Planning a water birth at home: all you need to know about birth pools

Following our recent blog post on the benefits of home births, a lot of expectant parents have been in touch to ask whether you can have a water birth at home. In order to shed some light on the options that are available to families who choose to birth at home and in water, we have collected some information on birth pools that we hope you’ll find useful when making your choices.

I am planning a home birth – can I have a birth pool?

The short answer is YES. But there are a few things that you’ll need to consider before you go ahead and make a decision. Broadly speaking you have two options here – you can either buy or hire your birth pool. Continue reading

What are the benefits of a home birth?

Where will you give birth to your baby? In a hospital, in a birth centre, at home? For many people, this is a straightforward answer, either way. While some women wouldn’t consider giving birth anywhere other than in a hospital, some women wouldn’t give a hospital a second thought.what are the benefits of a home birth? MummyNatal

Why? Isn’t a home birth a lot riskier?

Not inherently, no.

When it comes to safety and the need for life-saving interventions, we are so used to talking about the risks of home births and the benefits of hospital births that the perception that home births are not as safe has become ingrained in people’s minds. Continue reading

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

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

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