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Affirmations for Active Birth

One of the things that women in my pregnancy yoga and Active Birth classes all love is the affirmations that we do in class to help build a strong trust that their bodies were born to have babies successfully. Here are some of my favourites: My baby fits my pelvis perfectly My baby knows when

Birth Stories No. 9: Natalie’s Active Water Birth

I wanted to thank you [Janet] for being such an amazing source of inspiration and insight over the last few months. Coming to your Tuesday evening pregnancy yoga class has been a complete treat and I am going to sorely miss you, your pelvis and woollen baby and placenta – and of course the girls.

Clary Sage Oil: a discussion

These pregnant mothers are sharing a cup of herbal tea after one of my yoga classes this week. A discussion began about the essential oil of Clary Sage, which is often called a ‘womb tonic’ and has also been called ‘natural gas and air’. One of them used it for the birth of her first

Birth Story No. 8 – Phil & Jasna’s water birth

We recently received this lovely story from proud new father Phil. “Jasna and I attended the active birth weekend in March – I’m the guy with the dodgy back. This Saturday afternoon at 4.30 Jasna birthed our son Bertie, in the pool in our daughter’s bedroom. Everyone is well. Jasna had a show Friday evening, surges started

Birth Story No. 7: Amy’s Pre-Eclampsia Story

Before getting pregnant I never considered the sort of birth I would have. The media and popular culture had led me to believe there was only one way to have a baby – on your back, in hospital, drugged up to the eyeballs and in a lot of pain screaming and shouting. But as soon

Birth Stories No.6: Rhian’s Home Birth

Birth is intimate and I think, where possible, it’s important to honour that. My husband, Bruno has a son from a previous marriage who was born by caesarean. When I told him I wanted to have our baby at home he deeply respected my decision but was understandably concerned. We decided to do a preparation

Transitions – your new baby and you

Many of you reading this will be experiencing the early weeks and months with your new baby, while others will have your memories of this incredibly special but challenging time. For most of us, this is a period of great change and transition from an independent woman into a mother. This transition can be one

Birth Stories No. 5: Suzie’s Suzie’s Undiagnosed Breech – When your birth doesn’t go to plan

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I stopped using any perfumed cosmetics, nothing with any parabens or sulphates and cut out nearly all processed food. I knew I wanted my pregnancy and the birth of my first baby to be as natural as possible. I started going to Lynn’s antenatal yoga group

Love Birth? You probably hate One Born Every Minute by Milli Hill

It’s high time the programme makers joined the birth revolution, writes Milli Hill On 4th April 1982, I was a carefree seven year old, and therefore totally unaware that, as I played with my Pippa dolls in my dungarees, six thousand women were marching in Hampstead Heath for a woman’s right to give birth in

Michel Odent Active BIrth Centre

UK induction policies are having an adverse affect on normal birth

Dr Michel Odent was recently reported in the Sunday Times and  The Daily Mail to claim that that women are losing their ability to give birth and breastfeed naturally, due to a rise in caesareans and a tendency to induce labour. I agree with Dr Odent completely that current induction policies are having a devastating effect on

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