Time To Imagine A Better Birth...

Monday, October 15, 2012

It is always right to imagine more, imagine something better, something greater, I'd say it's human nature to strive for more. If mothers are given the best information and the freedom to explore their best birth, then childbirth practices could be dramatically improved. With so many women being either induced or having a caesarean when it's not needed, we need to imagine a better way. For each

Categories: natural birth

The Fight For Natural Birth In Brazil

Friday, October 5, 2012

Brazil is larger than the continental US and Australia. It is the fifth largest country in the world. With a population of 195 million, birth practices that are developed in the country are bound to impact the rest of the world.

As of today, more than 50% of all babies that are born in Brazil arrive via caesarean section. This rises to over 80% for women who have private medical insuran

Categories: natural birth

Quote Of The Week...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I preach to all who will listen that the best way to serve a woman during her pregnancy is to help her realize that she is her own authority and that a midwife or doctor or doula is only a paid consultant...a woman is her own best expert for her birth and her body knows exactly what to do if given the chance.

- Carla Hartley

Categories: quote of the week

Mellow Mama HypnoBirthing At the Cheltenham Baby & Toddler Show!

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Mellow Mama team is very excited to be off to the Cheltenham Town Hall tomorrow - Saturday 22nd September 2012 from 10am - 4.30pm for the Little Monster Baby & Toddler Show!

Please do come and say hello at my stand and browse the other exhibitors and attractions.


Categories: baby show, events

Are HypnoBirthing Classes Really For Me?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Some women don't need any persuasion - they know a HypnoBirthing course is going to fit in perfectly with their birth philosophy. They have a totally supportive partner who is on board with attending the 5 sessions of antenatal education including breathing, visualisation, relaxation and deepening techniques. They've heard great

Categories: hypnobirthing

Pregnant? Need a break, but not too sure what's out there?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Holidays and pregnancy aren't always an easy mix - despite many women craving nothing but the chance to relax, leave the outside world behind for a while, and do nothing at all. Not only are there certain restrictions placed upon your ability to fly from 37 weeks into your pregnancy, but you may also not be willing to travel way before this date due to feeling, quite frankly, like you wouldn't


Exercise and Nutrition: A Healthy Child Is a Happy Child

Monday, April 2, 2012

Keeping kids healthy with regular physical activity and nutritious meals can be quite challenging in today's age of modern technology and endless processed foods pumped full with sugar and preservatives. As parents, it's all too easy to fall into the trap of letting your children play video games all day and munch on microwavable meals for the benefits of a peaceful home environment and conveni

Categories: exercise, health, nutrition

Yoga and the Pregnant Woman

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Let's Start With The Basics...What Is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient Indian form of movement and philosophy with roots dating back approximately 5,000 years. It can help a person develop a well being of both body and mind. Consisting of different poses and controlling on

Categories: practising yoga in pregnancy, pregnancy yoga

The state of Midwifery care today - Midwives are asking for our help!

Friday, March 9, 2012

More babies were born in England in 2010 than in any year since 1972, whilst births to women aged over 30 or older were at their highest since 1946. The NHS is desperately short of midwives, and the shortage affects every region of England. We need urgent action from the Government, including a target to recruit the equivalent of 5000 more full-time midwives. Care for women, but especially babi

Categories: government action, midwives

Home Births: Where We're At In 2012...

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's terribly sad that birthing in a non-clinical setting has been in decline for some time, with developed countries seeing a sharp drop of home births during the 20th century in particular. In the United Kingdom, just 2.7% of mothers choose a home birth, as opposed to 34% of Mothers in 1959. Even in the Netherlands, which has traditionally been an inspiration to those choosing home births, a

Categories: birthing trends, home births, natural birth

And the winner is...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Congratulations to Marie (Mickey) Mongan, founder of HypnoBirthing. She has just been rightfully announced as winner of the World Birth Hero Awards. With her tireless campaigning to empower women to reclaim birthing as their own, she has helped countless families right across the world. Her message grows stronger by the day as more people are introduced to the wonderful world of HypnoBirthing.

Categories: HypnoBirthing, Marie Mongan, world birth hero awards

Bonding With Your Baby

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bonding. Hmm, for me, it was an odd word. Did being pregnant mean my relationship with my unborn child mean the word took on a different meaning to the ones I'd previously considered...? It was my baby, she was growing inside me - did that make it different somehow? I think so. I quickly decided the words 'falling in love' resonated much more with me...


Categories: bonding, falling in love with your baby, foetology, unborn baby