Introducing birthing and baby expert Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies!
Since the first moment I found out I was pregnant with my first child there have been plenty of days (and nights) that I have wished I had access to a birthing and baby expert. Why won’t he sleep? Is he eating enough? How do I wrap him? Is he teething? The list was endless. My local child health nurse, lactation consultant and midwife all tried to give me information, but I found that this was not the help I needed. What I needed was someone to come and show me how it was done on a real day to day basis. I eventually found my way, but I would have gotten there a lot faster and with a lot less stress if I had know about this amazing lady!
When I met Amanda I was surprised to find a midwife with a difference, she didn’t preach about the best way, she described the real, everyday way. Then I found out that like me she was a mother of twins! (AHHH HA!) Moreover she was a midwife and twin mother who wasn’t able to breastfeed her twins (due to an allergy that both twins have). I believe that it is this life experience that makes her truly unique. She has experience both sides of the coin. A normal healthy pregnancy and birth of a single baby that fed well and a twin pregnancy, where the babies were unable to breastfeed.
Let’s spend 5 minutes getting to know Amanda:
Tell us about you training and qualifications?
I am a busy mum of 3, a 6 year old and twins nearly 5.
I am a registered nurse, a registered midwife and a reproductive medicine (IVF) nurse specialist.
I also hold a diploma of the IMI Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant Program, making me a “Maternity and Child Sleep and Settling Consultant.”
I’m also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) with Infant Massage Australia and a HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator, certified and affilated with the HypnoBirthing® Institute, a Reiki Practitioner and a NLP Practitioner.
Wow! What a list! Tell us a bit about HypnoBirthing®?
It is the international gold standard in childbirth education classes that combine techniques of breathing, relaxation, visualisation and deepening. HypnoBirthing teaches women to relax quickly and completely with uterine contractions, and to use visualization to help facilitate the cervix opening and thinning, and calm baby descent. Women and their birthing companions are taught that fear and tension lead to increased levels of catecholamines, which ultimately causes increased pain during labor. The positive effects of visualization are thought to be similar to those achieved by athletes using mental imagery to prepare for competition. Rather than using multiple types of breathing and imagery to distract the laboring woman from her discomfort, HypnoBirthing allows a woman to become deeply focused upon the birthing process.
Our Facebook page went nuts when I posted an image of a CD: HypnoBirthing® Affirmations For Caesarean Deliveries that you provided? Tell us a bit about this?
Just because you are having a C-section does not mean you cannot be empowered. Having a baby can cause parents to have some serious fears. If you couple those fears with that of the major surgery of a C-section you have a parents who are stressed, worried, and not relaxed to welcome their baby into the world.HypnoBirthing® can assure that mums having a c/s can do so in a calm, informed and peaceful manner.
Nerves and stress can impact the mother’s ability to take anesthesia and impact her surgery. Using the breathing techniques can help facilitate the body accepting the anesthesia easily. It allows a Mom to relax and use hypnosis effectively. Breathing deeply can be a quick way to calm oneself to be consciously present in the moment without stress. This is an effective tool for parenting, breast feeding, and life. Parents who use hypnotherapy for pre- and post-surgery preparation find their anxiety is reduced. They are calm, and confident which promotes healing and a speedy recovery. Hypnosis will help to reduce pain and discomfort after surgery. It will help reduce bleeding during and after surgery which is helpful for mothers recovering from birth. Many mums report that it reduces the need for post operative drugs so they can breast feed without worry of drugs passing through to the baby.
Once the baby is born, whats the most common thing parents ask for help with?
Is my baby getting enough food?
When will he sleep through the night?
What the most common issue for parents these days?
I think parent’s these days work way to hard on being the “perfect parent”. This is as much of a bad thing as it is a good thing!
I think the thing that is lacking the most it that parent’s are not taught about how biologically baby’s sleep. This is a huge area of stress for new parents! Why won’t my baby sleep? If parents can be educated to understand how babies sleep they have a lot more confidence and success in achieving healthy sleep patterns for their baby.
How do you help parents that contact you?
As a starting point I offer a free 15 min phone consultation. My survey’s showed simply that as mums we just want to chat to an expert and a mum. We want to hear that voice on the other end of the line and be reassured.
What if someone needs more help?
Depending on their goals and needs I can offer anything from 60min expert chat to my complete sleep packages- via home visit, phone, skype and email.
Where do most of your clients come from?
I have clients in NT, QLD, WA, NSW, TAS and VIC! With skype and phone consults there is no limit to who I can help.
When parents are looking to co-feed (breast and bottle) what should they look for in a bottle?
A complete system, that is easy to assemble. Importantly the bottle should mimic nature and the breast-feeding process. The baby should have to suck, avoid free flow bottles where the milk just pours out- I used to hate how my babies would choke and drip milk everywhere! The 1,2,3,4 systems of never ending teats never matched their needs!
At what age do you suggest parents introduce a bottle?
It’s important to introduce at least one feed at around 3-4 weeks and continue to do this, (even if its once a day) in order to establish co-feeding. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you need to leave your baby for the first time and have never previously given them a bottle.
If you had one piece of advice for a new mum what would it be?
Your instincts make you the expert on your baby, trust yourself!
If you would like to contact Amanda you can visit her website by clicking HERE