Birth Preparation for Partners
This workshop is for you, the pregnant mother, and one other person who is likely to be your birthing partner – it could be your husband or life partner, your mum, a friend, or your doula.
Throughout the afternoon, using a variety of different approaches drawing from my experience as a yoga teacher, a mother, and a doula, we will cover the following topics, as a group and in your pairs:
What to expect in labour
How to create the optimal environment for birth
Relaxation techniques for mother and partner: Breath, Movement & Massage
Attending to everybody's needs in the birth room
Coping with pain - is it all in the mind?
In some of these workshops, depending on availability, we will also be welcoming Tom Carter, father of 3, to bring a male's perspective to the birthing experience; to share his own first hand experiences as a birth partner.
This will be a full afternoon: light hearted and fun; time to connect as a couple; an opportunity to ask questions and explore techniques and ideas. You will leave with lots of tools to take on into your birth and a good understanding of how best to support the new Mother.
Cost per couple: £35 – includes refreshments
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Inner Preparation for Birth & Motherhood
Most people are great at getting all the practicalities in place to welcome their new baby into the world. Imagine you could also get your thoughts and feelings 'in place' too, in order to welcome your child with confidence, joy, and ease.
This workshop is about acknowledging the things we must let go of when we become pregnant and move into motherhood; it is about recognising all the changes going on for us at a personal level. Having acknowledged these, we can then free our mental & emotional energy from unhelpful patterns and move closer towards the kind of woman and mother we want to be.
This workshop is for you if you have been feeling:
- Worried or anxious about aspects of birth and/or motherhood
- Emotionally disengaged from your baby or your pregnancy
- That you want to prepare more deeply but are not getting round to it
- That you would like to connect with other pregnant mothers & build your community
- That you want to feel strong and confident going into birth and motherhood
The workshop will begin with a beautiful flowing sequence of yoga postures, to release physical strain and emotional tension. We will explore visualisations & breath work to use in daily life as well as in the birth room. The yoga session will conclude with a deep relaxation to prepare body and mind for the big changes ahead.
We will then begin to look at some of the many things we leave behind on our way into Motherhood (even if only temporarily) – independence for some, our work life, our sleep, the body we knew, etc! By speaking them out loud, in a safe and non-judgemental space, things that have built up in our minds can find their release, and we find we have more space to look ahead with appreciation for all that is to come.
Using a beautiful ceremony that is open to all faiths and none, we will then explore our hopes and desires around becoming a Mother, and as part of this ceremony, we will create something as a group that each of you will take home, as a gift, to use during the remainder of your pregnancy and on into motherhood. I ask that you bring a clean, empty jar with a lid to transport your gift home!
The afternoon will end with a short meditation to send you on your way with a renewed sense of confidence, trust and self-understanding, knowing that what you do and who you are as a Mother makes a difference, not only to your own child and family, but to the whole world around us.