Welcome to today blog post, where I wanted to talk a little about home birth. Those two little words 'home' and 'birth' when put together can cause even mild mannered folk to suddenly become highly opinionated and start to either evangelize about it, or to shriek with fear that your baby's life may be in danger. I think we need to all calm down, and separate fact from fiction. Because I imagine that you want to make all your decisions about your pregnancy, baby and child from a place of knowledge and information, not myths and hearsay.Read More
When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I run hypnobirthing and birth preparation courses, often I get a confused look which makes me smile. I then get asked many of the same questions, or misconceptions about hypnobirthing come up again and again - so it’s time to bust some of those hypnobirthing myths!
Take a look at my video, or you can read the transcript below if you prefer
When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I run hypnobirthing and birth preparation courses, often I get a perplexed look - which makes me smile. Many of the same questions or misconceptions come up again and again, so it’s time to bust some myths!Read More
Every mother is likely aware that a placenta goes hand in hand with pregnancy. Even if you don't know much about what a placenta does, you likely understand that a placenta plays a pretty important role for the baby, since it's right there in the womb with your developing baby.
But do you know what a placenta really is or how amazing they are? Well read on and find out more about the amazing placenta.
Here are 10 amazing facts about the placenta:Read More
In this weeks blog post I want to share with you some of the things that I teach all the couples on my For Modern Mothers Hypnobirthing classes (both the private and group ones) that are the most important for you to remember. So here are my 5 top tips for you to help your pregnancy and birth be positive, calm and confident.Read More
Our reality is a reflection, not an absolute. There are so many social folk laws and cultural influences that influence our reality. Essentially, our beliefs, preferences, attachments, expectations, fears, emotions, and experiences all get rolled up into one big burrito and, voilà, we’ve got our subjective impression of reality. Hypnobirthing and Mindfulness can really help you find your own inner feelings, and remove the fear about birth thats been put upon us.Read More
Loving Kindness for Pregnancy & Motherhood
"In modern life we have become so busy with our daily affairs and thoughts, that we have forgotten this essential art of taking time to converse with our hearts….If we are still, and listen deeply, for even a moment, we will know if we are following a path with heart… " Jack Kornfield, A Path with HeartRead More
Exercises during pregnancy can feel like a bit of a minefield. Whether you are a yoga geek, a gym bunny or a couch potato (or anywhere in between), once you find yourself pregnant it can be hard to know what kind of exercise you should, and shouldn't be doing. Some stuff is great - pregnancy yoga, swimming. Some not advised - contact martial arts, skiiing. Here's a guide for you...Read More
It’s natural to feel a little apprehensive about the massive changes that are about to happen not only in your day-to-day routine but also to your body when you are pregnant. I know many (if not all) of the women that I teach in my hypnobirthing and pregnancy yoga classes feel this way. I know I certainly did.
However, any negative thoughts or frustrations that you may have about your changing body shouldn’t be allowed to take away from your enjoyment during this incredible time in your life. You are after all growing a new human being - and that is truly and utterly amazing.
So this blog post is to show you 5 simple ways to help you feel confident, powerful and feminine throughout your pregnancy...Read More
When you are pregnant you want eat the best food you can, as of course you are eating for both baby and yourself. We're told not to eat too much sugar or processed food (good advice) but often we crave something sweet, and something chocolatey (or is that just me?!) .
So here's a couple of delicious and super simple recipes to keep the cravings at bay.....Read More
Why it’s important to prepare for your baby’s birth
If you’re expecting a baby, your due date is probably looming large in your mind. Maybe you’ve already packed your hospital bag, and chosen the first clothes your new baby will wear. And you’ve certainly wondered what type of birth you’ll have. But have you fully researched your options to ensure you are completely prepared?
Research shows that a mother who is well prepared for birth, is more likely to have a smoother labour:
“Childbirth education can simplify pregnancy and birth and help women… to have a safe, healthy birth. Pregnancy is complex and fraught with potential for worry and confusion. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that things can go terribly wrong. Excellent childbirth education can help women learn how simple birth can and should be.”Read More