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OUR RECOMMENDED TOOLS & RESOURCES

Our list of recommendations and resources to help you achieve a calm, empowered, and positive birth!

TENS MACHINE

Tens Machine is a drug-free pain relief option for during labour. The Tens machine sends small, safe pulses of electrical current via the leads to the pads on your skin. They are thought to affect the way pain signals are sent to the brain. You can learn more about the benefits here. The Birth Store is a great place to hire your TENS machine, they offer an 8 week hire period allowing plenty of time before and after you give birth. 

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OPTIMAL MATERNAL POSITIONING

Optimal Maternal positioning (OMP) is a system of exercises, movements, positions, stretches, and other techniques that help create alignment and mobility within a mother’s pelvis, to ultimately facilitate cardinal movements of the baby. It creates space within your pelvis for a safer, easier, and more convenient birth. 

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AROMATHERAPY

Essential oils are powerful mixtures of aromatic plants and scents can trigger reactions in your body and brain that can help you keep calmer and more comfortable during labour. Essential oils can relieve anxiety, nausea, and pain during labour and birth. ‚Ā†Essential oils¬†can help induce¬†more effective contractions and help with the process of labour. To learn more about aromatherapy click here.

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HEADPHONES

These SleepPhones are a great tool to add to your birth kit when listening to your hypnobirthing MP3's and music! With thin, adjustable, and high-quality audio speakers nestled inside a comfortable, wearable, and washable headband, AcousticSheep products make listening to audio easy. Please note for delivery there is a 8-week time frame for all international orders. Usually, shipping is much quicker than 8 weeks.

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BIRTH MUSIC

Music moves us emotionally and also physically. It is an important tool in our toolkit, as we prepare for a beautiful, calm, and very positive birth.¬†We have a variety of background music to help you during labour and birth available for purchase on our website. You can now purchase the music by world-renowned Australian meditation music artist ‚Äst¬†Christopher Lloyd Clarke, to use as background music during your own birth or for general relaxation before and after your birth.¬†We also have created a¬†Spotify playlist. We have hypnobirthing playlists you can utilise throughout your birth.

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BIRTHING BALLS

Birthing balls are essentially the same as exercise balls. They are made of durable materials that make them extremely difficult to puncture. Birthing balls tend to be larger (for comfort) and have an anti-slip finish. Birth balls are definitely a favourite tool for many mums as they can reduce pain and help you feel more comfortable during labour and used before, during and after birth. You can learn more about the benefits here.

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PEANUT BALL

Peanut balls’ are oblong and peanut-shell shaped (hence the name) and dip in the center so you can wrap your legs around it. It can be used as a support for women in labour and is even effective with an epidural. It sits snugly between the woman’s legs so that both legs are optimally positioned to increase the opening of the pelvic outlet. This can help labour to progress and provides the birthing mother with more comfort.

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BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS 

Are you looking for book recommendations to expand your knowledge on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum? These books cover a range of topics related to childbirth and postpartum care, providing valuable information and support for expectant and new parents. Check out our recommended books using the button below. 

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BIRTH COMB

The labour and birth comb, also known as an acupressure comb is a great tool to have in your birth kit as it helps stimulate certain pressure points on the body during labor. The theory behind using the birth comb during labor is that applying pressure to specific points on the body can help manage discomforts, induce relaxation, and potentially facilitate the progress of labor.

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PODCASTS

When you know better you can do better. Knowledge is truly power! Check out all our recommended podcasts Melissa Spilsted, our Certified Practitioners, and leading experts in the childbirth industry have been featured in. We discuss a wide range of topics from what is hypnobirthing, birth stories, cesarean births, making informed decisions, types of medical intervention, and everything in between!

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HOMEOPATHY

For all couples currently pregnant, preparing for birth and the postpartum period, homeopathy could be an approach to consider.¬†Homeopathy is an energetic system of medicine which stimulates the vital force ‚Äď the energy that circulates the body and gives life.¬†Melissa Kupsch is also known for her homeopathic first aid kits for families. Shop her Homeopathic First Aid Kit and get 10% off using the code ‚ÄúHYPNOBIRTH‚ÄĚ.

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ACUPRESSURE

Acupressure is a lot like acupuncture¬†but¬†instead of using needles, acupressure targets those same points using¬†firm massage or touch.The ‚ÄėAcupressure for Labour & Birth‚Äô course provides you with high-quality videos by world expert, Dr Kate Levett, demonstrating acupressure points and massage techniques for pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. You‚Äôll receive 12-month access to 11 high-quality videos.¬†

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RASPBERRY LEAF TEA 

Raspberry leaf tea is a popular herbal remedy often recommended for pregnant women, particularly in the third trimester. There is some evidence that suggests that raspberry leaf tea may help prepare the uterus for labor and potentially assist in the labor process. 

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MASSAGE BALLS 

Massage balls are a great pain relief tool for pregnancy and labour. During labour, you can rub the spiky ball between your hands or feet during surges to relieve the pain.  The tactile stimulation will focus your receptors away from the area of your brain responsible for the perception of pain. 

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PERINEAL MASSAGE OIL

A perineal massage is the massage of a pregnant women’s perineal (the skin and muscle between the vaginal opening and the anus). The act of massaging the perineal tissue helps prepare these tissues to stretch over your baby’s head and body during birth to reduce the likelihood of tearing or an episiotomy during birth.  

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ICE & HEAT PACKS

Ice and heat packs can be very comforting and can be used anytime during and after birth. Ice and heat packs are great to help manage discomforts you may experience during labour and birth and they can also be super helpful with perineum soreness after birth. Ensure you double check temperature before applying to sensitive areas.

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VAGINAL BIRTH RECOVERING KIT

There are many changes that occur after you give birth. Some changes are physical  and others are emotional, postpartum care is important! To help aid in your postpartum recovery check out our favourite products from small Australian businesses packed into one bundle.

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BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding is such a special bonding time with good antenatal information and ongoing support it increases a woman’s chances of a successful breastfeeding journey. The benefits of breastfeeding for both mum and baby are ample, for everything you need to kickstart your breastfeeding journey, we highly recommend these products.

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