Mum's brain: what pregnancy does to a woman's brain after birth

Mum's brain: what pregnancy does to a woman's brain after birth

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/2V1BJe9

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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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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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PreNatal Yoga: When is a baby conscious in the womb?

PreNatal Yoga: When is a baby conscious in the womb?

The raising of a child begins within the nine months of pregnancy. Your state of mind and your relationship to the world are all transmitted to your child and becomes their foundation for life.  During pregnancy, you and your baby function as one. Bonding after birth is in fact just the continuation of the bonding process that began in the womb.

Let’s have a look from a yogic perspective on how your baby’s consciousness develops over their time in the womb.

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What is an Active Birth?

What is an Active Birth?

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.

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What sounds will I make in Labour?

What sounds will I make in Labour?

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.

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