Posts Tagged ‘active birth’

Birth Stories No. 13: Dinu’s Calm Birth

My due date came and went and I felt no closer to my baby being born – I’d had no Braxton Hicks contractions, nor any of the other signs one might feel in the lead-up to labour. However, four days past my due date, I woke up feeling a surge at 1.40am.  The date was

Birth Stories No. 12 – Peggy’s Home Birth

I also feel this is an moment when I can express my own gratitude for your book, New Active Birth. I have five children, home birthed except one. I loved giving birth. I always tell others what a wonderful experience it is. I am well aware that my last delivery could have gone badly for

Birth Stories No.11 – Carolina: The Power of Affirmations

I just wanted to share with ABC the arrival of our second baby girl Cielo (pronounced Si-eh-lo). She was born on the 18th of April at 1am in the Birth Centre at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. 4 days after her expected due date. I started feeling small surges on Saturday morning but through the

Birth Stories No.10 – Cordelia & Danny’s Home Birth

I just wanted to let you know that we had a beautiful little girl on Friday night! She was a very HEALTHY 6.6lbs (!) and we managed to have an absolutely incredible home birth as planned despite a couple of difficulties along the way! We both want to say a huge thank you as we

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.

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 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

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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