With the majority of hospitals cancelling their homebirth services, it is no wonder pregnant women are concerned about what to do next. When we teach KGHypnobirthing, we discuss all places of birth but, with the evidence showing that giving birth at home is in fact the safest place for mum and baby in terms of a lower likelihood of interventions and infection, why have hospitals taken this step?
Katharine's Hypnobirthing Blog
We would like to re-assure all our parents and teachers that we are taking Covid-19 and your health seriously. We understand that some of you will understandably be feeling more anxious at this time. At KGH we are here to help and support you and although the situation is fluid and changes almost daily, it is important - for both you and your baby - to stay calm in these unprecedented times. You can still use the KGH techniques you have available to release any fears and anxiety. All our free resources can be found here.
Making Love on Valentine's Day!
On Valentine's Day, the focus is on love, love, love and lots of it! If you’re expecting a baby, then making love happen (and not just in the biblical sense) can support you and your birth partner in experiencing a positive pregnancy and birth.
Sharing the Love - Valentine's Day Flash Sale!
To share the love on Valentines Day we will be sharing a coupon code for a one off 24 hour sale for our online course. Watch our social media channels for more details.
The discussion on the Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show today (Tuesday 28th January 2020) expressed various different views, most were from individuals talking about their personal experiences, all of which are valid. But let’s look at the facts.
For most women birth is the most agonising and painful experience of their lives. Healthcare professionals are kind people who want to relieve the pain. One of the ways of doing this is with an epidural.
Why are women requesting epidurals?
The Royal College of Midwives conference 2019 was, as ever, the biggest gathering of midwives of the year. This year it was in Manchester. I wondered why there were ten police vans parked outside and police on rooves, down manholes, everywhere. Surely midwives are not so very likely to be the object of a terror attack? Then I realised it was in preparation for the Conservative Party Conference in the same conference centre the following week!
The KGHypnobirthing stand in the exhibition was inundated with attention.
Our trainer and KGHypnobirthing teacher, Nancy Keen from Birth Right Hypnobirthing, has a go-to biscuit recipe which she can whip up quickly and is always popular with parents attending her course. Nancy says making these biscuits is quicker than going to the shops to buy some! Here is Nancy's recipe. Enjoy!
For Father’s Day this year, we want to highlight the wonderful and important role of fathers and partners during the pregnancy and birth of their baby. Most fathers nowadays wish to play an active part in every stage of the growth of their baby and support their partners however they can – practically, emotionally and researching options together. Gone are the days when the father stayed outside the birth room or went to the pub with his friends to await the news of the new arrival.
Make the most of our resources for fathers and partners and the new articles and videos we have added to our website for you.
Having just returned from this year’s MaMa conference, I am reflecting on having met so many wonderful, hardworking birth professionals. It is inspiring to see their commitment to supporting women and their partners during the life-changing stages of pregnancy and birth.
I would like to congratulate Sarah Scarlett again on winning the Student Midwife of the Year award, which I presented to her on Saturday evening. In this interview with Sarah below, she explains the value of support networks, what motivates her and how the KGHypnobirthing teacher training course has helped her.
Huge congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the birth of their baby boy at 5.26am today!
A clearly ecstatic Harry announced the news outside the couples home on the Windsor estate - Frogmore Cottage - suggesting that they had a home birth. The name and full details of the birth are yet to be revealed.
Although The Duchess of Sussex did not reveal her plans for birthing her baby whilst pregnant, she was often pictured cradling her growing tummy in a very loving and maternal way. As I stated back in December, Meghan was practicing responsive natural parenting and touching.
As we recognise midwives on the International Day of the Midwife on 5 May 2019, I remember a wonderful day spent with Mary Cronk MBE asking her questions about her eminent career. This is particularly poignant as Mary sadly passed away in February this year, aged 86.
Having trained as a nurse at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Mary moved to London to train as a midwife at Queen Charlotte’s in London. After practising as an NHS community midwife for decades, where she challenged obstetricians and supported colleagues with wisdom and compassion to ensure women received the best care, she became an independent midwife in 1991.
Very happy to share KGHypnobirthing with the gurus of healthy living and eating Ella and Matt. There is so much you can do when you focus on a healthy approach to life - in diet, exercise and of course birth. It's a pleasure to support them as they focus on the normality of birth.
in our first session we covered the evidence behind KGHypnobirthing, as well as the breathing and techniques to achieve the best possible birth. On the second day we go deeper into how to apply this knowledge when you actually give birth, how to work with your medical caregivers, and why this is the very best start in life for your baby.
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