RM, BA(Hons), MA, MBCPTT
As a midwife I have been paying attention to the birthing process for more than 25 years and I am passionate about anything to do with childbirth and supporting parents-to-be during this exhilarating but also challenging time. I have attended births at home and in hospital and facilitated antenatal classes within the structure of the NHS.
The two main area of interest is how to prevent baby getting into an Occipitor Posterior Position (back to back) for labour/birth and the powerful Mind-Body connection.
During my career as a midwife I have seen far too many birth challenges complicated by baby being in a 'back to back' position. All my teaching focuses on how to help baby into a 'good' position that can make labour 'easier' to manage.
Very little antenatal education is available that teaches expecting parents the skills to work with pain and fear which is the biggest challenge of childbirth. Learning how to engage the Mind to work with the body is powerful and effective when it comes to childbirth. Accessing these skills are simple but they need to be taught and practiced.
My deepest desire is to share my comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience within the field of childbirth and offer true and honest birth preparation that is rooted in self care and realistic expectations; and available for all to access..... albeit with a little professional guidance :-)
As a long time meditation practitioner, my mindfulness journey began when I was looking for a way to eliminate disabling migraine attacks. Initially taught by a highly educated Buddhist Monk (www.buddhistacademy.com) who grounded me in the world of mindfulness. Since then I have been migraine free and never looked back. It truly works!
My professional MBCP training was facilitated by Nancy
Bardacke, the Founding Director of the Mindfulness Based Childbirth and
Parenting (MBCP) program. Nancy’s book, Mindful
Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond was
published in July 2012 by HarperOne. Recognition for Mindful Birthing include:
- American College of Nurse-Midwives’ Best Book of the year Award: 2014
- National Parenting Publications Award: 2013
- Mom’s Choice Award: 2013
- Greater Good Science Centre’s Top Ten Books: 2012
More about Mindfulness
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) is a childbirth education course for expectant parent that teaches skills for working with pain, fear and stress.
Often one of the biggest challenges of childbirth is learning how to work with pain and anxiety. Learning how to use our mind to work with these challenges can make a huge difference in labour, birth and parenthood. The skills taught in the classes are based upon mind-body meditation practices and there is an expectation of a home practice commitment of this.
The MBCP programme is intended to provide an introduction to
Mindfulness Meditation Practice and normal physiology of labour by way of:
- Developing skills for managing pain, stress, and anxiety
- Providing information on labour, birth, breastfeeding, the postnatal period and the social and emotional needs of the newborn
- Formal meditation practice (guided)
- Mindful pain coping skills for labour and birth
- Enhance partner communication
- Provide a platform for long term friendship