Birth is a woman’s right and how she chooses to go through her pregnancy and how to give birth should always be in her control. If you're on your first pregnancy, no doubt you have been reading countless books, been getting advice from medical professionals and recommended by family and friends what you should do.
Each week we like to share a video with you.
This week I want to share this amazing explanation as demonstrated by Liz Chalmers.
If you are expecting a baby in the next few months and you’re looking for a calm and positive birth experience, then book yourself onto our Group Hypnobirthing Classes on Zoom or do a home study Online Antenatal Course, as part of our Full Membership package.
The expectant mum and her birth partner will learn practical tips to stay relaxed, focused and positive in late pregnancy, labour and birth and they will come away completely informed about the possible scenarios that may arise during labour; so that they know how to make decisions wisely that are right for both mum and baby.
The crux of hypnobirthing is about becoming more mindful about your body and your baby. Look at the journey you have been on so far in your pregnancy. How many amazing things – miracles really – have happened up until this point? It’s mind blowing!
Your body intuitively knows how to grow that little person within you. A tiny human being is developing and growing each day. Whilst you go about your day, nature knows the exact order and process in which to allow your baby to develop. For women who go into labour spontaneously, this happens at the right time – when your body and baby are ready for the next chapter. Your cervix will ripen, soften and open. For nine months, these muscles have remained tightly closed - to keep your baby protected in the uterus. In early labour, they will dilate to make way for your baby to gently make his way down into your pelvis and birth canal.
Maybe this is your first pregnancy and you're scared because you've never been through it. How do you even begin to imagine what it is going to be like? Do you wonder if you'll know what to expect and how you're going to feel during this experience?
Have you been through labour before? Was it not what you expected. Did it not turn our how thought or wanted? Are you looking for a better experience this time?
If you are looking to get dad up to speed with all things pregnancy and labour, or you are a birth partner seeking to get better informed about what to expect from pregnancy labour and birth, we have four books that we recommend for you to read:
Putting your birth plan together can sometimes be confusing. What are you supposed to include. Here are some things you can think about to help formulate your ideal birth plan:
“Home birth remains an acceptable alternative to hospital birth for low risk women who have midwives to assist them, and that such care leads to far fewer medical interventions without sacrificing safety.”
From Ina May Gaskin’s book - Birth Matters
Find out more about planning a home birth - http://www.homebirth.org.uk/
For hypnobirthing classes in Romford, Essex, visit our Book Now page.
It really is up to each mother, and the circumstances surrounding her pregnancy, as to which way she may want to give birth. There are two options for giving birth: a vaginal birth after Caesarean section (VBAC) or an elective repeat Caesarean section.
Most women can have successful VBACs without any complications. However, one of the risks that you will hear a lot about is uterine rupture. This is when the scar along the uterus from a previous C-Section opens during a vaginal delivery. It is very rare and affects less than 1 percent of pregnant women, but it is important that you know this risk.
Affirmations (meaning statements said with confidence about a perceived truth) have helped thousands of people make significant changes in their lives. We use affirmations in pregnancy and labour to help feel more positive about the upcoming experience.
An affirmation can work because it has the ability to program your mind into believing the stated concept. This is because the mind doesn't know the difference between what is real or what is fantasy. There are both positive and negative types of affirmations. I'm sure many of you have been told certain things about labour; how it is or how it might feel. But why does this have to be that way for you? Any unwholesome statements that we have heard can stay with us in the conscious or unconscious mind, which we then reinforce throughout our pregnancy.