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Moving for an easier birth for pregnant couples

Molly demonstrating postions in a classToday, interventions in labour have reached an all time high. The World Health Organisation suggest cesarean births should be no more than 14 or 15%. In the UK today rates can be as high as 30%. Other interventions, like hormone drips, increased use of epidurals, and instrumental births occur far more frequently.

One of the main reason for these alarming figures is "failure to progress in Labour". It's becoming increasing well recognised that moving during labour is one of the most effective methods of helping your baby make the journey through the birth canal. It helps birth feel easier, can relieve discomfort and helps women feel more in control. There is a reduced incidence of long labour with less backache and less complications when your baby is aligned well.

The focus of the workshop is teaching the skills to encouraging your baby to get into and stay in the optimal and most comfortable position for pregnancy, labour and birth.

In 20 years of midwifery practice I've learned many ways to help women have a quicker more comfortable and effective Labour. I can’t guarantee they will always work, but I see startling results.

  • How your body is built and develop an understanding of the importance of muscle and pelvic balance
  • How to encourage your baby into a more comfortable position through particular postures and exercises.
  • Integrate easy, logical and effective exercises in your daily life
  • What habits to avoid that increase the chances of a malposition
  • How to recognise signs that your baby is in a malposition
  • What to do when labour is slow and prolonged
  • Using a Rebozo (a shawl or scarf) for comfort and to help release muscle tension in labour
  • The importance of the correct size birth ball and how to use it effectively.
  • The importnce of birth environment

How does it work?

forward leaning inversionMalposition, any position that causes labour to be more painful and prolonged, for example “back to back”, is one of the most common reasons for labour “failing to progress”. This type of malposition will often eventually resolve during labour. It is not dangerous to mother or baby in itself, but can make the birthing process far more arduous and exhausting.

Malpositions can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle, or the mother's pelvic floor having some twist or tightness, forcing the baby, to contort themselves into a position that works for that situation but makes labour and birth more difficult.

The techniques I teach use biomechanics - the way our musculoskeletal system works - to ease baby into positions that help labour progress effectively. Many of the movements are quite simple and all are non-invasive and gentle. I will also discuss how to inform your midwife about what you have learnt so she can support your preferences during labour.

Moving during labour is one of the most effective methods of helping your baby make the journey through the birth canal and can help the birth to feel easier and more enjoyable. Moving can also relieve discomfort and helps you feel more in control. There is a reduced incidence of long labour with less backache and less complications when your baby is aligned well.

Courses are held at Treat Norwich - To Book and for details of dates select the course you want from the side panel

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