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Blue Moon, Full Moon

Yes, it is this time of the month - and it's happening TWICE in 31 days! I'm talking about Saturday's Full Moon being a Blue Moon - i.e. the second time we have a Full Moon in a month. Nope, nothing to do with its colour or our Blue Planet 😉 Our next Full Moon...

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My Listening Ear sessions

I have mentioned many times in previous posts and Facebook vlogs how passionate I am about continuity of care and support. This is why 'Listening Ear sessions' are part of my antenatal services, whether you do a group course or a private course. They mean that: * You...

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I wanted to be an astronaut and go the Moon

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut and go to the Moon. Now, at the grand old age of 41, I do what's closest to this - I celebrate the Moon and its power every month, in a circle of beautiful, unique, powerful women. And this morning on my walk, the...

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Continuity of care – what I love the most about my job

Continuity of care You know what I love the most about my job, when it comes to pregnancy and birth? It's helping mums and dads towards the end of pregnancy. Yes, what I love about my job as a hypnobirthing instructor, doula, Reiki practitioner and hypnotherapist is...

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PTSD and parenting – research

Guest blog post by Hope Christie Everything I do is to either avoid trauma in the first place or resolve it. So when Hope contacted me to ask if I would be willing to help her spread the word about her research, I was delighted. Please feel free to share far and...

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I didn’t know (and Building Your Confidence for Birth)

I didn't know... I didn't know motherhood would be a completely new job in my life. I didn't know it would be a full-time job. I didn't know I would need instructions. I didn't know I wouldn't find these anywhere. I didn't know I would have to feel my way through it...

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Bastille Day and ‘full term’ in France

When is 'full term' in France? Yesterday was Bastille Day in France. Did you know that the way we calculate (I say 'we' because I'm French ) pregnant women's due date in France is different from the way it's done in the UK? Full term in France is 41 weeks, not 40. So...

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Partnership with Studio Bambino

If there is one thing I wish I had done when I was pregnant, it is to have paid for a photo shoot and some lovely framed photos. Instead, all I have is pictures of me, in my bra and knickers on the staircase against the backdrop of my yellow walls! I have dozens of...

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International Maternal Mental Health Day

Today is International Maternal Mental Health Day. Maternal mental health is a subject very close to my heart. I help prevent birth trauma, maternal anxiety and depression by providing a full antenatal course about preparing for the rest of your pregnancy, your labour...

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Do laid-back mamas need hypnobirthing classes?

One of the births I attended this year has left me even more passionate about sharing with my clients the situations they may find themselves in when they are in labour and birth, especially in a hospital environment, and showing them how well the Wise Hippo tools...

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My spiritual journey started in a sweat lodge

Today it struck me that I have gone full circle - but only to move forward, to rise even higher. Five years ago pretty much to the day, I went on a women's retreat and it's days like today that I realise how much it has shaped my life as a woman, as a mother, as a...

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Enjoy the journey!

On Sunday, we went for a walk in the woods near Nettlebed, in search of bluebells. We walked and we walked. There were a few here and there, but not quite open. We were disappointed that we were just one week too early. Next week, they would have been amazing. We...

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I wasn’t right

I come from a long line of perfectionists, on both sides of my family. A gift and a curse. It seems that perfectionism is transmitted through our behaviour but also our genes. I know that my parents tried and did their best, and did what they thought was best for them...

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How emotional eating ate away at me for more than two decades

For many years, you couldn't even tell I had emotional eating issues. I wasn’t really overweight and I certainly wasn’t going to talk about what was consuming me day in, day out. Only my closest friends knew. This is the trouble with these issues – they are often...

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5 things I wish I had known about diets

1) The success rate of ANY kind of diet is astoundingly low - only 2-5% of people who diet and lose weight keep the weight off beyond 6 months. 2) People, doctors, society, you think it's your fault if you can't diet for any length of time (without turning anorexic,...

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Five similarities between shaving yours legs and dieting

1. The more you shave, the more your hairs grow (thicker, wilder, darker). The more you diet, the more the fat around your body grows (sadly, not your muscles). 2. If you had never started, your hairs and your fat levels would be as Nature intended, you wouldn’t have...

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Single-tasking and mindfulness

Have you noticed how stressful multi-tasking can get? We think we're being productive, but really we're not. In the long term we're not. We get stressed, tired, maybe even exhausted, fuzzy-brained, mushy-brained, therefore unproductive. It is time to stop kidding...

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HypnoBirthing and HypnoMothering event on 25th April!

Having decided to consistently add my HypnoMothering class to my HypnoBirthing class (because preparing for motherhood is just as important as preparing for birth), turning it into a 6-week course, I also decided to hold a FREE event in the Wallingford area so that...

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HypnoBirthing – the book versus the 5-week course

I am occasionally asked whether reading the HypnoBirthing book is ‘enough’ – enough to have a comfortable, calm, easy birth. For some people, it is. In fact, I have heard of a few women having a very positive birthing experience, or even a wonderful birth, just by...

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IEMT

I will soon be a fully qualified IEMT practitioner. IEMT stands for Integral Eye Movement Therapy. It is the perfect complement to my HypnoBirthing classes. If you suffer from, for example, anxiety, stress, anger, insomnia, if you have self-confidence issues, food...

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HypnoMothering

Coming very soon to Wallingford: HypnoMothering classes! I will post further details on my website soon, but basically it is for mums-to-be as the perfect complement to their HypnoBirthing classes (whether these were with me or with another practitioner) and for new...

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My birth stories

It has been just over six months since my second daughter was born, so it was high time I polished my birth story and published it under the ‘Birth stories’ section of my website! You will find it there, along with the birth story of one of my recent clients. Another...

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The power of HypnoBirthing antenatally

Because of the snow, my current HypnoBirthing client has only just had her second class. In just 3 weeks of practice, HypnoBirthing has already 'changed her life' (in her own words): 'I sleep better, my back hurts less, I'm sooo relaxed and I handle stress much much...

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Relaxed and excited

Since about week 25, I have been feeling pre-labour warm-ups, aka Braxton Hicks. Hopefully labour is about 12-13 weeks away now, which leaves me plenty of time to practise my special breathing during these ‘warm-ups’. It is highly effective and it’s just wonderful to...

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Birth ROCKS Support Forums

Want to know more about HypnoBirthing™ (the Marie Mongan Method) and/or about baby wearing? On Monday 3 September, Catherine Carr will be showing us the many ways that you can carry your baby or toddler in the huge variety of slings and baby carriers available in the...

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A guest post about postnatal doulas

Katie Moore contacted me through my website yesterday and was interested in submitting one of her articles on postnatal doulas, the unique role they perform to help new mums and their families, as well as the benefits of hiring one. Katie is American but all she says...

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A HypnoBirthing™ birth

Have you ever seen a HypnoBirthing™ birth (a HypnoBirth) unfold? Sit comfortably and watch this video of Nancy’s calm, relaxed home water birth: http://www.mybirth.tv/video-play.cfm?id=180 You too could have a pain-free, fear-free, joyful birth (whether at home, in a...

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Birth affirmations

When you attend a HypnoBirthing™ course, your practitioner gives you two things in your first class: a copy of Marie Mongan’s book, HypnoBirthing™ – The Marie Mongan Method, and a CD created by Marie Mongan that has two 25-minute tracks: ‘Birth Affirmations’ and...

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It’s a…

… girl! She has everything in the right place and is growing well. We’re all delighted! (Shame the picture quality isn't very...

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HypnoBirthing™ quotes

In my mind, there are two quotes that expecting mothers should know about and remember throughout their pregnancy and labour. The first is by Jonathan Dye: According to physiological law, all natural, normal functions of the body are achieved without peril or pain....

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Second baby

So apparently, we’re ‘doing it again’. At times, it feels like pure folly (especially when my daughter, as the past few nights, has nightmares and won’t/can’t go back to sleep for hours, or even at all – yesterday she was awake from 1am till 8pm with only a 20mn nap...

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