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Breastfeeding is very beneficial to both the mother and the baby. In today’s episode, I explain what is- and isn’t- necessary as breastfeeding lactation equipment. Why is it essential to have these during the period of nursing your baby and how these effectively help the mother. Breastfeeding Lactation Equipment Includes: ·         Hydrogel disc pads·         Breast shells·         Nipple shields·         Pre-sterilized disposable bottle-bags·         U-shaped pillow·         Nursing bras·         Nursing pads Note: For access to my full-length WEBINARS when I dive much deeper into these topics, do check out joining our ESSENTIAL BASICS program which gives you:* 24-7 Members-only login access to my HUGE online Q&A Library* Plus ALL my full-length Webinars & Podcasts* Plus weekly live Webinars when you can ask me any questions* Plus free copies of my ORGANIC BIRTH and WHY THEY CRY guides For the cost of 2-3 coffees a week, we can help prevent SO MANY avoidable painful pitfalls!For full ESSENTIAL BASICS package details including Prices CLICK HERE. Connect with Kathy Fray:•  kathyfray.com•  Kathy Fray’s Books•  LinkedIn•  Facebook•  Twitter•  Instagram•  Pinterest•  Day-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing SuiteEnjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We appreciate your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!
Preparing the cervix for dilation is the most important actions you can actively contribute to the success of your labor. What are the actions that will help you reduce birth complications and how these activities help to establish active labor.  Things That May Soften & Ripen A Cervix:·         35-Weeks Nature’s Sunshine “5W” capsules·         NaturoPharm’s homeophatic “PreBirth” oral spray·         Evening Primrose Oil Capsules (orally and vaginally)·         Sex·         Reflexology·         Acupuncture·         Midwife’s Vaginal Exam of a Stretch & Sweep·         Homeopathy Activities That Help an Already Soft Ripe Cervix ·         Midwife’s Vaginal Exam of a Stretch & Sweep·         Nipple Stimulation·         Orgasms·         Swiss Ball squat-bounce with legs apart·         Hot Spicy Food·         Relaxing bath Note: For access to my full-length WEBINARS when I dive much deeper into these topics, do check out joining our ESSENTIAL BASICS program which gives you:* 24-7 Members-only login access to my HUGE online Q&A Library* Plus ALL my full-length Webinars & Podcasts* Plus weekly live Webinars when you can ask me any questions* Plus free copies of my ORGANIC BIRTH and WHY THEY CRY guides For the cost of 2-3 coffees a week, we can help prevent SO MANY avoidable painful pitfalls!For full ESSENTIAL BASICS package details including Prices CLICK HERE. Connect with Kathy Fray:•  kathyfray.com•  Kathy Fray’s Books•  LinkedIn•  Facebook•  Twitter•  Instagram•  Pinterest•  Day-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing SuiteEnjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We appreciate your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!
Today’s Motherwise episode, I will give you an overview of that most sought-after of childbirth labor relief, the Epidural. Why does it increases the chances of needing a traumatic emergency instrumental delivery or dramatic surgical delivery. What are the consequences and how it affects the mother and the baby during childbirth. Note: For access to my full-length WEBINARS when I dive much deeper into understanding the risks and benefits of Epidural anesthesia, do check out joining our ESSENTIAL BASICS program which gives you:* 24-7 Members-only login access to my HUGE online Q&A Library* Plus ALL my full-length Webinars & Podcasts* Plus weekly live Webinars when you can ask me any questions* Plus free copies of my ORGANIC BIRTH and WHY THEY CRY guides For the cost of 2-3 coffees a week, we can help prevent SO MANY avoidable painful pitfalls!For full ESSENTIAL BASICS package details including Prices CLICK HERE. Connect with Kathy Fray:•  kathyfray.com•  Kathy Fray’s Books•  LinkedIn•  Facebook•  Twitter•  Instagram•  Pinterest•  Day-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing SuiteEnjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We appreciate your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!
In today’s episode, I will give you a mini-webinar on the two common pharmaceutical pain-relief analgesia used during labor. Why we need to understand the risks in using these drugs. What are the benefits and how it alleviates the pain during childbirth.The Two Labor Pharmaceutical Analgesic:·         Nitrous Oxide (entenox Laughing Gas) ·         Opioids ( e.g. Pethidine, Morphine, Diamorphine) Note: For access to my full-length WEBINARS when I dive much deeper into understanding more about the risks and benefits of these two drugs, do check out joining our ESSENTIAL BASICS program which gives you:* 24-7 Members-only login access to my HUGE online Q&A Library* Plus ALL my full-length Webinars & Podcasts* Plus weekly live Webinars when you can ask me any questions* Plus free copies of my ORGANIC BIRTH and WHY THEY CRY guides For the cost of 2-3 coffees a week, we can help prevent SO MANY avoidable painful pitfalls!For full ESSENTIAL BASICS package details including Prices CLICK HERE. Connect with Kathy Fray:•  kathyfray.com•  Kathy Fray’s Books•  LinkedIn•  Facebook•  Twitter•  Instagram•  Pinterest•  Day-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite Enjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We appreciate your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!
In today’s episode, I will give an overview of understanding childbirth and labor. Why it’s important to know the difference between the two. What it is all about and how it will help you with your pregnancy journey. So stay tuned and enjoy!The 4 Stages of Childbirth includes:•   Labor•   Birth•   Afterbirth•   The Vibe The 3 Phases of Labor includes:•   Latent•   Active•   Advanced Active Transitional Note: For access to my full-length WEBINARS when I dive much deeper into understanding the 4 Stages of Childbirth, especially the 3 Phases of Labor do check out joining our ESSENTIAL BASICS program which gives you:* 24-7 Members-only login access to my HUGE online Q&A Library* Plus ALL my full-length Webinars & Podcasts* Plus weekly live Webinars when you can ask me any questions* Plus free copies of my ORGANIC BIRTH and WHY THEY CRY guidesFor the cost of 2-3 coffees a week, we can help prevent SO MANY avoidable painful pitfalls!For full ESSENTIAL BASICS package details including Prices CLICK HERE. Connect with Kathy Fray:•  kathyfray.com•  Kathy Fray’s Books•  LinkedIn•  Facebook•  Twitter•  Instagram•  Pinterest•  Day-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing SuiteEnjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. We appreciate your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!
Well they're only Neonates (newborns) for the first 6 weeks - so what are the things you need to know now, and very soon?On todays episode is all about: Mother and Baby's Well-beingMOTHER:Your overall health statusConcluding the relationship with your maternity health professionals (midwife, obstetrician, doula) Expectations going forwardBABY:Overall health & development, incl Feeding & Behavioural patterns & Milestones What Babies enjoy, and not enjoy, at this Age3rd dose of Oral Vitamin-KFirst local Doc checkThe 5-Week Crying/Clingy period& MoreNote: The 25-min full-version of WEEK 4-5 POSTPARTUM goes into a lot more detail and will be explaining the Mother and Baby wellness.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's Members-Only webinar/podcast Libraries; her huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live online classes when you ask any Questions; and free downloads of her ORGANIC BIRTH and WHY THEY CRY guides.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
On today’s episode is an overview about what you need to know by time with you and your baby including:MOTHER:Breastfeeding feeling like successfully establishing, breasts softening & nipples improvingWomb fully involuted Perineum/C-Section Wound healingFeeling knowledge about breastmilk Expressing & milk Storage  Other Things you need to make Decisions on: Cervical Pap smears, Rubella vaccines, GTTs, ContraceptionAware of Community’s support agency network services availableSafe from Family ViolenceBABY:Detailed neonatal examination, i.e. Thriving newborn Hearing ScreenBeen provided with knowledge around vaccinesInfant Sleep OH BABY book’s 12 Golden Rules, 12 Magical Secrets, and 20 Do’s & Don’tsNote: The 25-min full-version of DAY 20-21 POSTPARTUM goes into a lot more detail and will be explaining the Mother and Baby wellness factors and Infant Sleeps Golden Rule.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's Members-Only webinar/podcast Libraries; her huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live online classes when you ask any Questions; and free downloads of her ORGANIC BIRTH and WHY THEY CRY guides.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
On today’s episode is an overview about what is normal for your baby this two weeks after birth including: Back to birth weight by day 10-14, 8-11 plus Wet diapers daily, Frequent or Infrequent poos (for exclusively Breastmilk fed Babies), 200g (7oz) to 300g (10.5oz) Weight gain weekly.Note: The 25-min full-version of DAY 10-14 POSTPARTUM goes into a lot more detail and will be explaining the Maternal wellness factors.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's Members-Only webinar/podcast Libraries; her huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live online classes when you ask any Questions; and free downloads of her ORGANIC BIRTH and WHY THEY CRY guides.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
It’s nearly the end of the first week and what an intense week it has been! On today’s episode is more information about Maternal and Neonatal well being including: MATERNAL:Last BP check upLochia Discharge (Rubra/Serosa/Alba) Sutures (Perineum/C-Section wound)Breasts (Lactogenesis-2, Sore nipples)  and MoreNEONATAL:One-week detailed clinical examination including length, head circumference, reflexes & fraenulum check (tongue-tie) Weight-Loss & management when >10% and More Note: The 25-min full-version of DAY 5-7 POSTPARTUM goes into a lot more detail, particularly around the Maternal and Neonatal well-being of both mother and baby.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
It is such a unique time when the baby is over two days old, but your full-milk hasn't yet fully arrived - and of course, there are lots to know about on this steep learning curve!  MATERNAL:Blues ending > Milk arrivingPost-birth examinations Self-Care & Psychologically feeling confident in the home environmentAwareness of Signs & Symptoms of Postnatal Infections  Access to assistance & advice on breastfeeding & lactationNEONATAL:Physical well-being Knowledge of recognizing & managing minor issues Access to understanding baby cries Jaundice - recognizing the difference between mild, moderate & severe, and needs for Phototherapy in a timely manner)Note: The 25-min full-version of DAY 3-4 POSTPARTUM goes into a lot more detail, particularly around the Maternal and Neonatal well-being of both mother and baby.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
On today’s episode, is all about MATERNAL WELL-BEING: BP Temp & Pulse; Lochia vaginal bleeding; Womb fundal height; pending Baby Blues; and Discussing when “clinically ready for discharge” (Goal: Successful establishment of Breastfeeding); & More and NEWBORN WELL-BEING: Feed-feed-feed; Urine & Bowel output; Umbilicus belly-button; Conjunctivitis sticky-eye; & More. Do also make sure you are feeling fully informed on the Hearing Screen, the Guthries Screen, and preventatives for SUDI/SIDS/CotDeath.Note: The 25-min full-version of DAY-2 POSTPARTUM goes into a lot more detail, particularly around the Newborn Hearing Screen & the Guthries heel-prick Metabolic Screen.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
On today’s episode, is all about the things that you need to know in the first 24 hours with your baby including Maternal General Maternal Wellbeing Assessments (labor-birth debrief, uterine involution, blood-loss, perineum, breasts, sutures, nutritional needs) and Breastfeeding (assessment, assistance, guidance, advice, colostrum, hand-expressing, Day-1 vs Day-2 newborns)Note: The 25-min full-version of DAY-1 POSTPARTUM goes into a lot more detail, particularly around the whole Baby-Cares and Wellbeing Assessments, including feeding, weight-loss, respiration, output (urine & meconium), umbilicus cord-flare, crying, safety and most importantly: Avoiding the incredibly common neonatal hypothermia.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
Understanding the normal things that occur at 40-42 Week’s Gestation including 41-Week Postdates Scan (including Dopplers & BPP), CTG (cardiotocogram) fetal traces, Stretch’n’Sweep Vaginal Exams, Induction vs Spontaneous.Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT OCCURS ONCE OVERDUE AT OVER 40 WEEKS PREGNANT goes into a lot more details, particularly around the whole Induction process.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
"Bonding" with your baby is actually a relatively new Term in the history of maternity-newborn health - but it has also lead to another term: "Poor Bonding" - argh. Bonding is actually an unfolding process. Here I explain it all, taking the 'mystery' out of what to expect.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
Know your Signs and Symptoms of established Active Labor, and the Signs and Symptoms of concerning Abnormal Labor.Resources I Important Links:Day-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite for your Brand New Baby. Created by New Zealand midwife and author Kathy Fray with Roots & Wings merino. Tailor-made to look after your newborn on the most special day of his or her life. It's that special outfit your child will wear on the day he or she is born and those most important weeks after. Made from 100% organic New Zealand merino wool, undyed and natural.Note: The full version of SO READY TO GO INTO LABOR AT 37-40 WEEKS PREGNANT also includes the Topics: Natural ways to induce spontaneous Labor, Natural ways to augment Latent Labor into Active Labor, and The 3 Must-Haves to bring to Birthing Suite.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramiTunesDay-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite
With birth very imminent, good Fetal Movements become very important. Learn what it is you need to know.Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT YOU NEED TO BE THINKING AT 36 WEEKS’ GESTATION also includes the Topics: Knowing when to contact your Midwife/Obstetrician or present at Birthing Suite for established Active Labour, Mucous bloody shows - Waters breaking - Meconium, Social-emotional aspects of Childbirth, Postnatal self-care including pregnancy feelings and support networks, Opportunity to meet the Back-Up Team & reconfirm your Birth Plan, Student Midwives & Student Doctors, Skin-to-Skin & first Breastfeed, Sleeping on your Side.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramiTunes
With birth imminent, following is a To Do List to get ticked off, including: Labour-Birth Support people finalization, Birth-Plan decisions including Vitamin-K & any Cultural/Religious traditions, Postnatal Care-Plan including Home-Help.Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT YOU NEED TO BE DOING AT 34-5 WEEKS’ GESTATION also includes the Topics: Postnatal exercise & Contraception options, Signs & Symptoms of Postnatal infections & Depressive disorders, Naturopathic/Homeopathic Birth Prep remedies, High/Low-risk triage for Group-B-Strep screen.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramiTunes
A quick overview of the To Do List for this gestation that should be Ticked Off before you get to 33-34 weeks, including Completing the self-check Questionnaire, Having a copy of the free Organic Birth guide, Reading the OH BABY chapter on Childbirth, Watching Labour Video, Sorted your Partus Preparatus.Resources I Important Links:Test yourself if you are feeling truly ready for your pending ChildBirth and arrival of your newborn Baby. Self Check Questionnaire: https://www.kathyfray.com/12-critical-questions-to-find-out-just-how-well-prepared-you-are-for-birth-baby/Download Kathy Fray’s Organic Birth Guide for FREE to understanding the secrets to natural labor and normal birth. https://www.kathyfray.com/labour-birth/Buy Kathy Fray’s #1 Bestselling Book, Oh Baby - Birth, Babies & Motherhood Uncensored and read the Labour and Birth Chapter. https://www.kathyfray.com/books/oh-baby-%E2%80%8Bbirth-babies-motherhood-uncensored/Watch Kathy Fray’s 1H30 video called Organic Birth. For the video link please email her at kathy@kathyfray.comNote: The 25-min full-version of WHAT YOU NEED TO BE DOING & KNOWING AT 30-32-WEEKS also includes the Topics: Stages of Labour & Birth, Natural pain relief, Pharmaceutical pain relief, Birth environment, mobilisation, support people, When to call the Midwife / When to present at Hospital, Fetal monitoring, Examination assessments, Waters breaking, Meconium, Commonest obstetric complications, Induction & Augmentation.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramiTunes
A quick overview list of all those pieces of knowledge you need to know preferably before 32-weeks Gestation, including Optimal positioning, Maternal exercise minimums, APGAR scores, Maternal post-birth checks, Unwell babies, Anaesthetic review, late GTTs, and more.Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AT 29-31 WEEKS PREGNANT 4th TRIMESTER also includes the Topics: The Optional fetal positioning, Maternal exercise/nutrition, Neonatal APGAR scores, Post-birth Maternal Checks, Signs & Symptoms of an Unwell Newborn, Health Benefits of exclusive Breastfed babies, Obstetric/Anaesthetic antenatal consultation, The baby’s 4th Trimester, late GTTs and Breastfeeding Bras & Lactation Clothing.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramiTunes
On today’s episode is a Radio interview chatting about how the best-selling book "OH BABY...Birth, Babies and Motherhood Uncensored" came to be and talking about an upcoming NZ BabyShow.CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership also gives access to Kathy's webinar library; huge online Q&A Library; and her weekly live classes.]Connect with Kathy Fray:kathyfray.comKathy Fray’s BooksLinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagramiTunes
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