I have just finished reading this book and would highly recommend it to any expectant mum – it is a small book but with lots of real practical suggestions about how to help yourself during labour.
I still have places available on a Relax and Breathe course (in St Neots) for expectant mums starting mid May – course is three sessions for £25 – full details on the website do please pass onto to anyone you think might be interested. Thanks Jenny x
Another piece about a new study from University of Birmingham I mentioned last week – it is a very small study but interesting the comments from the father involved
It seems Prince William is preparing for his life as a new dad – shame that we can’t get him along to some Mantenatal sessions 🙂
Really interesting article looking at the issue of cutting the cord after birth – good to see the NCT’s involvement in issues like this
Summary of a new qualitative study into the experiences of expectant fathers – an interesting read
This is a fantastic slide show of photos of dads supporting their partners in labour and with their babies shortly after birth – lots of dads having skin-to-skin contact
This is a great article about what new mums would like their partners to understand – thanks to Meriel for passing it on
Really lovely short film showing labour from the dads point of view
Really interesting article about fear of childbirth – so much of what I try to do in classes is to address women’s fears and give them practical tools to reduce anxiety
Thank you so much to Lynette for this lovely testimonial. If you know any expectant mums who might be interested in doing the course then do get them to have a look at the website for details of dates etc.
I attended jenny’s class when I was 36 weeks pregnant. All 3 sessions made me feel a lot more at ease and gave me the reassurance i needed. All the breathing techniques came in really useful when the big day arrived, I spent 3 days at home having contractions and without the knowledge i gained from the classes i would of been in and out of hospital but i managed to stay at home using the different breathing methods. I had the natural birth i wanted and it went smoothly. I cant thank jenny enough for all the advice and questions she answered during the course. Would definatly recommend these sessions. If i ever have another baby i will be attending!
Lovely blog from dad describing the birth of his second son
An interesting reflection on whether dads should be at the birth of their children from an Australian mum and author – as she says after her birth experience she described her partners input –
“I couldn’t stop telling people how wonderful he’d been, even though I find it hard to remember anything specific that he did, aside from remaining conscious”
A dad discusses his positive experiences of being at the birth of his children and the research I cited yesterday about the impact on dads of traumatic birth – good to hear how positive it can be
Sadly I know there are dads who have attended my classes who have suffered in this way. Childbirth can be a wonderful experience for mums and dads but when it is not I agree with the piece it is often the dads who need counselling and support.
Article by a dad-to-be on his thoughts about how his life will change
Great series of films showing the experiences of a fictional young dad from when he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant, through pregnancy (hope I am not as annoying as the midwife leading their antenatal class 🙂 ), birth and early fatherhood.
Blog by dad explaining early labour from his point of view
Interesting article which suggests real benefits for expectant mums and babies of using relaxation techniques – one of the things Relax & Breathe classes achieve I hope 🙂
Another great blog from evidencebasedtitsandteeth