What does a Birth Partner do?

Birth Partners play a valuable role in labour and birth, in making you comfortable and supporting you.  I share 6 things below that a Birth Partner can do to nurture your birth experience. 1.   Protect your Privacy & Birth Space Your Birth Space matters, it’s important you feel safe, comfortable and secure wherever you birth baby and that you’ve privacy.  Your birth partner can help create your birth space when you go into labour, protect your privacy and ensure you’re comfortable and have all you need.  You may like electric candles, aromatherapy and soft music in the background.  Discuss how you…

Protected: The Importance of Dignity in Birth

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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…

Yogalime Mums and Bumps Club

Introducing our Mums and Bumps Club. We had our first meet up last weekend and a jolly time we had too!  Sabrina, who is in her later stages of pregnancy shared that she really enjoyed herself and ‘it was great to hear the birth stories, tips on colic and feeling that there is a support network, knowing that everyone is going through the same thing.’ The Club builds on relationships forged in our Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga classes and has been created to bring women together, enabling experiences to be shared, learning, nurturing friendships and creating local support networks.  It offers an opportunity for mums…

UK Public Take to Streets to say #RefugeesWelcome

Thousands of people joined nationwide demonstrations in the UK yesterday, to send a clear message to the Government, that refugees are welcome to come to the UK. Images from the protest are shared in this video: There was great diversity in solidarity and it wonderful to see so many children, with their handmade banners and parents raising awareness of this issue and encouraging activism. On the same day there was a monumental victory for the left, as Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour Leadership election in the largest landslide victory ever seen at this level. Within a couple of hours of…

Pregnancy Yoga Classes at Yogalime

At Yogalime, our motto is ‘Give love to you’ and our Pregnancy Yoga Classes are restorative, loving and kind to mums to be.  Whilst we move the body in asana (yoga postures) to strengthen the muscles and joints, we will also be focusing on opening and relaxing the body and mind in preparation for labour and birth. In Ayurveda philosophy there is considered to be an energetic connection between an unborn child and a mothers heart.  Many of our practices will work with an awareness of this bond and help to nurture this connection. Pregnancy yoga has many benefits, and helps a woman to create…

The Exchange Project for Parents

I am excited to share news about the Exchange Project which has been running for 8 years, sharing items used in raising children between the ages of 0-10 years.  The idea is simple and it is beautiful.  Exchange items you do not need for items you do. We live in a world of excessive consumption.  The impact of our demands can be observed, felt and are lived globally for example with child labour, slavery, workers working in dangerous conditions, and the negative impact of production and waste upon the environment and nature.  This consumption is also driven by waste, our waste.  So…