October 16

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Midwives are incredible people who are at the cutting edge of a woman's journey into motherhood.  I have asked a group of midwives to share their wisdom and insight with us here at the Birthmark Sisterhood through this blog series.  

meet the midwife

Midwife - 30 years experience from Hamilton, New Zealand

1. What brings you the greatest joy and sense of purpose as a midwife?

Seeing women and their partners become strong confident mothers, enjoying their babies.  Seeing them have a sense of achievement in birthing their babies, no matter how that may occur


2a. What is your role in the C-section surgery/recovery? 

Support only, helping with breastfeeding

2b. Microbiome and gut health is really popular in the health industry at the moment. Is “seeding” something that you would give information to expectant mothers? No, because there is no research that is showing a bene

2c. What is the greatest thing a woman can do to enhance connection between her and her baby once baby is born? Spend time looking and getting to know her baby and breastfeed as soon as possible Yes, NICU limits hugely how parents can be with their babies

2d. How can a woman be involved in her C-section delivery? Not sure most women want to! Have her wishes listened to, eg delayed cord clamping. 

 

3a. What challenges do women face in first six weeks, which have the potential to inhibit their journey back to health?  How do you suggest these are managed?

  • Pain - adequate analgesia 
  • Lack of support - ensure there is someone with her 24/7 most days 
  • Recovering from pregnancy, labour and maybe a CS is a big physiological load 
  • Poverty - food poverty
  • Getting BF sorted - need good family and midwifery support

3b. How does a woman's mental health and attitude to the birth affect her recovery progress? A lot! Women without support feel abandoned. Many migrant women are very lonely.

3c. What differences do you see, if any, in the recovery from elective C-section verses unplanned C-section? No labour to recover from; mentally prepared, more calm atmosphere means better faster recovery by far

3d. What are signs of infection, (or any other adverse signs) you are looking for which may impede recovery? Red wound, increased pain, increased lochia, feeling unwell, odour from wound, lethargy 


4a. Have you seen a change in expectations over your career towards C-section mums? If so what? Pain relief has improved hugely so women are MUCH less sore than 25 years ago! I don't think its changed too much

4b. How has the medical industry improved their care towards C-section deliveries? Yes, hugely. Much less handling of tissues and vastly better pain relief and preparation. Starving is much shorter before elective C-section now



5a. Can you describe a ‘gentle C-section’? Baby oozes out of wound by itself.  mother reaches and picks up baby. Frankly I don't see/hear a demand for this 

5b. What are your thoughts regarding the development of ‘gentle’ C-sections? No ides, haven’t had a demand/interest in this. I would support it if women want it and it is safe. I believe women’s arms should not be both held down 


6. What does a woman need to be aware of when planning another pregnancy/birth following a C-section. 

  • Wait at least a year - scar healing 
  • Be ready mentally and practically 
  • VBAC advised in a hospital 
  • Toddler and another CS can be very hard


Note from Naomi:

A huge thank you to this beautiful midwife for sharing her wisdom and knowledge with us.  First hand experience can be so empowering.

If you are a midwife and would like to share your wisdom and insight please get in contact at birthmarksisterhood@gmail.com

 


Naomi van Jaarsveld

About the author


Hi I'm Naomi, Founder of Birthmark Sisterhood. I'm a wife to an awesome husband and mum to three energy filled boys

As a qualified personal trainer with over 10 years experience I've journeyed with people of all different walks of life and helped them achieve their health and fitness goals. I'm a certified REHAB trainer and Pre & Postnatal Specialist.

I have experienced both an emergency c-section and two VBACs, a miscarriage, minor prolapse, horrible perineal tears that took hours to stitch (yikes), reflux/collic bubs, back injuries, knee injures and the list goes on. I never thought I'd be grateful for these however the reality is each one of these journeys I've had to walk (some over months, some over years) - has made me a far more effective, strategic and compassionate personal trainer. I'm on a mission to lift the level of postnatal care for woman and especially for c-section mummas!

I believe every woman deserves to have a healed, restored and strong body from the inside out! I'm passionate about taking the guesswork out of their recovery so they can enhance their recovery and get on with living their best life!
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