These are some ideas on how to cope with your CAESAREAN BIRTH that I have borrowed from other NCT teachers and from women who have shared with me ideas which helped them. Take pain relief when you need it. Some mothers prefer to cope with smaller amounts during the day but take bigger doses at … [Read more...] about Caesarean Birth Recovery Tips
"As the birth approaches you’re a bag of nerves, so you need to know your partner is ready to swing into action whenever he gets that call." That's what a big pregnancy and baby advice website is saying today in its advice for the final days of pregnancy. So you're a "bag of nerves", are you? I … [Read more...] about Final days of pregnancy
For the past few weeks I have been tweeting a short daily quotation from one of Ina May Gaskin's books. Today's was "Remember you have a real, live baby in there. Sometimes it's such an intense trip having a baby that you forget what it's for" It's from Spiritual Midwifery, and it's one of a series … [Read more...] about #inamayquote
We had a powerful home birth group meeting at midwife Carol's home this week (thank you Carol!) One mum told us her brilliant, inspiring and funny home birth story and we shared lots of information about issues from home birth after caesarean to midwives and biscuits. The next meeting is on 11 … [Read more...] about Great home birth group meeting!
I am very pleased to be able to offer a simple four hour course for couples which I call Skills for HypnoBirthing. It is NOT the full Mongan HypnoBirthing course - that takes about ten hours to deliver to a couple in their own home and I still offer that wonderful course. But it is a great … [Read more...] about SKILLS FOR HYPNOBIRTHING
I doubt I will be seeing the final film in the "Twilight" trilogy unless by accident. I didn't see the other two. The relative hotness of R-Patz and Taylor Lautner does not fire me (though as the mother of two pallid West London schoolboys I feel a slight patriotic pride to see girls swooning over a … [Read more...] about Childbirth as horror: Ten Twilight-Related Facts About Childbirth
I've kept myself rather out of the doula world this year. Too many worries at home mean I've cut right back on this, my favourite work, because the emotional burden is just too much; I know how to put boundaries between work and home life, sure, but as a doula one is shouldering the … [Read more...] about SHIFT CHANGE SYNDROME
With all my own labours there was a moment when I thought, What WAS I thinking? Why am I doing this? I want to stop! Now! I want to give up and start again tomorrow! Likewise virtually all my birth clients have had a "dark night of the soul" moment when they felt they could not possibly, possibly … [Read more...] about That moment when you feel you can’t go on…