Did You Know: The National Obstetric Guidelines for Ireland include VBAC(2)?

What is a VBAC? A VBAC is when a woman gives birth vaginally after a previous Caesarean Section. Sometimes, you will see a number following VBAC – this indicates that a woman has had more than one previous… Read More

“May I break your waters?” Information on Artificial Rupture of Membranes

One of the most common forms of routine interference in labour is an artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) – sometimes referred to as ‘breaking’ or ‘releasing’ your waters. Protecting your baby – the important job of amniotic fluid… Read More

No Epidural? Pain management alternatives and tips

In a previous article, we explored the epidural and other medical pain relief interventions for labour. You can read it here: Epidural, Is it right for You? Your experience of labour and birth should be just that — yours…. Read More

10 Tips for Preparing for a Positive and Healthy Birth

Your experience of labour and birth should be just that — yours. Every birth is unique as each woman will approach childbirth in her own way. It is important that you have the information you need to decide… Read More

Episiotomy: Is it necessary?

What is an episiotomy? An episiotomy is the surgical procedure that enlarges the opening of the vagina through the cutting of the perineum, the skin and the muscles between the vulva and the anus. How did this procedure… Read More

Looking at the Evidence for Birthing Your Baby: Self-directed vs Coached pushing?

As you approach the end of your pregnancy, it is normal to think about and even worry about giving birth. It is normal to have some apprehension in these last few days, even if you have given birth before or… Read More

Becoming a Dad – 10 Tips for Birth

Becoming a Dad – 10 Tips for Birth by Jene Hinds Kelly