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Hannah listening to Joshua’s heartbeat Have you ever wondered whether the caesarean you had, or the one you’re being told you need, was or is really necessary?  I know many women who’ve been told that they require a caesarean because their baby is too big or hasn’t engaged, etc.  Recently I’ve been wondering again whether these reasons are really valid and why so many of us are now having medical intervention to get our babies out. Then, quite...

Joshi being weighed at home in the room where he was born I feel incredibly blessed and grateful.  I feel blessed because when I became pregnant I somehow came across all the right people at the right time.  Ultimately this led to me being able to have the birth for Joshi that I wanted.  Joshi was born at home into a pool of water in the middle of our living room.  Yes, it was calm and peaceful and candle-lit and sacred chants were playing when he came out, but ultimately...

I’m no expert, but I’ve been asked to write a blog for women in labour.  So I’ve decided to share my story with you.  Hopefully it will contain a few useful tips for those of you pregnant for the first time.  Bearing in mind of course, that labouring and birth is so different from woman to woman and birth to birth. Anyway, here’s my story… I’ve always had this thing about the full moon. I just love it.  I love being under its light and staring...

Simon Test Running The Birth Pool In Our Living Room When a lovely friend of ours, Kate, was recently preparing to birth her baby at home in a birth pool, I asked Simon (hubby) if he could shoot Kate and Art, (her hubby) an email with some useful ‘pool tips’.  You know, a list of things he wished he’d been told before our water-birth at home.  Because they found his tips useful I thought I’d post them here so that if you, or anyone you know, is planning...

Meggan Testing Out The Birth Pool At Home Why Did I Want A Home Birth? One day my friend Korin emailed me a link to a video of a woman having a natural birth at home.  It was so incredibly moving. I cried when I watched it. I sent the same link to Simon, who later confessed to being teary too.  Watching it and being with the love that emanated through this woman’s birth was so inspiring.  The possibility of it for me was really pulling at my heart strings.  But...

39 Weeks Pregnant I used to believe that becoming a mother was something I just wasn’t going to experience in this lifetime. In fact for many years I’d been almost entirely closed to the idea.  I was quite happy teaching the Art of Living Courses and felt that I could make a difference to more people and be more useful on this planet sharing these incredible breathing techniques rather than raising a kid.  Afterall the sudarsan kriya had had such a hugely positive...