Posts in the ‘Birth Stories’ Category

Birth Story no. 33: Florence and Lirio

A Beautiful and Tranquil Planned Caesarean Breech Birth   Having always dreamt of a home birth, and having friends with beautiful experiences of home birthing, we planned to receive our baby at home from early on in my pregnancy. I couldn’t wait. I started yoga with Janet at 14 weeks and embarked on educating myself

Lynn’s Story

When people talk about postnatal yoga, they’re often also talking about Lynn Murphy! Our Co-Director at the centre and postnatal guru began her Active Birth journey with the Active Birth book and Janet’s pregnancy yoga classes, and she hasn’t looked back. Here’s Lynn’s uplifting story…   I was given the Active Birth book by a

Birth Story no. 32: Sara – Natural Birth In Just 5 Hours!

My beautiful baby daughter was born in the Whittington’s birth centre at 7:40am after a very quick 5-hour labour. As she’s my first baby, I was expecting a far longer labour, so it came as quite a shock when things progressed quickly! In early labour I was able to use the breathing techniques I’d learned

Birth Story no. 30: Victoria – Empower yourself, even when plans go awry

No matter how much planning we do, life often has other ideas. As the old saying goes though, it’s not about what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens. We loved hearing how even when plans changed completely, Victoria and her husband Perry used Active Birth techniques to empower themselves and welcome

Birth Story No 29 : Jennie – The Joy of an Active Birth

Like many of the women who attend your classes, I had hoped for a natural birth at the Whittington Birth Centre, but at 40 weeks + 5 days pregnant I experienced a noticeable reduction in foetal movements. After much discussion with my husband, we agreed to take the hospital’s advice and have the labour induced later the same

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Birth Story No 28: Kat’s primal home birth

Kat attended Janet’s pregnancy yoga classes. Here she shares the incredibly powerful story of the natural birth of her beautiful baby girl. I went into labour at 37+0 days. My midwives advised that it was Braxton Hicks and I hoped that to be true as I felt anxious she’d be small. In my heart of hearts,

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Birth Story No 27: Eliana – My waters broke at my pregnancy yoga class

Eliana attended Lynn’s pregnancy yoga classes. Here she shares how the breathing and relaxation techniques she learnt, helped during the birth of her beautiful baby boy. I was so happy to have a positive vaginal birth, naturally, relatively pain-free and in control. I am very grateful to Lynn and her team at the Active Birth Centre for

Birth Story No 26: Laura – The magic trio: yoga, breathing and affirmations

Laura attended pregnancy yoga classes and Janet’s Couples Yoga for Active Birth workshop, at the Centre. Here she shares how yoga, breathing and affirmations helped prepare her mentally and physically for the birth of her beautiful baby boy. I wanted to let you know I had a really positive birth experience, and think my yoga practice

Birth Story No 25: Imogen – Pregnancy yoga prepared me for labour

Throughout her pregnancy, Imogen loved the Active Birth Centre – attending Janet’s yoga classes and couples yoga, baby resuscitation with Bernadette and reflexology with Sophia. She also attended Lynn’s couples massage class at the Whittington. We were delighted to receive the news of the arrival of her daughter and are delighted to be able to

Birth Story No 24: Alice – The power of the breath in labour

There is nothing better than hearing how the techniques learnt during our classes and workshops contribute to positive birth experiences for our women and their partners. This note comes from Alice, who attended Janet’s yoga classes at the end of her pregnancy. Janet, I just wanted to thank you because the breathing technique and visualisation

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