steady is fine and be prepared to cut yourself some slack and give yourself space to wing it. By listening to your body, you keep safe from the strain and enjoy this special time.

Pregnant or not, when was the last time you had your spine and nervous system checked?

Want to find out more ? bit.ly/7-mistakes-women-make-when-pregnant

Our Chiropractors would be more than happy to help and all have post graduate training in providing solutions for pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction and are all Webster technique trained.

FIND OUT MORE!

Life Balance is a unique chiropractic system and process that helps families maximise engagement, quality of life and life balance. We house an award-winning & recommended family Chiropractors. www.lifebalancechiropractic.co.uk

How can a Chiropractor help me and my baby while I’m pregnant?

Seeing a Chiropractor while your pregnant has many benefits.  Not to mention if you’re suffering with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) or Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP). Our principle chiropractor DC. Joshua Smith here at Life Balance is recommended by the pelvic partnership and is fully skilled in helping to ease pain, and help to increase mobility and strength in your joints and pelvis. By visiting a Chiropractor when you’re pregnant there are many benefits; Giving your baby room to grow, It helps promote a natural birth and it’ll also help you relieve any neck back and joint aches you may get. Download our free digital report to discover more

https://offers.lifebalancechiropractic.co.uk/beat-pelvic-girdle-pain-and-spd

How can a Chiropractor help my baby?

Establishing successful sleeping and feeding routines can be helped by taking your baby to see a chiropractor. Gentle adjustments and specialist techniques that stimulate nerve flow to certain areas of your babies body helping it to work at its optimum and relieve any stiffness and discomfort your baby may have.

To book your Chiropractic Consultation visit www.lifebalancechiropractic.co.uk

or alternatively call 01202 684859

 

New Midwife Joins Us!

The Naked Midwives are delighted to announce that Sarah will be joining us. Below is her journey to becoming a midwife.

I grew up in Liverpool and come from a large family. I am an auntie to 14 nieces and nephews. I am also a great auntie, so pregnancy and babies have always been a big part of my life.

Up until the age of 23, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I studied travel and tourism and flirted with the idea of becoming cabin crew. While all my friends were applying for university, I got myself a working holiday visa and booked an open-ended ticket to Australia. I spent seven months living and working in Sydney, where I met my future husband, and five months travelling around the rest of the country. I returned home age 19 and got a job as a GP receptionist. A couple of years later, I had saved enough to buy a round the world plane ticket and off I went, starting in India. Whilst sat on a beach in Goa, I got chatting to a young Goan girl who had her first baby four weeks earlier, at home, with her mother in law providing her care. It occurred that I had always been fascinated with pregnancy and that is where the idea was born, I would be a midwife. I returned home 10 months later and started my long journey to university.

I enrolled at Taunton’s college to re-do my maths GCSE, then began my access course at City college and finally in 2010 at the age of 25, I started my university midwifery degree at The University of Southampton, hurrah! I qualified as a Midwife in 2013 and have been working at Princess Anne hospital ever since. During that time, I have got married and had my first baby.

I currently work on the high-risk antenatal ward, and prior to having my son, I was a case-loading midwife working in the community and worked in both high risk and low risk birth settings. I am passionate about ensuring women and their partners have access to honest and accurate information during pregnancy and are able to make informed decisions about their care. I love being a midwife and I hope this passion for midwifery will come across in my classes, making them informative and fun.

 

The Exclusive 3AM Club

Not only do you have contact with a fully qualified midwife from the point of taking one of our courses up until 10 days postnatally, for none urgent enquiries, but also access to the brand new 3AM club…you won’t find support like this with any other antenatal education provider out there!

The exciting and exclusive 3AM club is the perfect complement to our comprehensive and unique antenatal birth preparation courses. It is a social platform designed for providing support, advice, friendship and much, much more and is only accessible to new parents of the naked midwives.

This community will be filled with hints and tips, suggestions, distress calls, 3AM chats, milestone markers, general questions, reassuring similarities and no doubt common problems, from both like-minded expectant parents and new to the scene parents. So…if you are either awaiting the big arrival or in the chaos of your first experiences of parenting, this will be an invaluable resource to a very select group.

As midwives we cannot emphasise enough the benefits of having people to reach out to who are in the same position as yourself…It really is that lifeline when you are in a world where everything is new and forever changing. Becoming a new parent is an overwhelming change to the lifestyle you will have become accustomed to and by being a part of the naked midwives and the 3AM club you will find comfort and calmness in knowing you’re not the only one who is wide awake at 3AM with a hungry baby!

Only couples who have completed one of our courses will gain access to the 3AM club and will be free to post, chat and catch up with what’s new. You will find a vast array of mum’s, some still in pregnancy, some with newborns and some with older babies and toddlers…the idea being you can check out what’s to come (eek) or share tips between other mums with babies of a similar age but whatever, there will always be someone like minded to share knowledge with.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1827260630916239/ 

Please note this is a closed group which is only accessible if you have completed one of our courses.

Launch of the award-winning boutique hotel The Green House as new Bournemouth venue!

The naked midwives are extremely excited and proud to announce our new Bournemouth venue. We will now be holding our evening antenatal birth preparation classes in the comfort and style of this beautiful boutique hotel.

On the face of it, The Green House Hotel is simply a beautiful restored Grade 11 listed Victorian villa in the heart of Bournemouth. However, when you dig a little deeper not only is tis award winning hotel both warm and welcoming but it also eats, sleeps and breathes sustainability. So much so that it has been recognised as one of the top ‘echo-hotels’ not just in the UK…but in the World!

We know and understand that learning environment is key so don’t go for the draughty church hall, where better to learn all about the pregnancy, birthing and parenthood journey than with The Naked Midwives in such a wonderfully inspiring and comfortable place. Also, you’ll feel great knowing whilst training with us at The Green House Hotel it’s doing no harm…just doing you good!

So, if you’re serious about luxury, serious about style, serious about learning and serious about sustainability…come say hello!

Evening classes begin in May 2018 and continue throughout the year.

Competition Time…Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary With A 96% Vaginal Birth Rate!

Wow what a fantastic year so far…Sam and I have had the pleasure of guiding so many expectant parents and lovely couples through the preparation of one of the most exciting but daunting times of their lives and what fun we have had! The feedback so far has quite honestly been overwhelming and we continue to grow day by day, even now venturing into the unknown territory (for a midwife) of YouTube… eek. We are so excited and proud that we have achieved a 96% vaginal birth rate that we are offering 5 lucky couples a 50% discount on our November or December 2017 classes. All you have to do is leave you details on our contact form with COMPETITION TIME as your message and we’ll enter you into our competition. Our free workshops also seem to be taking off well and we have lots of little projects on the go that I’m sure you will all be hearing about soon so please keep an eye on our FB page or events.

Enter the competition

 

The Naked Midwives need your vote!

Wow what a fantastic year so far…Sam and I have had the pleasure of guiding so many expectant parents and lovely couples through the preparation of one of the most exciting but daunting times of their lives and what fun we have had! The feedback so far has quite honestly been overwhelming and we continue to grow day by day, even now venturing into the unknown territory (for a midwife) of YouTube… eek.  Our free workshops also seem to be taking off well and we have lots of little projects on the go that I’m sure you will all be hearing about soon. We are also both thrilled and humbled to be in this years semi-finals of the Venus Business Mother of the Year Award 2017 and would really appreciate your support. Voting is simple, just click the vote icon below, find me and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to hit submit vote.

Competition is tough this year and as we are fairly new to the scene, if you believe we are worthy of a vote then please click away as every vote counts. Please scroll down if you wish to read My Story (Alex)…Many thanks fabulous people, Alex and Sam. #growingahumanbeing

My Story

1 “Alex Williams is …”?

Alex is a petite northerner with a big character. She is the most tenacious person I know, always showing loyalty, kindness and support. She laughs a lot, has a warm heart and infectious sense of selflessness and a top mum.

  1. About your organisation.?

Unique, complete and comprehensive antenatal education. Midwife led, therefore, talking from experience with no fluff or filter, focusing on what is realistic not idealistic! Taking the fear out of childbirth for expectant parents in beautiful venues across the south.

  1. My biography….

Growing up in the North amongst a forever expanding family I spent most of my childhood surrounded by pregnant women and young babies – and this fascinated me. Not only the development and transformation of the female body but also the changes I witnessed in the personality? And demeanour of my Aunts and Cousins. However, as is normally the way, I grew up and foreign adventures proved more of a pull! I travelled through Israel, Egypt and finally settled in Greece where becoming a Midwife couldn’t have been further from my mind. After my savings had diminished and I could no longer stand the smell of ouzo I returned to the UK to pursue a new life in London. I managed to find a lovely job as a Lettings Negotiator for a small estate agent in Muswell Hill and life was great. A change in circumstances then led me to Bournemouth and the beauty of the South Coast and the sea air. Here is where my daughter was born and boy what a shock! Like a sledgehammer I was back to reflecting on my own childhood and soon decided now was the time to pursue my dreams. Undertaking my midwifery degree was a huge journey and during the course I can honestly say I learnt as much about myself as I did about becoming a midwife.? Yes, the academic side was very tough but what you learn in practice definitely confirmed that this was the profession for me.? I am now proud to be a Midwife and increasingly passionate about both my clinical practice and the educational antenatal classes I teach. Throughout my experience so far, I can undoubtedly say, as a Midwife you have the ability and the privilege to place colour upon each and every incredible journey that is childbirth and for this I feel truly blessed. As my career was blossoming I soon realised that birth education, especially the latent phase of labour, was my niche

and passion! This led to the birth of my company ‘The Naked Midwives’ providing realistic not idealistic birth preparation – no fluff, no filter, just honest, reliable and up to date information for expectant parents as how can you truly know your options if you are not fully informed.

  1. My obstacles…My Ups and Downs….How I ended up here!

Firstly, I feel I should explain, I come from one of those families where there’s always a lot of drama – it’s never been any different! For the best part of my Midwifery degree I was a single parent and had to manage my academic studies with my clinical placements as well as nurturing and caring for my then 4-year-old daughter. Challenging, to say the least, especially with all my family being in the North. My 3-year degree soon turned into a 5-year degree just so I could keep my head above water. Graduation finally came upon me and I was successful in securing a job at Princess Anne Maternity Unit, Southampton. All guns blazing and confidence building I was managing 30hrs per week, child care and I even had a little spare time for me! Then….my father, who already had an existing mental health problem, tried to take his own life. The family was turned upside down and we had to come together to stay strong. I returned to my hometown of Sheffield to support my father and my family in which was going to be a long road to recovery. These events led to me developing significant anxiety with a downward spiral. Amongst some of my symptoms was severe hand dermatitis, another barrier to getting back to labour ward! After a lot of running (my new-found hobby to defeat the anxiety) and a whole load of input from a consultant dermatologist I was gratefully back delivering the newborn babies into this world. All going well I caught myself saying but then……the accident happened! I was involved in an accident whereby my right foot was crushed by a speaker falling from a stage, bizarre I know! At first, I thought this would be a 6-week setback but 3 months later I’m still on crutches. All in all, my recovery took 12 months and this is a long time to be out of practice. As time went on the anxiety returned, along with the dermatitis and I soon realised I was going to need a plan B. I started to think about all the hard work and sacrifice that went into my degree. Also, security for my daughter and how I was going to manage a work-life-health balance and then the light bulb moment came. Discussing options with a friend and fellow work colleague over wine, we decided labouring women were being let down by unrealistic expectations of birth leading to a sense of failure. As women and midwives, we couldn’t let this happen. With a lot of winging it, little knowledge of starting a business and even less money, we managed to build an office, website, social media sites, awareness and began delivering our classes in January this year. I now have a bank contract and work 3 shifts a month at the hospital with the rest of my time promoting and teaching classes.

  1. My children

Nancy is now aged 12 (almost 13) and don’t I know it!

Zac is my Step-son and he is aged 11, he’s much more sensible and relaxed!

I find it’s a constant learning circle with the dynamics and organisation of our family. My step-son lives in Sheffield and his dad (my husband) is with him one week on and one week off so he travels a lot! The weekends he is with us, either Nancy and I travel to Sheffield, or they travel to Bournemouth so we can all spend some time together. Nancy also spends one week at a time with her dad and one week with me, so, as you can imagine there are an awful lot of comings and goings! Sometimes it works really well, other times it’s almost an impossible uphill struggle! We all make sacrifices but ultimately everyone is healthy, happy, cared for and supported so I think we’re doing ok? dare I say it….

 

 

 

 

Folic Acid in Pregnancy

So, you’ve decided to have a baby! Congratulations.

I know you will be getting advice from everyone but here is just a short piece that will hopefully help you make some very good decisions for you and your baby.

In the first trimester of pregnancy your baby’s nervous  system is developing fast. It is known that folic acid (aka vitamin B9) is a vitamin that is crucial in the healthy development of the nervous system and good levels of folic acid greatly reduce the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. It is one of a few vitamins that are best taken as a supplement even if you are being extra, extra good and going for a super healthy diet.  Here is this extract from the NHS referring to folic acid in pregnancy. The link for the full article is below.

    “Dietary sources of folic acid include green, leafy vegetables, brown rice, granary bread, and breakfast cereals fortified with folic acid. Always check the food labels. However, it would be almost impossible to get enough folic acid just from food – the only way to be sure you are getting the right amount is by taking a supplement.”

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/913.aspx?categoryid=54

At our health store, we offer folic acid as a separate supplement or as part of a pregnancy multi-nutrient supplement. However, we now promote methylfolate instead for folic acid. Methylfolate is what our bodies turn folic acid into in order for this vitamin to be absorbed.  About a third of us have a genetic impairment that means that this conversion is not so efficient. For these pregnant women methyfolate is the best option.  For the rest of us methylfolate still means better, easier absorption which is always a plus!

Many women don’t particularly like to take supplements and I can understand this.  However just a few supplements are too important to dismiss. Folic acid is one of them.

I will be talking about the rest in my next blog.

Anna Hanson

 

www.myhealth365.co.uk

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