I think one of the most nerve wracking tasks for partners is the drive to hospital during labour! Women worry about their own comfort and managing their surges/contractions while driving - ‘do I sit in the front or kneel in the back’, ‘do I wear a seat belt?’ And they also worry about their partner, how will they be feeling etc etc.Read More
One of the common reasons women choose to encapsulate their placenta is to help prevent postpartum (postnatal) depression, baby blues or other postpartum mental health concerns. Many of my enquiries state this as a reason they’re considering it, my reply is often lengthy and considered. So I decided to put my thoughts into a post so I can share it with everyone. My answer is always, yes it can BUT……. there’s more layers of thought needed…..Read More
Full Bloom - your fully supported motherhood experience
Your Full Bloom experience begins - from the MOMENT you decide to care for yourself and your baby and book your package, you have access to me, my knowledge, my connections, my ear and my heart. I'm available anytime by phone or email to answer your questions, to help you learn to trust your inner wisdom, to reassure you when you doubt yourself. I will help you build your birth preference, encourage you to read widely and fully appreciate what your body is capable of. We can meet for coffee catch ups to discuss appointments with care givers, find evidence based information to answer questions and find referrals to other supportive practitioners to assist your preparation for birth.
Together with your birth partner we will uncover the mysterious birthing mind and body and explore HypnoBirthing with other couples in our 5 week course. You will receive all the course materials inc the book, audio tracks and a comprehensive folder of additional information. We will spend over 12 hours learning techniques to prepare you not only for birth but for your new life going forward as a family. We will learn HOW to relax your body and mind, breathe for relaxation, for labour and birth, how to ensure you have the best care providers to fulfill your desired birth, how to eat well and nourish your body and that of your growing child, teach you how to make the best decisions for your birth so that no matter what happens - the birth plan won't go out the window. We finish off the series with practical active labour and birth techniques to help work with your body to birth your baby.
When your beautiful pregnant self has blossomed we will record this fleeting time with a maternity session, your choice of location or at home, perhaps you'd love a herbal bath or milk bath to honor your beautiful curvy life giving body.
In the count down to birth, we will gather the important women in your life for a Mother Blessing Ceremony. We will nourish your mind, body and soul with stories, ritual and fabulous food all the while building a sisterhood in which to draw upon their years of wisdom and strength as you walk your labour path to meet your precious babe.
When your labour beings - I come to you. I offer a safe space for you to let go and open to the magic of giving life. Helping you navigate the uncharted waves of labour and birth, I stay by your side as you go from maiden to mother, ensuring you and your partner bring your baby into your family with peace and joy.
I will document your journey silently, in awe of your strength and as witness to your partners love and devotion - you work together to meet the love of your life. I record the very moment your eyes meet, you hear their first cry, you touch for the very first time. This is the moment you've dreamt of for months and now you can relieve for the rest of your life! Those tiny toes and juicy lips, their first feed, first cuddles.
After your babe has joined you Earthside, I will assist your first feed, attend your every need. Help you shower and dress, get you the BEST cup of tea and toast you've EVER had. I'll stay until you are tucked up in bed and falling blissfully in love.
Once I leave I will take your placenta home and begin turning it in to the most amazing 'super food' - placenta capsules to begin your postpartum healing, replenishing lost hormones, iron and nutrients. I will return with your capsules within 48 hours, helping you enter your babymoon feeling balanced and energized - so you can tend to your newborn in peace and joy.
When you return home (if you birth in hospital) I will help you settle in, bring you nourishing food, help you find your feet as a new mother and family. I will listen to your story and build your confidence as a newborn mother. We will honor your newly postpartum body with a sealing ceremony - an ancient practice of 'closing the bones', a gentle nurturing body massage to relax tight muscles from labour and birth and from holding and feeding your new babe. We then wrap you snugly in soft fabric wraps, leave you to quietly reflect the profound journey you've been on and then, we unwrap you to begin your new life as mother, nurturer and guide. Your postpartum belly will be supported with super soft comfortable wraps, to honor and care for your body while you return to your pre-pregnant self. Together we will fill your cup so you can care for your baby. We will also put some regular self care measures in place so your cup never runs dry. I will visit each weeks for 6 weeks, making sure you never feel alone while learning how to be a mother (of one, two, three or more babies). I will listen to your challenges and celebrate your wins - all the while holding space for you to make mistakes and find your way - always judgement free and with an open heart. I'll do some light housework while you have a rest or a cup of tea (maybe even a shower if you are still in your PJ's).
When you're ready I will come and document your new family, no need to pack all the things to leave the house, I come to you! We will capture all the love and warmth of your new family - and we may never even leave your bedroom! You will choose your favourite photo and I will have it professionally printed and framed and ready to hang on your wall - forever a reminder of the greatest experience of your life.