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Read our Q and A with new mum Kimberley

We asked one of our lovely new mums, Kimberley some questions about her labour. Here's some of her advice for a positive, prepared labour. What techniques, tools and people helped you during labour? A:  I had a bag of tricks at the ready after reading JuJu Sundin's book called 'Birth Skills'. I didn't end up needing many of them since my labour was so quick, but what I found helpful was my husband distracting me by counting, a heat pack on my shoulders, walking/stomping around the house, squeezing a stress ball, and listening to this calming music over and over again....

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All the LOVE 💗 for this feedback from Catalina. Empowering!

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All the LOVE 💗 for this feedback from Catalina. Empowering!

All the LOVE for this feedback from Catalina. Empowering! "Thank you so much for your service. The Tens machine was amazing and I had it on for 13 hours of my 16 hour labour (2nd baby). I managed to give birth with no other pain relief which is what I wanted. It was so empowering and gave me control to work with my body and contractions and manage the pain better. My little girl Aria came into the world on the 1st of Sept and we couldn't be more happy. Thanks again!!" Catalina TENS Hire anywhere in NZ: www.tenshire.co.nz

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"You have no idea what that boost button meant to me"

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"You have no idea what that boost button meant to me"

Wondering what it's really like to give birth? No two birth stories are the same, which is why we love sharing birth experiences. Here's Natalie's empowering experience... I had been told about a TENS machine a few times, from my midwife, the antenatal class and some other forums.  I wasn't 100% convinced about it, but as I really wanted a natural birth I thought I might give it a try. Well I am so glad I did it!  My contractions were about 10 minutes apart when I started using the machine, and immediately I had pain relief.  You have no idea what that boost button meant...

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14 Ways to manage labour pain naturally

14 Ways to manage labour pain naturally

As you count down the days to your due date, no doubt you'll be thinking about the birth and how you'll cope with the pain. Everyone's tolerance to pain is different, and as such our need for pain relief will vary. Remember you may have many hours in labour and if your goal is a natural, drug-free birth then you'll want to be prepared with a range of tools and techniques to help you through.   In this e-book we've described 14 ways to manage pain naturally during labour. Read e-book

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Burn Baby Burn - suffering from heartburn during pregnancy?

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Burn Baby Burn - suffering from heartburn during pregnancy?

Aaarrggghh…. that burning sensation in your chest and throat when you’ve eaten the wrong thing during pregnancy. In fact, sometimes it seems everything you eat is giving you heartburn. Steering well clear of some foods can help. BEST to AVOID: Fizzy drinks – bubbles expand your stomach creating more pressure. High-fat foods – avoid hot chips, pizza, takeaways, pastry, deep-fried foods Spicy foods – avoid curry, chilli, garlic, onions Tomatoes – avoid tomato soup, marinara sauces and fresh tomato Citrus fruit - oranges, mandarins have high acidity levels Mint – peppermint is an acid reflux trigger Chocolate – too much...

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