The media lately (and some practitioners themselves) attach it to pain free, drug free, intervention free ‘natural’ birth. And whilst in some cases that may well be what it looks like, often it’s not.
What is Positively Birthing and how did it come to be?
Hi, I’m Megan, founder of Positively Birthing, mum to Otis who’s almost 2 and student midwife. Positively Birthing offers antenatal, hypnobirthing, mindful breastfeeding and postnatal preparation classes in Surrey and SW London in the UK. As well as our ‘in person’ offerings, we offer a ton of free, evidence based information on preparing for a positive birth experience to women worldwide via our social media channels and active and engaged Facebook community.
In 2015, I began my midwifery training and fell pregnant with my little boy the following year. Approaching my birth from a fairly medical/scientific background meant I was initially sceptical when someone suggested ‘hypnobirthing’! We went along with the idea anyway, and it utterly transformed not only my birth experience, but now my life in its entirety!
Following some issues with childcare funding at the end of last year, I am currently on a break from my midwifery training, but I was very keen to keep a hand in and help prepare women for a positive birth experience. So at the beginning of 2018, Positively Birthing was born! My midwifery background has meant I’m able to offer a holistic programme, equipping women with the tools and information they need to prepare for a positive birth experience, whatever that looks like for them!
The ethos at the heart of Positively Birthing, is that of positive choice. There’s no wrong or right way to give birth after all, but giving women and their birth partners back the control over the decisions around their birth, their babies and their bodies, for me, is what can swing something from a negative to a positive experience.
Why is Hypnobirthing important?
Hypnobirthing has got itself a bit of a tricky reputation! If I could ditch the word, I totally would. The media lately (and some practitioners themselves) attach it to pain free, drug free, intervention free ‘natural’ birth. And whilst in some cases that may well be what it looks like, often it’s not. For me, it’s giving women and their birth partners an understanding of what is happening physiologically to their bodies during birth, what can affect this and providing them with tools to encourage labour to progress as it’s designed to.
However, we must recognise that everyone comes to birth with their own unique set of circumstances, whether that is previous birth experiences, medical conditions or anything else - and these things are going to have an impact on the decisions we face and make in birth. This doesn’t mean birth can’t still be wonderful, powerful and positive though! It’s about making decisions that are right for you, in that moment, free from fear, free from guilt and entirely your own. Our courses enable women to do just that.
How can Positively Birthing help me?
Ultimately it’s information! Information that your midwife would be giving out if only they had the time. Information that’s evidence based and can be used as a tool to help you make decisions. Information about what is happening to your body in birth, and tools to help it on its way.
I work with first time, second time, third time and beyond parents, to help them prepare for the positive birth they so deserve!
How can we find out more?
For information on our courses visit https://www.positivelybirthing.com/
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