Here is what my client Ruth says about her birth. Congratulations to Ruth and her partner on the arrival of their beautiful, calm hypnobirthing baby daughter! If you would like to know what "waves of relaxation" are - just book onto my next Wise Hippo course! Our little girl A. arrived on … [Read more...] about “Thank God for the “waves of relaxation”
What does the word "Alternative" mean to you? Does it mean something a bit whacky? Something you might try in a wild moment or if you were desperate for a remedy for an incurable condition? Here are a few uses of this annoying word which I've found on Wikipedia: Alternative comedy, a range of … [Read more...] about I hate the word “Alternative”
Click here to tweet this! If there is one phrase I hate hearing it is this: “And then the birth plan went out the window”. I have to say it is not usually uttered by MY clients because my clients don't write birth plans - they write birth PREFERENCES . The idea that you can plan birth is … [Read more...] about HOW TO USE MY FREE DOWNLOADABLE BIRTH PLAN
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
I've been busy the past week researching and writing the last essay for my NCT antenatal teacher's diploma and it is about "Informed Decision Making".Most of the essay I spent agonising over whether the educated, supported middle class mums in my classes had really exercised "informed decisions" … [Read more...] about Just sounding off about One Born Every Minute
Is the National Institute for Clinical Excellence being very naive about Caesarean birth? According to reports today NICE believes that its new guidelines allowing women to have free C/S for no medical reason - on demand, if you like - will result in fewer caesareans. What??? Which planet is NICE … [Read more...] about Caesareans for all? Why?
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