Posts in the ‘antenatal’ Category

Top 10 Benefits of Active Birth

There are so many benefits when you have an Active Birth – here are the top 10…

Charlie’s Birth Story: A Beautiful Birthday Surprise!

  I’m very happy to report that our little boy has arrived – he was born on my birthday! His birth was much sooner than expected at 34 plus 4 days, and we spent 10 days in hospital in neonatal, but are now home and he is doing incredibly well. His birth, although early, was

SILVIA’S BIRTH STORY: A PRECIOUS EXPERIENCE

Our wonderful son was born in July and we’re very happy with how everything went! Labour/birth was such a positive experience. We had a natural pool birth in the High Barnet birth centre and Janet, you were in our minds with your wise words all the time. We’ve found everything you’ve taught us and the

Great Feedback From Our Online Classes!

We’ve received some wonderful comments about our online Pregnancy Yoga classes! Here are a few of our favourites…   What an absolutely fantastic class – thank you so much! I really felt like I was in the room with you.”   “Thank you so much for last night. It was wonderful and so needed. Being

Exercises To Help Your Breech Baby Turn

If your baby is breech around 34 weeks (head under your ribs rather than above the pelvis) you may want to know what you can do to encourage baby to turn head-down before the birth. NB: You should only start doing these exercises at 34+ weeks, and only if breech position has been confirmed by

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Finding The Right Pregnancy Yoga Class For You

If you’re pregnant or even thinking about having a baby, you probably see pregnancy yoga ads on a daily basis! How do you know which class will offer the best experience and instruction for you and your baby? Here are a few important points we suggest considering when looking at all the options: Experience &

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

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

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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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Encouraging a Breech Baby to Turn

Some babies are in the breech position in late pregnancy  – its not uncommon! A high proportion of breech babies do turn head down spontaneously, especially with a little encouragement so maybe the info below will be helpful. When a baby is in the breech position, the head lies beneath the mother’s ribs and the

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