Posts Tagged ‘home birth’

Relaxing During Early Labour

Here are three ways to relax in early labour: It’s helpful  to conserve your energy before the intensity  builds up – especially if labour starts at night. Rest and even sleep between contractions lying on your left side, with your upper body well supported… …or kneel over a ball, onto a comfy pillow. If you

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

Mel’s Birth Story: Home Birth Is Where The Heart Is

“I can’t thank you enough for the support running up to birth for me and Joe, it all made such a huge difference. Juno was born at 42 weeks exactly, at home, in a pool. My independent midwives, Carole and Regina, were amazing and I feel so lucky to have had them there. I think

Victoria’s Birth Story: A Choice And A Voice

We loved reading this heart-warming birth story from Victoria, who gave birth earlier in 2018.  She’s another inspiring lady whose strength, determination and resilience resulted in a beautiful welcome for her baby. — “Once baby Jude was five days overdue, we decided to change our plans of a homebirth and opted for a gentle induction

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. 20: Anna’s calm home birth

There is nothing greater than hearing about the positive birth experiences of the wonderful parents we work with.  This lovely note comes from Anna who attended Janet’s yoga classes at the Active Birth Centre. I wanted to send you news of the birth of our daughter, Ava, and to thank you for all of your

Birth Stories No. 15: Eloise’s Home Water Birth

Firstly, I am really glad to have had the private session with you whereby you repeatedly encouraged meet to let go of my memories of ‘last time’. You were right, of course – it was a completely different experience to my first child. To start with, this time I laboured and had her during the

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.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

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