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Episode 8: Labour, birth and kids health

All mums seem to love to share their own stories of the labour and birth of their child. Our mums on the couch are no different and today they compare their birth stories. This opens up the discussion of the pros and cons of a caesarean delivery versus a natural birth. Then onto the health of our children – it’s every mother’s nightmare when our children are sick. We discuss when to be concerned.

Episode 8 Health

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Our guests include:

  • TV celebrity, Alyssa-Jane Cook;
  • Sue Hodges, mum of 2 kids;
  • Nutritionist, Karen Fischer;
  • GP, Dr Martine Walker and
  • Photographer, Anissa Kapadia.

Q&A session:

  • Nutritionist, Karen Fischer, has answered questions about how a child’s diet can affect their health, especially eczema.

Watch segments from Episode 8 of Mums & Bubs and access great articles about the topics discussed below.

Birth stories

All mums love to share birth stories and today is no exception. Alyssa-Jane Cook is expecting her third baby in a few weeks and doesn’t have any firm plans for this delivery. She knows all too well that each labour and birth can be completely different if her last 2 births are anything to go by. Strangely, the thing she remembers from both of them was that they hurt, a lot!

Sue Hodges, mum of 2 children, shares her experience of having to have caesarean births and things not going according to plan. After having a trial labour for her second baby her doctor recommended a caesarean delivery as her labour was not progressing. Following her operation she was left with the painful complication of a bladder tear as a result of the surgery. As a result she is now quite passionate about encouraging women to deliver naturally if possible.

Despite her best intentions of having a completely natural and drug free delivery, Karen Fischer recognises that your best laid plans can go out the window when you are actually in labour.

Further reading on the Huggies site:

Natural vs caesarean birth

What advice would a GP give to a mum deciding between a caesarean and natural birth? And what about birth plans? We know we all need to have a one, but does anyone really stick to it? The girls share a joke that perhaps we should write our birth plans after we’ve had the baby and then they may be slightly realistic.

Dr Martine Walker reminds us that we can all have our ideal plan for how we would like to deliver our children, but the outcome that we all want is to have a healthy baby. The reason why we have such low infant and maternal mortality rates, she says, is because of the superb emergency health care we have available to us when having our babies.

The mum’s on the couch share their experiences of birth. Sue Hodges bladder tear is used as an example of why you would try to avoid a caesarean delivery where possible. She felt it not only affected her recovery after the birth, but also her feeding and bonding with her baby. Dr Martine Walker reaffirms that the ideal outcome is a vaginal delivery if you can achieve it, but there are many reasons why this may not be possible.

Alyssa-Jane Cook is concerned that her third baby, due in 7 weeks, is still in the breech position and she may be faced with having a caesarean, which has not been part of her plan.

Rachel has had 2 caesarean deliveries, and felt one was a good experience and the other bad. The girls identify that they often feel like they have to justify their deliveries to friends and are often judged and made to feel like they have failed in some way.

Sue reinforces a common theme from Mums & Bubs, let’s support each other as mothers and women and celebrate our differences.

Further reading on the Huggies site:

When kids are sick

It’s not easy dealing with a child who is not well. When do you go to the doctor? And what things should parents look out for when their child is sick? Dr Martine Walker tells us to seek medical help when:

  • Young babies with a fever may have a serious infection and should always be seen by a Doctor, especially if they are under 3 months.
  • Babies whose behaviour has changed may be unwell. A parent is usually the best judge of this.
  • A baby is flat, lethargic and is not interacting.
  • A baby has any difficulty with breathing for example they are panting, grunting, gasping for breath then you should act quickly.

The mums also discuss traditional versus alternative medicine – are they suitable for babies? Dr Martine Walker, advises against using alternative methods for very young babies and emphasizes the importance of seeking medical advice, however she supports the use of alternative medicine in some circumstances. For example, a toddler who has suffered from a case of diarrhoea will benefit from taking probiotics to help with recovery.

Karen Fischer, nutritionist couldn’t agree more and tells the story of how changing her daughter’s diet helped with her eczema. She has provided an article so we can all learn more and answers our Huggies Club members questions.*

Further reading on the Huggies site:

Photography tips

Our children grow up way too fast, so it’s no wonder mums and dads furiously take photos of each stage of their development. But kids can be a difficult subject to photograph. They don’t sit still for very long, they rarely pose or give you a smile on cue. So how do you take great photos of kids? Photographer Anissa Kapadia has some great tips to share:

  • Place you child in a familiar environment, with a toy or in the sandpit etc
  • Minimise the use of the flash as much as possible
  • Use the natural light
  • Frame your shot and centre your child
  • Stay down low at the level of your child
  • Take lots of pictures and select the good ones.

Further reading on the Huggies site:

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