Posts in the ‘Birth’ Category

Birth Story No 26: Laura – The magic trio: yoga, breathing and affirmations

Laura attended pregnancy yoga classes and Janet’s Couples Yoga for Active Birth workshop, at the Centre. Here she shares how yoga, breathing and affirmations helped prepare her mentally and physically for the birth of her beautiful baby boy. I wanted to let you know I had a really positive birth experience, and think my yoga practice

Birth Story No 25: Imogen – Pregnancy yoga prepared me for labour

Throughout her pregnancy, Imogen loved the Active Birth Centre – attending Janet’s yoga classes and couples yoga, baby resuscitation with Bernadette and reflexology with Sophia. She also attended Lynn’s couples massage class at the Whittington. We were delighted to receive the news of the arrival of her daughter and are delighted to be able to

Birth Story No 24: Alice – The power of the breath in labour

There is nothing better than hearing how the techniques learnt during our classes and workshops contribute to positive birth experiences for our women and their partners. This note comes from Alice, who attended Janet’s yoga classes at the end of her pregnancy. Janet, I just wanted to thank you because the breathing technique and visualisation

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

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

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

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

A Labour of Love Part 4: The Dance of Labour – Mother and Baby

Essentially labour is a dance between mother and baby aided by the downward force of gravity. Now that we have some understanding of the physiology – lets turn to the protagonists. I believe it is essential that we think of labour starting in the final weeks of pregnancy when baby and mother are preparing, both

A Labour of Love Part 3: The Myth of Cervical Dilation

The concept of dilation of the cervix from 0-10cms during labour is unphysiological when we understand labour as a series of responses between mother and baby. It starts at the very end of pregnancy, when space in the womb is tight and the baby’s head starts to descend into the brim of the pelvis. Pressure

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