Posts in the ‘antenatal’ Category

Beat The Heatwave

It’s time to cool down! We’re loving the summer sunshine, but this heatwave can get uncomfortable – especially if you’re pregnant or have a new baby at home. Janet Balaskas and Lynn Murphy have some great advice that’ll help you and your precious ones to enjoy your summer…   Drinking plenty of water and keeping

Relax With Reflexology

“Reflexology resets the balance,” says Sophia Smith, the Active Birth Centre’s resident reflexologist, “And it’s also an incredible way to bond with your unborn baby. It’s a very earthy, strength-giving technique that helps with grounding and preparing for giving birth. It relaxes mum and baby, and it’s comfortable and cosy.”   Sophia works with patients

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Don’t clamp the cord! Some good news from the RCOG

I have always marvelled at the way nature has provided the newborn baby with a double lifeline in the critical period immediately after birth. Moments after birth, the baby takes its first independent breath. It takes a few minutes for changes to occur in the chambers of the baby’s heart so that is begins to

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Encouraging a Breech Baby to Turn

Some babies are in the breech position in late pregnancy  – its not uncommon! A high proportion of breech babies do turn head down spontaneously, especially with a little encouragement so maybe the info below will be helpful. When a baby is in the breech position, the head lies beneath the mother’s ribs and the

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Birth Stories No. 3: Resisting Routine Induction: Alexa’s Active Birth

Alexa’s birth story is interesting because it is a typical case of coming up against the routine recommendations to induce when there are no specific medical indications. This is the story of her journey and how she managed to resist interventions she felt were not necessary and gave birth naturally in the end! “Jamie is

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What to do when you’re overdue!

The following information has been produced to help you to be aware of some of the issues that may arise when pregnancy continues beyond the estimated due date, and to empower you for wise decision making to help you decide what to do when you’re overdue. Your EDD (estimated due date) has probably been in

Jill Benjoya Miller’s ‘Natural Caesarean’ Birth Plan

In my last post I wrote about having a ‘natural caesarean’, inspired by the experience of Emily and Adam, who came to my Active Birth Weekend Course, which I teach with Jill Benjoya Miller. Emily and Adam wanted to have a natural birth, but they had a ‘just-in-case’ plan for a ‘natural caesarean’, which in

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Planning for a ‘Natural Caesarean’

‘Natural Caesarean’ –  Including Benefits of a Natural Birth On our Active Birth Weekend Course we always inspire couples, where possible, to aim for a natural birth. A natural birth will give mother and baby the benefit of the ‘love’ hormones (oxytocin and endorphins) – these stimulate efficient contractions and also play a key role in ‘bonding’

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