Childbirth is an exhilarating yet physically and emotionally challenging experience
Wanting to be a participant rather than a spectator at this most personal and transforming life event, we seek the ideas and the tools that can work with our body’s instincts to enhance and ease
the way to delivery.
Relaxation that specifically targets the inevitable adrenalin response
Persistent tension is unhelpful and zaps the energy we need to go the distance in the marathon. Learn to “Let Go....”
Positions for comfort that work also for gravity and power
In standing, in leaning, in sitting, in kneeling, in supported or modified squatting or using a fitball......let gravity do the
Breathing that equips you to “ride those waves”
No specific right way but simple, variable responses that use mental images to prompt a rhythmic breath focus to match one
contraction at a time; bookended with a breath out that says “I can....” and a breath out that says “I did....”
Distractions such as movement / rocking / music / heat / TENS
Movement that calms or movement that matches the power of the uterus; rocking that soothes, music to distract and lift
mood, heat that comforts and TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) - a hand-held unit that research shows reduces the need for an epidural to as low as 15% and the use of gas and
pethidine by a third to a half
Ways for those supporting a labouring woman to massage, to hold; to counterpressure specific hot
spots and to affirm a constant presence through voice and touch
What to do and what not to do; what to say and what not to say
Optimal positions and best mechanics for pushing your baby out
We were designed to “open and release” so what does that look like?
What if you’ve had an epidural?
So be “birthwise" and, as part of your labour preparation, spend a dedicated hour exploring and rehearsing in a very practical way with our experienced educators.
This hour long session will boost your confidence and resourcefulness for your special day. Come and equip yourself with the essentials.