Top Tips for a positive birth with Blooming Births UK.

We have decided to do our first ever guest post with the lovely Emma, Hypnobirthing & Antenatal teacher in Newcastle and mother of two small humans.

Blooming Births UK offer a range of Antenatal courses and classes to help you to feel informed, confident and excited for birth through powerful techniques for birth, how to make informed decisions and practical tools for your birthing partner so that you can both have the most empowering experience.

Emma can help you to feel prepared for birth, so that you can step into the process with your birthing partner both feeling confident, calm and excited.

She will show you how to work with your body, rather than against it, how to eliminate any fears you have about birth and ultimately how to make the decisions that feel right for you as a family.

Emma has wrote us a guest post with lots of positive birthing tips:

The thought of giving birth can feel daunting and overwhelming, especially as a first-time mam.

It’s completely normal to feel scared about giving birth – this is exactly how I felt five years ago when I was pregnant for the first time. If you’re reading this and the thought of giving birth makes your toes (and vagina) curl, please know that you’re not alone.

Here I’ve shared my top expert tips as a Hypnobirthing teacher & mother of two to help you to prepare for your positive birth and ditch the fear:

1. Sign up to an Antenatal course

Ever heard the saying that knowledge is power? I know it might feel tempting to bury your head in the sand and push the thought of giving birth out of your mind, but the more you learn about the process of birth, the less daunting it will seem.

Having a good understanding of birth allows you to feel more confident in how it might look and feel. 

A reputable Antenatal course will also give you and your birthing partner practical hands-on tools to help you cope with contractions, as well as information about your medical pain relief options.

Which leads quite nicely onto tip 2…

2. Learn about the different types of pain relief

Did you know there are around 13 different types of pain relief for you to choose from?

I’ve listed the main ones below:

• Water – birthing pool/bath/shower

• TENS Machine

• Breathing Techniques

• Hypnobirthing/Hypnosis

• Massage/physical touch

• Aromatherapy oils (seek guidance from a professional)

• Hot water bottle

• Movement

• Birthing comb

• Gas & Air

• Pethidine

• Epidural

• Remifentanil

Research your options, weigh up the pros vs cons and decide what is right for you. 

You can also absolutely combine more holistic pain relief methods with medical options too.

3. Write your birth plans!

Whilst no-one can predict the way that birth will unfold, having your birth plans allows you to feel fully confident and in control no matter what. 

I say ‘plans’ because the advice I give to all my clients is to write 3 birth plans:

• Plan A – this is your ideal birth

• Plan B – what medical interventions would you be happy with if something deviates from plan A

• Plan C – c-section plan. There are so many ways to make a c-section positive! You can have your own music playing, discover your baby’s sex and have immediate skin to skin.

Preparing for birth in this way will ultimately ensure that whatever type of birth you end up having, you’ll leave the experience feeling positive, supported, and empowered to make the decisions that are right for you.

4. Read positive birth stories

We’re inundated with negative birth stories. This negativity reinforces our fear about birth and can hugely impact our experience.

When we’re fearful, we naturally tense up and when we tense up, we feel more pain.

If we can deal with the fear we have around birth, we will go into the process feeling calmer and more relaxed. Being more relaxed allows birth to happen more easily and comfortably.

There are loads of free positive birth resources online and something as simple as reading these a few times a week can do wonders for your birthing mindset.

Please remember that a positive birth doesn’t look one way. 

A positive birth can happen at home, in a birth center, on a labour ward or in theatre.

The key to a positive birth is in the preparation. Armingyourself with knowledge, practical tools and an awareness of your choices ultimately ensures that you’ll have the best possible experience.

Course/Class info:

• Private Hypnobirthing course limited availability in May, June & July.

• Confidence for Birth course starting Friday 2nd of June. The course runs over 4 weeks 6.30pm – 7.45pm at Walbottle Village Institute NE15 8JE.

• Free Online Pregnancy Relaxation session 2nd May, 8pm and also another the 1st June, 8pm.

 

Contact details

Website: www.bloomingbirths.com

Booking link: https://buytickets.at/bloomingbirthsuk

Instagram: www.instagram.com/bloomingbirthsuk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bloomingbirthsuk

Email: emma@bloomingbirths.com

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