Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018!
2017 has been a such a busy year! It started with me trying to figure out how to juggle being a mum of two, I started my business, moved house and it’s ended with me still figuring out how to be a mum of two! I’m now doing a job I love and finally have a great family home. I’m sure I’ll figure out the rest at some point!
I have been so lucky to have met many amazing mummies and daddies-to-be and their blossoming bumps. It’s such an honour to be involved in your pregnancy journey and I wish you all the very best with welcoming your wee bundles into the world!
I’ve also been very fortunate to have met and worked alongside a number of businesses who have helped me develop my business ideas, provided stock and oened the venues which I’ve used. I hope you all have a fantastic year ahead and I love seeing how well you’re all doing!
There’s a wee story which goes around at Christmas time about a certain baby being born. Mary wanted to find a safe place to have her baby. She chose a stable and had her husband with her. She found a quiet, safe place and was surrounded by love.
In hypnobirthing we talk about the effect of being observed during labour. Birth is instinctive and the mother needs to feel safe when she’s at her most vulnerable. Her environment is vital to her experience. We see this on the animal world, cats seek out a quiet, dark place and want to be alone to birth their young. It’s a point worth considering when you plan your birth environment. Whether at home, in the birth centre or on labour ward, here are a few things to consider.
You can ensure the lighting is low by drawing the blinds or curtains, and using candles to create a peaceful atmosphere. I bought battery candles which worked a treat. You might enjoy scents such as lavender. Bring some items from home if you’re in hospital such as pillows or items of clothing which are familiar brings feelings of comfort. Music can be really powerful. I listened to a 90’s radio station during my second labour, it brought back great memories of my younger days and I found it really helpful. When I hear the songs now it takes me back to that moment in my life and triggers a really happy memory of giving birth.
Also, plenty of food and drink is important to keep up your strength. Staying in your own environment for as long as you can is also a good idea as this can help labour progress nicely. Be surrounded by the person or people that make you feel safe, that can talk on your behalf when you need them too and who love you.
By feeling safe in your space you’ll be able to release the oxytocin hormone and endorphins. Oxytocin is essential for the dilation of the cervix and endorphins provide a natural pain relief. This can all help lead to a more positive birthing experience.
So I hope that everyone is able to take some time out this Christmas to relax, unwind and recharge. I know 2018 is going to be such an exciting year for many of the mums I know and I can’t wait to hear about your new arrivals!
I’m taking the next week off to spend some quality time with my family, travel up north for a wedding and hopefully squeeze in a long-lie!
Take care and I look forward to being back in 2018, I can’t wait to see where it takes us all!