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Top Tips From Janet: Clary Sage Essential Oil

Here is something great to have in your birth kit. Clary Sage, when used is labour*, has been called natural ‘gas and air’. It is often used in combination with lavender, which has antiseptic and relaxing qualities.  Because clary sage is an analgesic, a mixture of the two often provides just what you need to

Imogen’s Birth Story: Another Successful Home Birth

We received a beautiful email from Imogen, just one day after her son’s birth. — My baby was born at home at 8.10am, weighing 7lbs 9oz. My labour was 4 hours and I practiced my yoga as much as possible, imagining spiralling downwards and using sound work to breathe through the contractions. Despite having read

Better Support For New Mums

Lynn Murphy, Active Birth Centre co-director and postnatal guru, writes: My classes for new mums and their babies are all about better supporting women in their journey into motherhood. I have two courses: the first, New Baby & Me, is for mums and babies in the first 3 months after birth. The second is Mama

Emily’s Birth Story: When You Know, You Know

  That strange feeling of intuition is always worth listening to! So many women tell us they just _knew_ when their baby was going to arrive – they felt it. You can also use your intuition like Emily did to choose the yoga poses and breathing that will help you and your baby most and

Nikki’s Birth Story: Don’t worry, you’re more prepared than you think!

We received this lovely letter from Nikki, who attended  the Active Birth Weekend, as well as Janet’s pregnancy yoga classes. Thank-you for sharing your calm, confident approach Nikki, and congratulations to all three of you!   — — — — — Hi Janet I wanted to write to tell you about the birth of our

Birth Story: Jen – A Relaxed, Positive Birth Experience

Jen attended our Tuesday evening Pregnancy Yoga classes with Lynn and a Couples Yoga class with Janet before giving birth to her precious son. She got in touch to share her relaxed birth experience…   I wanted to let you know that our son, Kieran Dominic, was born last Tuesday morning. Although it wasn’t quite

Stella’s Story: A “Textbook” Example Of Natural Birth!

“A little message to say that baby Bruno was born at UCH last Friday night! We are all in good health. Giving birth was the most amazing experience and I couldn’t be happier about how it went. I didn’t need to resort to any medical pain relief, not even gas and air. I used the

World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7 August 2018

Breastfeeding is a subject that can be so emotive and at times divisive between women, but World Breastfeeding Week aims to share information on breastfeeding, which helps women to make informed choices.   In reality, breastfeeding does not always get off to a good start and support is often lacking from family and professionals… We

Mel’s Birth Story: Home Birth Is Where The Heart Is

“I can’t thank you enough for the support running up to birth for me and Joe, it all made such a huge difference. Juno was born at 42 weeks exactly, at home, in a pool. My independent midwives, Carole and Regina, were amazing and I feel so lucky to have had them there. I think

Victoria’s Birth Story: A Choice And A Voice

We loved reading this heart-warming birth story from Victoria, who gave birth earlier in 2018.  She’s another inspiring lady whose strength, determination and resilience resulted in a beautiful welcome for her baby. — “Once baby Jude was five days overdue, we decided to change our plans of a homebirth and opted for a gentle induction

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