Back in August last year, Jamie Oliver announced on Instagram the birth of his first child, a baby boy. In that announcement Jamie Oliver makes a reference about the fact that his oldest daughters, 14 and 12, were present during the latest stages of an “unbelievably composed” labour and birth and were the ones to cut their little brother’s umbilical cord.
Except, that the whole internet was up in arms. “Should you let your children watch you giving birth”? According to an article that appeared in The Guardian back in August, the question was even asked to Jacque Gerard, the Royal College of Midwives’ director for England, who stated that “if [birth] happens in a prepared, loving, and supportive environment […] it’s really positive and healthy”. And apparently, she continued to say women requesting for their children to be present while they give birth is on the increase in the UK, and “given that we are trying to improve choice, if having children present is part of that choice, we should be supporting women. Birth is a family event, and it affects everyone. With the right support and preparation, why shouldn’t they be involved?” Continue reading →
The point of mediation is to really tune into something, to really experience it. This means, for example, that if you are having a cup of coffee, you are really paying attention to the experience of having that cup of coffee. You are focusing on the warmth of the cup in your hands, the aroma, the texture, what it looks like, perhaps the sounds as it is being made, the taste, taking each individual moment – knowing the coffee is not going to be exactly the same from one moment to the next. You focus on each mouthful, just savouring each individual experience, and focusing only on that drink. You are NOT making mental to-do lists in your head, pulling on your coat/shoes as you gulp it down, watching the people at the next table, or checking your emails/social media while you are drinking it. Continue reading →
Ascia joined MummyNatal as a trainee teacher in 2014, and teaches classes in Middlesex. When Ascia became pregnant with her third baby in November 2015, she felt fortunate to be able to be able to use the MummyNatal practices for her own pregnancy and birth.
Here is her story, in her own words!
I was able to teach MummyNatal sessions late into my pregnancy, which was fantastic, as I really got a feel of the practices being pregnant myself. I was so excited to be able to use what i had taught during my own labour. Continue reading →
Jenni is one of our ‘brand ambassadors’ and a teacher who has trained into the majority of the programmes offered by The Natal Family – BabyNatal, First Aid (Paediatric and beyond) and MummyNatal. An active member of The Natal Family team, at home, Jenni is a wife and a mum to a lovely boy.Continue reading →
Laura has been a BabyNatal teacher since 2013 and has more recently trained in Developmental Baby Massage and MummyNatal. Laura is a fantastic mum to two very cute little girls (who look just like her), and she stands out as one of our most passionate and energetic Natal teachers. If you’re a new or expectant parent and live around Romford and Thurrock, you should definitely check Laura’s classes out!Continue reading →
“So I asked around, and apparently I have a baby bump. And I’m here to tell you that I do! I am not pregnant but I’ve had 3 kids, and there is a bump… From now on, ladies, I will have a bump, and it will be my baby bump! It’s not going anywhere. Its name is Violet, Sam and Sera” – Jennifer Garner, “Ellen”, August 2014.
As we all know, our bodies go through a lot of change during pregnancy, and among the many changes that mums-to-be experience are fluctuations to the size and shape of their breasts and rib cage, which is why it’s important to know what to do and what to expect when shopping for maternity bras, and later on, if you need one, for breastfeeding bras. Continue reading →
As a student, nights out at a cheesy club in town would regularly see me and my friends wailing along to Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer”. “Wooo we’re halfway there, wooo Living on a Prayer!”.
This song has been going round my mind quite a bit this week because, as the title suggests, I am now at 20 weeks in my pregnancy and thus, about halfway through.
One of the key milestones on offer to you during your pregnancy is the 20 week scan, or more officially the anomaly scan. A quick Google search will bring back hundreds of articles on what a sonographer is looking for and reading some stories could leave you quite fearful and hesitant going in to the scan. Some of the possible conditions that may be identified by the scan include Spina Bifida, cleft lips and limb deformities amongst others. However, there is no requirement to have any of these items checked for and/or to be told of their existence – it is completely up to you. Fortunately I have not have anything highlighted in any of the three scans that I have had so far, but if you do have anything highlighted to you, it is still your right to be fully informed by the medical professionals and to make the decision that is right for you and your unborn child. Continue reading →
When I was in my twenties I thought didn’t want children and I felt quite happy thank you very much pursuing a career as a Technical Author for an international software house. I never wanted to be a teacher. Ever. So how come I am sitting here now, writing about my role as a MummyNatal teacher, a role I work around my two children? Continue reading →