Guest Blog - Author: Jessica Mihalchick Is there someone who is about to be a new mama in your life? Do you want to send them words of encouragement, but don’t have the exact words that need to be said? Send her a link to this page! Dear Expecting Mama, As the days got closer to my birth experience, I felt a whole array of feelings. I felt happy that I was about to meet this ... Read More about A Letter to an Expecting Mama
Positive birth experience - not judgement on choices One of the biggest misconceptions about hypnobirthing is the idea that it is only for certain birth options. For example, some women have asked me if it’s for mums who are planning to have home births with no pain relief. My answer is that it is for ALL women and ALL birthing decisions and outcomes, this is at least how I work. It will also ... Read More about Positive birth experience – not judgement on choices
Where shall I give birth, what options are available? This is clearly only a question you can answer as I previously mentioned. But many of us don’t even research our options, I certainly didn’t, but we are all different and may find that we do not want to automatically go for what others are doing or have said is best. In fact, make sure that it is your opinion only that counts and not the ... Read More about Where shall I give birth?
Often it is not pain that is discussed when women talk about birth trauma (although it may have played a part) it is what was happening around them, especially with regards to whether they felt vulnerable and unsafe. It’s normal to feel vulnerable but you also want to feel safe which will have an impact on your experience. The questions to consider are: Did the birthing mum feel listened ... Read More about What constitutes birth trauma?
I have been very lucky to have been trained by Suzanne Yates, world renowned expert in shiatsu and massage techniques for pregnancy and birth and founder of wellmother.org. I recommend her book Beautiful Birth. Some useful massage or shiatsu techniques your partner can use that I’ve learned from Suzanne include: Bladder 67 (these are the names of the shiatsu/acupressure points) You can press ... Read More about Shiatsu points for use in labour