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Resources to help your journey

Scroll down to learn about books and website on yoga, pregnancy yoga, the postnatal time, women's health and find recommended practitioners

Pregnancy resources

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

 

Why Induction Matters by Rachel Reed

 

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League

Pearls of Birth Wisdom: An Inner Journey with Stories, Insights and Practices by Tessa Venuti Sanderson

 

Pelvic Girdle Pain

 

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

 

Tellmeagoodbirthstory.com - positive birth stories and buddies

 

Perineal massage - how to do it (you can order Weleda's perineal massage and stretchmark oil through me if you wish)

Postnatal resources

What Mothers Do: Especially When It Looks Like Nothing by Naomi Stadlen - Written from her notes of years of holding 'Mothers Talking' groups 

 

Yoni Shakti (Womb Power) by Uma Dunsmore-Tuli 2014 - There is a chapter specifically on postnatal, but whole book is useful and fascinating

 

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League

 

Our Babies, Ourselves by Meredith Small

 

Three in a Bed: the Benefits of Sleeping with your Baby by Deborah Jackson

 

BASISonline - baby sleep research and guidance

 

Diastasis Recti by Katy Bowman - I can teach you Hypopressive exercises for diastasis recti, incontinence, and prolapse

 

MASIC - Anal Sphincter Injury support

 

Juno magazine - my favourite parenting magazine - full of attachment parenting, babywearing, environmental aware gorgeousness (you can order here to let them know the recommendation came from me.

Family resources

My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids by Baron Baptiste

 

Yoga Pretzels: 50 Fun Activities for Kids & Grownups by Tara Guber & Leah Kalish - A box of big cards (not book)

 

Cosmickids - Really fun short videos of yoga stories

Recommended practitioners

General and maternity reflexology - Becca at Healing Space - I have been going to her for 10+ years

 

Specialist pregnancy and baby chiropractic treatment - Kelly at Dynamic Family Chiropractic - so many of my clients have benefited greatly

 

Post-dates natural induction and breech - Laura at Mama's Choice - ex-midwife with lots of different therapies at her disposal

 

Pregnancy, newborn, family shoots - Tina at Tina Cleary Photography - I've had fantastic family and business shoots with her

Pelvis-specific

First stop should be a referral to your NHS Women's Health Physio. (For faecal incontinence you can request a referral to the Colorectal clinic.)

 

Privately, look for your nearest Mummy MOT physio practitioner or a Holistic Pelvic Care therapist, who can do internal assessments and massage to release tightness. Most local to Reading is Sophie Geldard who trained in the technique after having issues herself. Andrea Clarke also comes highly recommended, but is further away (she also does phone consultations).

 

Dr Ruth Jones in Hampshire has been highly recommended to me for prolapse - a way to travel but an international expert

 

For womb massage, which can help with fertility, painful period cramps or checking that the uterus has returned to its proper place, locally I recommend Fiona-Jane Morley or in Essex / London Melonie Syrett.

 

Books

Heal Pelvic Pain by Amy Stein (practical exercises)

Wild Feminine by Tami Lyn Kent (beautiful exercises for reconnecting)

 

Devices

There are pelvic floor trainers that women I know have used very successfully, but I would recommend consulting someone who can do an internal assessment before using one.

The Elvie has been recommended to me as effective and easy to use, but there are many available.

 

**PLEASE - if you have found something or someone useful that is not listed here, please email me and tell me about it or her.**