Elements for pleasurable sex are needed for Birth

‘The Performance – Sex like Birth’ is a witty spoof video that turns modern concepts of child birth on their head.  If a man is placed in a brightly lit hospital setting and asked to have sex and climax but with frequent interruptions, examinations, whilst being observed by strangers and commented upon – how do you think he manages ? Yet women are often expected to birth their babies in exactly this scenario.  This video highlights the importance of the environment in labour and birth.  A dark, quiet, private place that feels comfortable and safe – what many need for…

Beautiful Home Birth of Nathaniel

Whitney and David very kindly share their home birth video of their second child, Nathaniel.  Many congratulations to them ! Whitney’s active home birth demonstrates how empowering being in a familiar and safe environment like your home can be.  Being at home is usually more relaxing and a space you feel comfortable in, without startling or uninvited interruptions – which can stall labour.  This helps to nurture the hormones required for labour to progress and enables you to focus your awareness inwards – baby is birthed not with the intellectual mind but with your body. Whitney uses many techniques that we share…

Deciding your Birth Preferences

Recently I suggested in our Pregnancy Yoga Class for ladies to think about writing their birth preferences, one expectant mum who was full-term asked “how do I do this, when my midwife and NHS antenatal classes have not mentioned it?”  I was surprised to hear this. Birth is unpredictable and no one can say with certainty exactly what type of birth you will have. However you have a number of choices.  For you to be able to make an informed decision and give consent, you need to have an understanding of what’s involved, the pros and cons etc..  It is then…

The Importance of Dignity in Birth

Whether or not you have a good or bad birth experience isn’t all down to whether you have your ‘ideal’ birth – it’s also about how you are made to feel throughout labour and birth.  Your relationship and experience with your maternity care-givers matters. The White Ribbon Alliance, a global organisation which demands the right to a safe birth for every woman highlights the importance of this relationship – Women’s experiences with caregivers can empower and comfort or inflict lasting damage and emotional trauma. Either way, women’s memories of their childbearing experiences stay with them for a lifetime and are often shared with other…

Birthing without Judgment

I really enjoy sharing Pregnancy Yoga with expecting Mums-to-Be. I encourage ladies to start classes early in their Pregnancy and continue throughout their Pregnancy, so that the practice becomes natural to them and they make it their own. Overtime, it has become apparent by some of the questions asked and the way in which comments are often made about birth – that women can hold much judgment about birth and anxiety about the ‘proper way’ to do it. Set yourself an Intention if you so wish. Try to let go of judgment of yourself and others. Let go of expectation….

Letting Go

In my earlier days when practicing a yoga posture, I began to notice that I held my breath, particularly if I was doing something that I found mentally or physically challenging. Your yoga practice can reveal much to you about yourself and how you respond or react to every day things in life. I recall asking my yoga teacher at the time about that and she kindly shared, that if I focused on the exhale, the inhale would naturally follow. It took time for me to understand what a powerful metaphor, this reality is. Recently I was thinking about drinking…

yoga breathing and fear

Yoga Bubbles and Fear

I started beginners swimming lessons last week and was so excited! I’ve tried to take to swimming several times before but have never had good experiences. Time passes and I thought, yes, let’s do this! Our first class involved placing our faces in water and blowing bubbles. Sounds simple, right? Yes, well…. as soon as I did it, the exhale came out super fast, panic and anxiety set in and fearful thoughts set off like colourful exploding fireworks. The worse being “I can’t breathe.” I came up, and thought… “This is about breathing, I understand breathing.” A big inhale and then…