Children present during labour and birth? Here’s what our Natal teachers say

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 Harrison baby 3“unbelievably composed” labour and birth and were the ones to cut their little brother’s umbilical cord.

Very sweet.

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

A Natal teacher in the spotlight – Zoe’s MummyNatal journey

You may have noticed a few interviews with some of our lovely Natal teachers lately, and this week we talk to Zoe, our MummyNatal and BabyNatal teacher for Birmingham (South West), who provides our fantastic Natal classes in her local area through her company Bumps to Bubbas . Continue reading

How being a MummyNatal teacher can make a difference – Jenni’s story

Meet Jenni.

Jenni is one of our ‘brand ambassadors’ and a teacher who has trained into the majority of the programmes offered by The Natal FamilyBabyNatal, 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.mnjenni Continue reading

A Natal teacher in the spotlight – Laura’s VBAC story

Meet Laura.

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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

Another MummyNatal birth story!

11098348_835492616517869_1017329643_nOur fourth Natal baby arrived two weeks ago (where has the time gone?!) and it was such an experience!

This is my birth story…

Throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy, I had regularly been experiencing practice contractions, which steadily had gotten stronger the further along my pregnancy progressed. Dean and I had joked that when it finally all started, that we wouldn’t know if it was really it, until a baby arrived or not… which turned out not to be that far from the truth! Continue reading

I am not a hero – I was too scared to have an epidural!

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This blog comes from our Natal teacher Sara Bussandri, exploring the feelings, knowledge and choices which made each of her births similar and yet so different…

I have 3 children, and I was blessed with 3 fairly straightforward pregnancies, labours and births. In terms of pain relief I took varying degrees of medication during the births of my children, culminating in the drug-free home birth of my third boy.

I don’t normally go round making a big song and dance about the fact that I didn’t have any pain relief, but when I do mention that I had a home birth, it always comes up, as people often assume that no pain relief is available when birthing at home (which isn’t exactly the case, although it’s true that some forms of pain relief aren’t available). So inevitably, when I say to people that I had no drugs for my third, I always get comments like “oh, you’re so brave” or “I could never do it”, and they sadden me a bit.

And here’s why. Continue reading

My journey towards choosing a home birth

20140821_150337I didn’t always want a home birth. I remember how crazy the idea sounded to me when a midwife during my first pregnancy back in 2008 asked me whether I’d consider giving birth at home. Little did I know that nearly 6 years later I would choose to give birth to my third child at home!

Before I get into it, I just want you to know that I didn’t write this post because I’m trying to convince you to have a home birth or because I think a home birth is for everyone. I didn’t write this post to tell you about the benefits of home birth either, which is why I won’t tell you WHY I ended up choosing one. I wrote this post because I want to share my journey and show you HOW it’s possible to go from not even thinking of home birth as an option to actually having one, and by choice. Continue reading

A MummyNatal birth story

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Last year at Natal HQ, we welcomed our own little arrival on Sunday 4th August 2013 at 1.08am. Baby Brock was born at home, weighing 7lbs 11oz.

His birth was even more special as it was my opportunity to use our MummyNatal techniques for the first time during a real labour and birth!  Continue reading