One of the things I talk to the couples on my hypnobirthing course about is the importance of a birth plan. Or birth ‘preferences’ as I prefer to call it. The easiest way to explain its importance is to liken it to planning a wedding. Birth is like a wedding Your wedding day is seen as one of ... Read More about Is a birth plan important?
When I had my first daughter 3 years ago I fully intended to give breastfeeding a try, I knew it could be hard but I was adamant I wanted to give it my best shot. When she was born however, she had different ideas - she refused to latch. I tried for weeks to get her to latch but she just wouldn’t. I ... Read More about Exclusively Pumping: Top Tips
My husband and I attended our KGHypnobirthing course at around 25 weeks pregnant. Being a yoga teacher I went in open minded and ready to train my mind and body to have the most natural birth we possibly could. My husband is a “scientific fact” person, so he walked into the room a little less open ... Read More about Real Birth Story: Darcey and Matilda
One of the biggest things my couples (in particular the women!) tell me they don’t want from their birth is to tear (perineal tearing) or have an episiotomy (a cut). I mean, who wants to tear or be cut down there right? The way I look at it, although it is definitely less than desirable, sometimes ... Read More about How to Prevent Perineal Tearing
How does the mind affect birth? The mind has been likened to an iceberg. The part you see above the water is the conscious mind. You can understand it, see how big it is, and generally get to grips with it. It is, of course, the most wonderful tool that we are privileged to have at our disposal. The ... Read More about How does the mind affect birth?
Two of the main criticisms levelled against hypnobirthing are that a woman feels she has failed if she hasn’t achieved the perfect birth (whatever that may be), and that women are told they are not allowed to push which is unrealistic. The first thing about this is that the word hypnobirthing is ... Read More about Pain or Powerful?