This is a great time to be having a baby, and so exciting to start thinking about and planning your birth and postnatal journey. We plan meticulously our nursery, what buggy we want, perhaps local groups to join after your baby is born.
But as a mum of two I can say that the best thing I did was join an antenatal class when I was pregnant, and I made such good friends who have become my lifeline of support as a new mum.
A hypnobirthing course with me, a mum, midwife and passionate antenatal teacher is a all rounded course. You will learn not just what to expect from labour and birth, but how to enjoy the first weeks and months with your new baby. You will make friends and find an immediate support group.
With our group course dates just released, take a look at what dates might suit you. I recommend your birth partner joins too as many of our dads have come away feeling really confident about how best to support you in birth. They also make their own friends in the group!
Think about taking a course anytime from 20 weeks but most expectant parents take a course around weeks 28-32.
Lancashire Hypnobirthing classes take place in Leyland just off the M6 so easily accessible for parents traveling from Blackpool, Preston, Chorley, Wigan, Standish and Blackburn.
Have you completed some birth preparation, either online or in person but feel that your birth partner needs something MORE to include them? Create the bond that makes you an AMAZING TEAM for labour and birth.
This workshop will include so many practical techniques, so your birth partner knows exactly how best to support you at ALL the stages of labour
They will be actively involved
and they will feel IN CONTROL
THIS MEANS YOU WILL FEEL EVEN MORE IN CONTROL!!!!!
We will cover massage for labour, rebozo, active birth positioning and some simple relaxation techniques for birth
Please note though that this is not a full hypnobirthing course which is the gold award choice for positive birth prep…but this will enhance any birth preparations you have already made. It is also great if you are nearing your birth date and need a further positive boost.
Join Sarah & Alice for a new Pregnancy Yoga class in Preston for Trybe Yoga
Prepare your mind and body for birth using gentle highly-effective practice for expectant mums. Combining yoga and hypnobirthing for all you mamas to be. You will leave feeling deeply relaxed and calm.
This is a small and intimate class limited to just 16, where you can create a community. Connect to people in the same boat as you, as well as practice techniques to prepare you for birth.
Sarah Sergeant-Smith combines strengthening postures to build stamina for labour and stretches to create space within the body for your growing baby, helping you feel more comfortable. Alice du Preez then brings in hypnobirthing breathing, meditation and visualization techniques to empower you for a calm and prepared birth.
There is absolutely no experience necessary to join this course – the first class starts Thursday 14 March and will run at the time of 7.30-9pm every week.
Do you know that your baby receives Oxygen from her cord after she is born and that it keeps pulsating for anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes. She has two arteries taking away carbon dioxide and one vein giving her oxygen from you.
How long your cord pulsates for partly depends on whether you choose to have an active or physiological third stage of labour, and you may be recommended and offered to have an active third stage of labour if your labour has been long, you’ve received oxytocin to bring about contractions or if you are at higher risk of bleeding after you’ve had your baby.
Active birth of your placenta
With an active management of the third stage of labour (birth of your placenta) the oxytocin and possibly ergometrine drugs that you receive by injection can stimulate quicker separation of your placenta from your uterus and so your cord stops pulsating sooner. That said your baby receives the oxygen she needs from you, provided the cord is not clamped before at least one minute of age.
Natural birth of your placenta
Ideally your cord if all is well your cord can be left to stopped pulsating naturally, and your placenta separate naturally. Bleeding rates are reported to be the same in low risk births with physiological and active management. Your birth partner can cut babies cord when you feel ready. Ideally for physiological third stage your baby stays attached until your placenta is born! Or you can choose a lotus birth where you keep your placenta attached to baby until the cord drops off (with the help of lots of dried lavender!). For cord clamping you can choose to have hand ties rather than plastic clamps, which are lovely and soft…check out the very talented Umbical cord ties by heartstrings at ://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1431294533778523&ref=content_filter
With meconium stained liquor your baby may need some additional support to start breathing at birth, and so this may indicate cutting the cord sooner. However some specially designed side tables are being created at top hospitals to aid starting neonatal resuscitation (giving baby her first breaths to expel fluid from her lungs) while she is still attached to the cord (thus still receiving oxygen).
What your midwife will do is assess immediately at birth how responsive your baby is. She will look at your babies colour, tone, reflexes and if your baby is starting to breathe. The first step, if your baby is not already breathing and active, with the cord still providing oxygen to baby as attached, is to vigorously rub baby down, rubbing toes, hands and body to stimulate the first cry. This cry helps your baby expel any fluid from her lungs, and if meconium stained liquor was present, get rid of this from her lungs. Your baby will then be breathing by herself.
If your baby doesn’t show signs of wanting to cry or react to the rubbing then your midwife will cut the cord, and will call for some additional help. This is by a buzzer that brings help quickly and can sound quite scary but more people = strong team.
If your baby doesn’t immediately cry
Your midwife will then take your baby to a warm flat surface, and with an additional rub down with assess babies colour, tone, breathing and heart rate as well as reactions. If there was a lot of meconium present at birth your midwife might suction some of this from babies mouth, before giving inflation breaths. These breaths are long slow breaths designed to inflate babies lungs and expel more fluid. After 5 of these, we would hope to see your baby starting to breathe by herself. Sometimes some babies need a little more time to come round, and we continue with shorter breaths for 30 seconds until we see baby pinking up and breathing herself. More rarely and if a baby has had a tougher birth, babies need more support with breathing and these breaths given by us to maintain babies oxygen levels need to continue.
It’s important to remember that not all babies are born crying immediately and its normal for baby to take a little time to transition from being in the womb. Also your baby might be born a little blue and floppy but we expect by 5 minutes your baby to be nice and pink and alert.
Meconium stained liquor can mean your baby needs a little additional support too when she is born, often just an extra rub down or a few more breaths-that pesky poo!
Any questions or if anything happens in birth and you want to know more about your babies transition to this world ask your midwife or get in touch xxx
Gorgeous new birth story from Amy and her partner Gary. Amy didn’t expect to hypnobirth, she hadn’t actually been to any antenatal or hypnobirthing classes. What she DID DO WAS TRUST in her body and herself, and she listened in labour and took on board everything I could share with her during the time of her induction of labour, before her active labour started. In that time we talked through active birth positioning, calm breathing, massage techniques and the process of birth. She took it all on board and bossed her birth! Amy, you remained beautifully calm and in control, you made the right decisions for you at every step, and it was such a priviledge to share your birth. Gary you were wonderful too, your hand never left Amy’s back and you were with her every step of the way! Congratulations both of you, you should be so proud of what you’ve achieved and your beautiful little girl.
We have just two spaces left on our next Hypnobirthing course at Studio One Yoga Studio in Leyland. We have a fantastic Sunday Special too!
In this beautiful venue you will get time for YOU to relax, settle into your babies rhythm and learn all about birth.
Connect Hypnobirthing combines knowledge with breathing to create POWER. You and your birthing partner will come away with all the tools to prepare you to have a calm, confident birth. More than that you will enjoy the remainder of your pregnancy more as you relax into each day with positive practice and know how to stop the horror stories!
The course includes loads of treats for you and for baby, as well as continued support from me right up till after your baby is born. We also have get togethers with babes in arms to make a supportive team of new friends around you.
There are not one, not two but six audios you can use to support your hypnobirthing breathing practice and to use in labour.