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:
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 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.
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.
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.