Your body instinctively knows how to give birth and your baby knows how to be born.
Usually, when a woman is undisturbed relaxed in a peaceful and private environment, birth progresses well, without complications. Our antenatal classes offer the best resources available to increase the possibility of a problem free, natural birth
We also know that on occasions mum or baby may need a helping hand. So we offer a broad range of information about the physiology of labour and birth, insights into common medical interventions and how best to use them, practice with labour and birthing positions, breathing and self-hypnosis.
Choose from these inspirational courses and classes to be fully prepared and confident for your birth and for life with your new baby.
Hypnobirthing for Active Birth Online Course with Janet Balakas
This is the most comprehensive birth preparation you will find, taught by highly experienced teachers. A unique Hypnobirthing course with all the expertise of Active Birth taught by specialists and founding pioneers.
The course includes one Sunday Session plus four weekly Practice Sessions starting the Monday evening after the Course.
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Dates don’t work for you? Another option is a private session
Private session with Janet: Private Sessions with Janet Balaskas can be arranged if you prefer to work one-to-one or one-to-couple, or if the dates for a course don’t work for you. they are held on zoom.
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Pregnancy Yoga for Active Birth
A great complement to our birth preparation courses, regular weekly participation in our yoga classes will give you the opportunity to deepen your practice and prepare for birth while you stretch and relax your body.
Pregnancy Yoga was invented at The Active Birth Centre. We offer regular Yoga classes for mums-to-be and their partners. This system of Yoga practice was pioneered by Janet Balaskas as a ‘body centred’ way to prepare for childbirth. Teach your body techniques it can draw upon effortlessly and instinctively in labour; learn about birth, and become stronger, more flexible and more relaxed; prepare your mind, and develop inner calm and confidence. There are 2 evening classes and one daytime class every week plus a couple yoga class every week.
Preparing for your Newborn
Lynn Murphy introduces parents-to-be to a new baby’s natural behaviour in the weeks and months after birth. Why do babies seem fussy? Why do babies cry? And why do they sleep for short periods? Learn how to calm a crying baby; discover more about ‘colic’ and how to relieve tummy discomfort; maximise the sleep your baby – and you – will get. Learn how to swaddle and if it is for you; learn how to carry your baby in a sling or carrier; and discover which baby products are worth buying. More Information.
Be Empowered in Your Choices:
Whether you want to give birth in a birthing centre, a hospital or at home; in water, on a bed, or on a birthing mat; our antenatal classes will help you to make the choice that’s best for you, and give you all the preparation you need.