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Well they're only Neonates (newborns) for the first 6 weeks - so what are the things you need to know now, and very soon? On todays episode is all about: Mother and Baby's Well-being MOTHER: Your overall health status Concluding the relationship with your maternity health professionals (midwife, obstetrician, doula) Expectations going forward BABY:…
 
On today’s episode is an overview about what you need to know by time with you and your baby including: MOTHER: Breastfeeding feeling like successfully establishing, breasts softening & nipples improving Womb fully involuted Perineum/C-Section Wound healing Feeling knowledge about breastmilk Expressing & milk Storage Other Things you need to make D…
 
On today’s episode is an overview about what is normal for your baby this two weeks after birth including: Back to birth weight by day 10-14, 8-11 plus Wet diapers daily, Frequent or Infrequent poos (for exclusively Breastmilk fed Babies), 200g (7oz) to 300g (10.5oz) Weight gain weekly. Note: The 25-min full-version of DAY 10-14 POSTPARTUM goes int…
 
It’s nearly the end of the first week and what an intense week it has been! On today’s episode is more information about Maternal and Neonatal well being including: MATERNAL: Last BP check up Lochia Discharge (Rubra/Serosa/Alba) Sutures (Perineum/C-Section wound) Breasts (Lactogenesis-2, Sore nipples) and More NEONATAL: One-week detailed clinical e…
 
It is such a unique time when the baby is over two days old, but your full-milk hasn't yet fully arrived - and of course, there are lots to know about on this steep learning curve! MATERNAL: Blues ending > Milk arriving Post-birth examinations Self-Care & Psychologically feeling confident in the home environment Awareness of Signs & Symptoms of Pos…
 
On today’s episode, is all about MATERNAL WELL-BEING: BP Temp & Pulse; Lochia vaginal bleeding; Womb fundal height; pending Baby Blues; and Discussing when “clinically ready for discharge” (Goal: Successful establishment of Breastfeeding); & More and NEWBORN WELL-BEING: Feed-feed-feed; Urine & Bowel output; Umbilicus belly-button; Conjunctivitis st…
 
On today’s episode, is all about the things that you need to know in the first 24 hours with your baby including Maternal General Maternal Wellbeing Assessments (labor-birth debrief, uterine involution, blood-loss, perineum, breasts, sutures, nutritional needs) and Breastfeeding (assessment, assistance, guidance, advice, colostrum, hand-expressing,…
 
Understanding the normal things that occur at 40-42 Week’s Gestation including 41-Week Postdates Scan (including Dopplers & BPP), CTG (cardiotocogram) fetal traces, Stretch’n’Sweep Vaginal Exams, Induction vs Spontaneous. Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT OCCURS ONCE OVERDUE AT OVER 40 WEEKS PREGNANT goes into a lot more details, particularly a…
 
"Bonding" with your baby is actually a relatively new Term in the history of maternity-newborn health - but it has also lead to another term: "Poor Bonding" - argh. Bonding is actually an unfolding process. Here I explain it all, taking the 'mystery' out of what to expect. CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcas…
 
Know your Signs and Symptoms of established Active Labor, and the Signs and Symptoms of concerning Abnormal Labor. Resources I Important Links: Day-1-Baby Heirloom Layette - Birthing Suite for your Brand New Baby. Created by New Zealand midwife and author Kathy Fray with Roots & Wings merino. Tailor-made to look after your newborn on the most speci…
 
With birth very imminent, good Fetal Movements become very important. Learn what it is you need to know. Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT YOU NEED TO BE THINKING AT 36 WEEKS’ GESTATION also includes the Topics: Knowing when to contact your Midwife/Obstetrician or present at Birthing Suite for established Active Labour, Mucous bloody shows - Wa…
 
With birth imminent, following is a To Do List to get ticked off, including: Labour-Birth Support people finalization, Birth-Plan decisions including Vitamin-K & any Cultural/Religious traditions, Postnatal Care-Plan including Home-Help. Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT YOU NEED TO BE DOING AT 34-5 WEEKS’ GESTATION also includes the Topics: Po…
 
A quick overview of the To Do List for this gestation that should be Ticked Off before you get to 33-34 weeks, including Completing the self-check Questionnaire, Having a copy of the free Organic Birth guide, Reading the OH BABY chapter on Childbirth, Watching Labour Video, Sorted your Partus Preparatus. Resources I Important Links: Test yourself i…
 
A quick overview list of all those pieces of knowledge you need to know preferably before 32-weeks Gestation, including Optimal positioning, Maternal exercise minimums, APGAR scores, Maternal post-birth checks, Unwell babies, Anaesthetic review, late GTTs, and more. Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AT 29-31 WEEKS PREGNAN…
 
On today’s episode is a Radio interview chatting about how the best-selling book "OH BABY...Birth, Babies and Motherhood Uncensored" came to be and talking about an upcoming NZ BabyShow. CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL BASICS support package. [Membership al…
 
Partner?..... Doula?....... Additional Birth Support people? Who should you have attending your Birth??? After catching hundreds of babies, and witnessing hundreds of 'dynamics' when it comes to childbirth attendees, I have formed a bit of an opinion or two on the subject. On today’s episode, hear my thoughts from my in-the-trenches experiences - i…
 
Pediatricians have recommended for a long time that all Newborns receive Vitamin-K at birth. But what the heck is it really all about? And is there any genuine controversy? On today’s episode, I help you make sense of it all. CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcasts by purchasing a subscription to her ESSENTIAL…
 
Women asking their Midwife/Obstetrician to delay the clamping of their baby's umbilical cord has become so "on trend" now. But is it really that critical and are the benefits substantial? On today’s episode, let me clear the fog around this actually a pretty simple topic. CLICK HERE to learn more about joining Kathy's MotherWise MasterClass podcast…
 
On today’s episode is an overview of the Signs & Symptoms of Pre-Eclampsia, plus the Big List of topics you need to know about at the beginning of your 3rd Trimester of Pregnancy. Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR 3rd TRIMESTER also includes the Topics: The 3rd Stage of Childbirth, Cord-cutting, Placent…
 
So you're "over half-way" in your pregnancy now? Well, get your pen and paper out, because today I will give you quite the To Do List of things you need to be doing and knowing about at 20-24 weeks gestation. Note: The 25-min full-version of WHAT YOU NEED TO DO & KNOW AT 20-24 WEEKS GESTATION episode we go into much more detail, also including Birt…
 
On today’s episode, I explain about sorting your antenatal Childbirth Education classes and explain about the 18-20 week Anatomy Ultrasound scan. Note: The 25-min full-version of THE "TO DO LIST" WHEN YOU'RE 15-20 WEEKS PREGNANT episode we go into much more detail, also including infant CPR/FirstAid, use of complementary/alternative therapies, SIDS…
 
A great 5-minute second part overview explanation on what family Obstetric History you need to be aware of. Plus an overview of the foods you can/can't and should/shouldn't eat during pregnancy. Note: The 25-min full-version of NEWLY-PREGNANT NEED-TO-KNOW Part-II Audio also includes the Topics: UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) signs, symptoms & mana…
 
A great 5-minute first part overview explanation on the Signs, Symptoms, Prevention & Management of Miscarriage. Note: The 25-min full-version of NEWLY-PREGNANT NEED-TO-KNOW Part-I Audio also includes the Topics: Understanding the EDD (Estimated Due Date); the Dating scan; the 12-Week NT scan; Down's Syndrome screen; Morning Sickness; and the first…
 
With your Maternity journey, do you want to experience the Big 4? A great Birth; successful Breastfeeding; a good-sleeping Baby. And, if your No.1 priority is giving your Baby the safest and least traumatic birth arrival, then this is likely your ONE-STOP-SHOP to having so many of your queries answered … including potentially loads of questions, yo…
 
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