Antenatal & Postnatal Workshops
Active Birth Preparation Workshops
Do you feel prepared for birth?
Have you written an informed birth plan?
Do you know your rights and the choices you might be asked to make?
Would you like to know about birth physiology, and what will happen to your body and to your baby during birth?
These are a few of the things we talk about during my Active Birth Preparation Workshops, but we cover so much more as well. We cover coping mechanisms (pain relief), such as TENS, aromatherapy, massage, breathing, water, affirmations, and yoga. We also cover the benefits of upright birthing, hormones in birth, birthing positions for the various stages, we break down the stages of labour and birth and discuss them in detail. You will work through a 50 page manual, covering all of these topics, plus lots more.
Did you know that birthing in an upright position can open the pelvis up to 30% more?
There are a huge amount of benefits to upright and active birthing, here are a few more…
- 25% less likely to have forceps or vacuum assisted birth
- 25% less likely to have an episiotomy
- 54% less likely to have abnormal foetal heart rate pattern
- 29% less need for an emergency caesarean birth
Groups 1 full day, approx. 6 hours
Please enquire for details about up and coming group sessions
Private sessions in your home 2 x 3 hour session
Postnatal Planning Workshop
I’m sure you’ve thought about writing a birth plan, but how about a postnatal plan?
People often focus on the birth, but less thought is put into what happens when the baby arrives. Don’t get me wrong, the birth is really important and requires lots of attention, but so does the postnatal period.
Those early days can be tough, confusing and you might feel overwhelmed. A lot of parents tell me they didn’t feel prepared for the reality of a newborn baby.
I bet you’ve thought about buying pretty outfits, cot’s, and various other baby ‘gadgets’! I imagine someone has showed you how to change a nappy and make up a bottle, but there’s a lot more to think about, including relationships, support and your emotions.
There is a lack of postnatal support in this UK. I believe this is why the rates of postnatal depression and anxiety are on the rise amongst pregnant and postnatal people. With a little planning and preparation, we can work towards a happy, informed and exciting postnatal period. Let’s try to create some happy memories of such a special time!
During this workshop we will write a postnatal plan together, so you will be confident and excited as you step into parenthood, and you can leave the anxiety behind.
Here is a brief overview of the topics we will discuss…
- What to expect physically, emotionally and recovery
- Feeding plans
- Your support system
- Roles and responsibilities
- Sleep and rest
- Physical recovery
- Feeding your family
- Your romantic relationship
- Debriefing the birth
- Honouring your placenta
- Parenting from the same page
- Mental health
- Postnatal diets, exercise and health
Details to follow