Some people view labour as a cruel trick of nature and as something that women ‘have to get through’ in order to have a baby. If there is anyone reading this that actually feels this way then we need to meet!
I firmly believe it is the most amazing treat a woman ever experiences.
When you think of having a treat, what comes to mind? Eating a chocolate bar, having a posh meal, being bought a bunch of flowers or date night with the other half?
“What on earth is that?”
This was my initial thought as I walked into my 3rd Ante-Natal class with Babies in Waiting (BIW); in fact I think a said that aloud. Today BIW had on display a prop which made me think tonight I was in for a lesson.
Going through the journey of childbirth is a daunting path into the unknown. For many people, this path starts you on a rollercoaster of emotions.
Many women enter with feelings of anxiety, and watching the majority of documentaries broadcast on television, who can blame them?
I too was led to believe that the birthing process is often an arduous and painful test for anyone to endure.
But I don't have a fear of bearing a child and the enduring task of nurturing a baby from initial conception... and nor will I.
Because I'm a man.
Motherhood, wow what an emotional rollercoaster and challenge it can be! Some days you feel at your wits end, exhausted and a bit of a wreck and at other points you feel like superwoman! I’m finding that that specific range of emotions can actually occur quite often and all before 9 am!
Wow- I feel a mixture of emotions after reading an article in the Guardian today entitled, ‘The secret life of a midwife: I feel like I work in a factory, not on a maternity ward'.
I feel sadness, admiration and motivation all at once and here’s why!
Hypnobirthing originates from a very particular philosophy. The female body is designed to give birth and the vast majority of women can give birth naturally, smoothly and easily. Only a small minority of women would fall under the category of a ‘special circumstance’ where more medical support or intervention would be required.
Babies in Waiting have been successfully holding their unique Pregnancy Relaxation Sessions for around four years now. Over the years, we have seen how the sessions have supported women positively during their pregnancy. We have noticed the impact that regular relaxation has had on enhancing feelings of wellbeing and confidence for birth. We thoroughly enjoy delivering the sessions and we know that they are a pleasant experience for the ladies attending.
1) You get to wear a much bigger bra than you ever thought it would be possible to wear pre pregnancy! Even if your maternity bra isn't the most glamorous, it's probably a good two sizes bigger than what you would usually wear. Embrace the boulder holders!
2) It is socially acceptable to nap in the day! Enjoy those beautiful guilt free mid afternoon weekend naps or maternity leave siestas. Savour every moment and indulge.