January 21, 2019

My first baby 20 months ago was a c section after reduced foetal movement. I had no idea whether or not I could question or engage in any of it, and although the caesarean was a pleasant experience, I went a long time without many of the things I wanted - skin to skin...

October 17, 2018

I woke at 5.30 and noticed dull cramping in my lower abdomen, like the start of a period. I'd been having feelings like this for a few days but instinctively knew these were different, far more rhythmic than what I'd had before. I downloaded a 'contraction app' and the...

September 7, 2018

‘If this little one decides to stay with us it’s going to be a boy’.

I felt a strong connection to him from the very start. I meditated with him almost daily and decided to ask him when he was going to arrive. I always thought he’d come earlier than term, so when I got...

September 1, 2018

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of it’s fu...

July 15, 2018

The day we found out we were pregnant was (as it is for so many people) overwhelming, nerve-wracking but mostly after over a year of trying to conceive, exciting. 

I was due to go to the doctors that day for further tests as to why I was not having any monthly cycles...

June 19, 2018

Films and TV programs are full of images of women giving birth, and it’s fair to say that the vast majority of them show labouring mothers lying down on their backs. In One Born Every Minute and other labour ward documentaries it seems that most of the women arrive at...

May 29, 2018

In July 2017 I was expecting my first baby! I was very lucky and had a lovely smooth pregnancy. I took an active birthing class, read some books and got a hypnobirthing cd to listen to at bed time. It all clicked straight away, lying flat on your back to push out a bab...

May 29, 2018

Week 30 panic hit me and I wasn’t sure I wanted a baby anymore! I definitely didn’t want the labour! I chose to try an active birth class and I’m sooo glad I did. It completely flipped my mindset from terrified to empowered!
So after a morning of Boxing Day sales shopp...

May 25, 2018

First coined by Janet Balaskas in the early 1980’s, an Active Birth describes a birth where a mother is encouraged to follow her natural birthing instincts. She is free to move and give birth in a position of her choice, using upright postures and the power of gravity...

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