Birth Preparation in Bath
Sessions for couples to take them through the stages of labour and help prepare them for birth.
Couples are led through a birth preparation class. These sessions work with the mother and partner to take them through the labour from start to finish, going through all the stages of labour and trying out birth positions and breathing techniques and teaching massage and acupressure points to help with pain relief.
We will talk through your birth preferences and work through practical support. It really helps if you have practiced positions and breathing first to get a better sense of what may be useful.
These session are backed up with handouts of the positions suggested and the acupressure pressure points used.
They very much focus on supporting the mother and birth partner, whether that’s the baby’s father or another birth partner. If you’re a mother who does not have this support, these sessions are very effective at preparing you and we would focus on tailoring things to your situation.
They are very practical sessions and can give you the preparation you need for your birth, but also work well with NCT and hypnobirth classes as they give you additional skills that can help you put everything together for your birth plan.
These sessions are appropriate wherever you envisage your birth taking place, either at the hospital or at home.
First session duration and location: They are 3-hour sessions that can take place at my clinic or in your home depending on your location.
You will receive a follow-up document that details the outcome of the session that is tailored to your needs and acts as a reminder to help you practice techniques for the birth.
Often couples come for another session when preparing for their second or subsequent babies, which enables us to move through issues that might have come up in their previous labour. Every pregnancy and labour is different and it can be very helpful to have time to focus on each one individually.
Follow-up session(s) duration: These sessions are normally 2 hours.
My history around pregnancy & pregnancy training
In 2006, I trained in maternity care with the Well Mother organisation in Bristol which provides training in pregnancy, birth, postnatal care, and baby massage and shiatsu. I have worked with countless couples in their preparation for birth. In 2007 I became one of the Well Mother teacher training therapists to work with clients through the maternity period.
I have three children and all three births were totally different and amazing experiences in which I used breathing and positions to help focus and manage my labours. The focus of pregnancy can often be the birth but it is the transition to one of the best journeys of them all, parenthood.