Midwives know that when a labouring woman feels safe, private and unobserved she will move unrestrictedly, make sounds uninhibitedly and will more closely follow her instincts. Making sounds during labour helps you to shift your consciousness into a deeper, calmer state of mind thus optimising your birthing hormones helping you labour more efficiently. There is also a physiological connection between the vocal cords and cervix.Read More
Like birth, yoga involves an intricate dance between control and surrender. In the Active Birth Yoga course you will work in a gentle and specific way, learning to move the body and access deeper levels of relaxation and release. Through the use of the breath and awareness of gravity you will remember how to let go, allowing your body's wisdom to guide you. If you can obey your deeper instincts you will surrender completely to the process of giving birth. You do not need to be taught how to give birth or how to behave during labour, your innate instincts will guide you safely towards an effective birth.Read More
So what is it like to do yoga with your crawler/toddler? This class is all about YOU! Let your child move around the room, safe from furniture or stairs whilst you focus on doing yoga. Your child will be happy socialising with the other children whilst you get to work on your Downward Dogs. It's special a time for you to observe your child meeting and communicating with other children. It really is the healthiest playgroup you can be part of.
We ask that you leave your belongings outside, water bottles up out of the way and snacks for after class. You can feed and cuddle your child anytime. When they are done with socialising we engage them in song and movement to include them in our practice. For children up to 24 months.Our next Yoga with a crawler/toddler commences on Monday 1st August @ 11.30am.
The stress associated with infertility can be lessened through adding the health-enhancing benefits of yoga to modern medical intervention.
Learning to de-stress is one of the benefits of attending a regular yoga class. The type of class I recommend to aid fertility is a restorative flow yoga class, a class where the body and mind learn the art of relaxation and pleasure.Read More
Just wanted to let you know our little man, Joseph Henry, arrived 16/1/16 (on his due date!) with help from our yogababy lessons! We had a wonderful birth and feel yogababy helped us achieve that. My waters broke 15/1/16 but I didn't go into labour until 16/1. I was in early labour for 4 hours, active for about 4hrs and pushed for 13 minutes. The labour was so quick that it was quite intense and my husband was very good at helping me count my breathing and letting me know how long I had to go before I had a break which was something we did with you. We also had nice music and lights dim in birth suite (made the labour room our own space which we also talked about with you) and I was holding on to him and swaying as standing was least painful for me (I gave birth standing) and a midwife walked in and commented how beautiful it was, that there was heaps of oxytocin in the room and that a baby would be born any minute!Read More
Learn about the Brain-Uterus and Brain-Breast tissue connection. Ina May Gaskin, famed alternative childbirth-educator and author of Spiritual Midwifery, taught husbands or partners of birthing women to stimulate women's nipples to aid contractionsRead More
Open your heart....A practice for birth....Imagine a flower… a flower special to you….one you love to admire…see the flower as a tightly closed bud…hold the image still…see the colour of the petals and how they are wrapped around each other...very gradually,Read More
I wanted to email you to give you my heart and body and soul-felt thanks. Our third child, Reuben, was born last Sunday night in what was the most phenomenal birthing experience of my life. And I'm not just saying it, your classes were absolutely instrumental in teaching me the skills and instincts that I have inside of me to have allowed that beautiful birth to take place.
Im delighted to be teaching at YIMI this Saturday 21st November. A pregnancy care – 1 day course suitable for teachers and healthcare professionals wishing to further their training, or for anyone wanting to enhance their personal practice and learn more about pregnancy yoga for their own personal enquiry.
To book or more information visit yimi.com.au
by Suzanne Swan
Have you ever found yourself experiencing any of the following feelings; anxiety, restlessness, digestive problems, hyper-vigilance, sleeplessness, lethargy, disconnection, dissociation, emotional flooding, hostility or rage. These are all symptoms of undischarged traumatic stress.
Yoga means to unite mind and body. It is well understood that past traumatic experiences are held as memories in the mind/body and may have been stored away from view for survival. Practising mind/body centring approaches like yoga can help to unravel past trauma without having to talk it out. Being asked whilst in a yoga posture to direct your attention and breathe into an area of ‘tension or numbness’ is a gentle approach to healing. Emotions stored in the body may release slowly as it is given an opportunity to continue the healing process that was previously interrupted: you may find yourself close to tears, crying, sweating, shaking, trembling and even yawning may arise.
Here is Jan’s experience of participating in the Active Birth Yoga classes with me. “Almost as soon as we began doing movements focussed on the pelvis, in particular circular movements, I became aware of how different my two sides felt. I could move easily and freely through the right side, whilst the left side felt "out of bounds" somehow. There was no pain, just a subtle resistance to "go there". Since the aim of the movement was to free the pelvis, I persisted and breathed as I rolled into the left side. Almost immediately tears began to flow uncontrollably and I had flashbacks of my first birth, the feeling of having been assaulted by medical intervention. As we continued with the pelvis-focussed exercises, I began to get an image of the cellular memory as being almost like a sack of fluid that had been tucked away deep in my body. Once I had opened it, I knew I had to deal with it to enable me to have a different experience for my second birth. I had a very powerful healing during the active birth yoga class, which not only healed my first birth on a deep level, but prepared me to have a very different and empowering birth experience only a few weeks later.”
Yoga is one part of the healing process that may also include debriefing your experiences with a trusted and significant other.
Jan continued processing over the days that followed the yoga class “Over the following days I continued to breathe into the area and do the gentle rotations we had been taught in class and bit by bit, I felt an emotional weight lifting off my shoulders. On the recommendation of Suzanne I consulted my osteopath who worked with me to clear the very deepest layers of what I perceived as this "sack". My osteopath confirmed my perception of a ball or sack of fluid that was trapped and was now open and ready to be drained and again unexpectedly, on a physical level this fluid felt like the remnants of the epidural, the immediate after effects of which I had perceived as triggering a huge detox reaction in my body at the time, with night sweats etc. As my osteopath worked with me to shift the remnants of this "fluid", I felt again the (albeit much lesser) trauma of the chemical detox. Once this was cleared the yoga moves both in class and at home facilitated the rest of my healing on an emotional level.”
Learn more about our Active birth yoga classes
Birthing a baby is an outstanding experience in your life during which you become acutely aware of your vulnerability as well as your power. It takes planning, preparation, a strong desire and a carefully chosen support team by your side to help you achieve this. With the overall caesarean section rate trending upward and now at 32.3% women are often working against the odds to achieve the birth they want in our risk- averse hospital system.Read More
Edith Dawn was born Thursday 26 June, 7:19pm, weighing 9lb 6oz, 58cm and a completely natural vaginal birth. This was amazing for many reasons- my size (I'm a thin women), condition (i had hyperemesis gravidarum my whole pregnancy), my low tolerance of pain, and issues with obstetricians prior to delivery.
Born at 40wks +11days we were on a race against the clock. I had a horrid time with obstetricians prior to Edith's birth, with doctors adamant to book in an induction from 39weeks with no medical reason besides scheduling. I was bullied, called a 'problem', informed many times i was killing my baby, and told because i had a birth plan i was setting myself up for a terrible birth. I was not opposed to induction, but did not want her scheduled before day 10 unless there was a medical concern- she will come when she is ready i thought. In tears and extremely upset from both my 39 and 40 wk appointments, Cheryl Sheriff, my doula from Ideal Births, picked up the pieces at a moments notice. I also drew strength from the wonderful support and encouragement of Suzanne Swan and fellow active birthing yoga ladies at Yogababy.Read More
Yoga could reduce the risk of expectant mothers developing anxiety and depression, according to the first study on this subject.
Stress during pregnancy is related to negative outcomes for both mother and child.
Premature birth, low birth weight and increased developmental and behavioral problems in the child as a toddler and adolescent have all been linked to stress. High levels of anxiety during pregnancy can also lead to postnatal depression, which in turn is linked to risk of the mother developing depression in later life.Read More
Amélie was not in any hurry to join us, she was due on the 13th November. However Sally was very keen to have an all natural birth.
Eventually after many false starts Sally had resigned herself to being induced on Saturday morning (30th Nov), we had had several sweeps which did move things along, just not enough.
She had been having contractions but apparently not strong or often enough. So after another sweep on Friday morning we went home, chilled out for a little, then went for a walk to try to encourage her out!
The goal of this guide is to begin a conversation that explains the components of traumatic birth, increases awareness, and promotes prevention. Through multiple professional perspectives, our hope is to begin to shed light on the symptoms, risk factors, treatment and prevention of traumatic birth.
A birth is defined as traumatic if the woman was or believed she or her baby was in danger of injury or death, and she felt helpless, out of control, or alone, and can occur at any point in labor and birth (Beck, 2004a). It is important to recognize that it is the woman’s perception that determines the diagnosis, whether or not clinical staff or caregivers agree. Even though physical injury to mother or baby often occurs during a traumatic birth, a birth can still be traumatic without such physical injury. Unfortunately, clinical symptoms of full diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur for mothers andpartners following a traumatic birth, the effects of which impact attachment, parenting, and family wellness.Read More
Between 25% and 34% of women report that their children’s births were traumatic, even though the staff and their support team may not perceive it that way. Birth trauma includes physical injury, danger, or death to mother or baby, or the perception thereof by the mother or partner. It also includes feelings of extreme fear, aloneness, disrespect, lack of control or helplessness.
The good news is that most traumatic birth experiences do not result in the syndrome of PTSD. The feelings (often called Post-Traumatic Stress Effects or Symptoms), associated with traumatic births usually fade in intensity, and become resolved with time, empathic listening, and support from key people in their lives. We may be able to increase the numbers of women who do not develop PTSD if we can identify those who have pre-existing risk factors for PTSD, and recognize when risk factors occur during labour. Appropriate actions, words, and continuous supportive attendance may reduce or reverse the symptoms and prevent PTSD. Seek opportunities for postpartum support and counselling; Private Counsellor Jane Campbell-Kaye - 3368 1300 or Birthtalk - 3878 7915.Read More
Because your baby deserves YOU at your best
For thousands of years, women in traditional cultures around the world have practiced postnatal health recovery using the self care techniques. The period immediately following the birth is crucial for a new mum’s healthy and confident transition into motherhood. It is surprising to realise that in western cultures, with all our advanced lifestyles and quality of living, we do not acknowledge the recovery time that is needed post childbirth and an honouring of the woman’s transition into motherhood.Read More
Baby Michael was born on 22 March, a week and a day after his due date. He arrived ten minutes after we got to the Mater, and 8 minutes after my midwife arrived! I only had four contractions in the birth suite and he was out, I was standing up and was very surprised to see him so soon. I'm not sure if the standing up delivery made it easier, or because it was my second baby, but physically I felt pretty good afterwards: no shock, no tearing, no shakiness. Michael was a healthy 3.7kg.
During the labour, which began at 4am with contractions 10 minutes apart (and stayed that way for hours), I thought I was coping well at home, and didn't feel the need to be in hospital. The difference between "coping" and feeling like "I need to go to hospital NOW" was really swift. Luckily my instincts kicked in (eventually!) and the traffic wasn't too bad. Michael was born at 10.44am. I'm not that fond of the hospital environment, so it worked out perfectly, in my view! We stayed our requisite 4 hours then were off home to relax and enjoy our new baby son.
Big brother George picked the "enthusiasm" card from the Pregnancy and Birth Oracle cards the morning his little brother arrived, and it was spot on - he has been nothing but enthusiastic about the baby. I have made sure that I give him one on one time every day, and this is definitely helping him adjust. There are times when he wants me to put him to bed, but I'm feeding the baby so Dad has to do it (and explain why) and he seems to get it.
Thank you for the Active Birth classes, I got a lot out of them (including a night off from toddler duties!) and it really helped me to be in the right frame of mind for the arrival of our new baby.
So, thanks again, and perhaps I'll see you at Mummy and Me down the track....