Bradley Method® Certification Process

I am thrilled to announce that after a two-year certification period, I am now fully affiliated as a Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth Educator! My journey towards becoming an active birth educator began as a Bradley student while expecting my first child. My husband and I were eager students and very enthusiastic about having a naturalContinue reading “Bradley Method® Certification Process”

Why Every Pregnant Mum Needs to Join a VBAC Facebook Group

Congratulations! You’re expecting! Maybe it’s your first, maybe it’s your last, but there’s so much you can learn from joining a VBAC Support Group on Facebook. Firstly, What does VBAC stand for? VBAC stands for “Vaginal Birth After C-Section,” and it is a term used for women with previous cesarean deliveries but want to birthContinue reading “Why Every Pregnant Mum Needs to Join a VBAC Facebook Group”

Why the Bradley Method®? This is my story.

I’m a natural childbirth educator. I never thought that I would become an advocate for women in their most vulnerable and their strongest moments–pregnancy and childbirth! So as I meet and talk to more and more mothers, I feel so lucky that I had my natural childbirth experience with my first child. I didn’t haveContinue reading “Why the Bradley Method®? This is my story.”

7 Things Hospitals Do During Labour That You Are Told to Avoid While Pregnant (with Pictures)

There are some strange things happening in our society with regards to birth. Women feel less and less able to birth naturally, yet industrialised countries like the US and the UK are seeing maternal and infant mortality rates on the rise. What is going on? I’d like to present 7 Things that hospitals do forContinue reading “7 Things Hospitals Do During Labour That You Are Told to Avoid While Pregnant (with Pictures)”

9 Things that can lead to Failure to Progress (FTP)

What is Failure to Progress? According to doctors and midwives, Failure to Progress is also known as Prolonged Labour, when labour lasts for approximately 20 hours or more after regular contractions begin, and approximately 14 hours or more if you’ve given birth previously. Prolonged latent phase happens during first stage labour where mother can get exhausted and emotionallyContinue reading “9 Things that can lead to Failure to Progress (FTP)”

Do You Have to be a Duchess to Get the Birth You Want?

On 2nd May 2015, the nation celebrated the birth of the Princess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana! What was on everyone’s minds at the presentation of the baby just 10 hours after birth? How did Kate look so good? Daily Mail’s “Call the Midwife” article stated, Kate had a meticulous birth plan. She had optedContinue reading “Do You Have to be a Duchess to Get the Birth You Want?”

Does Induction Really REDUCE C-Section Risk?

Several weeks ago, I came across a claim that Induction reduces the risk of C-section! I sincerely thought, this must be a joke; however, it was referencing an actual journal publication. You can find the actual publication here. Since I’ve always heard people say, “I had to be induced, and then it ended in c-section,”Continue reading “Does Induction Really REDUCE C-Section Risk?”

Results for This Week’s Poll: If you received drugs to induce, what was your delivery method?

Check out the results from this week’s poll about drugs and delivery method! 47% ended delivering vaginally, 26% delivered with forceps or vacuum extraction, and 26% had an emergency c-section. None had a schedule c-section after receiving drugs and there was one vote that entered a different answer.  She entered, “Vaginal birth with manual assistance whilstContinue reading “Results for This Week’s Poll: If you received drugs to induce, what was your delivery method?”

Never Heard of the Bradley Method®? It’s new to the UK!

If you’re wondering what the Bradley Method® is, here’s a link to babycenter.com for a good overview! I’ve taken the liberty of copying and pasting its contents below. I encourage you to check out the comments underneath the article by babycenter.com and see for yourself how good the classes are for you to achieve theContinue reading “Never Heard of the Bradley Method®? It’s new to the UK!”

Why Natural (Unmedicated) Childbirth?

Why Natural Childbirth? Reposted from givingbirthnaturally.com Choosing natural childbirth is choosing to trust your body.  Even more than that, it’s knowing that you already possess all the tools you need to give birth. Having a natural birth doesn’t mean choosing pain.  There are a wide variety of natural comfort measures that can be employed. WomenContinue reading “Why Natural (Unmedicated) Childbirth?”

C-sections: Are They Necessary for Every 1 in 4 Women in the UK?

An overwhelming majority of people I meet who have had c-sections are so grateful that they were able to get their baby out safely. They say that if it weren’t for them, they might be dead or their baby might be dead. However, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), caesarean sections should only be performedContinue reading “C-sections: Are They Necessary for Every 1 in 4 Women in the UK?”

How to Avoid Fetal Distress (and a C-Section)

Is this even possible? Yes. Today, “fetal distress” is a leading cause for a c-section. So how can it be avoided? How to Avoid Fetal Distress 1. Refuse EFM, Electronic Fetal Monitoring. This is your birth. This should be your choice. Many hospitals may ‘require’ you to be monitored using EFM; however, you have the choice toContinue reading “How to Avoid Fetal Distress (and a C-Section)”

The Problem with Due Dates

Ditch that 40-week estimated due date that you were given, even if they measured using an ultrasound! A study that came out in June of 2013 showed that the gestation period for normal, unassisted pregnancy through birth can vary up to five weeks. If this is the case, why aren’t more midwives and consultants giving ‘overdue’ mothersContinue reading “The Problem with Due Dates”

HypnoBirthing® vs. The Bradley Method®

If you look in the bradleybirth.com directory, you’ll find that I am the ONLY Bradley instructor here in the United Kingdom! I received my training in Chicago, Illinois, USA and soon after, my husband took a job here in Hamble, so here I am now! I have noticed how many HypnoBirthing teachers there are inContinue reading “HypnoBirthing® vs. The Bradley Method®”