A midwife once wisely said to me that their job is to watch, observe and support the mother through birth. Learning about active birth techniques can help empower a mother and their birth partner throughout labour and delivery, resulting in a positive experience for baby & parents. Gemma Clifford from Lazy Daisy Birthing talks to BrightonMums.com about their active birthing classes and the techniques they teach.
Daisy Birthing FEDANT approved program (Federation of antenatal teaching) is a weekly class just for mums to come and take some time out, listen to their bodies and baby. We work through various stretches and moves to help get baby into good position and to help build muscle memory for instinctive birthing. We look at breathing to aid pregnancy calmness and to use during labour, plus we relax and use positive messaging to dispel fear and myth around childbirth. A practical weekly class combining movement, antenatal education and relaxation for pregnancy and birth, plus a nice place to meet other mums-to-be. The classes run in blocks of 6 weeks in Hove and cost £54 and mums usually book 2-3 terms worth.
A Daisy Birthing mummy who gave birth very recently sent this to Gemma:
” I had a baby boy this morning weighing 9lb 6oz. Long latent labour from Tuesday night but once I went up to labour ward at midnight last night only 7 hours. The breathing and techniques totally got me through it and managed to do it with just some gas and air which made me very happy! You were right about the ‘out’ thing and how low your voice goes too! It was the most amazing feeling when he arrived and we love him so much already. No name yet….thanks for all your help was invaluable.”
And because all the fun begins after the birth experience, they also run classes to support you through the first six months of your baby’s life in all aspects of care. Visit the website for more information on classes and booking.