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A Hypnobirthing mum’s top tips on how to cope with Toddler Tantrums

A Hypnobirthing mum’s top tips on how to cope with Toddler Tantrums My son has just had his second birthday. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and now I have a very confident, chatty, hilarious, caring, gorgeous, defiant little boy. However, his transition from babyhood to toddler has caused some epic meltdowns. This could be due to anything. Topics include but are not limited to now being allowed to eat whatever I am eating, because the cat jumped on the sofa, because outside is outside, not being allowed to go to bed in the garden because he is not allowed to live at his cousin’s house…. So here are my top tips on how to cope with toddler tantrums. There is a caveate though, I am by no means a child psychologist or training childcare professional thes...Read More

New Positive Birth Story – First time mum using Hypnobirthing with Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing

New Positive Birth Story – First time mum using Hypnobirthing with Bucks and Berks Hypnobirthing I absolutely adore hearing the wonderful birth stories from the parents I work with. Here is a wonderful positive birth story from one of my first time mums. Thank you, Natalie, for sharing. Dear Ruth, Hope you’re well! Just to let you know that baby was born on Friday at 00.12am. Came completely of her own accord (baby knows best) and I managed to stay at home (with the help of positive birth statements, ball bouncing and tens machine) until 8 cm dilated. Got to Birth Centre at 10.45pm, had a bit of gas and air, in pool by 11.30pm, baby out at 00.12am, weighing in at 8lb 4oz. Perfect birth story. Really think the hypno stuff helped me more than I thought it would to be honest, ...Read More

Guest Blog – Emma Barden the Lactavist: My journey to becoming a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Guest Blog – Emma Barden the Lactavist: My journey to becoming a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter This week is a wonderful guest blog from the lovely Emma proclaimed Lactivist about her breast feeding journey and how she became a peer supporter! I never thought I would be writing a blog post about breastfeeding and my experience as a Peer Supporter; but I am! By the way I’m Emma, an APUK Facilitator, and part-time working mum to 21-month-old Tabitha. When our breastfeeding journey started may moons ago, I didn’t imagine I would still be nursing so far down the line. I didn’t even know that people breastfed past the very first few months of babyhood. I had planned to breastfeed for the first few weeks and slowly introduce formula once my supply was established, (my NCT teacher said th...Read More

How to Achieve a Positive Birth – Hypnobirthing Top Tips

How to Achieve a Positive Birth – Hypnobirthing Top Tips One of my main aims in life is to distil the myth that birth is painful, scary and should be feared. Here are my top Hypnobirthing tips on how to achieve a positive birth. In British culture, it is almost a badge of honor to have a birth horror story. Mum’s even seem to enjoy relaying these stories to fellow mum’s or even freaking out mum’s to be. Yes, becoming a mother is a right of passage and the memories of birth will shape you for the rest of your life but it doesn’t have to be in a negative way. My top tips for achieving a positive birth are: 1) Get educated There are lots of birth preparation classes out there. Of course, I am totally biased but for me, Hypnobirthing is the best. That’s ...Read More

Number one question asked by first time Dad’s – Hypnobirthing FAO

Number one question asked by first time Dad’s – Hypnobirthing FAO As a Hypnobirthing Teacher I get asked all kinds of questions ranging from questions about worries and fears (tearing etc) to hospital protocols (being allowed). However, the number one question I get asked by first time Dad’s is….. drum roll, please…. “When do I call the hospital?” Dad’s are pretty practical with all this birth stuff and they need logical steps to follow. I am generalizing here I know but I think it gives them a purpose and something to do. Most of the time my first-time parents go to a Birth Centre or Labour ward to welcome their little one into the world so this is a ‘step’ in the process Dad’s are quite concerned with. I have two parts...Read More

Surviving a long-haul flight with a baby or toddler. A Hypnobirthing Mum’s Tips

Surviving a long-haul flight with a baby or toddler. A Hypnobirthing Mum’s Tips Today’s blog is a little different from my normal blogs as I tend to write about birth preparation however, I have just come back from the most fabulous holiday and I thought I’d pass on my tips for surviving a long-haul flight with a baby/toddler. Our flight was 10.5 hours which is a pretty long time for a nearly 2-year-old to keep calm and happy in a confined space. As my little boy hadn’t turned two he didn’t get his own seat which was quite challenging! Tip 1 – Call your flight provider and reserve a bassinet seat These seats are usually in the middle section of the plane near the doors. They have extra leg room, so if you have a crawling or walking baby they have roo...Read More

Affirmations – What are they and how to use them for birth?

Affirmations – What are they and how to use them for birth? You may have heard of affirmations or even used them for personal development in the past or maybe you have no idea what they are? This blog is about what they are and how to use them to have a positive on your pregnancy and birth. Affirmations are sentences used to send messages to the mind to energise, motivate, inspire, and improve confidence. By regularly repeating positive statements, you create images in the mind that then programme the subconscious to influence thought patterns, habits, and behaviours. Some examples for birth are: • My body is designed to give birth naturally and easily • I birth my baby calm and confidently • With each surge, I feel calm and relaxed So how do you use Affirmations? My best piece of advi...Read More

For all of the book worms – My top Birth Preparation Books

For all of the book worms – My top Birth Preparation Books I am a little bit of a book worm, however, since my son entered the world I mainly stick to audio books because as soon as I pick up a book he wants my attention. So here are my top recommendations for a good read before the arrival of your little one: 1) The Hypnobirthing Book by KG Hypnobirthing http://www.kghypnobirthing.com/books.html – As a KG Hypnobirthing teacher, this is the book that supports the course I deliver. Written by Kathrine Graves the Hypnobirthing extraordinaire it follows the format of the course giving additional information on the biology of birth, how the mind affects the body, how words affect the mind, stages of labour, supporting information on the relaxation techniques taught in the class...Read More