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My Mum was an antenatal midwife for over thirty years

My Mum was an antenatal midwife for over thirty years

I think my passion for supporting women in pregnancy started from my visits to the National Maternity Hospital with my Mum. She worked there as a midwife for over thirty years. She supported pregnant women in the outlying antenatal clinics. When...

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Birth Affirmations

Birth Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome negative thoughts. When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make changes in how you previously thought about a particular subject...

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Sometimes being pregnant is no fun at all

Sometimes being pregnant is no fun at all

Being pregnant can suck so badly. If you hate being pregnant, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not excited about your baby. Let’s face it, it’s highly likely that you’re going about your daily life growing a...

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Hormones in birth

Hormones in birth

Our bodies are amazing and how hormones react in pregnancy and birth is fascinating. I believe it’s important to have more information about hormones in pregnancy and birth so that you can understand what on earth is going on in your body! To...

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Guided meditation for pregnancy

Guided meditation for pregnancy

I’ve created a guided meditation for pregnancy. It’s an example of the kind of pregnancy focused meditation that I use in my prenatal yoga classes. It’s about 15 minutes long. It will walk you through the whole meditation… from...

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Pelvic Floor Awareness and Exercises

Pelvic Floor Awareness and Exercises

Pelvic floor awareness and exercises are important for bladder health and sexual health. They are vital when women are pregnant because of all the extra work that your muscles have to do when your baby is growing. What is the pelvic floor? The...

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What are the benefits of yoga for pregnant women?

What are the benefits of yoga for pregnant women?

There are many benefits of yoga for pregnant women. It can help to: Improve sleep. Reduce stress and anxiety of pregnancy and birth. Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth. Decrease lower back pain...

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Why is breathing important in pregnancy and birth?

Why is breathing important in pregnancy and birth?

‘Focusing on your breathing requires you to concentrate. Focused breathing means that your thought process is directed away from any discomfort you may be feeling.’ – HSE article on breathing and self help techniques in labour...

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Preparing for birth – Squats

Preparing for birth – Squats

Ina May Gaskin said that if a woman squats 300 times a day that she will manage birth easily. Interesting, but squatting is not in our culture in Ireland so I think it’s unlikely that you will manage that during your pregnancy. But if you...

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Three part breath for pregnancy

Three part breath for pregnancy

What is Prāṇāyāma? Breathing in both yoga and birth is incredibly important. In yoga breathing exercises are known as Prāṇāyāma. It’s defined as the practice of breath control in yoga. In modern yoga as exercise, it consists of...

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Birth Preparation

Birth Preparation

When I was pregnant I had no idea that I should start planning my birth preparation at about six weeks prior to my due date. I’m sure lots of you are the same. From 34 weeks on is a really important time to start slowing down, focusing on...

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Supporting women in their pregnancy

Supporting women in their pregnancy

When I reflected on my own experience trying to get pregnant, then carrying my daughter through to giving birth to her and surviving those difficult first months I now see how much women need more support. There are so many things we don’t...

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