birth preparation workshop
Feeling knowledgeable, empowered and in control are an incredibly important part of your birth experience. Karma Birth antenatal workshops - Birth Prep: Body & Mind, are held as small group or private sessions and can be attended as a complete course, or alongside other antenatal classes; for first, or subsequent babies. Lots of essential information for partners too.
What will you gain from Birth Prep: Body & Mind?....
an inspired way to prepare mentally and physically for birth
science-based knowledge of how birth really works - it's amazing!
a common-sense and practical understanding about active birth
how to work with your body to optimise your chances of a natural, positive and relaxed experience, for you, your partner and your baby.
relaxation, breathing, environment and how important they are for birth
mindset, including hypnobirthing techniques; visualisations, affirmations
learn techniques and tools to deal confidently and calmly with labour even if birth takes a different turn from your ideal or original plan
birth choices, your rights, deciding on personal preferences
choosing and the use of medical interventions wisely where necessary
practical and useful information for birth partners inc massage, plus do's and don'ts
postnatal planning - early hours and days with a newborn
a positive attitude towards the birth of your baby....something to be excited about, not feared
Numbers are strictly limited in group workshops to ensure a quality class, and provide the opportunity for you to ask any questions or concerns you may have. These workshops are held approximately every 2 months.*
I also offer private workshops (either in your home or at Little Breathing Space in Brogborough).
It depends on your requirements, but a typical 6 hour workshop, or 4 and a half-hour private session costs £145.
Sometimes, following a previous negative birthing/perinatal experience, the 3-Step Rewind process can be very helpful before preparing for the birth of another baby. I can include this into a personalised birth prep session for you. Please contact me to enquire about this.
Birth preparation is also included in (see details below):
Pregnancy Relaxation for Birth ....see below
*1-2-1 Rebozo sessions....see below
Birth Doula packages.
Pregnancy Yoga from 14 weeks - birth
Please contact me to book or enquire.*
This class is an opportunity for pregnant women to relax deeply, feel positive, and prepare for birth.
Taking the most relaxing aspects of pregnancy yoga, hypnobirthing and mindfulness, during these classes we:
practise easy and effective breathing techniques for relaxation and birth
listen to hypnobirthing affirmations and visualisations
increase mind-body awareness with some gentle, comforting movements for birth
relieve stress and tension
bond with your baby
experience deep relaxation and mindfulness
space for you to practise self-care
talk with other pregnant women and share ideas
bringing it all together for a positive birth experience
1 hr class fees are:
£10 per single class
£24 for block of 3 or
£42 for block of 6
Little Breathing Space @ The Granary Yoga Studio, Manor Farm, MK43 0YD (Friday mornings)
Private sessions are also available, as are bespoke packages.
their birth partners. Click here for more details.
rebozo for pregnancy
You can book a private Rebozo & Relaxation session with me, using a Rebozo as a useful relaxation and birth preparation tool.
A Rebozo is a long piece of cloth, like a scarf, originating from Mexico (also known as a Manta from Equador). It is used for the comfort of pregnant, birthing and postnatal mothers, as well as other uses like baby carrrying.
In these pregnancy sessions, you remain passive, and the Rebozo techniques usually involve some light wrapping, with comforting, rhythmic rocking and swaying, helping to:
loosen tight ligaments around the pelvis, and
relax muscular and fascia tension, therefore
encourage baby into a good position for birth
ease aches and pains in the lower back or pelvis
relieve feelings of pressure and "heaviness" from the bump
promote relaxation and confidence as you approach birth
Depending on your requirements/preferences, this session can incorporate other massage techniques, breathing, positions and movements for an active birth, and hypnobirthing/relaxation.
Partners are welcome to attend, but you can also come alone.
(Postnatally, the wonderful Rebozo techniques are incorporated into Closing The Bones. )
Birth Prep Class attendees say....
I would definitely recommend this workshop, it is very good value for money! I
f you are at all nervous, apprehensive or feel slightly in the dark about the whole labour/childbirth experience, I cannot recommend this workshop enough.
Pippa certainly knows her stuff and offers great info and tips for this amazing life experience you are facing. She helps put any worries and concerns that you and your partner may have right out of your mind!"
We really wanted to express how this class really prepared us for birth; we don’t think the birth would have been the same without it. I had a very quick labour and managed to keep very active. The massages and techniques we learnt were a great help and got me through to such a late stage in my labour [and] helped us cope amazingly well...
Thank you again for the class and the knowledge we got to take away to make us so confident in the preparation for the birth of Liliana
I didn't use any medical pain relief - the water was so relaxing - I could have easily fallen asleep afterwards. The breathing techniques really helped - the midwife said my controlled breathing made things so much easier especially towards the end. I always remembered that the contractions will pass and to breath through them. Thanks so much for all the information and techniques, they helped both me and Roger (and baby Max) in having a birth that we wished for.
I wanted to say the hugest thank you to you. Not only did the Pregnancy Yoga offer so much more than I expected, the Active Birth Workshop empowered and educated me to get through labour. The midwives could see this in action as they said I knew what I was doing, that I was doing brilliantly. For all of this, I can't thank you enough. I recommend your classes to any mums-to-be. Thank you, thank you, thank you