The Birthing Shirt Company

We love to find brands that are practical and organic; something we know lots of people now want to embrace and share as well.
The Birthing Shirt company offers just that, a birthing shirt you want to share with your fellow Eco-Mums.

What a great idea!

While we aren’t reviewing this product, we wanted to give it a mention as it looks super practical and we love a product that can benefit you throughout pregnancy; in labour and post-birth while promoting a company, we absolutely LOVE.

The Birthing Shirt company, despite what you may think from their name, actually offers customers many other products besides the Birthing Shirt. For example, casting kits to labour bags – it’s really worth taking a look at their website…!

The Nursing Scarf
With my two older children, I didn’t breastfeed. I didn’t want to with Josh, and I couldn’t manage with Finn (I had to give up after 4 days) however with Austyn, I had every intention of persevering but have been petrified about doing it in public.
Currently, there is a tremendous amount of controversy surrounding breastfeeding and the cans and cants of what is socially acceptable and what isn’t. It’s a minefield and not something I really want to get into a debate about, BUT I’d like to know the reason why breasts are such a sexualised part of a woman’s body when their primary function is to feed a child…?

Apparently, it’s fine to flash your boobs in public or have them physically on display in a slinky top, BUT only if they aren’t visible while nurturing a child.

What?! Does anyone else find that ludicrous??!?

On the flip side, I’m not too keen about sitting in my local cafe enjoying a panini with my two older children and Beard. Minding our own business, when all of a sudden the lady sat directly next to us flops out her titty, proudly displays it in front of everyone as if it’s a medal, and then wedges her baby’s face into her breast. All of this while slurping on a cappuccino and giving us the death stare…
Equally, I am not going to be wearing one of those utterly ugly breastfeeding capes, or available feeding aprons – it just makes it all the more evident as you try to untangle your elongated nipple from the polyester fabric! I have been looking for something discreet, yet something that will cover Austyn and me while not making either of us too hot and flustered as we battle the breastfeeding war in public.

The Birthing Shirt Company’s Nursing Scarf is just the thing; available in 4 simplistic colours that will go with anything in your wardrobe, and the offer of buy two for £49.98 really is something to shout about.
Of course, the fabric is organic cotton, and we all know what that means..? It’s breathable and keeps you cool. Therefore it’s perfect for nursing and not turning you or your little one into a beetroot as they nuzzle beneath it.

What I personally love about this nursing product is how it can be used as a standard scarf – I love a scarf, so this fits my style and wardrobe perfectly – you wear the item like a typical scarf and then when it is feed time, it quickly magics itself into the perfect cover-up. It’s perfectly safe even if it does look like I’m smiling at a photo while suffocating my newborn… I can coo at him from the top and he never once finished feeding being hot or flustered. And neither did I!

At the centre there is a small slit in the fabric (that isn’t visible when being worn as a scarf) where you simply pop your head through and allow the rest of the material to drape over you and your little one, the veil is of ample size to cover your baby, and your modesty.

I breastfed Austyn in a very public, bustling Jamies Italian restaurant during prime lunchtime in Bluewater. We had a table of guys a few feet away from us enjoying their lunch – occasionally one of the chaps kept looking over at me which started to make me uneasy, but he wasn’t glaring or tutting… so far so good.

Although I now think he may be a pervert.

After Austyn had finished feeding in complete privacy with my modesty totally covered, I popped myself back into my bra, reattached my vest strap and lifted the scarf to burp him and the guy (the one staring) exclaimed to his friends “Oh!!! There was a baby under there!!!!”

I am so happy that this nursing scarf was bought to my attention as I intend to recommend it to everyone and anyone and will continue to use this each and every time I feed my little man in public.

Labour Candle
We are one of those families who burn candles, oils, sticks, cones, everything – all those kinds of things; we love a scent to fill a room, and we are often reminded of certain smells that evoke particular memories. Josh, especially, can smell a scent and instantly state “that smells like the games room in the Dominican Republic, doesn’t it Mum?” You’ve got to love an Autistic mind, don’t you?Hearing about a Labour Candle was quite exciting to us. I wonder what labour smells like was my initial reaction, but of course, the candle doesn’t smell of that. That would be very odd. What it does smell of is lavender, which is scientifically proven to be calming, soothing, relaxing and balancing and clary sage which is stress-relieving.
These two heavenly scents combined encourage labour and strengthen contractions while easing the aches and pains. Natural wonders acting as an antidepressant during childbirth. Of course, I am no doctor, but I do not believe that a candle is going to stop the pain of labour, but what I do know, is that organic homoeopathic remedies DO help to aid anxiety and discomfort.Had I of read the online description of the Labour Candle properly, I would have seen that this item is only 48mm x 30mm so when we received the item for review I was shocked to be handling such a tiny thing – I was expecting a colossal candle with a smell that knocks your socks off as you open the lid with a wick to last for days seeing as it needs to endure my entire potential labour.

Despite this, the compact size of the candle is perfect for packing in your labour bag and the fact that despite its size it still burns for 12 hours which is excellent considering the average labour lasts approximately 8 hours.

On the 18th December at 8.30am my contractions started. I ran myself a warm bubbly bath, dimmed the lights and lit my labour candle ready to have an hour of chill-out time before the fun really started. My contractions were 8 minutes apart and lasting at least 30 seconds, and while they weren’t “sandpaper your eyeballs and then douse them in vinegar” excruciating, they were “grate your face down a pebble dash wall” painful.
The whole ambience of properly chilling out in my own home allowed me to flow through these initial contractions really quickly and as they increased to every 5 minutes and lasting longer with more aggression, I was still able to deal with the pain and genuinely felt very calm.

The candle filled the entire room with a lovely scent, although I think the warmth from the bath also aided experience as the whole, by gently dispersing the aroma through the steam.

Sadly, when I was in the birthing suite about to have Austyn, I asked if I was able to light the candle and was informed that it wasn’t possible due to health and safety reasons. Damn your health and safety. Apparently, some birthing suites allow them, others do not, so double-check this before you arrive.

Both Beard and I very much liked the candle, and I think the concept is excellent for a home birth. However, while labouring at home before venturing to the birthing suite, it will benefit you the most. Sincerely, I felt very relaxed. The aroma was divine and even post birth while feeling exhausted, the scent and crackle of the flame was very much appreciated.

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