Present at My Siblings’ Home Births

This is a guest post from Fritha who blogs at Tigerlilly Quinn. When she mentioned that she had been present at her siblings’ births, I was intrigued as to what those experiences were like for her. On our KG Hypnobirthing course, Katharine Graves mentioned that often young children aren’t too phased by births because adults do a great many odd things and giving birth might be just another of them. Thank you, Fritha, for sharing your story here. I am second eldest of a family of five children, all born at home. My mother is (as you might have guessed)…

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Our KG Hypnobirthing Journey – Finishing the Course

“You realise that your eyelids are so relaxed they stay closed of their own accord. Even if you wanted to open them, you will find they stay shut. In fact you can try this for yourself in a minute and you will find the more you try to open them the more firmly they stay shut. Try now to open them and see how you cannot open them – they stay shut. That’s fine,” the calm voice of Katharine Graves reassured us. My body is designed to give birth efficiently and easily. I honestly tried and couldn’t. I relaxed into…

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Seven Secrets of a Joyful Birth – book review

I know lots of people who say that when it comes to all things parenting, shut the books and just follow your instinct. I agree to an extent. I think we’ve got to be mindful about what we dwell on – does what we’re hearing ring true to us or does it make us unduly anxious? But I don’t think that means we shouldn’t read. Books make it possible for valuable knowledge to be passed across generations and cultures. They can challenge us to sort out instinct from social conditioning, which can sometimes feel like the same thing. They can…

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Our reasons for choosing a doula

So, we met the doula we were checking out on Friday (23 weeks!) and got such a good feeling that we decided to go ahead with her. Just waiting to hear back from her now. I’m incredibly indecisive with these things, especially anything that involves money, so it was just as well we had all that time on the Megabus to and from London yesterday for the second half of our hypnobirthing course with Katherine Graves. All in all, it feels like a few pieces of a puzzle are coming together for this birth. Not that that’s a puzzle that…

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Our KG Hypnobirthing Journey – The course, part one

Disagreements and skepticism were welcomed in the room as Katharine Graves confidently began the HypnoBirthing course we’d decided to attend. She acknowledged that the prefix “Hypno” was enough to make many people instantly conjure up “hippies, beanbags and chanting” and wonder whether it made any real sense. What there was no question about was that she had no question herself that KG HypnoBirthing works. Hers is certainty born of experience, not just intellect. Laurence and I had come at it from sort of different angles. He wasn’t sure what it was or how effective it could be but was willing…

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22 Weeks Pregnant – Starting to prepare

“Hello, baby,” Talitha says to my bump, “Having a nice day?” She catches me off guard every time. It’s not something I’ve taught her to do but I suppose she finds it natural to include the baby in our day-to-day lives as it becomes an obvious presence, i.e. I grow bigger. Often, I find that she is the one to remind me that the baby is there. I am caught up in life with her. There are so many things happening. Her language continues to leap, she’s become obsessed with letters and their sounds, she’s potty training (successfully this time!)…

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Win a Mother and Baby Pack from Katharine Botanicals

Calendula. It’s a word that didn’t enter my life before I became a mother. Oh, I’d probably heard it before but I wasn’t paying attention. Becoming responsible for a whole new person, so fragile, right at the beginning of her journey, made me become a lot more conscious of the ingredients found in the lotions and potions that have become part of our everyday lives. Now, I’m enamoured of anything that leaves out the parabens, employs active, natural ingredients while still smelling and making me feel beautiful. Katharine Botanicals seems to tick all of those boxes. The Stretch Mark Lotion,…

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