In her own words, Becky's story, we all need to talk to enable us to #breakthestigma and support each other.
I have been running antenatal and baby classes for over 10 years now.
I had the awful news just under a year ago that one of our mums had taken her own life after suffering from depression. She had been taking classes with us for almost a year and I had had regular chats with her. I had no idea how much she was suffering. I was shocked to the core to hear the news that she taken her life leaving behind a little girl not yet 18 months old.
I’ve said it before, I will say it again, birth is bloody important!! It’s not how you birth that is important, it is how you feel about how your birth went that is important!
There will always be those of us who aren’t able to have a straight forward birth, and we need to be making sure that we still feel empowered, understanding, accepting and confident about how we birth.
I thought a while about the title of this blog…my initial title was “How to survive the 4th Trimster” but, I work so hard to try and ensure parents actually enjoy the early days and weeks, why write a blog suggesting you just have to get through it? I LOVED the 4th trimester, but have to be honest and say not so much with first baby, a bit more with second and really loved it with my boy!! Not because he was my boy, but because I learnt to go with it, to relax, to stop worrying about “bad habits” and to enjoy him, because in the blink of an eye it is over!
In this weeks blog I have chosen to write about the out breath used in second stage labour. This topic has come up this week in classes, as we had a birth story where a mum was told not to use the out breath. As this is one of the techniques we encourage in our Daisy Birthing classes, I felt some explanation was needed as to the importance of breathing in labour.