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Birth Story No 23: Liz – I turned my breech baby

At 38 weeks pregnant, and with her baby in the breech position, Liz was determined that she was going to get him to turn so she could have a natural labour. In my 37th week of pregnancy and my baby in the breech position, I had been to referred to UCLH for an ECV. The procedure

Pregnancy Yoga Posture of the Month: Eagle pose

Our pregnancy yoga pose of the month is Eagle pose (arms only) – a wonderful posture that releases the upper back from the extra weight in the chest area in pregnancy, as well as improving shoulder flexibility. Start by sitting in a comfortable seated position either legs wide or kneeling. Allow the weight to settle into

Pregnancy Yoga Posture of the Month: Upper Back and Shoulder Release Against A Wall

Our third pregnancy yoga pose of the month is Upper Back and Shoulder Release Against A Wall. Each of the poses this month are postures you can do with a partner which helps increase your stretch and helps you bond. Start by facing a wall, about your arm length away from it and feet parallel. Your partner

Pregnancy Yoga Posture of the Month: Child’s Pose Shoulder Release

Our second pregnancy yoga pose of the month is Child’s Pose Shoulder Release. Each of the poses this month are postures you can do with a partner and this one also uses a ball. Start by sitting upright in Child’s Pose. Whilst your partner holds firmly hold down your pelvis, place your palms on top of the

Birth Story No. 22 – Catherine: The power of Hypnobirthing when things don’t go to plan

Catherine attended Janet’s Pregnancy Yoga classes and, together with her husband Eoin, Janet’s Hypnobirthing Course. Here, Catherine shares the story of the birth of her beautiful baby girl, Niamh Aster McKenzie Parker. My waters broke on the Sunday, however I had not gone into full labour by Monday evening so had to be induced (on

Pregnancy Yoga Posture of the Month: Shoulder Anchor with a partner

We’ve got a treat for you for this month – not one, but three pregnancy yoga poses of the month! Each is a posture you can do with a partner and first up is Shoulder Anchor. Shoulder Anchor is a great posture for keeping you calm and relaxed during labour. Sit on a ball with

Birth Story No. 21: Ruth’s Active Birth

I was 3 days past my ‘due date’ and couldn’t wait to meet our baby. I was trying to remember that ‘the baby will come when she is ready’ but I hadn’t felt any tell-tale signs and thought I was in it for the long haul. To cheer me up, my husband and I decided

New RCOG guideline on the management of Breech births

The new Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists ‘Management of Breech Presentation‘ guideline has been published. This is the fourth edition of this guideline (first published in 1999) and substantially revises recommendations in the previous version which was published in 2006. The RCOG define the aim of the guideline as aiding decision making regarding the route

Laid-Back breastfeeding at the Active Birth Centre

Supporting mums who are struggling to breastfeed

Avni Trivedi is the Osteopath at the Active Birth Centre. Here, we’re excited to share the interview series she runs on her own website. I think it’s really important for practitioners to work in an integrated way, as you can address things from all directions and offer the most complete care to your clients. I

Birth Story No. 20: Anna’s calm home birth

There is nothing greater than hearing about the positive birth experiences of the wonderful parents we work with.  This lovely note comes from Anna who attended Janet’s yoga classes at the Active Birth Centre. I wanted to send you news of the birth of our daughter, Ava, and to thank you for all of your

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