Birth is an empowering right of passage for any woman and baby. What’s so incredible is that your body instinctively knows how to give birth and your baby knows how to be born. For me birth requires a mother to fall fully into the arms of trust. Trust in herself, her body, her partner (birth attendants) and above all trust in nature. And that is a big ask, a momentous initiation which is worth every breath.
Active Birthing focuses on the ways women can use their bodies during labour and birth to make the process as easy and safe as possible. The workshops offer a dress rehearsal for you and your partner to prepare and explore ways of responding positively to your body’s urges using body positions, breath, touch, smell and more. You will learn how capable of birthing your body already is and how actively your baby will be involved. You will discover how to optimise the cocktail of helpful hormones that will support you on the day by helping to relax your body, power contractions and minimise pain. During the day I share my personal birth experiences and I also share the stories of the many women I have been blessed to work with.
This workshop is designed for you to attend with your birth partner, so that he or she can learn more about the physiological process of labour and birth and discover how to support you in a number of ways. If an empowering birth experience with less pain, more effective contractions, shorter labour, lower risk of tearing, reduced risk of intervention and more oxygen to your baby sounds good, then active birth is for you.
I also know that on occasions mum or baby may need a helping hand. So I offer a broad range of information about the physiology of labour and birth and insights into common medical interventions and how best to use them.