I have been fortunate enough to have worked with some amazing women over the years and I truely believe that that the NHS classes do not support a pregnant woman. These days women have to pay privately for antenatal or hypnobirthing classes, classes that increase their chances of a positive birth experience.
If the NHS need to save costs shouldn’t they be looking at helping women achieve the births that they want to, better supporting them with information and skills that they can use to help them deal with labour, so that a c -section really is only used when it is really necessary. Birth had become so medicalised, and maybe we need to look at re educating women so that they feel able to make the choices that they want to about birth rather than fear driving the choice.
As the evenings are starting to draw in and the mornings are getting darker Im starting to ponder the pro’s and cons of having toddlers in the winter time! I used to like waking up at 3am and seeing the light through the window, thinking inside – i should have another 3 hours sleep! But when i wake up and i see darkness outside, it makes me want to cuddle up with the little one next to me and stay there, not be cajoled by his increasing shuffles as he wakes and eventually shouts ‘stairs’.
But I have a light at the end of the tunnel which involves further training, a daunting prospect as it’s taking me an age to even finish one of the books on the pre course reading list! But something which is already dear to my heart and my home, me and a close friend are embarking on the Baby Calm™ training. This training fits perfectly with the Confident Childbirth training that i already hold and offer to my clients, I am really passionate about a gentle and enjoyable pregnancy and also a calm and confident birth. Both affect how you feel about those first few weeks with your newborn, this amazing and trying time really needs a good foundation. Each time i see a client for Confident Childbirth they are amazed at the amount of information they receive from me, information that they just wouldn’t receive in NHS antenatal classes. Hopefully I will soon be able to pass on an additional wealth of knowledge to parents too through the trusted Baby Calm ™ brand.