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!
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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.
It’s not long until this year’s MaMa conference and we are busy preparing to go to Scotland to meet NHS and independent birth professionals. The conference is being held in Glasgow on 3-4 May and is the largest independent annual midwifery and maternity healthcare conference in the UK. We are looking forward to discussing various aspects of pregnancy, birth and hypnobirthing with the people who visit our stand, giving away copies of The Hypnobirthing Book and encouraging them to enter the MaMa raffle to receive a free place on the KGHypnobirthing teacher training course.
As I look back at how hypnobirthing has grown over the past decade or so, it’s rather like the three trimesters in pregnancy – waiting for the big event, the culmination of a vast amount of work, growing a baby or for me, KGHypnobirthing. Of course, it doesn’t happen all at once, but in stages.
Informative & Interactive Hypnobirthing Content
In the build up to World Hypnobirthing Day we are going to share some fabulous and interactive content for all mums-to-be to support them on their journey. Our first article is all about the initial stages, The First Trimester of Pregnancy.
Your report on induction shared inaccurate statistics and is unnecessary scaremongering.
I was very interested to hear that you were going to discuss induction of labour on your show. This is an area that has such a huge impact on women and their birth outcomes and something we look at in detail on a KGHypnobirthing course: looking at the facts so women can make informed decisions.
However it was with a sinking heart that I listened to Sarah Jarvis share outdated and inaccurate statistics for the stillbirth rate.
Induction of Labour for Medical Reasons
Dr Jarvis ran through a number of medical reasons why induction should be performed for medical reasons. This can be a very valuable part of the care for mums-to-be who need that support, and we are very lucky to have the skilled medical professionals providing this care.
Induction of Labour for Post Due Dates
This is the area I wish to contest your report.
Attending the recent Royal College of Midwives (RCM) conference was a good opportunity for us to highlight the KGH teacher training courses and raise the profile of KGHypnobirthing in hospitals. It is vital that midwives have up-to-date knowledge about all areas of their practice and the programme this year had an emphasis on challenges and how to overcome them – whether in leadership, quality assurance, addressing inequalities or supporting those most in need and the importance of multi-disciplinary teamwork in all aspects of maternal care.
An evening with Lord Robert Winston
Last week I spent an enjoyable evening listening to Lord Robert Winston speak at Marlborough College. It was interesting to hear about his role in setting up the IVF service at Hammersmith Hospital in the 1980s and his work on fertility around the world, as well as his more recent appearances in the media.
Ahead of the lecture, I decided to take another look at the current research and found some insightful articles about the role of hypnosis in improving outcomes for IVF. We have saved them in our Hypnobirthing library for reference which can be found here.
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