Hypnobirthing

What I Wasn't Told About Breastfeeding!

Gemma Jade | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Jade

Looking back, I wish I had known these things to help make me feel "normal" instead of having people tell me to stop and give up because I wasn't giving my baby what he needed when in fact he put on lots of weight very quickly and is a healthy and happy baby!

Britain's Weirdest Pregnancy Cravings Revealed

Emily Street | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

I've heard it all, from ladies who tell me how desperate they are to drink blood to those who also end up with cravings for certain smells, like creosote on fence panels or for the aroma of their pet's feet.

What Working With An Independent Midwife Taught Me About Working With My Body

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

As my youngest daughter approaches her eighth week on this earth and I feel as if the waves of hormonal emotions are levelling out, I've been enjoying taking the time to reflect on all that Aluna Grace's birth brought earth-side. It's really quite amazing when I think about it....Ooh, there go the tear ducts...again....

Is the £3000 Maternity Grant Democratizing Good Quality Care?

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

he number of women whose husbands essentially control the purse strings and need for those women to make the case for superior healthcare who are unsuccessful. It's not just about having the disposable income, but also having to justify why you should want or why you need this type of care when it's available for free.

Birth: Let's Lose the Fear

Deborah Pryn | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

Many people told me their horror stories of birth. Many people rolled their eyes or laughed at me when I said I wanted a homebirth for my first baby. Many people told me I was being naieve or foolish. And many people close to me thought I wouldn't be able to do it: that I wouldn't stay at home the whole time, not for my first baby, or that I wouldn't cope without strong pain relief.

Being in the Smug Set

Karen Hall | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Hall

In my role as fully paid-up member of the smug set, I like to empower parents and share information and strategies that they can use to make decisions that feel right for them at the time. I don't believe that having a good birth is the luck of the draw, but nor do I believe that your baby's mode of exit is really cause for smugness of any kind.

How Hypnobirthing Is Taking the Fear Out of Childbirth

Kirsteen O'Sullivan | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Parents
Kirsteen O'Sullivan

Fear can hold us back in all aspects of our lives and childbirth is no different. If you expect a difficult birth, you're much more likely to get one. If you are positive and have the right tools to help you cope, you're much more likely to have a good experience. In a nutshell, that's what hypnobirthing is all about.

Einstein the Hypnobirthing Practitioner?

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

While we may be the most intellectual of the species, when it comes to primal acts such as giving birth, we only have to look at the ease at which other mammals give birth. Calmly, comfortably and without fear to know that they can probably teach us a thing or two.

What's the Difference Between Meditation, Self-Hypnosis and Relaxation?

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

Conversations I have had in the past about the difference between relaxation, self-hypnosis and meditation have always been slightly perplexing. As the universal benefits of all three: reduction in stress, anxiety and low blood pressure were all cited as the reasons pregnant women should choose one discipline over another.

Hypnobirthing and Self Love: Pass Me the Sick Bucket

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

The idea that you take yourself off of the hamster wheel for a minimum of fifteen minutes every day - even if you have to break that time up into three five minute sessions - and just breathe. I mean come on, who can't fit five minutes into their schedule to just stop?

Can Fearne Cotton's birth Change The Way We View Hypnobirthing?

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

The more women who hear Fearne talk about her experience, the more they will be moved to see how they can prepare for their birth which creates a huge opportunity for all hypnobirthing practitioners to explain what hypnobirthing is really about.

It's Time to Take Our Breasts Back

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

Of course I totally support women who prefer to wear breastfeeding bibs to cover up when they are feeding. But it still begs the question, why do they feel the need to hide their breasts when they are simply keeping their child alive by feeding it?

Denying the Pain of Labour Is Like Denying the Pain of Life

Nadia Raafat | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Parents
Nadia Raafat

Childbirth is the most profound experience in a women's life. It is awesome, challenging, brutal, visceral, joyful, transporting, awful, deeply physical, incredible, powerful, at times, calm and in-flow, at other times all-consuming and over-whelming.

10 Reasons Why Hypnobirthing Will Help You Homebirth

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Parents
Suzy Ashworth

Being in an environment that feels familiar is a huge plus point when it comes to feeling safe. In hypnobirthing we explain how these feelings release the positive hormones and emotions that make it easier for us to give birth, often more comfortably, quickly and enjoyably.

Three Ways Baby Business Owners Can Stop Those Sales Sick Burps

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

You know that feeling you get when someone presents you with an amazing opportunity to present and sell your course, class or program and part of you is like YES! But as you picture the scene in your head the sense of jubilation begins to fade.

The Four Reasons Caring Professions Should Stay Away From Business (And the One Reason They Shouldn't)

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

When talking with other birth professionals about how they can grow their business', I frequently notice the passion poured into their work, far outweighs the profits taken out. Alongside how common the same self-limiting beliefs prevent amazing women (I tend to work with women) from stepping up to be viewed as the valuable specialists they are.

An Open Letter to Kate Duchess of Cambridge: As Three Becomes Four

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

As a Mum of three, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the things that I wish had been shared with me, as our family grew from one to two children. I've got a lot to say about the upping the ante from two to three, but that's another letter.

My Awful Secret

Lotte Lane | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lotte Lane

I feel like the most despicable person for admitting this, but part of me is dreading having this kid. I'm scared and I'm anxious. The excitement I felt first time round is notably absent. Sometimes I forget I'm pregnant at all, and it feels quite nice.

It's Time to Raise Your Standards and Stop Expecting Birth to Be Hell

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

As women, we have so much to thank our mothers and our grandmothers for. There was a time, when we were expected to sit at home, preparing the tea, cleaning the house and completing 'a woman's work' without fuss.

The Truth About Hypnobirthing

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

One of the biggest misconceptions about hypnobirthing is that, it's all about having babies. Women have heard that if you do everything your teacher tells you to do, you will have a quick, straight forward, pain free, vaginal birth. Now, there's no easy way to say this...but that's all pretty much a nonsense.

Why Your Birth Is More Important Than Your Bugaboo

Suzy Ashworth | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Ashworth

I'm going to come right out and say this. It's what every childbirth educator on the planet thinks and what we all talk about in our private forums, but what very few of us dare to say in public.

When Kate and I were BFF's - My Soulful Momma Advice to Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

Alice Grist | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Last night I dreamt that Kate Middleton was my next door neighbour and that she and Wills had their baby. It was a boy in case you were wondering, and...

Are You 'Baby Ready'? How to Have a Soulful and Transformative Pregnancy

Alice Grist | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Being 'baby ready' is so much more than purchases and the inevitable pushing. You can make heartfelt attempts to sort your self out. You can do a whole lot of growing up. You can deal with your inner issues, your angers, your resentments, your bitterness, your issues with your parents, your addictions etc

A Perfect Birth is All in the Mind

Alice Grist | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

My natural birth was made chemical, forceful, medical and surgical. The most important question here though is... Am I bothered? Well if you'd told me in advance this was how things might go, then I would have thought I'd be devastated. But in reality I'm happy.

Is a Painful Childbirth all in Your Head?

Alice Grist | Posted 14.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Hypnobirthing starts from the premise that the pain commonly felt in childbirth is not a natural side effect of birth but rather it stems from fear.