Preparing for birth can be pretty daunting, especially if the image you have of birth is coming from movies or T.V. shows, where the focus is on drama and captivating an audience with an edge of the seat story line or if all your hearing are the horror stories from Mary down the road. Just breath let them pass and know that you can have a positive experience. Regardless of what others may think.
We know that birth comes in all different shapes and sizes and we know that birth by it’s very nature is unpredictable. We also know that you can prepare for birth and things may not go the way you hoped for and that is ok. A positive birth doesn’t mean a natural vaginal birth with no pain medication. A positive birth is how you define it.
It would be much easier for us to prepare for birth if we knew exactly what was going to happen and when it was going to happen. But we don’t. As our famous quote from GentleBirth Workshops go, we really can only “control the controllables”.
What does this really mean? Have a think about what you really have control over…………. Your breath, your thoughts, your actions, your focus, your response and how you prepare for labour and birth.
Taking a GentleBirth Workshop helps you and your birth partner to prepare for birth and stack the odds in your favour of a positive birth experience. A positive birth experience is one that is defined by you not by me or GentleBirth or poor Mary down the road.
Have a think about what does a positive birth experience mean for you? It goes without saying that all moms will respond with having a healthy baby, but what else means positive for you? How you were spoken to? knowing your options? The environment? The staff? Were you consulted? Was consent given? What else can affect your experience?
You will be confident in knowing that the information provided at a GentleBirth workshop is evidence based and has a science edge to it and it’s not uncommon to hear birth partners get excited and looking forward to birth as they leave the workshop.
GentleBirth effectively uses:
- Hypnosis for birth
- Mindfulness – which helps to build your focus and resilience
- Sport psychology to really get your head in the game
- Cognative Behavioural Therapy to help challenge those thoughts and gain a greater understanding of where they are stemming from
- Brain science – understanding that our brain pathways changes all thanks to those lovely pregnancy hormones.
During a workshop we will also go through;
- Your labour bag and what you can use
- Using the GentleBirth App for mom and birth partner!!
- Acupressure points
- Upright positions for mom during labour and birth
- Pain relief options – medical and non medical
- The important role of the birth partner
- Key questions to ask your care provider
- Breathing techniques
As a mom and a doula I will also share with you other tips and information that may be relative to the workshop.
Your birthing experience will stay with you forever, if you want to do what you can to make it a positive experience and prepare as best you can, you can book into one of my monthly workshops by following this link P.S. ( Mary from down the road won’t be there 🙂 !!
If the dates I have scheduled don’t suit, please contact me and I would be happy to arrange a private workshop at a more suitable time.