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The Birth of Fleur

The Birth of Fleur

Caroline & Ed attended a Hypnobirthing Workshop with me in February and welcomed Fleur into the world last week. Congratulations! “Hi Louise, Ed and I wanted to let you know that we welcomed baby girl Fleur into the world on Saturday 🌸💕 (41w+3) The birth was quite incredible. At Crowborough Birth Centre, in the water and 4 hours from the very first pang at home to the last push in the water. Gas and air – no stitches. It was…

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How to build a Portable Birth Nest

How to build a Portable Birth Nest

If you’ve learnt and understood about birth hormones and why the environment you’re birthing in will have a big impact on how you labour progresses, you’ll understand why a portable birth nest is really important. Portable because wherever you’re planning on having your baby you might end up somewhere else. This is something that’s so easy to do and plan for and will minimise the impact of a journey during labour or of an unfamiliar environment. With Hypnobirthing one of…

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Crowborough Birth Centre

Crowborough Birth Centre

Crowborough Birth Centre‘s had some fabulous refurbishment this year. Scroll through to see the beautiful murals, the birthing pools and the postnatal rooms with double beds so your partner can stay with you and your baby overnight afterwards. That’s right, during those first few precious, bonding, magical, emotive, sometimes overwhelming days of your new life as a family your partner DOESN’T have to squash into a chair or curl up on the floor like a dog to sleep and they…

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Place of Birth – Where do you want to have your baby?

Place of Birth – Where do you want to have your baby?

This is often a big topic for parents at my Hypnobirthing Workshops, my NCT Antenatal Courses and at my free Positive Birth Movement antenatal gatherings. Where will YOU feel safest? Hospital? Home? Birth Centre? … Why? We’re all different so it’s important that you make your OWN choice but in an INFORMED way. As you read on you might think “Oh, she’s definitely bigging-up the Birth Centres over the Hospital.” Rubbish – I’m merely presenting the stats and facts to…

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Hypnobirthing … What’s the evidence?

Hypnobirthing … What’s the evidence?

…. Frustratingly inconclusive, that’s what! … regardless of whether you’re looking at for, or against. Because, unfortunately, bottom line is that there are lots of limitations on the studies of hypnosis for pain relief in birth. The studies we have are recognised to be of low quality because of the methods used. However, the available evidence suggests that Hypnobirthing training & practice is helpful for women in labour and reduces the overall use of pain medication and that it’s particularly…

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Induction Considerations

Induction Considerations

First of all let me make it clear that what I’ve put together here are things for you to consider if induction is offered to you. Only you know what’s the right decision for you and your baby. And, let’s be absolutely clear – ‘offered’ is a key word here…. I speak to SO MANY mums who say things like ‘they won’t let me go past X weeks’ or ‘I’m not allowed to go past X weeks’ or ‘my midwife has said I have…

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The Birth Of Molly

The Birth Of Molly

“Our daughter, Molly, was born on the 16th August and we’ve been meaning to get in contact to let you know what a positive experience we had and to thank you for all your help in preparation for the big day!  My waters broke at midday on the 15th August and after a trip to Pembury to be assessed, it was confirmed that my contractions were starting. This was exciting news for Jon and I as we’d been religiously listening…

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The birth of Juniper

The birth of Juniper

  I woke up at 2am on 30thMay with what I interpreted as the beginnings of labour – contractions that felt a bit more intense than the ‘twinges’ I’d been having beforehand. I was sleeping in Martha’s room – Martha and Charlie were in our room. This was the best arrangement because it gave me a bit of space. The contractions were few and far between and I was able to doze and listen to a hypnobirthing track or two….

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The Birth of George

The Birth of George

Whiling away the hours staring at our new-born son, I often find myself casting my mind back to his birth. The memories I have are not of the horrific scenes we are so often bombarded with in today’s society, but of positivity, empowerment, sheer determination, and a sense of awe in regard to the power our bodies possess, and our mind’s ability to remain completely focused at such a time. I spent the first 35 weeks of my pregnancy consumed…

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The Birth of Imogen

The Birth of Imogen

Dear Louise We have a baby girl: Imogen Lara born on Tuesday 27 February! Born on the day the Beast from the East hit Tunbridge Wells, Imogen’s arrival was otherwise drama free and we had a great experience at Pembury. I woke at 3am with mild cramps and knew that labour had started. I managed to stay at home until 2pm but during that time the labour progressed quickly and I managed to focus on my breathing and remained calm…

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