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The Pregnancy Bible (ed.) Dr Anne Deans

 

Hypnobirthing by Marie Morgan (comes with a CD)

 

Mother's Breath: ... yoga breathing, sound and awareness practices for pregnancy, birth, post-natal recovery and mothering by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.

 

Yoni Shakti (Womb Power) by Uma Dunsmore-Tuli 2014

 

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

 

Home Births: Stories to Inspire and Inform (ed.)

Abigail Cairns

 

The Father's Home Birth Handbook by Leah Hazard

 

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League

 

If you develop pelvic girdle pain visit here for booklet

 

Websites

 

Pregnancy-related experiences such as antenatal screening and breastfeeding: www.healthtalkonline.org 

 

Research and advice about natural birth: AIMS.org.uk 

 

Politely decline to listen to negative stories about birth For positive stories www.tellmeagoodbirthstory.com 

 

For information on pregnancy diet see www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk

Pregnancy & Birth Resources

Useful books, articles & websites

Pregnancy & birth resources- books, articles, websites, birth videos, templates and handouts

Birth preferences template (Word doc)  pdf

These were my birth preferences for my two daughters.  Yours might be quite different, but hopefully it provides food for thought or a starting place for your specific pregnancy.

 

Pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy handout or see www.babycentre.co.uk for good diagrams

 

Perineal massage Oxford NHS handout

 

Yoga for the second trimester handout

 

Yoga for the third trimester handout

 

Yoga for breech babies handout

 

Yantra for birth

The yantra is a geometrical diagram used as an aid to meditation. The circle represents space, the star dynamic equilibrium, the cross multiplication and the bindu in the centre (normally a solid dot) supreme consciousness. I drew it as a focus for birth, to meditate on opening and softening.

 

Yoga for postnatal exercise handout  (NB note that this has a typo on - not psoas but piriformas!)

 

Exercising postnatally handout

Templates & Handouts

See how a baby twists and turns through the pelvis to be born (48 secs):  

Childbirth animation

 

Relaxation is a hugely important part of pregnancy. You want to go into the birth with your batteries fully-charged, not exhausted, for the physical and emotional journey ahead.

 

See Downloads page for guided relaxations

Golden Thread breath & Blooming Rose image

Videos (see also here)

My Pregnancy & Birth Colouring Book with Yoga Nidra

 

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A colouring book for expectant mums to support reflection during your pregnancy and preparation for birth. Includes link to two guided relaxations.

My videos on breathing techniques (on YouTube)

Golden thread breaths (6 mins) Slow and fast breaths (6 mins)

 

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See birth stories from my clients here (scroll down page, beyond testimonials)