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Blog - Active Birth Centre

How to avoid a tear during birth

Can you give me some tips about healing the perineum naturally after birth? I am worried about tearing or having an episiotomy. This is a question most women want to know about so thank you Irene for asking! I’m going to start in this issue with the natural physiology – how your body is designed

How to encourage high hormone levels during labour

Can you explain how to encourage high levels of hormones during labour. How would this enhance good progress and provide natural pain relief? This fascinating topic is included in all my workshops and courses. The main birth hormones – oxytocin and endorphins – are produced in the hypothalamus, which is a gland located deep in

How to Make the Most of a Medical Induction

These days the topic of induction comes up for most women at the end of pregnancy. Thanks to everyone who sent in a question about this. This is my last newsletter on this topic – I suggest you save these newsletters in case you need them at the end of your pregnancy. Unless the need

Natural Ways to Induce Labour

Laura has asked the question: Are there any non-medical ways to help labour get started? Thank you, Laura, for the question. You can certainly try natural methods of induction or ‘nudges of encouragement’ first, unless the need to induce is urgent. All methods of induction, natural or medical, are likely to work best when carried

What to do when you’re ‘overdue’

To continue the theme from my last newsletter, stimulated by Helen’s question Do I need my labour to be induced? This a huge topic and could take up several newsletters! Your EDD (estimated due date) has probably been in your mind since your first ante-natal check-up. It can be very disappointing and frustrating to find

Should my labour be induced?

Thank you to Helen for this week’s question: I am healthy and have had a normal pregnancy. Do I need to be induced at 40+ weeks? At her last check-up Helen was told that induction was strongly recommended if she didn’t go into labour within the next week or so.  I’m sure this is a

How can I encourage my breech presentation baby to turn?

I want to thank Oana and Ania for the question which is the theme of this newsletter. If you are not yet 30 – 32 weeks pregnant save this for later. At this stage it is normal for some babies to be breech. How can I encourage my breech presentation baby to turn? This is

In labour – when should I go to the hospital or birth centre?

I recently invited women attending my Pregnancy Yoga class or Active Birth Workshop to ask me a question. My plan is to start a regular newsletter called ‘Ask me anything’ and some great questions have already come in. The first is from Laura and thank you for this question: In labour – when should I

Hypnobirthing and Active Birth

Hypnobirthing works wonderfully with Active Birth. It builds towards the same goal of helping you become more confident and trusting in your body, and less fearful of giving birth, and it’s a beautiful way to connect more deeply with your body and your baby. Find out more about what Hypnobirthing can do for you in this blog by Janet Balaskas, founder of Active Birth…

How Does Yoga Help In Pregnancy and Birth?

Practicing yoga during your pregnancy is a great way to feel relaxed and comfortable and, at the same time, it is a deeply empowering way to prepare for your birth. Janet Balaskas – founder of Active Birth and pregnancy yoga – answers some questions…