Mother Matters
The Birth Memory
labour, support, doula, childbirth

The Birth Memory

The Birth Memory by Lenore Kilmartin Her usual cheery face changed and became troubled as she remembered aloud the details of her baby's birth.  Her memories were clear. Despite her ninety plus years of age, her birth recollection remained lucid and precise.  She wanted to share her ...

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The Supporting Role
childbirth, labour, partners

The Supporting Role

The Supporting Role by Lenore Kilmartin I'd met him previously, several times, but we really hadn't made a connection.  He was very busy with his work and often had to leave the room to take a phone call when I was there.  More often than not, he would be sending or checking texts, ...

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A Peaceful Approach to Labour
Labour

A Peaceful Approach to Labour

A Peaceful Approach to Labour...by Lenore Kilmartin The labouring woman kneeling next to me, supported by a birth ball, was sleeping or so it seemed. Her contractions were coming often.  In between the frequent surges, she had about two to three minutes to rest.  She would rock back ...

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Helping Slow Labours
labour

Helping Slow Labours

Helping Slow Labours by Lenore Kilmartin Labours that progress slowly can be challenging.  Nothing is wrong.  It's just taking time for the baby to move down.  So how to help things along? First and foremost, stay encouraged.  Especially first-time labouring women.  ...

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But I don’t want to be induced
induction of labour, labour, childbirth

But I don’t want to be induced

But I don’t want to be induced… by Lenore Kilmartin   I don’t want to be induced”, you think to yourself, hoping that your care provider will cut you some slack and continue to monitor you while your baby picks his/her own birth-day.    You’ve heard that prostaglandin ...

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Moaning
labour, childbirth

Moaning

Moaning, by Lenore Kilmartin   Moaning in childbirth is a universal sound exhibited by labouring mothers the world over. Midwives and caregivers know that a mother who is moaning through contractions is labouring well and using her low­toned voice to move her baby down. Mothers who ...

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