Birth of Placenta - third stage

by Suzanne Swan

Our Active Birth Workshop or Antenatal Private Session is led by advanced childbirth educator and senior yoga teacher, Suzanne Swan. Suzanne has been doing this work for over eighteen years and her experience affirms that having the partner involved in the birth process, working hands on as a team with the mother, promotes a positive birth experience and enhances family bonding.

Remaining upright for third stage

  • Gravity assists separation and expulsion of the placenta and retraction of the uterus, reducing the need for Syntometrme

  • Fluids drain effectively from uterus, reducing risk of infection

  • Easy to position the baby well for first sucking

  • Latching on to breast stimulates uterus to contract and reduces blood loss

Lying down after birth

  • Less efficient separation and expulsion of placenta

  • Slower retraction of the uterus may create need for Syntometrme to prevent excessive blood loss

  • Fluids tend to pool in the uterus, increasing risk of infection

  • More difficult to position baby well for breastfeedin

Steps to a Healthy Post-Birth Recovery - your baby deserves YOU at your best

For thousands of years, women in traditional cultures around the world have practiced postnatal health recovery using the self care techniques. The period immediately following the birth is crucial for a new mum’s healthy and confident transition into motherhood. It is surprising to realise that in western cultures, with all our advanced lifestyles and quality of living, we do not acknowledge the recovery time that is needed post childbirth and an honouring of the woman’s transition into motherhood.

Pregnant women are celebrated in our society; it is a time when everyone makes a fuss over the mother to be. It seems that once a baby is born, in the west, we transfer care and attention over to the infant – when in fact the new mother also needs cherishing at that time. After nine months of feeling special – it is no wonder that new mums can feel isolated and that the following issues are common in our society.

6 MUST KNOW FACTS for mums-to be.

  1. Up to 20% of women have postnatal weight retention, at least 5kg by 6-18months postpartum

  2. Up to 76% of women report ongoing fatigue in the postnatal period. Fatigue is also a major contributor to depression

  3. Between 25% and 34% of women report that their children’s births were traumatic, even though the staff and their support team may not perceive it that way

  4. 15% of all Australian women suffer from Postnatal Depression

  5. 83% of all new mums initiate breastfeeding and only 18% of new mums continue to breastfeed after 6 months

  6. Approximately 50% of all new mums report ongoing backache

Research shows that mums who care for their health in the first few months recover quickly. Mums who don’t can take months if not years to recover, impacting family life, relationships, libido and long term health.

9 ESSENTIAL REASONS to care for your health and be supported in the postnatal period for the benefit of you and your family.  Attending a postnatal yoga class will:

  1. Minimise your recovery time and regain your strength and energy quickly and sustainable

  2. Regain your pre-baby tummy and body quickly, gently and natural

  3. Support healthy moods during a time of great change

  4. Feel supported during your transition into motherhood

  5. Support feeding your baby by staying connected

  6. Help improve your quality of sleep

  7. Help your baby to settle

  8. Enable you to best look after your family’s needs

  9. Help protect your long term health

Caring for your Newborn Support

Did you know that there is alot that we can do to help prevent unsettled infant behaviour? It's best to know this information BEFORE you have your baby?  The first 16 weeks of life is a neurologically sensitive period, and some babies will cry. Yet there are a range of strategies which may help prevent unsettled infant behaviour - early intervention is the key. Mums & Bubs Yoga classes offer you strategies that have been shown to help minimise cry-fuss problems and unsettled behaviour after the birth, sending you away with a practical plan of action.