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5 Clues to Less Pain and More Comfort in Birth

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One of the biggest fears for women wanting a more positive next birth, is fear of the pain. Often during a past difficult or traumatic birth there was serious pain. The physical pain dissipates, but the memory of it remains. Then when you get pregnant again, the fear of dealing with that much pain again is terrifying.

Regardless of how you will give birth, whether it is natural, whether you will have an epidural, and/or a c-section, there’s a good chance that at some point, there will be some level of discomfort or pain.

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8 Ways to Reduce Anxiety in Pregnancy

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Anxiety is common. Most of us know the feeling and it’s yucky. A crazy pace of life, abundant everyday stressors, trauma, and our habitual human tendency to over-think can compound. 

Pregnancy may not improve anxiety. In fact, new challenges and worries inevitably arise. These may include physical stresses, the wellbeing of your baby, concerns about older toddlers or children, career or financial pressure, accommodation changes, relationship dramas. The list goes on.

Then add to the mix the emotional residue of a difficult previous birth, plus fear of birthing again. It’s easy to see why calmness is illusive.

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The easy path to a better next birth

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I can’t quite believe it. Loving Heart Gentle Birth is live. I can’t resist birthing analogies… And I have to say it’s been a long labour, (almost two years), but a labour of love. Transition, a couple of weeks back, brought with it moments of doubt and despair. My husband will tell you, I was struggling, mainly with technology, and wondering if I really could do it. But I did. And it’s here.

What kept me going was my deep faith that women needed this. Women who’d had a hard past birth needed this. I’ve met too many mothers who felt unsupported after a difficult birth, who never had their ‘birth shock’ feelings validated, and who felt terrified of doing it again. I wanted to give something to the world that would meet that need.

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6 ways meditation helped me to give birth

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Over the summer break I was lucky enough to go on meditation retreat for 9 days. The location was a beautiful meditation centre on a wooded hill, overlooking a clear flowing river near Nelson. It’s one of my heart homes, and I am always pleased to return there.

When people hear of my retreat they often say, ‘Oh how lovely. That must have been so relaxing’. Then I explain it was 9 days of silence, no talking, with very little eye contact, no reading, and no writing. Not so fun anymore? Actually, it was amazing.

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