When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was elated. It hadn’t been an easy journey getting there, but there it was – the blue line on the stick – oh, and the nausea… but I was (we were) over the moon. I hadn’t done much reading around pregnancy or childbirth, but assumed that as long as I was where I needed to be (the hospital, in my mind) surrounded by midwives, doctors and drugs on the day of my child’s birth, everything would be ok and there wasn’t much else I could do to prepare for the big day. Yes, I signed up for an antenatal class – but I think that was more to meet friends than actually learn anything.
Fast forward a few months and my son arrived safely (in a hospital) but I was left feeling quite affected by the whole experience for some time. I was lucky and the birth wasn’t particularly traumatic, but I had felt completely out of control of both the situation and my own body.
Several years on, following 2 miscarriages and a lot of sickness, we happily announced that we were expecting our 2nd child – a daughter. After a lot of heartache and pain, I had started yoga to try to prepare my body as best I could for a successful pregnancy. Once I fell pregnant I was keen to continue with the yoga classes and found a local antenatal yoga class run by a midwife. The classes were a perfect way to escape, once a week, from my busy everyday life and soon became a regular part of my routine. I attended the classes from around 16 weeks of pregnancy (once the sickness had subsided!) until 39 weeks. When I went into labour the following week, my body seemed to instinctively know what it needed to do. I knew which positions felt comfortable, and when offered a bed to lie in, I politely but firmly refused. I took some towels out of my bag and quietly went back to the comfortable (upright) position I had been in at home, on the floor. Looking back I may have looked quite odd, going to ground as soon as I got in the room, but I was in my labour bubble and I knew where I needed to be. This time around I had the confidence to go with my body and what it was telling me. My daughter arrived not long after we arrived (much to the midwife’s surprise), in a (relatively!) peaceful, calm and controlled environment. I felt completely in tune with my body and what it was doing and was positively buzzing afterwards. My daughter was so content that she latched on and was feeding within 15 minutes of birth.
At the time I didn’t know about the Daisy Foundation, nor did I know all the reasons why what I did 2nd time around would help me. Knowing all I know now about active birth (and why lying on your back isn’t likely to help you), why breathing is so important (and vitally how to breathe at different stages of labour), what your body is doing in labour (and how to help keep things moving along) … I want to tell the world! Every woman should have access to this information so that they too can have every chance at the birth that they want and deserve.
Daisy Birthing classes are so difficult to explain until you’ve been to one. Yes, they include yoga-based movements, all specifically designed to help with common pregnancy problems – indigestion, puffy fingers, swollen ankles – and help your body prepare for its birthing day, but they include so much more than that. The antenatal education that we share with Mums-to-be is delivered in small bite-sized chunks – just 15 minutes a week, but every week I see the penny drop and women saying ‘why don’t all women get told this stuff? It just makes so much sense’. YES! And yet there is more, the classes finish with a beautiful relaxation segment. Time-out for ladies to relax, connect with their babies and prepare their minds for their forthcoming birthing day. And the classes are as much about preparing the mind as preparing the body, which is absolutely right. How you think or feel about something and your thoughts can have a very powerful effect on your body.
If you are expecting a baby and would like to prepare for your birthing day, please get in touch. Classes are just as suitable for 2nd or 3rd time Mums as they are for your 1st baby.
Daisy Birthing classes run in 6 week terms at Trebeck Hall, Southwell on Wednesdays 7:30-9pm. The classes are suitable from 14 weeks of pregnancy, are for ladies only and can be adapted for all. No prior yoga experience is necessary. Daisy is supportive of all birth choices.
Daisy Perinatal Educator
6 week term of Daisy Birthing antenatal yoga-based classes starts at
Trebeck Hall, Southwell: on Wednesday 13th December 7:30-9pm
Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour: Tuesday 9th January 2018 at
Tinies at 11:15am is for babies aged 6 weeks-4 months, Wrigglers at 10am is for babies aged 4-11 months.
1 or 2 day Daisy Parent antenatal workshops for Mum-to-be & Birthing
Partner takes place at Hoveringham Village Hall: on 14/28 January and
11/18th March 2018.
For information call Katy Mogg