Part One of Two - The EPI-NO Childbirth Trainer birth birth prep childbirth trainer epi-no episiotomy labour pelvic floor perineal massage Oct 05, 2021

During childbirth, your pelvic floor muscles will be extensively stretched and it is common to experience tearing. With proper preparation, the likelihood of tearing can be reduced which can also play a role in preserving optimal function of this very important group of muscles. Weakened pelvic...

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Part TWO - EPI-NO Childbirth Trainer birth birth prep childbirth trainer epi-no episiotomy labour pelvic floor perineal massage Oct 05, 2021

How to Use the EPI-NO

The EPI-NO is made up of a silicone balloon that is attached to a pump with a gauge. On the gauge is a needle that registers movement. When you contract the needle moves up and when you relax, the needle returns to the starting position.

Insert the deflated balloon into the...

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Why a Doula should be Part of Your Birth Team benefits birth birth takes a village birth team doula midwives Jan 04, 2020

Why I Love Doulas

In my last post about midwives, I spoke of a birth team. A doula is an integral part of that birth team both prenatally, during your birth and as you transition to motherhood.

I did not have a Doula at my births (close to 10 years ago now!) because I didn’t know...

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What to Include in Your Birth Plan

A common recommendation for expecting mothers is to create a birth plan: a document that gives your caregivers (midwife, doctor, doula, partner) an outline of your choices, desires and ‘no thank you’s’ while in labour. This is designed so as...

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What is "THE CORE"??? birth diaphragm inner core kegels are a core exercise multifidus pelvic floor postpartum pregnancy the core four Dec 30, 2019

The Components of the Inner Core

Your core is probably the most impacted part of your body in pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Yet, it gets little to no attention.  Most people think of the core as being the six-pack and the low back; they are correct, to an extent, but let’s look a...

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Of Birth and Bowel Movements birth bowel movements constipation core breath elimination process labour pelvic floor squatty potty women's pelvic health Dec 18, 2019

We Would Never Poop This Way—Why Do We Give Birth This Way?

This is not a blog about the fear of pooping during birth, but rather a few points designed to make you think and possibly question the way most women give birth.

Think about the following points for a moment:

When you need to...

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