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10 things that will astound you about your baby.

For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that my theme for January is Connecting to your Unborn Baby. I love to start the year with this because it forms the basis of everything that I teach about pregnancy and birth. It is the essence of a holistic...

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Holistic Birth

There is a lot of talk about holistic health and living but how does it apply to pregnancy and birth and what difference does it make? Fifteen years ago, I dismissed it as just another fad. After all I was still working in the hospital system and following hospital...

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Fear, Love and Birth

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. ― John Lennon Just as the fear of an actress before she steps on...

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5 Tips for Expats Expecting

You’ve just landed in a foreign country on an expat assignment and you find out you are pregnant. All of a sudden everything changes because you are bringing a baby into the world. Naturally you want everything to be perfect and instead it all just feels strange. I...

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The Importance of Words

Way back when I was still working in labor room, I would often get handed birth plans with requests stated in the negative “no Pitocin, no breaking of the membranes, no pain medication” and so forth. Very often, despite our best attempts to honor these requests, they would end up getting every intervention they did not want and nobody was happy. This is because “energy goes where thought flows.” Changing the words makes a big difference to how your mind perceives your intentions.

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Every labor is unique, individual and variable.

Without doubt these are the 3 most common fears of pregnant women.

1. What does it feel like? (expectation based)
2. How long it will take?(time based)
3. What will happen? (outcome based)

But there is one thing that we know for sure. Every labor is unique, individual and variable.
In other words – the facts and the physiology will always be the same…

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Marathons and Birth

Over the years I have often found myself comparing birth preparation in the same way that you would prepare for a marathon. Now don’t get me wrong, I know that many of you have never run a marathon and probably never will (myself included) but a marathon is merely a long-lasting or challenging task or event of a special kind. I am sure that there is something that you have done in the past that fits that description. It could even refer to a more sedentary task like studying

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