Posts Tagged ‘natural birth’

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…

Melissa’s Birth Story: A beautiful Active Birth during lockdown

Melissa had an empowered Active Birth earlier in April, and we’re absolutely thrilled for her and her lovely family!  She shared her story in an email… — We welcomed our baby girl into the world at 2.50am, some hours after I had spoken to Janet the previous evening. We arrived at the hospital after my

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

Rachel’s Birth Story: Quick, Calm & In Control

I just wanted to let you know that we welcomed another boy to our family in December, weighing 3.6kg! The early hours of the morning he arrived were slightly unsettled with many trips to the bathroom and a bit of back ache (which I initially put down to having spent so much time in bed

Active Birth: The Next Generation

Lara’s very first encounter with Janet Balaskas and Active Birth was when she was born! Her mother, Jackie, had attended Janet’s pregnancy yoga classes, and Janet was there to help during Lara’s birth – which went beautifully. Fast forward 38 years and Lara is expecting her first baby. Of course her mum recommended Active Birth,

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

Nikki’s Birth Story: Don’t worry, you’re more prepared than you think!

We received this lovely letter from Nikki, who attended  the Active Birth Weekend, as well as Janet’s pregnancy yoga classes. Thank-you for sharing your calm, confident approach Nikki, and congratulations to all three of you!   — — — — — Hi Janet I wanted to write to tell you about the birth of our

Birth Story: Jen – A Relaxed, Positive Birth Experience

Jen attended our Tuesday evening Pregnancy Yoga classes with Lynn and a Couples Yoga class with Janet before giving birth to her precious son. She got in touch to share her relaxed birth experience…   I wanted to let you know that our son, Kieran Dominic, was born last Tuesday morning. Although it wasn’t quite

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