I’m an Irish midwife – and here’s why you NEED perfume in the delivery room
An Irish midwife has revealed why it’s a good idea to spray perfume before having a baby.
Laura Carr, who shares top tips for moms-to-be on her todeliveryandbeyond TikTok page, said it can help build oxytocin.
The hormone helps stimulate contractions during childbirth and lactation after childbirth.
Laura said: “Smell connects to our memories quite easily and it can create something called an ‘anchor’.
“An anchor takes us back to a feeling we had in the past like happiness or love.
“We can use it during labor (like using your favorite perfume) to create a lot of oxytocin.”
In another video, she talks about how important it is to bring a blindfold to the delivery room as well.
She adds, “Hair on your face can be bothersome at any time, but especially during work.
“Having a big headband like this can be really helpful in keeping all that hair out.”
Meanwhile, another Irish midwife is urging mums-to-be to follow advice that could save them ‘trauma’.
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Jess Sheridan says there is still a huge stigma in Ireland around childbirth preparation and the techniques that can help them avoid perineal and vaginal tears.
She urges women to prepare for childbirth and she has some advice that she insists women will be grateful for afterwards.
She said: ‘Women in Ireland experience a high rate of episiotomy and tearing, and this is often unexpected, particularly for first-time mothers.
“New mums have enough to deal with when they have a newborn, and perineal trauma can have a huge impact on those first few weeks; areas such as caring for the baby, moving around, going to the bathroom, sleeping, and getting out of the house are all affected when new moms have suffered perineal trauma.
“At My Expert Midwife, we believe in the importance of imparting knowledge on all aspects of childbirth and preparing women for all eventualities.
“It’s so important to give women the knowledge and the tools they need to manage, especially around perineal massage.
“We hope more people will be comfortable talking about it and thereby breaking the stigma around perineal massage and vaginas and vulvae in general.”