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Pregnancy options in the Illawarra

Amelia Coleman

So you just found out you are pregnant, congratulations!

....but now what? What are your options and how do you choose what's right for you?

Your birth location and provider can have a big impact on your birth experience so it's good to invest a little time to find an option that suits you best.  

Let me start off by acknowledging that unlike capital cities such as Sydney or Melbourne we don't currently have a huge range of options for pregnancy and birth here in the Illawarra.

Maybe one day that will change and more options will be available (wishing for a birth centre!) but at the moment the main choice is which hospital you will deliver your baby. 

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“My baby’s birth was horrible”

Amelia Coleman

One of the most common reasons pregnant women contact me looking for a doula is because of a previous difficult birth. When they share their birth experiences they often say things like "my first baby’s birth was horrible” or “I had such an awful experience last time”. 

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Latest Birth Statistics for the Illawarra

Amelia Coleman

NSW Health has released the latest Mother and Baby report. The report provides an interesting snapshot of what its like to give birth in the Illawarra.

 

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What is a low lying placenta?

Amelia Coleman

If a woman is told at an ultrasound that she has a low lying placenta this can often cause her to feel confused and worried. The sonographer may mention that the woman may need to have a caesarean and if she is planning a vaginal birth this can throw her plans into chaos.

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Pregnancy exercise options in the Illawarra

Amelia Coleman

We know from numerous studies the great benefits of exercise during pregnancy. Regular prenatal can reduce discomfort during pregnancy, make birth easier, reduce stress, and help your post-baby body get back into shape.

Generally, low impact exercises specifically designed for pregnant women are the best bet. Here in the Illawarra we are lucky to have many options for prenatal exercises.

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A doula is like.....

Amelia Coleman

Trying to explain what a doula does can be challenging. It is a profession that some people have heard about but often they aren’t quite sure what a doula does. One of the ways I explain it to someone is to use an analogy of a profession they are familiar with. These are some of the useful analogies I have used to explain what I do.

A doula is like a personal trainer

 

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What to pack (and not pack) in your hospital bag

Amelia Coleman

At least once a week I am asked “what should I pack in my hospital bag?”. Rather than typing the same list over and over again I thought I would just write a quick blog post.

* This list is suitable if you are planning on staying in hospital for up to 48 hours, adjust quantities for longer stays.

For labour

Have these packed in a separate or easily identifiable part of the bag so that you aren’t pulling things out everywhere in the delivery room.

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