Active Birth Workshop Videos

Now the Active Birth Workshop has been filmed (thanks Mal and Rowan),   it can now be shared here online.  The videos add up to an hour of viewing and are split into 5 parts.  That way, if you only want to be reminded of, for example, the rebozo techniques then that is possible.

Filming it all in one go on one day gave little opportunity for correcting errors or doing it differently in the light of having seen the film.

I have tried to credit where I got the ideas from at all times and am sorry if I’ve missed anyone out.

Here are the videos, I very much hope you find them useful…

The first one describes labour and describes why being upright and mobile is important

The second one shares techniques which often help women to manage labour without drugs

The third one looks specifically at using the Rebozo in for relaxation and childbirth

The fourth one encourages slowing down breathing during birth to help avoid hyperventilating

The fifth one chats about creating and maintaining the environment to encourage the hormones which make labour progress work

I very much hope you find these videos helpful.

 

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Welcome to where you can find all sorts of techniques, ideas, tips and suggestions for Active Birth and beyond.

Heartily sick of the commercialisation of childbirth, I am inspired to make these online pages freely available, independent of adverts and dedicated to anyone keen to manage, or help others manage, birth without the heavy artillery of epidurals and hypnotic/sedative injections.

I also know first hand the life-long benefits of positive birth experience and hope to share what I’ve learned from lots of doula training, study days, conferences as well as my years spent at the midwifery coalface.

The media largely portrays birth as dangerous and frightening.  Whilst health services are currently disproportionately obsessed with its associated risk.  There is an alternative birth narrative, that of birth being a normal bodily function that generally works very well given the right environment and a lack of unnecessary intervention…however that doesn’t get enough air time.

This site aims to give air time to the alternatives.  Here’s hoping for more positive and empowering birth experiences.