For all you mummies-to-be out there, I thought I’d make a list of some of the pregnancy and baby services in the Inverness area. There aren’t a huge amount compared to other parts of the country, but I have chosen a few which could really enhance your experience of pregnancy, birth and beyond. Hopefully this will give you a little insight to the services out there and maybe introduce you to some you didn’t know about before.
– Massage is a wonderful experience at any time, it’s so relaxing and has a huge host of benefits. But did you know about pregnancy massage? It can help to relieve some of those annoying symptoms that come along with making a tiny human. During pregnancy, many ladies suffer from lower back and leg pain, restless sleep, anxiety and stress. Massage can help relieve these symptoms, as well as increasing your dopamine and serotonin levels which makes you happy. And who doesn’t want to be happy? It is also thought to boost the immune system which is great for you and your baby. It really is a wonderful thing.
Delicate Touch Inverness Therapy offer a range of pre and postnatal massage for both you and your baby. And you also get a 15% discount with me when you book. Ask me for further details.
– Yoga is undoubtedly good for our bodies at any stage of life. During pregnancy, yoga is a fantastic way to become more in tune with your changing body. Yoga helps to connect with yourself and your unborn baby and enhances your health and wellbeing. It’s also a great way to meet other mummies-to-be while preparing for the birth or your baby. Yoga can also alleviate any physical discomfort your are feeling during pregnancy. It can improve your quality of sleep, reduce anxiety and improve posture and circulation. It strengthens muscles and joints so that you can approach labour and birth at your optimum levels of health and happiness.
Charlotte Turner offers a wide range of yoga classes and runs pregnancy yoga classes in Eden Court every Monday. A new 10 week term is starting this month and she also offers baby wearing yoga. See her facebook page for up-to-date information on her classes.
– Having a baby is one of the most special experiences you can go through. It’s a time when you are probably filled with joy and hope for the future. But it can also be a little scary, especially the thought of actually giving birth to your baby. Most parents would like the birth to be as easy and relaxed as possible. However the fear of the unknown, pain and possible unpleasant past experiences can all effect how you are feeling towards the end of your pregnancy.
Hypnobirthing is a technique for achieving a calm, natural, relaxing and stress free way of giving birth.
The benefits of Hypnobirthing include:
- Deep relaxation, helping to eliminate fear and allowing you to trust your own natural birthing instincts
- Shortens the first stage of labour
- A natural way to increase your own natural ‘endorphins’ or painkillers
- Teaches women how to give birth gently
- Promotes bonding of the family unit
- Encourages successful breastfeeding
Amanda Gwynne runs Mama2be and is an experienced Midwife with over 30 years experience in the field. She offers a variety of antenatal and hypnobirthing classes and can help to make your birthing experience a positive one.
– Irene Mackintosh is a doula in the Highlands and who offers support to pregnant and birthing women.
But what is a Doula? A doula is a birth companion, someone who will stand alongside you throughout your birth. She is someone who will not leave because there is a change of shift, who will support you at home, in an ambulance, in hospital. They’ll be someone who will listen to your hopes and fears and keep those at the forefront of her mind during your birth. A doula protects your birth space and will work to create the atmosphere that is right for you, whether in a hospital or at home.
Having a doula present at your birth has been shown through a wide range of studies to increase the likelihood of:
- ‘normal birth’, that is birth without medical interventions such as forceps or ventouse or caesarean;
- that the mother will give birth without the need for pain relief such as epidurals
- of a natural third stage, which is beneficial to both mother and baby
- of a successful breastfeeding relationship with the newborn baby which will continue past 6 weeks
- decrease the likelihood of post natal depression
- improve mother/baby bonding in the early weeks of parenthood
Breast Feeding Support
– For mummies who have chosen to breast feed their baby, then Highland Breastfeeding Support is a great group to get the help and encouragement from other mums doing the same. Breastfeeding isn’t easy for some women and they might need a little extra help to get them through any difficult stages. Highland Breastfeeding Support has been set up by volunteer breastfeeding peer supporters in the NHS Highland area. NHS peer supporters are all mums who have breastfed their babies. They have a wealth of breastfeeding experience including the joys and difficulties that go hand-in-hand. They’ve also undergone training by the National Childbirth Trust or Breastfeeding Network as well as training from NHS Highland.
There are classes each week in Inverness, Dingwall, Nairn, Fortrose and Drumnadrochit and all mums are welcome to attend.
– 4D ultrasound scans are captured by directing sound waves into the mother’s uterus. When the echoed images are reflected back, surface rendering turns them into precise 3D images. Where the technology reaches a step further is that the images of the baby with 4D scans become ‘video’ in real time. Therefore ‘time’ is the fourth dimension, as there is no other scan quite like it in terms of instant rendering of 3D moving images.
Parents who choose a 4D ultrasound believe it is good for the pregnancy and their personal well-being. This is backed by evidence suggesting that mothers often switch to a healthier diet and cease detrimental behaviours after these scans. The reason for this may be due to the great intimacy of 4D scans, which increase empathy and attachment with the baby for mother and father. Siblings may even feel a bond with the baby after seeing it so clearly on the screen.
Jocelyn Reid is the Lead Midwife Sonographer in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and offers a variety of 4D scanning including foetal sexing, grown scans and souvenir scans. You can contact Jocelyn at Highland Ultrasound and she also has a facebook page.
– Obviously you all know I exist, as you’re reading this post. Having professional images taken while you’re pregnant will help to capture memories of how you felt while carrying your baby. That special bond which is just beginning can be encapsulated forever. The images will also help you realise how beautiful you looked, since a lot of pregnant ladies don’t always feel their best while carrying their babies.
A newborn photo shoot freezes in time how little and new your baby was. They change so quickly. They’ll never be so small again. So you’ll be glad you captured this fleeting stage before it’s gone. If you’re thinking of getting your bump or baby photographed, drop me a message and I can call you back and have a chat 🙂
I hope this post has been a little help in providing you with information on some of these wonderful services on offer in the Highland area.
If you have experience of any other services or facilities, please feel free to share them here or on my Facebook page so that everyone can know about them and share the love <3
Until next time….