Finding your way with birthing positions

Finding your way with birthing positions

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.

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Active Birth skills in Adelaide

Active Birth skills in Adelaide

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.

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Birth Story: Meet baby Lucas

Birth Story: Meet baby Lucas

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.

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Breathing in labour: involve your partner as your best coach ever!

Breathing in labour: involve your partner as your best coach ever!

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. 

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Fertility yoga and a woman’s moon cycle

Fertility yoga and a woman’s moon cycle

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.

 

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Birth Story: Meet baby Henry

Birth Story: Meet baby Henry

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.

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Using a birth ball?

Using a birth ball?

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.

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Reflections of a Midwife

Reflections of a Midwife

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. 

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Teaching Active Birth Skills

Teaching Active Birth Skills

Just completed teaching the three days yogababy Active Birth training with a wonderful group of yoga teachers and midwives. So much learning, exploration and discovery. Next training is PostNatal Yoga Teacher Training in May 18th -20th

Im also looking forward to going to Melbourne in May to the CAPEAs conference (Plant a seed, grow a village) to present a workshop to Midwives and Childbirth educators on Active Birth Skills. Also to be inspired by Virginia Bobro, Hannah Dahlen, Rhea Dempsey and Chris May and more! 

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