Yoga inspired birth positions and breathing techniques have helped so many women cope with the hours of labour; now your partner can also learn how to support you physically and emotionally and play a part in this life changing event.
Taught by Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula, Carrie Jeff, this workshop combines childbirth education with hypnobirthing principles, yoga and meditation techniques to prepare couples physically and mentally for birth.
Feeling safe and supported during labour is vital to how your nervous system responds. The hospital midwife will not be there for every contraction you have. They have other women to support and have paperwork, blood pressure, baby monitoring and other tasks to get through. Your emotional support comes from your own birth partner.
Having a partner who understands this, who can help you with breathing techniques for the different stages of labour, offer you massage and give you physical support to get into different labour and birth positions means that you can concentrate, stay grounded and focused and in connection with baby.
Your job is to dilate and open and a calm birthing environment will help you achieve this. This workshop is aimed at providing you and your support person important information on how to do this, allowing optimal positive hormonal release.
Endorphins are our own reserve of pain killers, designed to help us cope with the power of birth. We discuss Hypnobirthing principles, and how birth partners can help you tap into these powerful hormones. Your birth partner will learn the signs of labour and when the right time is to go to hospital. For many women, a lot of early labour can be done peacefully at home in your own environment. These relaxed, informative workshops are designed to give you and your birth partner an overview of what to expect from labour and how the birthing body works.
You will be given the opportunity to build confidence to enhance your birthing experience, in a small and supportive environment. Each birth takes its own course, learn how to trust your body, your baby and the process of birthing.
You will learn about the body’s natural coping mechanisms and how the body is able to open easily during a hormone led birth. Most of the natural birthing process is undertaken by the primal brain centres. The female body and brain is designed to give birth with little input from the rational, analytical cortex.
Studies show that being upright and active in birth leads to a faster, less painful and safe experience for both mother and baby.
Some of the topics covered:
● HypnoBirthing principles
● Yoga inspired labour and birthing positions
● Movements that support the birthing process
● Breathing for labour
● Helpful massage for labour
● The role of the brain and nervous system
● The role of the support person
● Stages & Hormones of Labour
● How to create a calm birthing environment
● Positions for optimal foetal positioning
● How to use a Rebozo for comfort during labour
● Spinning Babies techniques
● How to trust your birthing body
● Meditation and visualisation
The workshop is open to anyone in their third trimester (ideal time to attend this workshop is between 32 and 38 weeks) and their birth partner. Taught by Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula, Carrie Jeff, the course is also an opportunity to ask questions about labour and birth in a safe environment, meeting other couples also on the same journey as yourself.
Your body knows instinctively how to give birth and your baby knows how to be born. In most cases when a woman is undisturbed and can relax in a peaceful and private environment, birth progresses well and without complications.
Today’s modern lifestyles, however, do not always provide opportunities for the body to become flexible and strong, or to feel comfortable and relaxed in upright positions. This is easy to remedy in pregnancy, when your body naturally softens and becomes more supple and hormones are preparing you for birth and mothering.
We recommend that if possible you attend regular yoga classes involving gentle stretching: you will get to know your body and learn new postures, and you will be able to respond to your body’s signals when you are in labour.
Handouts and meditation mp3 recordings are also included with every Active Birth Workshop.