Sometimes when we’re dealing with people in a position of authority or someone who we class as more educated in a particular subject, we find it hard to question what they say. This is particularly the case with medical professionals. Doctors, midwives, obstetricians, nurses, and surgeons have all studied for years, not to mention having … Continue reading Use your BRAIN
It’s an analogy I use a lot when I’m teaching. We have to learn how to ride a bike and once we learn it we don't forget how to do it. It becomes natural to us. Birthing a baby is a natural act, but it’s not something we do often in life. Some people might … Continue reading Just like riding a bike.
Weddings are amazing. Such joyous, fun happy occasions. People think about them and start planning them from a very early age. Some people create scrapbooks and use Pinterest to collect ideas before they’re even in a relationship or engaged. It can be so much fun to get excited about a wedding. A lot of effort, … Continue reading Your wedding day versus your baby’s birth day
Stop telling pregnant people negative birth stories Everyone who has given birth has a story to tell. And, unfortunately most of the time they tend to share the negative side of their story rather than the positive. I’m not saying pregnant people are fragile but, especially if it’s their first pregnancy, they’ll naturally be experiencing … Continue reading Negative birth stories
The role of a birth partner is one of the most important roles during birth. This person should be continuously by the pregnant person’s side and on their side. Traditionally a birth partner is typically the baby’s daddy, but as we live in a very diverse world it can be a friend, a life partner, … Continue reading The SCOPE of a birth partner’s role during birth
Birth can seem pretty complicated. So I’ve created a simplified version in five steps. There is: One BOSS! The pregnant person is in charge, closely followed by the birth partner. There are: Two ways to be born: vaginally and abdominally. Abdominal births are by cesarean section, where the baby is born by a small incision … Continue reading Five Steps of Giving Birth
During pregnancy it is important to get as many nutrients and vitamins in your body as possible. Dates are packed with several nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, all of which may provide huge health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease. In a 2011 study, researchers had 69 pregnant women eat six … Continue reading Why you should eat dates during pregnancy.
In our society, birth has become extremely medicalised and it is amazing that pregnant people have so much support during pregnancy and birth from their medical team. This, however, has shifted the judgement, instincts and positioning of pregnant people and their birth partners within the birthing hierarchy. It is important to bare in mind what … Continue reading Birthing Hierarchy
When I was pregnant, my doctor, friends, family, and even strangers - took it upon themselves to tell me negative birth stories. My gynecologist kept telling me how big my baby was and seeing as I’m not such a big person, how was this baby going to come out of me? Would my birth story … Continue reading My hypnobirthing journey