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Yoga Pose No.9 – ‘Slow Down’ Position for Labour

This simple but effective yoga pose helps to slow down labour or reduce intensity by moving your baby’s head away from the opening cervix. 1.Start off on all fours 2. Then slowly lower yourself until your head is is close to the floor. 3. Relax and breathe for a minute or so. This position will

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

Birth Story no.34: Ciara’s Water Birth

  Ciara attended Lynn’s Wednesday evening yoga classes, and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in May 2018. Here’s her account of an incredible water birth experience…   “I started having contractions at midnight and spent the next 5 hours at home using the ball, yoga exercises and breathing to see me through the

Birth Story No.31: Eilis – Strength From Within

“I am so proud of myself. So proud of being a woman. So proud that I laboured so naturally against all the odds.”   Eilis had attended Lynn’s pregnancy yoga classes. She gave birth in January 2018, demonstrating the incredible strength women are capable of, and the power of breathing, grounding yourself, and creating a

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

Global Empowerment for Birthing Mothers – Portugal

Janet spoke at the Nascer Positivo conference held in Porto, Portugal on 8-9 March. Her presentation ‘Ancient and New Birthing Wisdom’ focused on the history and principles of Active Birth and was well received by the audience, which included nurses, midwives, doctors, doulas and specialists in hospital and home birth. This inspiring Positive Birth event

Birth Stories No. 18: Gulya’s Active Birth

I gave birth to our daughter Cassandra on a Monday evening at the Whittington Birth Centre in October. Unlike our expectations of a ‘likely’ arrival post-EDD, Cassie arrived in week 39. Three days before Cassie’s birth, on Friday, I had my second reflexology session with Sophia Smith at the Active Birth Centre, which was wonderfully

When Breastfeeding doesn’t go to plan – Amy’s Story

Before I had a baby, to my surprise along with what turned out to be the two standard questions (when are you due? Do you know if it’s a boy it’s girl?). A lot of women also asked me, “Will you breastfeed?” Ever not wanting to tempt fate I’d reply, “If I can”. But the

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