Posts in the ‘postnatal’ 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

In Your Own Words: Mary’s Postnatal Experience

“Lynn came to our home when our little girl Daisy was 3 weeks old – the perfect solution in the early weeks when getting out of the house is near impossible! She started by listening to my birth story and our experience looking after Daisy so far, which really helped to tailor the session to our

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

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

Become a Developmental Baby Massage Teacher

Now you can qualify as a “Developmental Baby Massage Teacher” – Certificated and fully Accredited with FEDANT and IPTI   The Active Birth Centre is proud to work with Peter Walker and will be hosting his international teacher training course on 23-24 June 2018.   This is a fantastic opportunity for Active Birth teachers, midwives,

No one tells you what it’s really like being a mum

Throughout the past week there has been a lot of discussion around the wellbeing of new parents; recognition that the early months can be a challenging time which, for many, may begin during pregnancy. As a new mum you may well have found yourself saying “No-one tells you what it’s really like.” I am writing

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

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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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Precious Placenta

Mother nature gives each baby an incredible gift for future health with a final transfusion of blood from the placenta in the first minutes following birth. The placenta at the time of birth contains about one third of the baby’s blood volume and is rich in nutrients, iron and oxygen, stem cells, T cells, immune

This baby is a little older - but it's exactly how you'd start 'skin-to-skin' with a newborn

‘Laid-back’ Breastfeeding: Tips and Highlights from the Workshop

Welcome to the first entry on our blog! Last night I gave a workshop at the Active Birth Centre on a wonderful way to have a much easier and more enjoyable start with your new baby. I introduced the concept of ‘laid-back’ breastfeeding pioneered by the midwife Suzanne Colson. It’s an approach she calls ‘Biological Nurturing’.

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