All posts filed under: Birth preparation essentials

A birth story…

A mum who has asked to stay anonymous sent me a message about the birth prep session we had years ago. It has made me beam and it sums up exactly why I do what I do – my birth prep is beyond just the information, it is about being assertive and saying what you need because that matters… “I’m not sure if I ever told you but I do talk about this still and I really appreciate the birth preparation session you provided for us.  I think people sometimes think these sessions are for first time but we came for our second pregnancy as we’d had quite a gap and I wanted to be prepared again. In a nutshell I had a super easy, super speedy first birth with my first son.  When I was pregnant with my 2nd son, one of my good friends (who has also had an easy first birth) had an induction and a terrible experience with her 2nd birth.  I was preoccupied with this when we came to the …

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Tonight’s antenatal session – the importance of knowing how to breathe

I just can’t stress this enough – being able to use your breathing in labour and birth really could be the difference between panic and calm, the difference between working with your body and battling with it. Labour and birth is largely about contractions and energy, it is about listening to your body, about responding to it and going with it. As long as you and your baby are ok – labour will take as long as it needs. Knowing how to use your breathing is a skill you can use when you need it – for contractions, for rest, for headspace, if you feel overwhelmed, if you are tired… It means you are equipped with a strong, effective and adaptable skill to control and use if your labour is straightforward or if it becomes more complicated with more monitoring and interventions. Using your breathing is about keeping you calm and that is a powerful skill to possess. If you know more about what your body and your baby need to do in labour, you …

Why my teaching space is a special place…

My teaching space is at home, a very special room that connects everything I love. The room I see my clients in for antenatal sessions, birth debrief, baby massage, postnatal groups and 1:1 sessions is a relaxing, warm, cosy & comfortable space. It is the room I meet with amazing parents for the job I love: supporting and reassuring; answering questions; providing a safe space to offload and talk through challenges. It is a room I spent time in during all three of my pregnancies and it is a room I laboured in with all three of my children; it is the room I cuddled two of my new babies in, shortly after they were born; It is the room I learnt to breastfeed my eldest two children; It is the room they were in when they first met their grand-parents; It is the room where my girls took their first steps; It is a room where I raised my children –  where we have played, danced, laughed cried and cuddled; It is the room …

Positions for labour & birth

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) promotes the use of different positions for labour and birth to enable labouring women to feel comfortable and to help labour to flow. The RCM states that: “Gravity is the greatest aid in giving birth but for historical reasons we can make women give birth on their backs. These resources can be used to help women understand and practice alternative positions during pregnancy, to feel free to be mobile and to use different positions during labour and birth.” The key to using positions and movement in labour is to listen to your body, to allow instinct to take over so you use positions for rest and for your contractions.   Positions for labour & birth: get comfy and let your body do what it needs to do…   You can sit on a ball or a chair to be upright. For extra support you can lean on someone or use the bed, a chair or a sling.   If you are moving around, you may want to lean into …