How important is resilience training in ante and post-natal teaching and support?

How important is resilience training in ante and post-natal teaching and support?

This blog was prompted by the wonderful post on Instagram by @birthtraumasupportfamily who pointed out an article in The Telegraph titled 'Mumsnet is driving women to request caesarean sections, a leading midwife has warned'.

The sub header for which is: ‘Catriona Jones, a lecturer in midwifery at the University of Hull, said up to 14% of expectant mothers now suffer from Tocophobia, which is defined as an unreasonable dread of childbirth.’

This Tocophobia she lays the blame for at the feet of TV dramas and social media.

The Physiology of Panic

The Physiology of Panic

I often say to my clients that what it takes to get baby ‘in’ is exactly what it takes to get baby ‘out’. The positive hormones and responses required to feeling safe, loved, calm and confident. When we feel out of control and scared the body processes this in a different way to the calm and happy response.

It is therefore helpful to know what is happening in the brain when we lose control and start to panic….

Where is your Third Space?

Where is your Third Space?

I suppose the question here may be, ‘What is a third space?’.

Well, your home life is one – kids, family, cooking, laundry, craft, dishes, homework…the whole gamut of raising kids and running a house.

Your second space is usually considered to be your work-space. Where you go from 9-5…or more commonly now 8-6, be that am or pm.

So, your third space is Your Space. Neither family and house nor work and colleagues. We can define your Third Space to be the space absolutely for you.

A fertility story...

Fertility is something that like many women I always took for granted.

I fell pregnant with my first child at 36 on the second month of trying. In fact I thought that I had got my dates muddled and with a busy month we had missed our chance that time – but it turned out not and our first beautiful baby was born 9 easy months after.