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Chiropractic help in pregnancy and postnatally.

I suggest to mums that a visit to a chiropractor may be a good option to consider before birth, particularly if there have been issues with a difficult presentation in any previous births. It’s important that you go to someone who is properly trained in this area. I asked Naomi who is an experienced practitioner…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Beginner’s Guide to a Confident Birth

By Sophie Fletcher, Mindful Mamma Sophie Fletcher is a founding member of Mindful Mamma, Doula, Clinical Hypnotherapist and specialist advisor for the National Council for Hypnotherapy on Pregnancy and birth.  Her book “Mindful  Hypnobirthing” will be published by Vermillion in 2014. Classes are run across the UK, it’s a one day class to hypnosis and…

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Birth Time, Magical Time. Finding depth and space to birth in timelessness.

Birth Time, Magical Time By Sophie Fletcher There is a reason why I say no clocks or watches in the birth room, it’s birth time not day time. Focussing on the passing of time can actually slow it down, doesn’t time go faster when you are not fixated on a clock or watch? I recently…

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Make Birth Your Own.

Recently a mother who had been on one of our Mindful Mamma hypnobirthing classes gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, without pain relief in a major regional hospital.She had a wonderful experience, and even when ventouse was needed she continued to use the techniques she had learned in the class, relying on her body’s…

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Seven months pregnant and counting.

Seven months pregnant and counting  By Sophie Fletcher Seven. This seems to be a significant number when it comes to birth and the feelings that arise at seven months pregnant. Phone calls from mums enquiring about our Mindful Mamma antenatal classes often come when they are seven months pregnant, a frantic “I’ve only got 12…

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Nature Nurtures Birth

OMG OMG OMG. How excited can I get about ducklings? Two have hatched today in my garden. I saw their dark brown fluffy bodies and beautiful shiny eyes, and heard their cute cheep cheep. Seeing them peer out from their nest was almost as lovely as seeing a new baby born, looking up from her…

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Birth but not as we know it….

On Friday as I was leaving for work, I explained to my 5 year old that I was running a day teaching women how to give birth. His reply was “well that’s easy isn’t it, you just need to relax.” Pleasantly surprised that all my work on birth had begun to see the growth of…