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Flipping the Narrative on Scary Birth Stories

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post and Selfish Mother

Four a.m. As I stumbled around my flat in Scotland, it took a while for my sleep induced brain to realise what was going on – my waters had broken. I breathed deeply and felt adrenaline kicking in. Within half an hour I could feel mild surges reverberating throughout my whole body. I was instantly grateful for the fact that I was already in the place I planned to give birth – right here at home. As labour took hold, all I could do was pace up and down and focus – things were getting serious and fast! Continue reading Flipping the Narrative on Scary Birth Stories

Positive Birth Reading List

When planning my birth, I found myself pulled between two worlds. I learned that the mainstream narrative of childbirth is a world where technology triumphs over trusting your instincts. It left me feeling helpless and I needed a way of understanding what my body was capable of. These books took me to another world, highlighting the power and simplicity in natural birth. Continue reading Positive Birth Reading List

Trust Your Intuition

This post originally appeared on The Green Parent as part of their  2016 writing competition.

It wasn’t until I became pregnant that I realised I would make choices that would raise eyebrows. I was aware that I sometimes did things a little differently, but as soon as I was planning to have my first child my decisions were put in the spotlight. The single most important thing I learned throughout pregnancy, birth and the first months of my baby’s life is trust. To trust my instincts, to trust my body and to trust my baby. That’s what natural parenting means to me. I heard the phrase “You are the expert of your own body and your own baby” when I was pregnant and amid the plethora of advice it resonated with me. It was only when I started to put this advice into practice that I realised how challenging (but also rewarding!) it can be.

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