Posted on

Trust your birth intuition

Trusting your birth intuition can make all the difference. by Sophie Fletcher I wanted to talk to you about birth intuition today, as it is so important with birth.  One of my mantras is ‘trust your intuition’, but it’s a bit of a floppy suggestion, what does that actually mean?  What is your birth intuition…

Posted on

I’m going to give birth! How is my body going to do it?

Understand how your body is designed to birth your baby.  by Sophie Fletcher I never really thought much about how I’d get the baby out; to be frank I’m a genuinely in the moment person, I tackle things as they happen and I don’t get scared of much, expect for missing my train and being late.…

Posted on

What’s it like to be a birth partner?

My first experience as  a Doula really taught me how it is to be a birth partner. By Sophie Fletcher I’ve been teaching antenatal hypnosis classes for nearly 7 years now, and designed the Mindful Mamma class with my friend and colleague Mia Scotland.  So I’ve learned a lot, read a lot, worked with hundreds…

Posted on

White Coat Syndrome in Pregnancy.

by Sophie Fletcher One of my clients at the moment (I have permission to post this) is having a tough time of it and suffers badly from white coat syndrome. She is absolutely set on a homebirth, because she feels anxious in a hospital environment, but has been challenged every step of the way. Not…

Posted on

I’ve done mindful hypnobirthing. Will I know I’m in Labour?

By Sophie Fletcher When teaching classes using hypnobirthing techniques, I often come across people who are sometimes worried about not knowing they are in labour and not getting to the hospital in time. Many women who do the Mindful Mamma  hypnobirthing class just don’t experience the type of pain or drama that you associate with labour…

Posted on

Why the Amish Birth So Well.

I’ve been really interested in how Amish women birth recently as they nearly all birth at home, unless there is a medical risk. This is partly cultural but also because of expense of going into hospital or antenatal care, many Amish don’t have insurance.  Interestingly, research shows that despite a higher prevalence of several risk factors…

Posted on

You pass your due date and it’s “have you had the baby yet?”.

The due date countdown and friends who can’t help asking is the baby is here yet. by Sophie Fletcher “Have you had the baby yet?” is a question that you may here more and more as you approach your due date. As much as they love their friends and family this text or call can…

Posted on

Katie’s cat. Birth like a mammal.

By Sophie Fletcher Yesterday my friend Katie rang to say her cat, Sox, had finally given birth to the kittens we knew she was expecting. Last week we were watching her intently over coffee, her belly swaying in time with her step, noticing that as she lay down in various places in the sun trying…

Posted on

Why the Fuss About Birth and not about the baby?

 Why the fuss about birth and not the baby?  By Sophie Fletcher “Whatever the present moment contains, accept is as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”  Eckhart Tolle Recently I was reminded by…