Birth Story

I’ve written about my second birth story, rather than my first, as a) it’s more recent and b) there is more of a ‘story’, because I was under a lot of pressure to be induced. I will share my first birth story one day, but actually after a few hours of contractions it all happened […]

Refusing Induction

The pressure for induction began around 25/26 weeks of pregnancy. My bump was measured at that date and my daughter was showing as small so I needed to get checked at hospital.  I had to have some steroid injections as I would likely be induced early and baby’s lungs would need help to develop. I […]

Love is the Drug

Love is All You Need (Mostly) In my classes we talk a lot about the importance of oxytocin, and the effects adrenaline can have upon this hormone during labour and birth. In the most simple terms we want to help the oxytocin keep flowing, and the adrenaline levels to remain low. Adrenaline spikes can be […]

The Finer Details

Details, Choices, Decisions Where to begin with planning the details for your birth experience? You have SO many options surrounding your birth experience. And please remember, it is an experience, one you will likely remember for the rest of your life. It isn’t merely just a medical process to jump over or cope with, and […]

Informed Choices

Informed Choices for Childbirth It’s very easy for me to simply say: when you are in labour relax, try to breathe, your body knows what to do. Yes, I have been there in your shoes, with aching feet and ankles, possible a size bigger than they were pre-pregnancy. I have experienced pregnancy, been through labour […]

So Why Write a Birth Plan?

Guest blog about the importance of a birth plan, written by Zoe of Bumps to Bubbas  – MummyNatal, BabyNatal and First Aid Classes in Worthing, West Sussex. Find out more about MummyNatal classes in Manchester and Stockport here. “What’s the point in writing a birth plan? Everyone I know says that they aren’t worth the paper that […]

8 Reasons to Love Your Birth Ball

[twitter_follow screen_name=”Mindful_Blogger”] Birth balls are used in every MummyNatal class. MummyNatal teachers are specifically trained and insured for using them in antenatal education. But quite often clients enquiring about my antenatal classes haven’t used or heard of a birth ball. Some clients have them from previous exercise routines and haven’t realised with guidance they can be […]

17 Things NOT To Say…

Silence is Golden… But Not Always a Given! So my awesome internet friends (not usually fans of silence it has to be said) have come up trumps again and miraculously haven’t got tired of me stealing their thoughts. Now for this blog, they share with me the most bonkers, weird, inappropriate things said to them […]