Midwife in a Box from The Natural Birthing Company – a Review and Giveaway

Midwife in a Box from The Natural Birthing Company – a Review and Giveaway

With our due date getting ever closer, I shall be looking to pack my hospital bag once we get back from a trip to Surrey this week. The last time, due to a house move and a number of other disruptions, I didn’t actually pack my bag until labour had started – and this was mainly done by my mum! This time around I certainly don’t intend to be that disorganised and, thanks to help from a few companies, my job has been made easier.

The Natural Birthing Company

The Natural Birthing Company is one such company. Formed by Jane, a midwife and mother, she wanted to create natural products which support new mums from pregnancy through to birth and then beyond after the baby has arrived. The products they sell have been developed to soothe, comfort and relieve and she hopes that they will leave you feeling refreshed,revitalised, calm and relaxed.

Using the knowledge of qualified aromatherapists and chemists, coupled with her Midwifery experience,  they have ensured that the products are safe for both mum and baby. The range launched in 2014 and has gone onto win several awards. The products are available nationwide in Boots and several other retailers both in the UK and Worldwide. They have also just won 5 categories in the Mama and Baby Awards with the Beauty Shortlist. These are:

Best Mama to be Brand – UK
Best Gift for mums-to-be (Midwife in a Box)
Best Perineum Massage Oil (Down Below) 
Editors Choice Winner x2 (Pure Bliss & Cool it Mama)

Midwife in a Box

I was sent the Midwife in a Box gift set. This contains four full-sized products together with 2 organic cotton flannels. Presented in a lovely giftbox, with a clever opening mechanism which I was quite impressed with (I am easily pleased!), it is worth £49.99.

Cool it Mama

This is a cooling body spritz in a 100ml bottle. Containing Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and Grapefruit oils in a Sweet Orange Blossom water, I have found this spray especially useful during the hot weather we are having. Pregnant women are known for overheating – even cold bodies like me! – as well as getting tired, having mood swings and, of course, my infamous swollen ankles and feet. This spray is ideal for all of those things and more.

The bottle contains the following oils:

Neroli: Relaxes and calms. Good for insomnia, nervous tension, headaches, depression, anxiety.

Ylang Ylang: Relaxes, calms and uplifts. Good for low mood, anxiety, stress and anger. Aphrodisiac!

Bergamot: Uplifts and refreshes. Good for irritability, tiredness, stress, negative moods. Deodorant.

Grapefruit: Diuretic properties and refreshes. Good for water retention, lack of energy, headaches.

Menthol: Cools and refreshes. Good for hot flushes, tiredness.

Ouch, Ooh and Aah!

These are three bottles of essential oils to help soothe your breasts during pregnancy and on through breastfeeding. The first, Ouch, is for sore nipples, Ooh is for full and heavy breasts and Aah is to support breastfeeding. You treat each one the same by adding 2 to 3 drops to a bowl of warm water and mixing to dispense. Then wet the two flannels which are supplied with you Midwife in a Box gift set in the solution and place one over each breast for around 30 minutes. Make sure you wash your breasts before the next feed.

Down Below

Down Below is a perineal massage oil. A perineal massage is recommended from 34 weeks and a very informative leaflet is provided with the box to help guide you with this. The perineum is the bit of skin between the vagina and anus and a massage is suggested – especially if this is your first vaginal birth – to help reduce the risk of tearing or needing and episiotomy when you are in labour. Containing 100% natural fragrance free plant oils, the oil is also safe for you to use over the rest of your body to help moisturise any dry, itchy or irritated skin or to help with stretchmarks.

Here are the key ingredients:

Evening Primrose Oil: Hydrating and soothing –rich in antioxidants and Omega 6 fatty acids.

Rosehip Oil: Brings elasticity and regeneration to the skin, rich in Omega 3 fatty acid.

Sunflower Seed Oil: Smoothing and softening – has anti-inflammatory properties.

Apricot Kernel Oil: Moisturises – rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Calendula Oil: Soothes – anti-inflammatory properties, promotes skin healing and repair.

Pure Bliss

This oil is to help with soothing the vaginal area after giving birth. It is a soothing postnatal compress solution designed to soothe any intimate area and is safe to use on stitches, tears, hemorrhoids and general intimate discomfort as often as required. The great thing about this oil is that it can also be used on a caesarean section wound. This is once the hospital dressing has been removed (usually 24 hours post-surgery). The best way to use it on the vaginal area is to add two pipettes of Pure Bliss to a bowl of cold water and then submerge a sanitary pad in the solution before placing it against your perineum.

 

I have to say that I think all these products will be put to very good use. They are versatile, safe and smell gorgeous. The Cool It Mama spritz has already come in extremely handy- and I have even used it to help my daughter to cool down this week.

Win a Midwife in a Box gift set from The Natural Birthing Company

This is a great chance to win a gift box for you or a lovely pregnant lady you know to help with all the niggles of pregnancy and soothe the pains after birth. Great items to pack in your hospital bag too! All you need to do is enter using the Gleam widget below and follow the instructions. Terms and conditions can be found on the widget.

Win a Midwife in a Box Gift Set from The Natural Birthing Company

Thank you to the people at The Natural Birthing Company who sent me this gift set in return for a review and giveaway. Please note that all words, images and opinions have been formed by the owner of this blog and have not been influenced in any way. Please do not reproduce any of the content or images on this post without prior agreement from Verily Victoria Vocalises.

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33 Comments

  1. Meena Hindmarch
    June 19, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Jelly beans for energy – quick to eat!

  2. Dale Dow
    June 19, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Maternity Pads

  3. Melissa Lee
    June 19, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Chocolate and some nice smellies, as well as comfy socks

  4. barbara daniels
    June 18, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    lots of flannels, they are winderful wiht cold water to soothe

  5. Lisa Pond
    June 18, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Lip balm! My lips went so dry with all the gas and air 🙂

  6. Elizabeth Smith
    June 18, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Heavy duty moisturiser – I don’t know if it’s the air conditioning but I swear every drop of moisture evaporates when I walk into a hospital

  7. marie miles
    June 18, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    a pack of wet wipes/ baby wipes they are good for cooling you down and cleaning you up and quickly if need be and they help you to feel fresh if but temporary i carry wet ones or baby wipes with me all the time in my hand bag but this would be my hospital essential.

  8. June 18, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Some treats and frozen isotonic drinks – or at least cold if possible. I was induced with two of mine so was able to do this.

  9. Adrian Bold
    June 17, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Several pairs of pyjamas.

  10. janine atkin
    June 17, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    a clean towel

  11. Sophie Marie Cartwright
    June 17, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Magazines & snacks for afterwards 🙂 This would be fab for my sister in law who is due in October x

  12. Susan B
    June 17, 2017 / 3:33 am

    Antiseptic wipes as I wanted to have a bath but didn’t want to use it without disinfecting first.

  13. Niki Marie Wardle
    June 16, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    Twice as many pairs of knickers as you think you need, and they really don’t need to be fancy, they’re most likely to be heading in the bin!

  14. Lauren Price
    June 16, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Lots of cheap Primark black big granny knickers

  15. Jennifer Goldsmith
    June 16, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Socks!
    I got amniotic fluid all over mine.

  16. Sara owen
    June 14, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    For me i think its snacks chocolate is my favourite, I would love to win this thanks.for chance

  17. Sarah fielding
    June 13, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Snacks! 🙂

  18. kellyloul
    June 13, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Always take with you big knickers for comfort!

  19. Nicola M
    June 10, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    I’ve never given birth but my sis said that snacks are imperative.

  20. cheryl price
    June 9, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    snacks, you dont realise how hungry you get once your settled in

  21. Ruth Harwood
    June 8, 2017 / 11:35 am

    A book to read when you need distraction

  22. Katie Skeoch
    June 6, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Witch hazel, great for healing – cool & dab it on a pad

  23. Helen M
    June 6, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Birth aftercare essentials such as pads, cream etc.

  24. Tee Simpson
    June 5, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    A nice shower gel for after the birth to help you feel pampered and relaxed.

  25. Laura Pritchard
    June 5, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    Several pairs of pyjamas & knickers!

  26. Bonnie King
    June 5, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I’ve seen someone mention energy gel sachets to keep your energy up but I’m sure I’d prefer sweets :’)

  27. Christina Palmer
    June 4, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    A toothbrush and toothpaste

  28. Natalie Crossan
    June 3, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    A fan because it got really hot in the maternity ward

  29. Angela Treadway
    June 3, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    tens machine! x

  30. Harline Parkin
    June 3, 2017 / 5:19 am

    I took some wipes in which came in very handy and of course baby wipes nappies slippers dressing gown baby clothes

  31. Debbie O'Neill
    June 3, 2017 / 12:54 am

    Disposable knickers, pads and witch hazel.

  32. Hali Kinson
    May 29, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Cotton wall balls for baby!

  33. Susie Wilkinson
    May 29, 2017 / 9:23 am

    For me, I ‘needed’ chocolate, one of those things you don’t think about when packing your bag!

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