Holistic Health for Pregnancy and Birth
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Love2Birth offers a refreshing approach to birth, that supports you in having a birth that is loving, gentle and joyful. As well as offering the best preparation for your body, Love2Birth acknowledges birth as more than purely physical, exploring the emotional and spiritual aspects as well.
Through the unfolding story of your pregnancy and birth, you can discover a deeper sense of your Self. Each baby awakens in us a new awareness of who we Are.
I recommend my blend of Acupuncture and Counselling for Inner Inquiry, before conception (if possible) and throughout pregnancy, prior to the birth and afterwards. These treatments accompany you, as your pregnancy unfolds and are designed to help keep you in a state of balance.These treatments can also be taken up at anytime, when needed. Fathers can also benefit from this support during the pregnancy. Some clients decide that they only wish to have Acupuncture or Counselling for Inner Inquiry, and so I treat them with the one modality that they prefer.
Acupuncture balances the Yang, which is the growing, warming and moving force in the body and the Yin, which is the nourishing, cooling and resting force in the body. All are needed for pregnancy and birth. Acupuncture can be useful to enhance well being in the early weeks if 'rebellious Qi" is invading the stomach which can be experienced as nausea.
Go to this page for some research articles on the use of Acupuncture during pregnancy.
In 1996, a draft report on the clinical practice of acupuncture was reviewed at the WHO (World Health Organisation)Consultation on Acupuncture held in Cervia, Italy. The participants recommended that WHO should revise the report, focusing on data from controlled clinical trials. This publication is the outcome of that process.For Chilbirth please go to point no 2.1.7 and for Gynaecological and Obstetric Disorders to point no 2.8 under chapter 2. Review of Clinical Trial Reports.
Fears about this pregnancy and birth or a disappointment over a previous one, can be explored with the Counselling for Inner Inquiry. The position of a baby in the womb, can reflect how the mother is feeling. She may be nervous of giving birth, holding onto previous experiences or not yet aligned within herself to give birth. This may be that she is not yet ready to let go of the pregnancy or is apprehensive about motherhood and the changes that she perceives it will bring. She may be exhausted through doing too much or by working late into her pregnancy. Counselling can be helpful in looking at all these issues and to why we create stress in our lives. As an example, one woman who's baby was in a breech position came to me for counselling, as she felt reluctant to birth her beautiful baby into a world that she perceived as unloving and harsh. Through the Counselling for Inner Inquiry, she was able to perceive the world differently and to see the benefit of birthing the Light or Innocence of her baby into the world for the healing of the planet. The baby turned and they went on to have a beautiful birth at home with a doula.
Another mum, who's baby was breech together with the bi cornate shape of her uterus, meant that the safest option for her was a caesarian. With the counselling she was able to celebrate this form of birth and to lovingly let go of her wish for a 'natural' birth.
To understand how Acupuncture works and my style of counselling, called Counselling for Inner Inquiry, please go to these pages on my website.
To complete your holistic approach to your birth, I encourage you to look at my birth preparation course Birthing Together . This is a holistic course looking at the mind, body and heart connection to birth. If you want to birth as a couple in freedom and in love, then this is the course for you!
* Article : 5 common questions during pregnancy.
*Here is an article that shows that the uterus in health corresponds to the 'golden rule.'
* Interesting article on new thinking by Canadian Obstetricians about automatic C-sections and Breech presentation babies.
*The Gut Microbiota and Caesarian Sections.
* Breech Prsentation and the use of Moxibustion.
"Amanda’s classes had a profound influence on my feelings about the birth and my central role as a father within it. The classes enabled me to approach the whole experience with a sense of oneness, love and closeness and I also felt much more confident of my place in the process of preparing for and giving birth. The classes removed any sense of anxiety about the birth, instead they gave me a feeling of excitement, warmth and confidence. Thank you Amanda! "