Posts in the ‘Birth’ Category

The Power of Breathing

The essence of yoga and the key to a good birth I was inspired this week by Seun whose waters broke at 32 weeks and had her baby at 33 weeks + 6 days weighing 2.035kg. Seun wrote: ‘Although this was absolutely not my ideal birth plan, it worked out beautifully as I was able

What is the ideal environment for an Active Birth?

Thanks to Olivia for this question. She is in early pregnancy and exploring her options about where she wants to give birth What is the ideal environment for an Active Birth? The most important factor in the space you will be giving birth is that you feel safe, relaxed, and have a sense of privacy.

Active Birth – why is it better?

In my last Active Birth Workshop, I was asked this question. Actually, it was a father to be, wanting the best for the birth of their baby, who asked this question so thank you Thomas. Why should I have an Active Birth? For several decades I have been teaching couples the benefits of an Active

Healing Postnatal Herbal Bath

Hello all – this blog continues the theme of the perineum and healing after birth – I would like to share a very precious recipe with you for an amazing Healing Postnatal Herbal Bath. This miraculously soothing organic postnatal herbal bath will optimise your natural recovery after birth. I used to make this for women

Perineal Massage for the last month of your pregnancy

Can you tell me how to do perineal massage? Carrying on with the theme stimulated by Irene’s question – How to prevent a tear during the birth? – this newsletter gives you the method for the age-old tradition of perineal massage in late pregnancy. At the time, nature will provide all the lubrication and stretching

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

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…

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


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