prepare + recover from childbirth

We recognise that preparing for the birth of your baby takes a lot of thought and planning, especially if this is your first baby. It is also wise to put the same thought into your postnatal recovery, as this is a time you will need to be looking after yourself aswell as your newborn. Our in-house midwives have created a series of 'how to' guides to help you through your pregnancy, birth and new parent journey.

My Expert Midwife

Where do you start when thinking about planning for your birth? There are many choices available to you, but finding out what they are can be difficult. Here are some tips on how to start:

  • Ask questions - understanding what your choices are for your maternity care means that you can tailor your care to your specific liking or needs which can lead to a better experience for you
  • Research into antenatal classes, and find the best experienced teacher who can help develop you and your partners knowledge and learning (normally start classes around beginning of the third trimester)
  • Researching how to build a birth plan and what to include can help you prepare both physically and mentally, and can include things like types of pain relief, types of birth, birth positions, and so on
For more detailed information and advice visit our how to plan my birth page here
My Expert Midwife

Preparing your perineum before birth can help stretch the skin and muscle and so reducing the risk of tearing or need for an episiotomy. Here are some tips on perineal massage that will help you get prepared for your baby’s birth:

  • Start perineal massage at week 34 of pregnancy
  • Find a perineal massage oil. You can use one specially blended and designed for perineal massage or an oil such as almond oil
  • Make time to do this 3 or 4 times a week
  • If you struggle to do this yourself, you can ask your partner to help
find out more on why and how to do perineal massage here