moKee Birth School online:
the induction of labour

6 min read

by Suzi Smith  

Marie Louise joins us on the moKee Birth School Online to discuss the induction of labour.

Firstly, to make you aware, induction of labour varies from hospital to hospital but generally it’s similar methods which are used with varying timescales.

At the moment in the UK around about 20% of women are induced and one of the top reasons is being overdue. There are lots of different types of inductions of labour which I’ll run through with you today.

If this is your first baby, just know that around 80% of first-time mums go overdue, so don’t get fixated on that date. In fact, up to 5% of babies are born on their due date. When we give you your due date, it’s your EDD Estimated Due Date. Please take note of estimated. Please take this date with a pinch of salt. Friends and family bombarding you with texts asking if the baby has arrived is not good for you, so make it clear to everyone that 8 in 10 women go overdue and that it’s to be expected. A good tip is to tell people a later due date to ease the stress and you will probably be overdue anyway!

There can be medical reasons for being induced too; raised blood pressure, diabetes, a smaller baby, a bigger baby. Another reason is if your waters have gone but you haven’t gone into labour within 24 hours. Some hospitals have some variations around this time frame.

If you are being offered an induction of labour, please run through everything with your health care provider- why is it being recommended. Use the BRAIN Tool which I mention in the first session. Run through what the benefits and risks are, any alternatives, what your instinct is telling you and what happens if you do nothing?

If we can’t find your cervix don’t worry, this is very common. If we do find your cervix, the aim is to trigger your body to go into labour. What that does is send messages to your cervix to say, ok let’s do something. You’ll start contracting and can then go into labour. You can have a repeat sweep 48 hours later if it doesn’t work the first time around. Sometimes they don’t work at all- just more than 50% of sweeps work. This is a little bit debatable, because there are so many variables involved though.

Have a look on the risks and benefits of having a sweep on the NHS website. It’s a low risk procedure but it can be quite uncomfortable.

If you go into labour, fantastic! That’s exactly what we want. If you don’t go into labour, sometimes a sweep can cause an irritable uterus. These tightenings don’t put your body into labour unfortunately. We don’t know who will have this or who will go into labour. It’s a conversation to have with your midwife to decide.

If you don’t get into labour at all and you’re still being recommended for an induction of labour. We then need to run through everything. In most hospitals you’ll be given a day and time to come in. Sometimes hospitals will call and change your induction time, but only if you’re low risk.

On the day you’ll come in with all of your bits ready for your baby, because the idea is that you’ll leave the unit with your baby. The whole process takes a long time so takes lots of snacks. A tv card is a must, please ask! Take a book and be ready to wait. Sometimes it can take days….

You’ll be assessed by monitoring the baby with a CTG monitor. You’ll have the baby’s heart beat recorded and then you’ll be offered the prostaglandins - there are two types that you will be offered. One of them is Propess and this is like a little tampon that sits behind your cervix. The other one is called Prostin and is a gel. Both of them aim to soften the cervix and to ripen it. When your body isn’t used to going into labour, generally your cervix is thick and closed. We want your cervix to open up, soften and stretch into your uterus. We want a shorter cervix and slightly open. Some women go into labour just from this.

If we can’t break your waters we’ll generally suggest a hormone drip. We cant break your waters other than in a labour ward. The hormone drip is oxytocin and we pop a canular in your hand, so we need to find a vein. Sometimes it’s in your arm. It’s a tube that administers the fluids. Midwives also monitor your baby throughout this because with any drugs, we need to know that the baby is happy. It goes through quite slowly and the midwife gradually increases it. At any point that you want pain relief, ask your midwife. Make a BOSS BIRTH PLAN- see the first session on the website to see the info about pain relief.

So, the drip will continue to go through until you’re getting about 4 contractions in a ten minute period, coming nice and regularly. We’ll see them on the monitor and you’ll have one midwife continuously to look after you.

So that will run through and will hopefully help you get the right amount of contractions. We should then be able to break your waters if they haven’t already. However, you can be on the hormone drip for some time.

We’ll then get you into labour and the whole point is for you to have a vaginal birth. If the induction of labour doesn’t work then you will need to have a conversation with a senior doctor about other options. We then need to continue and so the next step is generally a c section. At the time, ask all of the questions- run through everything. it’s very rare that there are emergency c sections, so we have time to meet your requests. For example if you want some music paying during your c section, we can have a chat about it. Don’t be afraid of asking what you want.

Who to bring with you for an induction of labour. Things have changed due to Covid 19. Check with your hospital but it’s probably going to be the same as spontaneous labour but we can’t guarantee it. Your partner comes when you’re in established labour- three contractions that are lasting a minute in a ten minute period and your cervix needs to be 4cm dilated. Some hospitals will say that it’s ok for you to go home during some parts of the induction of labour process. Ask if it’s ok to go home. Once you’re in labour you need support so someone needs to be with you. I’ve picked 5 people to ensure that someone will be with me. If my partner has symptoms of Covid 19, they won’t be able to join you. So, ask a few people, just in case.

The last point is immediately after you’ve had your baby. After you’ve had your baby if you’ve had an induction you’ll be in a delivery suite. If you’ve had an epidural or a c section then you will stay in a bit longer and immediately after birth we run through all your observations and baby observations. Get your birth partner to have skin to skin if you don’t feel up to it as it’s so good for babies. A baby’s experience of birth is really unique. They are completely disoriented in this whole new world. It’s cold, light and their body has to do new things. Simply giving skin to skin with baby is comforting; they can smell you, hear you and you can keep them warm. The baby will recognise the sound of your birth partner’s voice if they’ve been around you during pregnancy.

Then we’ll check your baby over. We’ll go from top to toe. It’s my favourite thing to do and every time I think how gorgeous they are. They are so perfect. We are making sure that your baby looks healthy and well. If we detect abnormalities, we’ll call the baby doctor and they will review the baby. This is really rare. Vitamin k is an injection your baby receives. They can have it orally or not at all. It depends on what you’re comfortable with. We’ll also weigh the baby which is really exciting. I always have bets about how much they’ll weight with parents. We’ll document everything and then we’ll offer you some tea and toast. This time is so precious, we call it the golden first hour after birth. Sometimes people ask for visitors quite quickly. If you’re comfortable that’s fine, but just remember how previous this time it is for you to explore your own baby. Always put yourself first. Sometimes it can be awkward but you need to protect that bond and meeting with your baby., You’ll never get these moments back. Block out the rest of the world.

by Suzi Smith  

Marie Louise joins us on the moKee Birth School Online to discuss the induction of labour. Firstly, to make you aware, induction of labour varies from hospital to hospital but generally it’s similar methods which are used with varying timescales.

Blog 1 moKee Birth School online: the induction of labour
26 Apr 2020

moKee Birth School online: the induction of labour

moKee Birth School online:
the induction of labour

6 min read

by Suzi Smith  

Marie Louise joins us on the moKee Birth School Online to discuss the induction of labour.

Firstly, to make you aware, induction of labour varies from hospital to hospital but generally it’s similar methods which are used with varying timescales.

At the moment in the UK around about 20% of women are induced and one of the top reasons is being overdue. There are lots of different types of inductions of labour which I’ll run through with you today.

If this is your first baby, just know that around 80% of first-time mums go overdue, so don’t get fixated on that date. In fact, up to 5% of babies are born on their due date. When we give you your due date, it’s your EDD Estimated Due Date. Please take note of estimated. Please take this date with a pinch of salt. Friends and family bombarding you with texts asking if the baby has arrived is not good for you, so make it clear to everyone that 8 in 10 women go overdue and that it’s to be expected. A good tip is to tell people a later due date to ease the stress and you will probably be overdue anyway!

There can be medical reasons for being induced too; raised blood pressure, diabetes, a smaller baby, a bigger baby. Another reason is if your waters have gone but you haven’t gone into labour within 24 hours. Some hospitals have some variations around this time frame.

If you are being offered an induction of labour, please run through everything with your health care provider- why is it being recommended. Use the BRAIN Tool which I mention in the first session. Run through what the benefits and risks are, any alternatives, what your instinct is telling you and what happens if you do nothing?

If we can’t find your cervix don’t worry, this is very common. If we do find your cervix, the aim is to trigger your body to go into labour. What that does is send messages to your cervix to say, ok let’s do something. You’ll start contracting and can then go into labour. You can have a repeat sweep 48 hours later if it doesn’t work the first time around. Sometimes they don’t work at all- just more than 50% of sweeps work. This is a little bit debatable, because there are so many variables involved though.

Have a look on the risks and benefits of having a sweep on the NHS website. It’s a low risk procedure but it can be quite uncomfortable.

If you go into labour, fantastic! That’s exactly what we want. If you don’t go into labour, sometimes a sweep can cause an irritable uterus. These tightenings don’t put your body into labour unfortunately. We don’t know who will have this or who will go into labour. It’s a conversation to have with your midwife to decide.

If you don’t get into labour at all and you’re still being recommended for an induction of labour. We then need to run through everything. In most hospitals you’ll be given a day and time to come in. Sometimes hospitals will call and change your induction time, but only if you’re low risk.

On the day you’ll come in with all of your bits ready for your baby, because the idea is that you’ll leave the unit with your baby. The whole process takes a long time so takes lots of snacks. A tv card is a must, please ask! Take a book and be ready to wait. Sometimes it can take days….

You’ll be assessed by monitoring the baby with a CTG monitor. You’ll have the baby’s heart beat recorded and then you’ll be offered the prostaglandins - there are two types that you will be offered. One of them is Propess and this is like a little tampon that sits behind your cervix. The other one is called Prostin and is a gel. Both of them aim to soften the cervix and to ripen it. When your body isn’t used to going into labour, generally your cervix is thick and closed. We want your cervix to open up, soften and stretch into your uterus. We want a shorter cervix and slightly open. Some women go into labour just from this.

If we can’t break your waters we’ll generally suggest a hormone drip. We cant break your waters other than in a labour ward. The hormone drip is oxytocin and we pop a canular in your hand, so we need to find a vein. Sometimes it’s in your arm. It’s a tube that administers the fluids. Midwives also monitor your baby throughout this because with any drugs, we need to know that the baby is happy. It goes through quite slowly and the midwife gradually increases it. At any point that you want pain relief, ask your midwife. Make a BOSS BIRTH PLAN- see the first session on the website to see the info about pain relief.

So, the drip will continue to go through until you’re getting about 4 contractions in a ten minute period, coming nice and regularly. We’ll see them on the monitor and you’ll have one midwife continuously to look after you.

So that will run through and will hopefully help you get the right amount of contractions. We should then be able to break your waters if they haven’t already. However, you can be on the hormone drip for some time.

We’ll then get you into labour and the whole point is for you to have a vaginal birth. If the induction of labour doesn’t work then you will need to have a conversation with a senior doctor about other options. We then need to continue and so the next step is generally a c section. At the time, ask all of the questions- run through everything. it’s very rare that there are emergency c sections, so we have time to meet your requests. For example if you want some music paying during your c section, we can have a chat about it. Don’t be afraid of asking what you want.

Who to bring with you for an induction of labour. Things have changed due to Covid 19. Check with your hospital but it’s probably going to be the same as spontaneous labour but we can’t guarantee it. Your partner comes when you’re in established labour- three contractions that are lasting a minute in a ten minute period and your cervix needs to be 4cm dilated. Some hospitals will say that it’s ok for you to go home during some parts of the induction of labour process. Ask if it’s ok to go home. Once you’re in labour you need support so someone needs to be with you. I’ve picked 5 people to ensure that someone will be with me. If my partner has symptoms of Covid 19, they won’t be able to join you. So, ask a few people, just in case.

The last point is immediately after you’ve had your baby. After you’ve had your baby if you’ve had an induction you’ll be in a delivery suite. If you’ve had an epidural or a c section then you will stay in a bit longer and immediately after birth we run through all your observations and baby observations. Get your birth partner to have skin to skin if you don’t feel up to it as it’s so good for babies. A baby’s experience of birth is really unique. They are completely disoriented in this whole new world. It’s cold, light and their body has to do new things. Simply giving skin to skin with baby is comforting; they can smell you, hear you and you can keep them warm. The baby will recognise the sound of your birth partner’s voice if they’ve been around you during pregnancy.

Then we’ll check your baby over. We’ll go from top to toe. It’s my favourite thing to do and every time I think how gorgeous they are. They are so perfect. We are making sure that your baby looks healthy and well. If we detect abnormalities, we’ll call the baby doctor and they will review the baby. This is really rare. Vitamin k is an injection your baby receives. They can have it orally or not at all. It depends on what you’re comfortable with. We’ll also weigh the baby which is really exciting. I always have bets about how much they’ll weight with parents. We’ll document everything and then we’ll offer you some tea and toast. This time is so precious, we call it the golden first hour after birth. Sometimes people ask for visitors quite quickly. If you’re comfortable that’s fine, but just remember how previous this time it is for you to explore your own baby. Always put yourself first. Sometimes it can be awkward but you need to protect that bond and meeting with your baby., You’ll never get these moments back. Block out the rest of the world.

by Suzi Smith  

Marie Louise joins us on the moKee Birth School Online to discuss the induction of labour. Firstly, to make you aware, induction of labour varies from hospital to hospital but generally it’s similar methods which are used with varying timescales.

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moKee Birth School online:
stages of labour

4 min read

by Suzi Smith  

 

Read the blog post or listen to the podcast on Spotify:

Welcome to our second moKee Birth School online where we had Sophie Martin, The Infertile Midwife. Join us to run through the stages of labour.

First up is a bit of anatomy about the cervix. This is the neck of the womb and it opens up for the baby to be delivered. Before labour your cervix is quite firm and closed and sits high up in the vagina. The firmness is as thick as your nose. So that the baby can pass through the cervix it needs to get nice and soft and stretchy.

How Midwives and Doctors track changes to your cervix is called the Bishop’s Score- this helps to determine at what stage the labour is at. The cervix will start to shorten and thin out at around 36 weeks and continue until birth. It softens and stretches and most of the changes happen through contractions.

Early stage of labour

This is sometimes called the latent phase. This is where the softening happens and thinning and shortening. You might see a mucus plug or a show. This is a jelly-like substance which sits inside the cervix and it acts as a protective barrier stopping bacteria getting into the womb. As the cervical changes happen, the mucus plug starts to come out. It can come out in one big blob or it can come out in several smaller pieces. It looks like snot, really sticky and it can have pink and red blood through it. If you see heavy blood, call your maternity unit. Some people don’t have a show and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going into labour immediately. It’s a sign that cervical changes are happening.

Braxton hicks happen in the early stages of labour when your uterus contracts and releases. Your tummy will go hard and then soft. They are uncomfortable but not painful and they are a sign that your body is getting ready for birth. They tend to be irregular and they can sometimes be stimulated through dehydration or your baby moving.

Cramping is also common during labour, similar to a period cramping, under the bump, or on the back.

Diarrhoea and vomiting are also common in the early stages of labour and are very normal. Labour uses a lot of energy, so processing like digestion isn’t a priority for your body, it gets rid of food so your body can focus on the labour. Not everyone will experience this. If you are experiencing this over a long period of time, call your maternity unit. Keep hydrated- little and often.

Contractions are when the tummy goes hard for a few seconds and then releases. They can be sporadic in early labour and they are intense and can be painful. As the labour progresses they become longer, more regular and more intense. By the time you’re in active labour, you’ll be having 3-4 contractions during this time. If you are still able to talk, it is likely that you’re experiencing braxton hicks rather than contractions. It’s not uncommon to start contractions and then to stop. Quite often people notice that they start having pains during the nights and then the next day it will stop. This is completely normal. First babies, can take quite a long time to arrive. Throughout this stage, you’ll feel your baby like usual. If your baby isn’t moving, call your maternity unit.

In this period, rest your body and this doesn’t mean sleeping. Laying on your left side with your eyes closed to help save your energy for labour. Keeping hydrated is important as dehydration can stop labour. Isotonic drinks are good with lots of electrolytes which are good for your body. Ask your birth partner to be in charge of encouraging you to drink. Remember to empty your bladder in early labour. Full bladders stop baby moving down. It can also damage your bladder if the baby keeps pressing on it.

 

Some people find it difficult to rest, so sometimes moving around and keeping active is good. Use a birthing ball with your knees really wide open. Rocking your hips from side to side will help to give baby lots of room to move down.

In early labour, if you’re planning on having a TENS machine, make sure that you use in the early stages. It sends mild electrical impulses and it’s great pain relief. Buy or rent them and then build up the impulses as labour progresses.

Relaxation is great for you and baby. If you’re trying hypnobirthing, get your music on. Use headphones as it will get you more in the zone rather than listening to it in the room. Breathing exercises are great and a warm bath or showers will help provide great pain relief. Sometimes this also slows the contractions down and this is very normal. It’s safe to take paracetamol in the early stages of labour too.

Nourishment is really important, snack little and often and this is a job for your birth partner to ensure that you’re fuelling your body. Fruit seeds and nuts are good as they’re high in energy. Don’t have heavy food.

Call your midwife when you’re in early labour to get reassurance or to see if you can come in for a check-up.

Active Labour is when you are over 4cm dilated and having strong regular contractions.

Contractions have to build up, so by the time you’re in active labour they’ll be really regular- 3-4 in a ten minute period lasting around 60 seconds each. Contractions can wane in early labour, in active labour they are very regular and you should feel this being more intense. Often people talk about them being painful but sometimes people describe them as really intense surges.

Don’t hold your breath when you’re having a contraction. It’s really common to clench everything and your uterus is going to squeeze down. Blood flow is temporarily reduced so we want lots of oxygen to go to the baby. It’s really important to keep breathing to give lots of oxygen to the baby. Start timing your contractions when you get more regular. A watch is fine and it doesn’t have to be exact.

When should I go to the hospital?

If you have a high-risk pregnancy you should call as soon as you have regular contractions. Also if you’re in labour and it’s less than 37 weeks. Second babies don’t hang around and the latent phase doesn’t tend to be too long. Call your midwife as soon as you start regular contractions. First babies can take a little longer so come in when you have regular contractions. Call your midwife first and you can go earlier to get extra pain relief if you need it.

If your waters break it’s important to phone your midwife. It can happen at any time, either at the beginning or at the end of labour. Waters can be a big gush or it can be a little trickle and this happens if the waters have happened at the top of your stomach. It is quite common to get a watery discharge towards the end of pregnancy but this is quite normal. If you’re having to wear a pad, and you're constantly wet, it’s more likely to be your waters breaking. Waters continue until your baby arrives.

The waters can be straw and clear colour or also pink. If they are green or a brown or an offensive smell, it’s important that you should call your midwife as it’s a sign that your baby has done a poo.

During this active stage of labour, midwives do observations- they take blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, all at regular intervals. Vaginal examination happens when two fingers are inserted into the vagina to check how dilated the cervix is. This can also check the position of the baby. We try not to do this too often, so ask your midwife why they are recommending this.

Midwives will also use a doppler to measure the heart rate of the baby. A CTG machine might also be used and make sure that you ask for a wireless one so that you can still move about.

Midwives note how much fluid you’re taking on and off and if you’re emptying your bladder. Midwives will also look out for a purple line which appears in between your bottom cheeks when you are in advanced labour. This indicates that the baby is really low down the vaginal canal. If you want to go for a poo, this also means that your baby is soon to be born. Midwives actually get very excited about this stage!

Pain relief

You can request pain relief throughout your labour. Move about as much as possible, keep trying different positions. Upright positions are great as gravity is on your side. There will be lots of toys and equipment for you to use at hospital- bean bags, stools, balls. Ask if they have a peanut ball as it’s good to have between your legs during labour.

The next stage is a short transitional stage, it’s the point in when you are coming up to fully dilated. This is usually when you have a feeling of loss of control. This stage is very short. Focus on each surge as it comes. Each contraction brings you closer to meeting your baby. It means that things are cracking on! Birth affirmations really motivate you to carry on; buy or draw them and put them up in the room. For example, ‘my body knows how to birth my baby’ Warn your birth partner about this sign of labour. If they know what to expect, they will be able to support you better.

You’ll then be in the second stage. This is where you are fully dilated, and lasts until your baby is born. It involves pushing and it can take a few hours. Your cervix is fully dilated and the baby begins going down the birth canal. Contractions become more intense and you have a real urge to push, lots more pressure on your bowels. If you have an epidural, the midwife will guide you when to push. If not, your body will tell you exactly when to push. It will become so overwhelming you just have to push. Baby’s head rocks back and forth round the U bend of the birth canal. It starts to stretch the outside of the vagina and your midwife will start to verbally give instructions. Maybe asking you to pant and this is so that your baby can be born in a slow controlled way to reduce the risk of tearing. Midwives might put their hand on the perineum to protect it. Listen to your midwife so that it is a slow controlled birth.

Once the baby is born they quickly check that baby is ok and give them to you for a cuddle- congratulations!

Delivery of the placenta.

This is the third stage of labour and you have two options to deliver the placenta.

Active management- certain women will have risk factors for bleeding so this is safe for them. In this, we give an injection into your thigh and it contracts your uterus so that the placenta can move down. It risks the reduction of bleeding as it contracts all the blood vessels. Side effects such as nausea and vomiting can happen and the placenta will be delivered within 30 minutes.

The other method is physiological management which is only suitable for women who have no risk factors for bleeding. Midwives wait for the placenta to leave the body. Stand up and gravity helps push it out. If you do decide to have active management you can do this at any point.

by Suzi Smith

Welcome to our second moKee Birth School online where we had Sophie Martin, The Infertile Midwife join us to run through the stages of labour.

Blog 1 moKee Birth School online: stages of labour
23 Apr 2020

moKee Birth School online: stages of labour

moKee Birth School online:
stages of labour

4 min read

by Suzi Smith  

 

Read the blog post or listen to the podcast on Spotify:

Welcome to our second moKee Birth School online where we had Sophie Martin, The Infertile Midwife. Join us to run through the stages of labour.

First up is a bit of anatomy about the cervix. This is the neck of the womb and it opens up for the baby to be delivered. Before labour your cervix is quite firm and closed and sits high up in the vagina. The firmness is as thick as your nose. So that the baby can pass through the cervix it needs to get nice and soft and stretchy.

How Midwives and Doctors track changes to your cervix is called the Bishop’s Score- this helps to determine at what stage the labour is at. The cervix will start to shorten and thin out at around 36 weeks and continue until birth. It softens and stretches and most of the changes happen through contractions.

Early stage of labour

This is sometimes called the latent phase. This is where the softening happens and thinning and shortening. You might see a mucus plug or a show. This is a jelly-like substance which sits inside the cervix and it acts as a protective barrier stopping bacteria getting into the womb. As the cervical changes happen, the mucus plug starts to come out. It can come out in one big blob or it can come out in several smaller pieces. It looks like snot, really sticky and it can have pink and red blood through it. If you see heavy blood, call your maternity unit. Some people don’t have a show and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going into labour immediately. It’s a sign that cervical changes are happening.

Braxton hicks happen in the early stages of labour when your uterus contracts and releases. Your tummy will go hard and then soft. They are uncomfortable but not painful and they are a sign that your body is getting ready for birth. They tend to be irregular and they can sometimes be stimulated through dehydration or your baby moving.

Cramping is also common during labour, similar to a period cramping, under the bump, or on the back.

Diarrhoea and vomiting are also common in the early stages of labour and are very normal. Labour uses a lot of energy, so processing like digestion isn’t a priority for your body, it gets rid of food so your body can focus on the labour. Not everyone will experience this. If you are experiencing this over a long period of time, call your maternity unit. Keep hydrated- little and often.

Contractions are when the tummy goes hard for a few seconds and then releases. They can be sporadic in early labour and they are intense and can be painful. As the labour progresses they become longer, more regular and more intense. By the time you’re in active labour, you’ll be having 3-4 contractions during this time. If you are still able to talk, it is likely that you’re experiencing braxton hicks rather than contractions. It’s not uncommon to start contractions and then to stop. Quite often people notice that they start having pains during the nights and then the next day it will stop. This is completely normal. First babies, can take quite a long time to arrive. Throughout this stage, you’ll feel your baby like usual. If your baby isn’t moving, call your maternity unit.

In this period, rest your body and this doesn’t mean sleeping. Laying on your left side with your eyes closed to help save your energy for labour. Keeping hydrated is important as dehydration can stop labour. Isotonic drinks are good with lots of electrolytes which are good for your body. Ask your birth partner to be in charge of encouraging you to drink. Remember to empty your bladder in early labour. Full bladders stop baby moving down. It can also damage your bladder if the baby keeps pressing on it.

 

Some people find it difficult to rest, so sometimes moving around and keeping active is good. Use a birthing ball with your knees really wide open. Rocking your hips from side to side will help to give baby lots of room to move down.

In early labour, if you’re planning on having a TENS machine, make sure that you use in the early stages. It sends mild electrical impulses and it’s great pain relief. Buy or rent them and then build up the impulses as labour progresses.

Relaxation is great for you and baby. If you’re trying hypnobirthing, get your music on. Use headphones as it will get you more in the zone rather than listening to it in the room. Breathing exercises are great and a warm bath or showers will help provide great pain relief. Sometimes this also slows the contractions down and this is very normal. It’s safe to take paracetamol in the early stages of labour too.

Nourishment is really important, snack little and often and this is a job for your birth partner to ensure that you’re fuelling your body. Fruit seeds and nuts are good as they’re high in energy. Don’t have heavy food.

Call your midwife when you’re in early labour to get reassurance or to see if you can come in for a check-up.

Active Labour is when you are over 4cm dilated and having strong regular contractions.

Contractions have to build up, so by the time you’re in active labour they’ll be really regular- 3-4 in a ten minute period lasting around 60 seconds each. Contractions can wane in early labour, in active labour they are very regular and you should feel this being more intense. Often people talk about them being painful but sometimes people describe them as really intense surges.

Don’t hold your breath when you’re having a contraction. It’s really common to clench everything and your uterus is going to squeeze down. Blood flow is temporarily reduced so we want lots of oxygen to go to the baby. It’s really important to keep breathing to give lots of oxygen to the baby. Start timing your contractions when you get more regular. A watch is fine and it doesn’t have to be exact.

When should I go to the hospital?

If you have a high-risk pregnancy you should call as soon as you have regular contractions. Also if you’re in labour and it’s less than 37 weeks. Second babies don’t hang around and the latent phase doesn’t tend to be too long. Call your midwife as soon as you start regular contractions. First babies can take a little longer so come in when you have regular contractions. Call your midwife first and you can go earlier to get extra pain relief if you need it.

If your waters break it’s important to phone your midwife. It can happen at any time, either at the beginning or at the end of labour. Waters can be a big gush or it can be a little trickle and this happens if the waters have happened at the top of your stomach. It is quite common to get a watery discharge towards the end of pregnancy but this is quite normal. If you’re having to wear a pad, and you're constantly wet, it’s more likely to be your waters breaking. Waters continue until your baby arrives.

The waters can be straw and clear colour or also pink. If they are green or a brown or an offensive smell, it’s important that you should call your midwife as it’s a sign that your baby has done a poo.

During this active stage of labour, midwives do observations- they take blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, all at regular intervals. Vaginal examination happens when two fingers are inserted into the vagina to check how dilated the cervix is. This can also check the position of the baby. We try not to do this too often, so ask your midwife why they are recommending this.

Midwives will also use a doppler to measure the heart rate of the baby. A CTG machine might also be used and make sure that you ask for a wireless one so that you can still move about.

Midwives note how much fluid you’re taking on and off and if you’re emptying your bladder. Midwives will also look out for a purple line which appears in between your bottom cheeks when you are in advanced labour. This indicates that the baby is really low down the vaginal canal. If you want to go for a poo, this also means that your baby is soon to be born. Midwives actually get very excited about this stage!

Pain relief

You can request pain relief throughout your labour. Move about as much as possible, keep trying different positions. Upright positions are great as gravity is on your side. There will be lots of toys and equipment for you to use at hospital- bean bags, stools, balls. Ask if they have a peanut ball as it’s good to have between your legs during labour.

The next stage is a short transitional stage, it’s the point in when you are coming up to fully dilated. This is usually when you have a feeling of loss of control. This stage is very short. Focus on each surge as it comes. Each contraction brings you closer to meeting your baby. It means that things are cracking on! Birth affirmations really motivate you to carry on; buy or draw them and put them up in the room. For example, ‘my body knows how to birth my baby’ Warn your birth partner about this sign of labour. If they know what to expect, they will be able to support you better.

You’ll then be in the second stage. This is where you are fully dilated, and lasts until your baby is born. It involves pushing and it can take a few hours. Your cervix is fully dilated and the baby begins going down the birth canal. Contractions become more intense and you have a real urge to push, lots more pressure on your bowels. If you have an epidural, the midwife will guide you when to push. If not, your body will tell you exactly when to push. It will become so overwhelming you just have to push. Baby’s head rocks back and forth round the U bend of the birth canal. It starts to stretch the outside of the vagina and your midwife will start to verbally give instructions. Maybe asking you to pant and this is so that your baby can be born in a slow controlled way to reduce the risk of tearing. Midwives might put their hand on the perineum to protect it. Listen to your midwife so that it is a slow controlled birth.

Once the baby is born they quickly check that baby is ok and give them to you for a cuddle- congratulations!

Delivery of the placenta.

This is the third stage of labour and you have two options to deliver the placenta.

Active management- certain women will have risk factors for bleeding so this is safe for them. In this, we give an injection into your thigh and it contracts your uterus so that the placenta can move down. It risks the reduction of bleeding as it contracts all the blood vessels. Side effects such as nausea and vomiting can happen and the placenta will be delivered within 30 minutes.

The other method is physiological management which is only suitable for women who have no risk factors for bleeding. Midwives wait for the placenta to leave the body. Stand up and gravity helps push it out. If you do decide to have active management you can do this at any point.

by Suzi Smith

Welcome to our second moKee Birth School online where we had Sophie Martin, The Infertile Midwife join us to run through the stages of labour.

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moKee Birth School online:
how to prepare for the arrival of your baby

3 min read

by Suzi Smith  

Thank you to everyone who joined us on our first moKee Birth School Online session. We’ve had such fantastic feedback and we’re glad to be able to provide support and advice to you all in these uncertain times.

Marie Louise, AKA The Modern Midwife was our first guest who ran through how to prepare for the arrival of your baby; from feeling happy to what pain relief options you have, there was so much good advice which we’ve summarised here for you all.

Create your digital tribe

Now more than ever it is important to have a digital network of people you can reply on. Whether that’s someone you can text at 3 am for advice during a feed, or if it’s someone who can just provide a digital shoulder to cry on! Create a WhatsApp group and keep talking!

Nesting

Get into nesting mode and we don’t just mean clearing out the house, we mean creating a relaxing space for you and baby to enjoy. Whether it’s meditation with deep breathing to calm your mind and body to send calming hormones to baby or soaking your tired feet in a hot bowl filled with fragrant lavender oil, really make the time to chill.

Boss Birth Plan

A birthing plan is not about putting together a strict schedule for exactly how you want to have your baby. A birthing plan, or as Marie Louise likes to call it, a Boss Birthing Plan, is all about putting mum in the driving seat. Get all the information so that mum can make the right decisions for her when it comes to having to make those all important decisions during labour. Once mum knows all the options, she can then work as a team with the Midwife to have the best birth possible.

Marie Louise gave us the BRAIN tool to help ask the right questions when having to make decisions during labour:

B - Benefits - what are the benefits of taking this option given by the midwife or doctor?

R - Risks- what are the risks associated of taking this option given by the Midwife?

A - Alternatives- what are the alternatives to what I’m being offered?

I - Instinct- what does my gut instinct (Mumstinct) tell me about the current situation?

N - Nothing- what happens if I just do nothing? Nothing is always an option.

 

What pain relief options are available?

  1. Oral Analgesia is a codeine-based pill which is taken orally which can be taken at home and in hospital
  2. Pethidine- this is an injection given in the bottom and we recommend that you don’t have this close to the arrival of baby as it can also make baby sleepy. It is an opioid based drug so there is a risk of particles crossing over into the placenta but we believe that it is a very small amount. We often given an anti-sickness drug to mums as this can make you feel sick, but you don’t have to take it if you don’t want to. Pethidine usually takes a few hours to wear off
  3. Gas & Air- using gas and air is best used during established labour (4 cm dilated with 3 contractions every 10 minutes with each contraction lasting 45 seconds) as it can lose its effectiveness if used for too long. The results last roughly one minute so if you don’t like the feeling, it will quickly go away. This pain relief does not cross over into the placenta too
  4. Epidural- administrated only in hospital by an Anaesthetist with a needle going into the spine, this will numb the pain for you and baby is then monitored closely with CGT monitoring

Hypnobirthing

Marie Louise is a big fan of Hypnobirthing which is all about relaxing your body AND MIND to have a calm birth. Getting the body and mind to work in conjunction helps to reduce anxiety, sending calming hormones to baby and can be used with natural vaginal births as well as C- sections.

The hypnobirthing courses are Positive Birth Company and also The Mindful Birth Group.

 

Fear Dumping

Marie Louise likes to approach mums’ fears with a technique called Fear Dumping. This is where Marie asks mums where the fear has come from, the background to it and then as a team they unpick all of the fears to have all of the information about the fear. Try it with a friend or partner to get to the bottom of why you’re scared about something.

in the right position and condition for a natural vaginal birth:

  1. UFO- Have you been a UFO this week? This means that you are sitting Upright and not slouching, you are pushing your pelvis Forward and your hips and legs are Open- no crossed legs! This should become a habit from about 34 weeks to help open up the pelvis and help move baby so that the smallest part of baby’s head comes out first, thus helping labour progress quicker. Baby’s head should be down with their chin on their chest looking towards your spine- this is known as an OA Baby. OP babies are the opposite of this. Don’t worry if your baby is OP, it’s likely that they will move into the right position during of labour
  2. Pop a cushion under your bum when sitting on the sofa to help tilt the pelvis or stand and lean on a wall front ways. A birthing ball is also fantastic at helping to open up the pelvis
  3. Perineal massage- help reduce tearing by massaging your perineal with oil ahead of labour. Any natural oil is fine, so olive oil, coconut oil, rapeseed oil, anything with no chemicals in. You can also find massage oil made especially for your perinuem.

 

If you have any questions, please just drop us an email at helpingmums@mokee.eu and we’ll come straight back to you!

by Suzi Smith

Marie Louise, AKA The Modern Midwife was our first guest who ran through how to prepare for the arrival of your baby; from feeling happy to what pain relief options you have, there was so much good advice which we’ve summarised here for you all.

Blog 1 moKee Birth School online: how to prepare for the arrival of your baby
20 Apr 2020

moKee Birth School online: how to prepare for the arrival of your baby

moKee Birth School online:
how to prepare for the arrival of your baby

3 min read

by Suzi Smith  

Thank you to everyone who joined us on our first moKee Birth School Online session. We’ve had such fantastic feedback and we’re glad to be able to provide support and advice to you all in these uncertain times.

Marie Louise, AKA The Modern Midwife was our first guest who ran through how to prepare for the arrival of your baby; from feeling happy to what pain relief options you have, there was so much good advice which we’ve summarised here for you all.

Create your digital tribe

Now more than ever it is important to have a digital network of people you can reply on. Whether that’s someone you can text at 3 am for advice during a feed, or if it’s someone who can just provide a digital shoulder to cry on! Create a WhatsApp group and keep talking!

Nesting

Get into nesting mode and we don’t just mean clearing out the house, we mean creating a relaxing space for you and baby to enjoy. Whether it’s meditation with deep breathing to calm your mind and body to send calming hormones to baby or soaking your tired feet in a hot bowl filled with fragrant lavender oil, really make the time to chill.

Boss Birth Plan

A birthing plan is not about putting together a strict schedule for exactly how you want to have your baby. A birthing plan, or as Marie Louise likes to call it, a Boss Birthing Plan, is all about putting mum in the driving seat. Get all the information so that mum can make the right decisions for her when it comes to having to make those all important decisions during labour. Once mum knows all the options, she can then work as a team with the Midwife to have the best birth possible.

Marie Louise gave us the BRAIN tool to help ask the right questions when having to make decisions during labour:

B - Benefits - what are the benefits of taking this option given by the midwife or doctor?

R - Risks- what are the risks associated of taking this option given by the Midwife?

A - Alternatives- what are the alternatives to what I’m being offered?

I - Instinct- what does my gut instinct (Mumstinct) tell me about the current situation?

N - Nothing- what happens if I just do nothing? Nothing is always an option.

 

What pain relief options are available?

  1. Oral Analgesia is a codeine-based pill which is taken orally which can be taken at home and in hospital
  2. Pethidine- this is an injection given in the bottom and we recommend that you don’t have this close to the arrival of baby as it can also make baby sleepy. It is an opioid based drug so there is a risk of particles crossing over into the placenta but we believe that it is a very small amount. We often given an anti-sickness drug to mums as this can make you feel sick, but you don’t have to take it if you don’t want to. Pethidine usually takes a few hours to wear off
  3. Gas & Air- using gas and air is best used during established labour (4 cm dilated with 3 contractions every 10 minutes with each contraction lasting 45 seconds) as it can lose its effectiveness if used for too long. The results last roughly one minute so if you don’t like the feeling, it will quickly go away. This pain relief does not cross over into the placenta too
  4. Epidural- administrated only in hospital by an Anaesthetist with a needle going into the spine, this will numb the pain for you and baby is then monitored closely with CGT monitoring

Hypnobirthing

Marie Louise is a big fan of Hypnobirthing which is all about relaxing your body AND MIND to have a calm birth. Getting the body and mind to work in conjunction helps to reduce anxiety, sending calming hormones to baby and can be used with natural vaginal births as well as C- sections.

The hypnobirthing courses are Positive Birth Company and also The Mindful Birth Group.

 

Fear Dumping

Marie Louise likes to approach mums’ fears with a technique called Fear Dumping. This is where Marie asks mums where the fear has come from, the background to it and then as a team they unpick all of the fears to have all of the information about the fear. Try it with a friend or partner to get to the bottom of why you’re scared about something.

in the right position and condition for a natural vaginal birth:

  1. UFO- Have you been a UFO this week? This means that you are sitting Upright and not slouching, you are pushing your pelvis Forward and your hips and legs are Open- no crossed legs! This should become a habit from about 34 weeks to help open up the pelvis and help move baby so that the smallest part of baby’s head comes out first, thus helping labour progress quicker. Baby’s head should be down with their chin on their chest looking towards your spine- this is known as an OA Baby. OP babies are the opposite of this. Don’t worry if your baby is OP, it’s likely that they will move into the right position during of labour
  2. Pop a cushion under your bum when sitting on the sofa to help tilt the pelvis or stand and lean on a wall front ways. A birthing ball is also fantastic at helping to open up the pelvis
  3. Perineal massage- help reduce tearing by massaging your perineal with oil ahead of labour. Any natural oil is fine, so olive oil, coconut oil, rapeseed oil, anything with no chemicals in. You can also find massage oil made especially for your perinuem.

 

If you have any questions, please just drop us an email at helpingmums@mokee.eu and we’ll come straight back to you!

by Suzi Smith

Marie Louise, AKA The Modern Midwife was our first guest who ran through how to prepare for the arrival of your baby; from feeling happy to what pain relief options you have, there was so much good advice which we’ve summarised here for you all.

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Let us introduce: moKee Birth School online

3 min read

by Madlena @wearemokee

Times are tough, but we are here for you…

It’s a challenging time to be pregnant. You should be excited to meet your baby. You should be enjoying your last weeks of being baby-free - going to the movies, shopping & having as much Italian food as you can dream of!

But nothing is quite as it should be right now. We are anxious and we are worried. The future has never been more uncertain. This is especially distressful for all mothers-to-be. It’s no long just about us - it’s all about baby now.

According to new social distancing advice, pregnant women have been placed in a vulnerable group. You should be keeping your doctor’s appointments, but you shouldn’t be undertaking any other non-essential social activities.

This means no meeting friends & no ante-natal classes. The support system you were expecting is no longer available. And the birth itself might not be quite what you had in mind – you might even be on your own.

For the past few days, we’ve been talking to many of you. And the message is clear – you are anxious, and concerned about the uncertainties ahead. To misquote the film… you no longer “know what to expect when you’re expecting”

We totally understand. And you are NOT alone in feeling this way.

This is why we have created moKee Birth School online, as a part of the moKee's helping mums programme. The school will be led by the hugely knowledgeable and experienced midwives - Marie Louise, known as The Modern Midwife, Sophie Martin, known as The Infertile Midwife and other specialists. It will be exactly what a birth school should be, but online - thus safe. We will cover all the basic topics concerning pregnancy and birth. We will discuss newborn care & breastfeeding. We will give you the support from professionals and also from your fellow expectant parents.

Classes will take place twice a week, but you will be able to discuss any subject on the moKee helping mums Facebook group we have created, anytime. You will also be able to listen back to each session on our moKee Birth School Podcast. Because sometimes it’s late at night when the worries set in, and they just won’t wait.When this happens, be sure to reach out and ask for support. We will be there, other mums will be there and Marie Louise will be there also to comfort and advise.

 

If you would like to join the moKee Birth School online, please register HERE.

First classes will start on Thursday, 16th of April at 4pm and we will send you the email invitation! If you have any questions - please reach out to us at helpingmums@mokee.eu.

 

Stay safe!

by Madlena @wearemokee

Join moKee Birth School online led by the hugely knowledgeable and experienced midwife - Marie Louise, known as The Modern Midwife. Classes will take place twice a week to cover all the topics that are important to you. Read more about the project and join now! We're here for you!

Blog 1 Let us introduce: moKee Birth School online
10 Apr 2020

Let us introduce: moKee Birth School online

Let us introduce: moKee Birth School online

3 min read

by Madlena @wearemokee

Times are tough, but we are here for you…

It’s a challenging time to be pregnant. You should be excited to meet your baby. You should be enjoying your last weeks of being baby-free - going to the movies, shopping & having as much Italian food as you can dream of!

But nothing is quite as it should be right now. We are anxious and we are worried. The future has never been more uncertain. This is especially distressful for all mothers-to-be. It’s no long just about us - it’s all about baby now.

According to new social distancing advice, pregnant women have been placed in a vulnerable group. You should be keeping your doctor’s appointments, but you shouldn’t be undertaking any other non-essential social activities.

This means no meeting friends & no ante-natal classes. The support system you were expecting is no longer available. And the birth itself might not be quite what you had in mind – you might even be on your own.

For the past few days, we’ve been talking to many of you. And the message is clear – you are anxious, and concerned about the uncertainties ahead. To misquote the film… you no longer “know what to expect when you’re expecting”

We totally understand. And you are NOT alone in feeling this way.

This is why we have created moKee Birth School online, as a part of the moKee's helping mums programme. The school will be led by the hugely knowledgeable and experienced midwives - Marie Louise, known as The Modern Midwife, Sophie Martin, known as The Infertile Midwife and other specialists. It will be exactly what a birth school should be, but online - thus safe. We will cover all the basic topics concerning pregnancy and birth. We will discuss newborn care & breastfeeding. We will give you the support from professionals and also from your fellow expectant parents.

Classes will take place twice a week, but you will be able to discuss any subject on the moKee helping mums Facebook group we have created, anytime. You will also be able to listen back to each session on our moKee Birth School Podcast. Because sometimes it’s late at night when the worries set in, and they just won’t wait.When this happens, be sure to reach out and ask for support. We will be there, other mums will be there and Marie Louise will be there also to comfort and advise.

 

If you would like to join the moKee Birth School online, please register HERE.

First classes will start on Thursday, 16th of April at 4pm and we will send you the email invitation! If you have any questions - please reach out to us at helpingmums@mokee.eu.

 

Stay safe!

by Madlena @wearemokee

Join moKee Birth School online led by the hugely knowledgeable and experienced midwife - Marie Louise, known as The Modern Midwife. Classes will take place twice a week to cover all the topics that are important to you. Read more about the project and join now! We're here for you!

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moKee behind the scenes:
working from home

3 min read

by Daria @wearemokee

At moKee most of the time we work remotely from different locations, e. g. Fuerteventura, France, United Kingdom or Poland. Being a part of an online brand, we have to be flexible and available despite the circumstances. Although we really appreciate the possibility of working from home, there is nothing better than meeting together and creating new projects while discussing them lively at our office. Especially that we have decorated our new place a while ago!

After all, some things never change, and here we are - working from our homes and trying to adapt to the new reality that has a lot of challenges! So... take a look at how it is to be a part of moKee team!

Michal, data specialist, and Suzi, PR specialist, got little helpers to complete all the important tasks. Well, we always say at moKee: all hands on board!

While Becca, moKee's blogger, decided to put... legs on board! We can't blame here because we know how comfy is Mini Sofa. Once you sit on it, you never want to get up again!

We are a group of nursery design freaks but some of us are also parents. On a daily basis, we try to combine homeschooling, child care and work.

If in the latest days you've received a kind of incomprehensible email, now you know who wrote it! It's Hirek, the youngest son of Madlena, content and e-commerce manager. He just wanted to buy a few sleeping bags for himself...

Meet Magda, French translator & customer support member, with her son, Billy! Magda answers to your emails every day while she's stuck on Fuerteventura. Although we're still debating if "stuck" is the right word because Fuerteventura seems like a paradise to live in!

Wiktoria, also customer support member, replies to your questions with a smile every day. She makes sure your orders are shipped on time and your moKee experience is excellent!

Staying home for a while isn't a problem... What we struggle with is there are businesses that can't work remotely while we need them so much! Rohan and Artur, moKee's directors, have the same trouble! Their opticians don't work online...

Oh sorry, there's one person in our team who really struggles with staying home! Daria, marketing & communication manager, is ready for her another trip but unfortunately, the farthest she can travel now is her balcony...

Mateusz, HR & administration specialist, got the same idea and while processing a million of documents daily, he's getting a little bit of tan!

 

While Daria and Mateusz are enjoying a warm weather, Rafał, member of logistics centre, is working hard to ship your orders on time! The more packages he has to pack, the happier he is!

 

And there is Yogesh, finance director, who is probably not the happiest that instead of working, we took some time off to show you our #stayhome reality... ;)

Let us know how you're spending your time at home and share your picture with #wearemokee on Instagram! We would love to see it!

 

Stay safe,

moKee team

by Daria @wearemokee

Have you ever wandered how it is to be a part of moKee team? Being a part of an online brand, we have to be flexible and available despite the circumstances. After all, some things never change, and here we are - working from our homes and trying to adapt to the new reality that has a lot of challenges!

Blog 1 Being a part of moKee and working from home
09 Apr 2020

Being a part of moKee and working from home

moKee behind the scenes:
working from home

3 min read

by Daria @wearemokee

At moKee most of the time we work remotely from different locations, e. g. Fuerteventura, France, United Kingdom or Poland. Being a part of an online brand, we have to be flexible and available despite the circumstances. Although we really appreciate the possibility of working from home, there is nothing better than meeting together and creating new projects while discussing them lively at our office. Especially that we have decorated our new place a while ago!

After all, some things never change, and here we are - working from our homes and trying to adapt to the new reality that has a lot of challenges! So... take a look at how it is to be a part of moKee team!

Michal, data specialist, and Suzi, PR specialist, got little helpers to complete all the important tasks. Well, we always say at moKee: all hands on board!

While Becca, moKee's blogger, decided to put... legs on board! We can't blame here because we know how comfy is Mini Sofa. Once you sit on it, you never want to get up again!

We are a group of nursery design freaks but some of us are also parents. On a daily basis, we try to combine homeschooling, child care and work.

If in the latest days you've received a kind of incomprehensible email, now you know who wrote it! It's Hirek, the youngest son of Madlena, content and e-commerce manager. He just wanted to buy a few sleeping bags for himself...

Meet Magda, French translator & customer support member, with her son, Billy! Magda answers to your emails every day while she's stuck on Fuerteventura. Although we're still debating if "stuck" is the right word because Fuerteventura seems like a paradise to live in!

Wiktoria, also customer support member, replies to your questions with a smile every day. She makes sure your orders are shipped on time and your moKee experience is excellent!

Staying home for a while isn't a problem... What we struggle with is there are businesses that can't work remotely while we need them so much! Rohan and Artur, moKee's directors, have the same trouble! Their opticians don't work online...

Oh sorry, there's one person in our team who really struggles with staying home! Daria, marketing & communication manager, is ready for her another trip but unfortunately, the farthest she can travel now is her balcony...

Mateusz, HR & administration specialist, got the same idea and while processing a million of documents daily, he's getting a little bit of tan!

 

While Daria and Mateusz are enjoying a warm weather, Rafał, member of logistics centre, is working hard to ship your orders on time! The more packages he has to pack, the happier he is!

 

And there is Yogesh, finance director, who is probably not the happiest that instead of working, we took some time off to show you our #stayhome reality... ;)

Let us know how you're spending your time at home and share your picture with #wearemokee on Instagram! We would love to see it!

 

Stay safe,

moKee team

by Daria @wearemokee

Have you ever wandered how it is to be a part of moKee team? Being a part of an online brand, we have to be flexible and available despite the circumstances. After all, some things never change, and here we are - working from our homes and trying to adapt to the new reality that has a lot of challenges!

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Finding the perfect gift for a newborn

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Tiny newborn babies get a huge amount of stuff when they’re welcomed into the world. Family and friends love to shower babies with gifts and love! But what do you buy a tiny baby who seems to have everything it needs already?!

For me I really loved getting gifts that I certainly wouldn’t buy. My friends bought beautiful clothes that were super cute and sometimes impractical. A bright white Babygro with ridiculous but cute pom poms on was one which I adored- it’s not practical but so nice to have something special for your baby. In fact the items I now treasure are the gifts that my babies were given. So, take a look at some ideas for newborns

CLOTHES

Newborns get through a lot of clothes. The constant sick and poo means there are accidents so multiple outfits a day is the norm. Clothing is therefore a great gift. I found it useful when friends bought clothing that was a larger size, something my baby would grow into in a few months time. Some beautiful clothing stores include, Lilly and Sid and Aidie London have some beautiful baby shoes (totally impractical but a must!)

It’s nice to give baby a bit of luxury so why not give them a super soft bath robe? My first born received this one from The White Company and it was such a loved present- super soft and lasts forever.

TOYS

We Are Pop have some really lovely toys – I particularly like their pull along sausage dog – this will keep your child entertained for years, not just during their first year.

moKee has a super useful Baby Play Gym – it comes with a cute slide (that doubles up as storage) and the hanging black and white toys are perfect for young babies who are learning coordination and wanting to grasp.

GIFTS TO REMEMBER

What is so cute about babies is that they’re so tiny- the tiny hands and feet! Well it’s worth trying to capture that memory and a great gift is with a kit like this from John Lewis. The ink pad captures their tiny hands and feet and it comes with a stylish frame to treasure the memory forever.

BOOKS

I received a lot of children’s books for my sons and I can’t think of a better gift. Lots of friends gave me books that they loved as children. A personal favourite is Stick Man by Julia Donaldson.

It’s lovely to receive personalised gifts and now you can get personalised books. Check out this super sweet book with Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit.

PRACTICAL GIFTS

It’s always nice to get some practical gifts sometimes. I received some super useful muslins – you can never have too many and at moKee you'll find three different sizes & colours to choose from.

moKee also has some very clever sleeping bags - Baby Sleeping Bag includes two detachable and replaceable front covers, ideal for both warm and cooler months. The Sleeping Bag also features a handy opening for car seat belts and pram straps. Double plastic zip fastening for easy fastening and all day comfort. The front and back layers are fully detachable with popper buttons - convenient for those unpredictable nappy change moments.

One thing I have learnt as a parent is that teething can only be helped by Sophie La Giraffe! She’s every baby’s essential during those teething years (and yes it can take years!). My son had many Sophie’s which he adored!

Happy shopping! x

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Tiny newborn babies get a huge amount of stuff when they’re welcomed into the world. But what do you buy a tiny baby who seems to have everything it needs already?! Finding a perfect gift for a newborn baby is not an easy process. Read our guide find some inspiration!

Blog 1 Finding <br> the perfect gift<br> for a newborn
07 Apr 2020

Finding
the perfect gift
for a newborn

Finding the perfect gift for a newborn

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Tiny newborn babies get a huge amount of stuff when they’re welcomed into the world. Family and friends love to shower babies with gifts and love! But what do you buy a tiny baby who seems to have everything it needs already?!

For me I really loved getting gifts that I certainly wouldn’t buy. My friends bought beautiful clothes that were super cute and sometimes impractical. A bright white Babygro with ridiculous but cute pom poms on was one which I adored- it’s not practical but so nice to have something special for your baby. In fact the items I now treasure are the gifts that my babies were given. So, take a look at some ideas for newborns

CLOTHES

Newborns get through a lot of clothes. The constant sick and poo means there are accidents so multiple outfits a day is the norm. Clothing is therefore a great gift. I found it useful when friends bought clothing that was a larger size, something my baby would grow into in a few months time. Some beautiful clothing stores include, Lilly and Sid and Aidie London have some beautiful baby shoes (totally impractical but a must!)

It’s nice to give baby a bit of luxury so why not give them a super soft bath robe? My first born received this one from The White Company and it was such a loved present- super soft and lasts forever.

TOYS

We Are Pop have some really lovely toys – I particularly like their pull along sausage dog – this will keep your child entertained for years, not just during their first year.

moKee has a super useful Baby Play Gym – it comes with a cute slide (that doubles up as storage) and the hanging black and white toys are perfect for young babies who are learning coordination and wanting to grasp.

GIFTS TO REMEMBER

What is so cute about babies is that they’re so tiny- the tiny hands and feet! Well it’s worth trying to capture that memory and a great gift is with a kit like this from John Lewis. The ink pad captures their tiny hands and feet and it comes with a stylish frame to treasure the memory forever.

BOOKS

I received a lot of children’s books for my sons and I can’t think of a better gift. Lots of friends gave me books that they loved as children. A personal favourite is Stick Man by Julia Donaldson.

It’s lovely to receive personalised gifts and now you can get personalised books. Check out this super sweet book with Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit.

PRACTICAL GIFTS

It’s always nice to get some practical gifts sometimes. I received some super useful muslins – you can never have too many and at moKee you'll find three different sizes & colours to choose from.

moKee also has some very clever sleeping bags - Baby Sleeping Bag includes two detachable and replaceable front covers, ideal for both warm and cooler months. The Sleeping Bag also features a handy opening for car seat belts and pram straps. Double plastic zip fastening for easy fastening and all day comfort. The front and back layers are fully detachable with popper buttons - convenient for those unpredictable nappy change moments.

One thing I have learnt as a parent is that teething can only be helped by Sophie La Giraffe! She’s every baby’s essential during those teething years (and yes it can take years!). My son had many Sophie’s which he adored!

Happy shopping! x

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Tiny newborn babies get a huge amount of stuff when they’re welcomed into the world. But what do you buy a tiny baby who seems to have everything it needs already?! Finding a perfect gift for a newborn baby is not an easy process. Read our guide find some inspiration!

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Be inspired:
moKee's love for Scandinavian design

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

moKee is a company that was born out of a love for Scandinavian design. moKee’s Mini Cots are a testament to this and show the minimal, Scandi aesthetic loved by so many interior designers and moKee parents too!

When creating my son’s first nursery I opted for the Scandi look and that’s when I came across moKee! I loved their Stone Teal Mini Cot and this colour was used then throughout the rest of the nursery, against a white backdrop.

I used lots of fun graphics – including clouds and rain drops. I also included lots of animals – something that Scandi-style always harks back too – nature. I really loved bringing nature into Rupert’s bedroom – this included house plants. Not only do these help purify the air they really made the nursery feel like the great outdoors!

So how can you create a Scandinavian-inspired nursery for your baby?

THINK MINIMAL

Scandi loves minimal. Of course you will need a cot, a chair, wardrobes and chest of drawers but think minimal! moKee’s Mini Cot is mini in size – it’s small frame means it won’t dominate the room and it comes in muted tones – the perfect Scandi design!

THINK COSY

Scandi-living is all about how it feels. With Scandinavia being a part of the world where it can be very cold and dark during winter, it is important for the home to be a place for warmth and cosiness! Textures are important here – take moKee’s WoolNest. Made of the softest felt it’s made for touching and will keep baby snug in both winter and summer.

THINK WOOD

Wood is a strong feature in Scandi interiors and moKee have used beautiful beech wood for a lot of products, including the Mini Cots and Midi Cots. Natural materials such as beech will instantly make your home feel Scandi and chic.

THINK GRAPHICS

Scandi designs have some very cute graphic on textiles such as bed linen and curtains. Why not source some textiles that will really stand out against the miminal backdrop. You could also try mixing textiles up!

THINK NATURE

The reason why we love Scandi design is because it brings us back to nature. Their designs are rooted in the environment and here at moKee we love that so you can check out the Mini Mobile for a beautiful felt cloud or see the mountain-inspired baby gym.

Nature is also evident in moKee’s Seagrass range. Lovingly handmade and from natural seagrass they are truly scandi-inspired!

So why not take a look at moKee for inspiration and share with us your Scandinavian inspired nurseries on @wearemokee?

moKee is a company that was born out of a love for Scandinavian design. moKee’s Mini Cots are a testament to this and show the minimal, Scandi aesthetic loved by so many interior designers and moKee parents too!

Blog 1 Be Inspired: Scandinavian Baby Nursery Guide
29 Mar 2020

Be Inspired: Scandinavian Baby Nursery Guide

Be inspired:
moKee's love for Scandinavian design

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

moKee is a company that was born out of a love for Scandinavian design. moKee’s Mini Cots are a testament to this and show the minimal, Scandi aesthetic loved by so many interior designers and moKee parents too!

When creating my son’s first nursery I opted for the Scandi look and that’s when I came across moKee! I loved their Stone Teal Mini Cot and this colour was used then throughout the rest of the nursery, against a white backdrop.

I used lots of fun graphics – including clouds and rain drops. I also included lots of animals – something that Scandi-style always harks back too – nature. I really loved bringing nature into Rupert’s bedroom – this included house plants. Not only do these help purify the air they really made the nursery feel like the great outdoors!

So how can you create a Scandinavian-inspired nursery for your baby?

THINK MINIMAL

Scandi loves minimal. Of course you will need a cot, a chair, wardrobes and chest of drawers but think minimal! moKee’s Mini Cot is mini in size – it’s small frame means it won’t dominate the room and it comes in muted tones – the perfect Scandi design!

THINK COSY

Scandi-living is all about how it feels. With Scandinavia being a part of the world where it can be very cold and dark during winter, it is important for the home to be a place for warmth and cosiness! Textures are important here – take moKee’s WoolNest. Made of the softest felt it’s made for touching and will keep baby snug in both winter and summer.

THINK WOOD

Wood is a strong feature in Scandi interiors and moKee have used beautiful beech wood for a lot of products, including the Mini Cots and Midi Cots. Natural materials such as beech will instantly make your home feel Scandi and chic.

THINK GRAPHICS

Scandi designs have some very cute graphic on textiles such as bed linen and curtains. Why not source some textiles that will really stand out against the miminal backdrop. You could also try mixing textiles up!

THINK NATURE

The reason why we love Scandi design is because it brings us back to nature. Their designs are rooted in the environment and here at moKee we love that so you can check out the Mini Mobile for a beautiful felt cloud or see the mountain-inspired baby gym.

Nature is also evident in moKee’s Seagrass range. Lovingly handmade and from natural seagrass they are truly scandi-inspired!

So why not take a look at moKee for inspiration and share with us your Scandinavian inspired nurseries on @wearemokee?

moKee is a company that was born out of a love for Scandinavian design. moKee’s Mini Cots are a testament to this and show the minimal, Scandi aesthetic loved by so many interior designers and moKee parents too!

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Fun activities for you and the children

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

In these uncertain times many parents are now adjusting to life with their children at home, off school or nursery.

So here at moKee we thought we would give you some helpful tips on how to entertain young children at home.

I have a 4 year old and 1 year old. Both were at nursery but now at home and here are some fun activities to keep them stimulated and happy…

GET OUTDOORS (but at a safe distance from others)

There’s nothing like getting some fresh air and if you are well and healthy then make the most of your garden, if you have one. If not, go for a walk but of course adhering to Government policy to keep at least 2 metres away from people.

We are lucky to be in the countryside and have walks on our doorstep and we often don’t see a soul. If you can find a walk with a river and a bridge then you can play that fun game of Poohsticks!

This is a game first mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner, a Winnie-the-Pooh book by A. A. Milne. It is a simple game which may be played on any bridge over running water; each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner. A great game which kids love!


FEED THE BIRDS!

At this time of year we should all be helping birds and feeding them and kids will love to do this. Simply by bringing bed or bird food to a park or in your own garden you could create your own bird feeders.

We made a really simple bird feeder by using two orange halves, scooping out the fruit and mixing up bird seed with lard and sticking it into the orange halves. You can also hang them from trees. Children love this as you can watch from afar as birds dig in and always top up the orange halves with more food! Giving the birds a helping hand and teaching your children about birds and our environment all in one go!

GET CRAFTY!

If the weather isn’t the best then stay in doors and get crafty. Messy play is a great thing to try and do with your children as it help their imagination! Save up some cardboard boxes, egg boxes and anything you have free and see what they will build! A den, a plane or a pirate ship?! Let them cut out with scissors (with you present!) and give them some glue and colouring pencils. Hours of fun!

RAINBOWS

We’ve seen lots of children here in the UK start to draw rainbows and then putting them in their front windows of their home to help cheer everyone up – take a read here.

So why don’t you get your child to draw a rainbow too and send it over to us so we can share the joy? Find us at Instagram - @wearemokee - or tag your pictures with #wearemokee.

 

Stay safe!

 

If you would like to read more about moKee's current operation, please, click here.

In these uncertain times many parents are now adjusting to life with their children at home, off school or nursery. So here at moKee we thought we would give you some helpful tips on how to entertain young children at home.

Blog 1 Fun activities for you and the children
24 Mar 2020

Fun activities for you and the children

Fun activities for you and the children

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

In these uncertain times many parents are now adjusting to life with their children at home, off school or nursery.

So here at moKee we thought we would give you some helpful tips on how to entertain young children at home.

I have a 4 year old and 1 year old. Both were at nursery but now at home and here are some fun activities to keep them stimulated and happy…

GET OUTDOORS (but at a safe distance from others)

There’s nothing like getting some fresh air and if you are well and healthy then make the most of your garden, if you have one. If not, go for a walk but of course adhering to Government policy to keep at least 2 metres away from people.

We are lucky to be in the countryside and have walks on our doorstep and we often don’t see a soul. If you can find a walk with a river and a bridge then you can play that fun game of Poohsticks!

This is a game first mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner, a Winnie-the-Pooh book by A. A. Milne. It is a simple game which may be played on any bridge over running water; each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner. A great game which kids love!


FEED THE BIRDS!

At this time of year we should all be helping birds and feeding them and kids will love to do this. Simply by bringing bed or bird food to a park or in your own garden you could create your own bird feeders.

We made a really simple bird feeder by using two orange halves, scooping out the fruit and mixing up bird seed with lard and sticking it into the orange halves. You can also hang them from trees. Children love this as you can watch from afar as birds dig in and always top up the orange halves with more food! Giving the birds a helping hand and teaching your children about birds and our environment all in one go!

GET CRAFTY!

If the weather isn’t the best then stay in doors and get crafty. Messy play is a great thing to try and do with your children as it help their imagination! Save up some cardboard boxes, egg boxes and anything you have free and see what they will build! A den, a plane or a pirate ship?! Let them cut out with scissors (with you present!) and give them some glue and colouring pencils. Hours of fun!

RAINBOWS

We’ve seen lots of children here in the UK start to draw rainbows and then putting them in their front windows of their home to help cheer everyone up – take a read here.

So why don’t you get your child to draw a rainbow too and send it over to us so we can share the joy? Find us at Instagram - @wearemokee - or tag your pictures with #wearemokee.

 

Stay safe!

 

If you would like to read more about moKee's current operation, please, click here.

In these uncertain times many parents are now adjusting to life with their children at home, off school or nursery. So here at moKee we thought we would give you some helpful tips on how to entertain young children at home.

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MOKEE’S PARENT GUIDES:
Mother's Day with moKee

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I always relish Mother’s Day – a day when I can put my feet up and give thanks to being a mother to my two boys. I also enjoy getting presents (who doesn’t?!) and because my sons are relatively young (4 and 1) it means it’s up to my husband to think of what to get me.

I have passed on big hints at what I’d like – perfume, jewellery, chocolates. The usual.

But there’s far more thoughtful gifts mother’s can receive and here are some to think about…

PERSONALISE

If you are going to give jewellery or a nice handbag then think about personalising it! I received a beautiful necklace with my son’s name on for my very first mother’s day and I cherish it. Monica Vinader does this so well.  

SOMETHING USEFUL

Now I am not suggesting you go out and buy something as boring as nappies or a new iron BUT there are plenty of useful gifts which I think new mum’s might like. A stylish baby bag which you could personalise. Indeed it doesn’t event have to be a baby bag - just a cute tote which could fit everything you need in would make for a thoughtful gift. Longchamp are great at this.

Anything that makes my day easier is a winner so why not take a look at moKee’s play accessories? Baby Play Gym is perfect for when baby is a little older and on the move and if it keeps baby entertained then mums will be happy!

MAKING MEMORIES

One job as a parent is documenting your child’s life- through photos or collecting and saving objects that reflect every milestone. It’s scary how fast the time goes and I’ve regularly felt that I am not documenting every first step, or first word. So a really thoughtful present is a memory box. Check out Baby Blooms here for a really cute box you can personalise.

You could also take a look at moKee’s Mini Milestone Cards. Perfect for documenting each exciting moment, they are great for taking photos with your baby and are fun too!

Similarly, I’d be super happy if my husband decided to create a photo album of my kid’s first year. In fact any photo album which has been put thought about carefully and put together shows a lot of love and would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift. (Hint hint!)

With the right gift, it’s so lovely to be spoilt. Breakfast in bed or a massage booked for you. Along with homemade cards from your kids, it’s one of the best days of the year!

And whether it is your first or twentieth Mother’s Day, please share your experience with us @wearemokee! Also stay tuned for our Mother's Day promotion, starting on Friday, 20th of March, and ending on Sunday, 22nd of March. But that's not all - to each order placed from 20th to 22nd of March we will be adding sweet lollipops and lovely greeting cards customized by Zosia, daughter of moKee's director! Let's share the smile and love!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I always relish Mother’s Day – a day when I can put my feet up and give thanks to being a mother to my two boys. I also enjoy getting presents (who doesn’t?!). With the right gift, it’s so lovely to be spoilt. Breakfast in bed or a massage booked for you. Along with homemade cards from your kids, it’s one of the best days of the year!

Blog 1 Mother's Day </br> with </br>moKee!
19 Mar 2020

Mother's Day
with
moKee!

MOKEE’S PARENT GUIDES:
Mother's Day with moKee

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I always relish Mother’s Day – a day when I can put my feet up and give thanks to being a mother to my two boys. I also enjoy getting presents (who doesn’t?!) and because my sons are relatively young (4 and 1) it means it’s up to my husband to think of what to get me.

I have passed on big hints at what I’d like – perfume, jewellery, chocolates. The usual.

But there’s far more thoughtful gifts mother’s can receive and here are some to think about…

PERSONALISE

If you are going to give jewellery or a nice handbag then think about personalising it! I received a beautiful necklace with my son’s name on for my very first mother’s day and I cherish it. Monica Vinader does this so well.  

SOMETHING USEFUL

Now I am not suggesting you go out and buy something as boring as nappies or a new iron BUT there are plenty of useful gifts which I think new mum’s might like. A stylish baby bag which you could personalise. Indeed it doesn’t event have to be a baby bag - just a cute tote which could fit everything you need in would make for a thoughtful gift. Longchamp are great at this.

Anything that makes my day easier is a winner so why not take a look at moKee’s play accessories? Baby Play Gym is perfect for when baby is a little older and on the move and if it keeps baby entertained then mums will be happy!

MAKING MEMORIES

One job as a parent is documenting your child’s life- through photos or collecting and saving objects that reflect every milestone. It’s scary how fast the time goes and I’ve regularly felt that I am not documenting every first step, or first word. So a really thoughtful present is a memory box. Check out Baby Blooms here for a really cute box you can personalise.

You could also take a look at moKee’s Mini Milestone Cards. Perfect for documenting each exciting moment, they are great for taking photos with your baby and are fun too!

Similarly, I’d be super happy if my husband decided to create a photo album of my kid’s first year. In fact any photo album which has been put thought about carefully and put together shows a lot of love and would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift. (Hint hint!)

With the right gift, it’s so lovely to be spoilt. Breakfast in bed or a massage booked for you. Along with homemade cards from your kids, it’s one of the best days of the year!

And whether it is your first or twentieth Mother’s Day, please share your experience with us @wearemokee! Also stay tuned for our Mother's Day promotion, starting on Friday, 20th of March, and ending on Sunday, 22nd of March. But that's not all - to each order placed from 20th to 22nd of March we will be adding sweet lollipops and lovely greeting cards customized by Zosia, daughter of moKee's director! Let's share the smile and love!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I always relish Mother’s Day – a day when I can put my feet up and give thanks to being a mother to my two boys. I also enjoy getting presents (who doesn’t?!). With the right gift, it’s so lovely to be spoilt. Breakfast in bed or a massage booked for you. Along with homemade cards from your kids, it’s one of the best days of the year!

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