The ability to squat with both heels flat on the ground indicates good pelvic movement for labour and birth. While relaxing is important, learning to untuck your tail bone will assist you to breath your baby out, letting gravity do the job rather than having to push your baby out. To learn to release the tail bone, we need to start sitting on our sit bones more, walk more, squat more and do more yoga! Learning to squat is a regular practice in our Active Birth Yoga classes.Read More
I had been going to the Yogababy pregnancy yoga classes ever since I was 20 weeks and had been loving them. It was such a beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning with some quiet stretching and meditation. I found that the stretches of the yoga kept my muscles flexible and supple throughout my pregnancy and I was able to avoid any significant back and hip pain.Read More
While an active birth involves the freedom to move and use upright positions, it is more than just positioning. “An active birth is one in which the birthing mother is in charge of her choices and decisions, thus enabling her to enjoy a productive and mutually respectful partnership with her birth attendants” (Janet Balaskas).
With this in mind any birth, whether natural or assisted, may be called an active birth.Read More
The theme was surrender - I found this time a lot harder than River’s birth because I was in my head more doubting that my body could do what it had done before and trying to force the surges to keep coming. Each time I broke down, gave up and surrendered they came at me like a tidal wave. I even had a sleep on the floor in my transition phase to be woken by an almighty surge calling me to get up and birth my baby.
It was amazing having all the knowledge we had learnt from our private session with you and watching it play out in almost an out of body experience, watching the birthing process take over.Read More
The skills you taught us, the education you gave us, the sense of humour you instilled in us, and the wisdom of readiness to accept whatever came our way - we just can't thank you enough. Your gift to the world is just incredible. Thank you. Those breathing techniques have come in handy during some major screaming baby moments too! xoRead More
Our son Kira arrived on 30th March, 2019. The labour was 22 hours with the last 5 hours in the Birth Centre. Straightforward, smooth and positive birth. I credit the Active Birth classes for an empowered birth experience. The sound work, positions and finding rhythm were directly impactful on pain management and endurance. Damien was phenomenal and I couldn’t have done it without him, he was with me for every step of the hospital stages. Our private session was an awesome foundation - thank you!
This July School Holidays come to Yogababy’s Kids yoga at the Kids Collective program at Roma St Parklands. 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. Please bring along a yoga mat or towel.
Date/s July School Holidays: Thursday 4th & 11th July
Times: 9:15am, 10:30am and 11:45am both days
Location: Children’s Garden Gazebo, Roma Street Parkland
So glad I did the active birth classes! Whilst I knew the theory, actually doing the practice was more beneficial than I realised... And so good to connect with myself and the baby (& give myself the time to enjoy the journey!). I was focusing on my breath and using rhythmic motions with my hands to keep my mind in the moment... and amazingly my daughter has been doing lots of rhythmic hand movements since being born. It’s like we really were dancing together as she was being born. So special!Read More
My partner was great - at home, he helped lift my tummy up during the contractions, I had an overwhelming sense of pushing my hips forward and holding my hands up high above my head during the contractions. Forty minutes after arriving at the hospital I gave birth on my hands and knees again. We had a natural normal vaginal birth - I’m really happy with how we ended up.Read More
I went into labour spontaneously at home at around 2:30am. At that time, I was 40 + 4 (in the middle of summer!!) and feeling ready to meet my baby. I was so pleased to go into labour naturally, as I was starting to get nervous about having to be induced. I remember being so excited when I felt what I was sure was my first few contractions and opened the blinds in my room so I could watch the sun come up on the day I expected my baby to be born. Contractions started 10mins apart and I tried to relax as much as possible using the breathing techniques for relaxation between each contraction. I used a lot of breathing and swaying in the early stages and the contractions built to about 5mins apart by mid-morning. I felt confident, strong and excited labouring at home.Read More
Pacha Light, ProJunior Women's Surfer. Pacha’s mum, Anja Light attended yogababy classes when pregnant and Suzanne was present during Pacha’s birth in Equador. She recently turned 18 and has been an active part of the Surfing and Environment movement since her early teens.Read More
Labour started naturally at home at about 1am on Sunday morning and we stayed home until about 1am on Monday morning. I started vomiting as the contractions were getting stronger and I just wasn't sure and confident with whether it was proper labour so decided to go in to hospital. I was in active labour when we arrived and all was good. After about 5am my membranes were broken at 9 cm dilated as the labour was slowing and not progressing for a while but other than that it was an all natural vaginal birth with no drugs. My partner was constantly reminding me to sway and move in the positions we learnt in the Active Birth Yoga classes as I kept forgetting and also he helped my noises to be low as they kept creeping up to those higher tones.
There is a good reason our brain's change in pregnancy. Evolution has created the perfect switch to keep us closely connected to our babies. Otherwise we may find some far distance horizon more appealing and leave our babies to fend for themselves. Relaxing into a more open and connected way of being is our challenge in a world wanting outcomes and demanding schedules. Read more https://bit.ly/2V1BJe9Read More
The midwives asked if I minded if my baby was born in the water. I said I didn’t really care where he was born. They were happy with that and said I had to get ready to meet my baby. The next contraction hit then while I was still kneeling over the edge of the bath. The midwife said to do whatever my body needed to do. They just asked me to open my legs wider to make room and keep my bottom down under the water. He was born in 5 minutes with maybe 3 pushes. No time for Lee to catch him as he shot forwards between my legs and I was able to bring him straight up out of the water onto my chest. Eamon was so calm and didn’t cry. He was just looking up at us.Read More
I meet women in the yoga classes who are having a healthy pregnancy yet find themselves with a diagnosis of Gestational diabetes and it’s not because they’re less healthy – it’s because the threshold for diagnosis has changed. Since 2014, more Australian women have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes than in previous years and compared to women in other countries. Please read this article for the facts https://bit.ly/2XHgJv7.Read More
The Obstetrician just made it in time as 11minutes of pushing later, our baby girl was in our arms.. I was thinking “my vagina is huuuuge” while she was crowning like you taught us! What a magical moment to meet her! “Read More
Thank you for providing an environment which develops and supports such belief in ourselves and our bodies, while also promoting physical strength and relaxation. I can honestly say my pregnancy and the birth were much easier for it. How grateful I am for having had the opportunity to attend Yogababy’s pregnancy and active birth classes.Read More
Going to hospital in established labour is recommended for first time, low risk pregnant mothers with spontaneous labours that have started at home. There is some great research that shows it is better to wait till you’re in established or active labour before going to hospital. You increase your risks of a Cesarean birth if you go into early. Attend a Active Birth Workshop with your partner to gain the confidence to stay home and manage labour and then go to hospital knowing you are in good established labour.
Yogababy and my amazing midwife gave me the skills, confidence and the determination to push through my labor when I was so scared that I couldn’t do it. The private Active Birth session my husband and I attended with Suzanne was so important too, as it gave my partner the knowledge and confidence to know what to expect and how to best support me through the different stages of labor.Read More