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New Class

February 6th, 2013

Thanks to an apparent baby boom and therefore unprecedented  levels of demand ( I blame the recession, the wet summer and fifty shades of grey!!)I am running another class from 5-6.30 on Mondays. it will be a Yoga for Pregnancy class only ( not Active Birth and Yoga for Pregnancy like the later class) and will be yoga focussed. If its the yoga you are most interested in, fancy an earlier bed time or would like to use it as a stop-gap whilst you wait for a place in the later class then do let me know in the usual way.

Climbing the Birth Mountain

January 29th, 2013

Climbing the birth mountain……….

 So, I was at another birth at the weekend, a little girl born to very heroic parents after a really long and tough but incredible experience. Despite the long hours and the hard work, the culmination in a healthy mummy and baby brought all the tears of amazement and jubilation that an easier birth would have. Like all births, it was filled with its share of truly magical moments; the gentle touch of amazing midwives, whose capacity to dish out true kindness to strangers must be almost unrivalled, little intimacies between the mother and father that make you feel so glad for their baby, and as always, a mother who digs deep and then deeper still to find reserves even when they can only have run dry. I never fail to be amazed at the courage of women in labour, and their ability to find their own way- usually unplanned- of getting themselves through.

But I also never fail to marvel at how hard labour can be. And that is the reason I am writing, because as time fades, the magnitude of the birth fades and we are left with just the happy cocktail and the amazing moments. But it is important that we recognise as well how big, how awesome and how plain hard it can be to give birth, especially first time around.

That is not to say that I in any way go back on the creeds I have lived by the last ten years as a birth teacher. I maintain that the mind plays a huge part in the process and that being positive and embracing the experience will definitely make it easier. I maintain that the body really does know what to do and that a good birth is a truly amazing experience and one that I would like more mothers to have the benefit of. But at no time should we get complacent and think that first time around it could or will ever be a walk in the park. Even an easy birth has its hard parts. And it’s those bits, the hurdles, that we need not only to be realistic about but to truly prepare for.

Being honest about birth is not designed to put you off. This is no horror story. Far from it. But the story of birth is a proper kaleidoscopic one, that brings with it an avalanche of physical, mental and emotional experiences, and recognising that it will in all likelihood be the biggest experience of your whole life is unequivocally a good thing.  Birth, easy or hard, will require at some point, every bit of reserve, grit and steely determination you can find, but I am yet to look after a woman in labour who hasn’t got them all in spades. We are- if I may say so myself- truly amazing.

Whilst there are many reasons that a natural birth is a good thing, starting on the path of motherhood having proved to yourself that you are really quite extraordinary, probably more so than you ever knew, is a pretty good way to start. For as magic as motherhood is, there will undoubtedly be times when the ability to dig deep and to surprise yourself will be a very useful tool. Patience, steely grit, determination and finding those extra reserves when they have all but run out is part and parcel of a good birth, and a very necessary part of motherhood too. As is often said, ‘birth is just the beginning’.

December 13th, 2012

Yoga for Pregnancy dvd orders - orders an now only be fulfilled as of January 12th. If you are interested in a copy of the dvd please buy through amazon ( which at the moment wont allow me on to its website but suspect it is my computer and not their server) but just look up Buddhabellies Yoga for Pregnancy DVD.

Warm wishes.


Happy Christmas

December 11th, 2012

I cant believe it is the end of yet another year, and my poor blog has suffered great neglect. Will focus more on it in 2013.

Classes have now finished for the year. The prenatal class resumes Monday 14th january at 7-9pm. Booking essential as the class is now full and I have started a wait-list. Please do email your interest and I will let you know as soon as a place becomes available.

The next postnatal session starts on Monday 21st January and runs between 10.30 and 12 for six weeks. Please email for a place as places are much more limuted than the prenatal class and the next course is filling up fast.

I am away until Jan 2012 and will reply to anything unanswered on my return.

In the meantime, wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.



September 17th, 2012

The first of two six week autumn sessions has begun and we had a lovely class this morning. There are still two places available so if anyone is interested then you are more than welcome to still join us. Please email me on

Summer Holidays

August 1st, 2012

I am going barefoot and screen free for the summer….all emails and calls will be returned on September 1st. First class back is September third. Leave a message to book as places are filling up fast and will soon go to a wait list.

Prenatal Yoga

July 25th, 2012

Next monday is our last session for the summer, before we start back on Monday September 3rd. please email asap to secure your September place as the class is filling up fast!! Happy summer everyone……..

Postnatal Yoga Course

June 10th, 2012

There are two places remaining for the postnatal yoga course that starts Monday June 11th. Email for details or to book. Its always a really lovely class and the perfect way to start the week.

Pre and Postnatal Class

July 28th, 2011

Monday 1st August is the last class before the summer break. Prenatal classes will resume Monday September 5th. Please email your interest or to book a place. The next six-week postnatal course starts on Monday 12th September. Places strictly limited so again email your interest. After August 2nd I will respond to all email inquiries from 22nd august onwards.

Happy Summer!!


Hooray for Home Births

July 18th, 2011

In what could be considered an unexpected reversal of standard sentiment, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists ( that is not the RC of Midwives) are recommending a trend towards more home births ( in the Daily Mail, see previous link, and here in the Telegraph )for low risk mothers and pregnancies, saying that up to a third of all births could safely be born at home. Though pressure on NHS resources is a disappointing reason for the push, it is not the only reason and regardless of where the moves are coming from, the impact on birth practice in this country should be largely positive. Whilst it would be unwise to deny a low-risk mother the option of hospital if that is what she chooses ( women birth better where they feel the safest) , it will hopefully mean that women who are interested in home births might well come up against less resistance to their idea. It might also open up the debate on place of birth and inspire confidence in home birth as truly safe option. Inevitably, it will spark the black and white home v hospital debate in the media, always complete with isolated case studies about women who did and didn’t have a good time in either setting (which ultimately tells us absolutely nothing about where we should give birth) but it should also at least give credence to home birth as a viable, and for once, even preferable option for some. Watch this space.