After having false labour just a week and a half before I wasn't too sure I was in labour. I'd been having irregular contractions on the day of the 2nd of August and at 1.30am I woke up to a strong one, thought nothing of it and went back to sleep. At 4.30 yuri got up for work and I told him I'd been having contractions through the night but I'd let him know if they were regular and he went to work. I couldn't get back to sleep and realised I was having them every 10 minutes and they were 30 seconds long.Read More
The benefits of being upright include a reduction in the length of pushing time as gravity can help bring the baby, there is better supply of oxygen to the baby, the baby can get in a better position and less pressure on the pelvic floor. In the active birth classes we practice the positions that widen your pelvis.Read More
It was great to teach the Pre/Postnatal yoga teacher training to the teachers at Yogafusion in August. They will be at the Belly Baby & Beyond Parenting Fair at the Wayville Showgrounds 13th and 14th November promoting their Pregnancy yoga classes that will start in October.Read More
Overall I would describe my labour as “very slow but steady”. It turns out that baby Zoe didn’t fully engage/descend until right at the end, so I feel like I laboured without the usual pressure on the cervix. This meant for me the first stage of labour was about 16 hours and the active stage was almost 9 hours.Read More
Yogababy Kids yoga is a fun, interactive class involving movement & yoga postures, breathing & relaxation. Kids learn how to be strong and calm, bringing their attention to the qualities of joy, safety and connection. Suitable for kids aged 5 - 12 years.Read More
During labour, listen to, be patient and trust, your body will let you know what to do. I have found that while women draw heavily on the birthing skills we learn in the Active birth yoga classes, the one’s that cope well usually do more than what they have learned in class. They discover their own ways of adapting spontaneously to the increase of physical demand that active labour brings.Read More
In August Suzanne travelled to Adelaide to teach an Active Birth skills workshop to Midwives, Physiotherapists and Yoga teachers. During the day we looked at the benefits of movement during labour, use of resting positions to aid relaxation and up right positions for progressing labour. The pregnant body is amazing in its capacity to know exactly what to do if we are able to manage our mind’s responses. Exploring the key concepts of mindfulness and pain management was an enjoyable part of the workshop.Read More
Your own postural awareness and habits in your last trimester can potentially encourage your baby to lie with his or her back to your left front/side (occipito anterior) so that the baby's head engages in the pelvic brim in this position. This will increase the potential for a normal and straightforward birth.Read More
Labour started on the evening of Easter Sunday at 40 weeks + 5 days. We had the last 'event' planned, although I (in my mind) had been making plans incase bub came in the last week of the school term (Easter hat parades, etc). Family members were heading home as I was starting to get contractions - uncomfortable but manageable. They were happening about every half an hour for about 30 seconds. So we headed to bed early to rest before the big event. I felt excited yet nervous.Read More
Your partner can play a vital role in helping you to focus on your breathing during labour & birth. Your breath is your focus for assisting you to adapt to the sensations of labour. Here are three exercises can practice in the lead up to your birth experience.
1. Yogic breath: When you practice the yogic breath during contractions you will be signalling to your body that you accept the bodily sensations as healthy & safe! This will make all the difference between tension and relaxation.Read More
We know from ancient cultures, that a woman’s cycle is intimately linked with the moon. Our modern culture with its preoccupation with birth control devices and its emphasis on consumerism has tampered with the natural ebb and flow of a woman’s cycle.
In our Private fertility session with Suzanne we link your yoga practices to the moon cycle. When you understand the moon cycle rhythms and take the time to rest and replenish once a month, you will be recharging your creative potential and conserving your feminine powers.
After attending Yogababy pregnancy and active birth classes before the birth of my first son Frederick, I was certain I wanted to do the same with my second. Having had an induction for medical reasons with Frederick, I was a little more realistic going into my second birth about how even the best preparation can send you on a different path through labour to motherhood and meeting your baby.Read More
A birth ball is simply an exercise ball that helps baby to rotate in labour. In pregnancy it is good to strengthen & balance and in labour it can help strengthen contractions. It's good to sit with your knees slightly lower than your hips so your in an anterior position with the pelvis. You an then make figure 8, circles, rocking and swaying movements to open the inlet of your pelvis so your baby can engage in the last weeks of your pregnancy.Read More
I initially attended yogababy active birth classes during my first pregnancy. Whilst my partner and I were the first of our family and friends to have a baby, I was a graduate midwife who felt like I knew a lot about birth and the early days of parenthood. Then I attended yogababy classes. I felt like I had not learnt anything about birth! Suzanne guided us through a yoga practice that included explorations into pelvic awareness, the stages of labour, the fourth trimester, self care and massage.Read More
Over the past few months, I have been working with Jessica & Anna from Baroona Physio to help Hayley, a Yogababy student who has been experiencing pain during her pregnancy. Combining Physiotherapy & Yoga has helped her to find more freedom in movement and pleasure in her pregnancy. Here is her story.
Join us in our yoga classes to learn the art of relaxation! When the mind quiets down, the body follows suit and this is a particularly useful practice during pregnancy and at birth. It is thought that the the nervous system of an unborn child can be healed when the mother herself progressively relaxes her body and mind.Read More
Suzanne has just returned from the National CAPEA (Childbirth & Parenting Education Australia) Conference in Melbourne where she presented Active Birth Skills to Midwives from across Australia.Read More
I couldn’t attend any other antenatal classes, so I relied on the information I received in your classes, from my midwife and from the book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. I researched enough to have an "ideal birth intention" written down in bullet points on a page (not a "plan" as nothing ever goes to plan!).Read More
Suzanne was interviewed recently by ABC News, following a study in The Lancet Medical Journal about obesity and nutrition in women during pregnancy, and why changes need to be made during pre-conception.Read More