The Birth Whisperer - Your guide to a better birth

From ‘never again’ to ‘Yes, I will birth a baby again’

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When your first birth was terrifying,  how do you go from never wanting to give birth again to saying yes to another baby? 

After a traumatic first birth, Amy was left with significant fear of birth, of being unsupported, and of the hospital where she gave birth. She was adamant she’d never birth again. Eventually, after divorce and finding a lovely new man, she realised she wanted another baby. During her pregnancy she consciously prepared herself for an improved birth experience. I skyped with Amy as she sat on a gorgeous Australian beach. If you can handle the breezy sounds and occasional passing helicopter, you will love her story as much as I did.

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Give birth with your heart intact

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Know that uncomfy feeling that a past birth experience somehow wasn’t quite right? That feeling is telling you that something that wants to heal. You may think that healing a past birth is not worth the time, effort or possible distress. But making peace with what happened can improve your relationship with yourself, and others, in many ways.

Watch this video if you:

  • Feel uncomfortable about the subject of birth
  • Have a nagging feeling that you are not really okay with what happened
  • Are hard on yourself about what happened (and feel like it’s partly your fault)
  • Feel guilty about your baby’s experience
  • Wonder if it is possible to make peace with a previous birth
  • Want to know the best place/way to start healing (It’s free and you can do it yourself)
  • Wish to move towards a better birth
  • Want to be more compassionate to yourself about what happened

Psychologist Maureen Campion is the author of ‘Heal your birth story’, and has supported countless women to start healing what happened in childbirth. She has given birth three times; twice by c-section (one traumatic birth and one a healing surgical birth) and once vaginally (an empowering natural birth).

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When your waters break before contractions start…

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This is one of the scenarios that really get’s my goat. Excited parents-in-waiting; due any day, ready and as prepared as they’ll ever be for the big birthing day. Then, without any other sign of labour, her water bag breaks. She thinks, yippeeee, here we go, it’s all on. But then nothing happens. No contractions. No sign of labour.

Instead, her care provider starts talking induction, presented with a strong focus on the risk of infection. She’d really prefer a low or no intervention birth. She knows that induction statistically can lead to more interventions, including surgical birth. This turn of events is extremely stressful. She feels pressured, anxious and powerless. Often, she loses ownership of her experience at the get-go.

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Be Your Own Dear Friend + 5 Minute Meditation

When I am confused or upset, Roger my dear husband often says to me, “What is the kindest thing you can do for yourself right now?”. The kindest thing is always to extend a gentle attitude towards myself and then to act from that place. LovingKindness meditation has helped me learn how to become my own dear friend. That’s why I created this 5 minute lovingkindness meditation for you:

Using this meditation frequently will teach you how to be kinder towards yourself. We mothers can be our own biggest critics, when we need to be our biggest fans. Lovingkindness meditation is a gentle way to retrain your attitude towards yourself.

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