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Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Banking Basics

Taking care of your baby is what matters most as a parent, including their health now and long into the future. Cord blood and cord tissue banking is becoming commonplace when it comes to your little one’s future. Here is what you need to know.

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7 Things You Can Do To Speed Up C-Section Recovery

What does faster C-section recovery after pregnancy mean? It can mean different things to different people at different stages of their post-partum recovery which is why it is important to adopt a holistic perspective that addresses all factors that can speed up C-section recovery and assist in returning new mothers to optimal health.

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Having a planned birth? Every extra week counts.

Planned birth in the absence of any risk factors for mother or baby should not occur before 39 weeks. If we do this, we will reduce the likelihood of short-term problems and also improve children’s longer-term development.

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6 Things to prepare you for post-birth that you probably didn't know about

We spend so much time preparing ourselves for birth, we often don’t give much thought to what happens after our baby is born. Here are six things we think you really should know about.

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Five reasons why you should see a Physiotherapist after giving birth

Your medical appointments after having a baby are not adequate for giving you the all clear to exercise - here are five reasons why you need to see a physiotherapist after giving birth

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Your natural birth choices

Many women want a natural birth – or at least as natural as possible. But what you might consider a ‘natural’ birth might be very different to what your doctor, friend or sister might consider a natural birth. Here are some key points you might want to consider.

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The Five Most Common Postnatal Exercise Mistakes

There is A LOT of confusing information out there about what you can, can’t, should and shouldn’t do when returning to exercise after having a baby. We learn about five of the most common mistakes new mums make when returning to exercise post-birth.

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5 Things to consider when choosing a birth photographer

choosing the right birth photographer is so important. Finding someone who can be a part of your special moment, and almost feel like they’re part of the family.

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The questions you’ve always wanted to ask about childbirth but have been too afraid to ask…

This article takes the embarrassment out of babies and answering all of your burning, awkward questions on child birth and looking after your little one.

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Why a baby nail trimmer should be in your hospital bag

One of the many wonders new parents may encounter, with the birth of their child, is just how long their fingernails and toenails can be. For four out of the nine months of a full-term pregnancy, a baby’s nails grow; it’s possible your newborn will have longer nails than you!

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Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section (VBAC)

It used to be believed that a woman who had a caesarean birth would always need a cesarean delivery for all her babies. However many women who have previously undergone caesarean birth can safely attempt a trial of labor to have a vaginal delivery in subsequent pregnancies.

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Labour hormones

The first thing to understand about labour is some of the crazy, wicked, Yoda-smart labour hormones that your clever little system is capable of producing!

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Should you choose an obstetrician or a maternity hospital first?

Here’s what you need to consider when weighing up your maternity hospital and obstetrician choices.

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Yoga: The mama miracle for the post-partum body

Read about Jordan's journey with self re-discovery after the birth of her first baby.

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A few things you may not have expected in the days before and after birth

This article aims to overview a few of the changes that you and your baby may undergo in the last days of pregnancy and first days after birth.

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Post-partum healing in the arms of nature

Grounding ourselves and our children in nature, is extremely healing, beneficial, both emotionally and physically. Allowing our children to explore untethered, wild and free, among the trees and the flowers, creates mindfulness, encourages compassion and inspires creativity.

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Blokes and birth - how important are they?

Whilst it is understandable that birth does at first glance appear to be a woman’s domain there is a massive contribution that men can make. Some of the fundamentals of birth need to be understood in order to contribute positively.

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Caesarean – the easy road? Not so much.

Decisions relating to normal birth or caesarean are becoming increasingly complicated with women expressing pressure to take one or other direction for their birth.

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What sort of birth do you want?

“What sort of birth do you want” is a common question many first time mothers-to-be are asked.

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Storing your baby's stem cells

Did you know your cord blood and tissue are rich in powerful stem cells that can only be collected at birth?

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Looking after yourself after a C-section

Looking after yourself after a C-section is as much about looking after your mind as it is about your body. In some cases, it may be more important, as your state of mind and mood may affect how well you look after your body.

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Tips on buying maternity clothes

To help you get through the whole nine months with ease, Angel Maternity have pulled together some top tips for buying maternity clothes.

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What to pack in your pregnancy hospital bag

It can be hard to know exactly what you’ll need, so Angel Maternity has pulled together this checklist of all the essentials you’ll need during labour, birth and the precious moments following baby's arrival.

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Tips for recovery after a caesarean

Mater Mothers provides some tips for recovery after a caesarean which includes mobility exercises, how to protect your incision, planning for home and pain relief.

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Why we have to rebuild from the inside out after having a baby

It’s common practice to go and see a health professional at approximately six weeks after giving birth, usually an obstetrician, a midwife or a GP. Read on to find the purpose of this consult.

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Abdominal muscle separation during and after pregnancy

Here are some myths to bust on abdominal muscle separation during and after pregnancy.

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Urinary incontinence after childbirth

A less widely discussed, but equally challenging issue after childbirth is that of stress urinary incontinence.

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What is cord blood banking

You only have one opportunity to collect and store your baby’s cord blood – at birth. Read full article to learn more about cord blood banking.

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Am I in labour?

The following information should help you to understand these signs and make it easier for you to determine whether you are in labour.

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Demystifying birthing options for real

This talk sets matters straight when she explains the factors at play when choosing a mode of delivery - from natural deliveries, Vaginal Birth after Caesareans (VBAC), to instrumental deliveries and caesareans.

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Epidurals: the pros and cons

Bupa's Dr Tim Ross talks through what an epidural is, how they work, the pros, the cons and making a birth plan.

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Benefits of communicating with your baby before birth

You are your baby's voice. Taking time each day to monitor a baby’s movement is as important as mother’s taking prenatal vitamins and staying healthy.

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Labour pain

Labour is not to be feared, it is a truly special and amazing process to bring your own baby into the world. Supported by a loving team, for the majority of women it is a special day to prepare for and welcome.

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Getting to know your baby

A baby’s only direct link to the outside world is through its mother. Mothers have a unique opportunity to understand their baby’s individual movements and respond accordingly.

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Top 10 questions about pregnancy and birth answered

Midwifery and Maternity Providers Organisation (MMPOA) know first-time expectant parents often have many questions about the journey ahead. Here they answer the most common questions qualified midwives are asked.This Bupa Parenting Insights talk is given by Liz Wilkes, CEO of MMPOA. Liz answers the following 10 questions:

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Labour pain relief options

Discover the different forms of labour pain relief options that are available to you during the birth experience.

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What is a midwife and why would I need one?

You are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and it is highly possible that you ask yourself 'what is a midwife?'.

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Pregnancy - from the perspective of an Obstetrician

This talk discusses the latest pre-conception advice, tips for your pregnancy journey and advice for keeping both mum-to-be and unborn baby happy and healthy.

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Congrats you're pregnant! Tips to help you avoid information overload

When you become pregnant it can seem like a whole new world has opened up. Everyone has an opinion on what is good and bad! Read these tips from MMPOA to help you avoid the information overload.

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Back to fitness and form post-baby

Senior Exercise Physiologist, Nicole French gives a practical and insightful talk on the fitness challenges post-birth and how to overcome them.

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