Birth Fears

Birth Fears - we all have them to a lesser or greater degree.  Often one of the first thoughts a woman has after finding out she is pregnant is to then have the thought, "Oh, I've got to go through labour."

In class I always say right at the top of the first session, if you have fears, you need to get them out in the open, talk about them, deal with them, otherwise they can get in the way of labour.

There is evidence which has shown that the more fearful a woman is in labour the longer and more painful the experience will be.

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The Power of Pregnancy Yoga

As soon as a woman discovers she is pregnant, a whole new world opens up to her.  In the early stages it is the many changes your body goes through in a short space of time which can be quite overwhelming.  Without warning, you are feeling exhausted and possibly nauseous.  Then comes the myriad of appointments with doctors and midwives.  It’s a lot to take in, in a short period of time.

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A Mindful Life

The beginning of July saw the start of a mindfulness course in yoga and meditation. Each week, the group were taken through various practices in mindful movement and meditation, to help them engage more fully with their day-to-day lives. It has been a wonderful process, full of many insights.
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Understanding our Babies

The baby yoga classes are a wonderful way to get to know our babies through the fun of song and rhyme, as well as share what we have discovered about their developments or to talk generally around feeding or sleep issues. This can be so beneficial as a parent, as often we receive conflicting advice from Health Visitors or books and magazines that we read. So to hear how another parent has managed a similar situation can help enormously.
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Skin-to-Skin Contact at Birth

A topic that comes up quite often in class is that of skin-to-skin contact. Women are often keen to learn more of the benefits. In addition, women who have had a previous birth experience and missed out, are very keen to have the opportunity for skin-to-skin.
The benefits, as stated by the World Health Organisation, immediately at birth are:
  • Reduces crying
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