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Archive for March, 2008

Postnatal class

Monday, March 31st, 2008

The first postnatal class started today- there is only one space left if anyone is interested.

Next five week course starts end May. Sign up if you are interested by emailing

Buddhabellies in The Green Parent

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The current issue of Green Parent Magazine has a Birth and Pregnancy Special packed full of some lovely articles. Buddhabellies also features in the form of an article on Yoga and Pregnancy so take a look


Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

I am interested in collecting pictures of women in labour- but not conventional, fully naked ones- but rather a series of pictures of a woman’s face in labour, to track and record her experience, and in doing so attempt to create an emotional map of labour. If anywone is willing to have their partner take subtle an unobtrusive photos of the birth, will you contact me by email

I will of course pay for the photos and will give a free sling to anyone generous enough to share their experience with me. I think it will be  a wonderful exercise and something that will be lovely to be a part of. It might also be a wonderful record of your own experience in years to come.

Just an additional note to anyone who would like to be part of this endeavour. It is of utmost importance that a woman does not feel observed or disturbed in the process of labour. Many women can be subtly photographed without it being an impediment to labour but it is essential that the recording of the birth be done subtly and sensitively so as to not impact on it in any way. As the photographer, choosing your moment and making sure that the mother is okay with the process throughout is essential. I would rather someone have a happy birth with no photos to show for it if that is necessary.

Stage 1 Class Notes- extended version

Monday, March 17th, 2008

For the very interested, and as promised, I am posting up my extended First Stage Labour Long Notes. Excuse the typos etc. Sorry it has taken a little longer than anticipated but we had a small problem with our server. Enjoy, and please ask if there is anything you don’t understand or would like a little more explanation on.

Take heart; we are making progress

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Though there is good reason for the ‘natural childbirth’ camp to lament to dominance of technology & excessive intervention in the world of birth it is equally important to recognise than in some areas, birth has dramatically improved. Choice, whilst arguably still limited for some women, is available for many of those who seek it out.  Being strapped to a bed with feet in stirrups, expected to labour alone and then being separated from your baby was commonplace some 70 years ago as this still  delightful video shows. Note the woman’s comments regarding her instinctive desires- and then tell me that a woman doesn’t know best?!