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User Image motherdownunder Posted: Dec 13, 2017 9:30 PM (UTC)

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Language is SO important.  And the language that surrounds pregnancy and birth is often so negative - incompetent cervix, geriatric pregnancy, inadequate pelvis, managing labour, failure to progress. And those terms usually come from those who are meant to be caring for us!  Then there are the remarks from well meaning family and friends - you are so big, your bump is so small, you look tired, better sleep now!
What we need in pregnancy and birth is support, positively, and love.  Hearing something positive and encouraging makes you feel empowered and in control. Hearing something negative or demeaning can really lower your mood and confidence.
If you are not getting positivity from others, you need to make sure you are getting it from yourself!  Use affirmations, read birth stories, practice guided meditations...whatever you need to do to think positively about pregnancy and birth.
Are there any comments, positive or negative, that have really stuck with you?
I remember being SO happy any time someone told pregnant me that I looked beautiful.
Image via @sheis_sarahjane.
User Image motherdownunder Posted: Dec 13, 2017 10:30 AM (UTC)

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I love spoiling the mamas that I work with.  Every woman who books into one of my Hypnobirthing Australia™ classes gets a package of goodies from some of my favourite maternity shops and @activetruth.  Their tights are amazing and since active wear has become a staple of motherhood, I know this will make many mamas very happy!
User Image caitlinmcluskey Posted: Dec 13, 2017 9:50 AM (UTC)

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I never really wanted to share this photo because I was a bit embarrassed about my ‘immediately post birth’ state. I still had my big belly and I looked knackered after such a marathon but this is the best little photo of the moment after he was born and we all became instantly obsessed with his feet 👣❤️ I found this pic today when I was looking for the next photo and now over a year later I can appreciate its beauty 🙌🏻 Because THOSE FEET! 😍 #hoursold #mylittlesparrow #biggestbabyfeet #positivebirthmovement #embracethepostpartumbody #babyfeet
Mamas, if you're found to carry Group B Strep during your pregnancy you will most likely be told something along the lines of "you cannot use the birth centre, you cannot have a homebrith, you have to be in the labour ward so you can get intravenous antibiotics". At least that it what I was told.

This little booklet written by the wonderful @drsarawickham and published by AIMS can help you take an informed decision and understand the risks of GBS and the answer to the most common questions that women have in relation to this. Remember, it is always YOUR decision.

"The choices that women face as they negotiate their births are challenging, but are always made easier by having accurate, easy to understand information."

#mamagiveslight #groupbstrep #informedpregnancy #evidencebasedbirth #informedbirth #birthchoices #mum #mamá #mama #mumlife #daraluz #mother #maternidad #birthisbeautiful #motherhood #doula #doulaedinburgh #edinburghdoula #doulalove #paramanadoula #doulasdehablahispana #doulaedimburgo #doulajourney #birhwithoutfear #partopositivo #parirsinmiedo #positivebirthmovement #positivebirthedinburgh #daraluz #positivebirthscotland #coffeeforayogi
User Image positivelybirthing Posted: Dec 12, 2017 8:47 AM (UTC)

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Boobies Boobies Boobies! Isn’t the human body f’ing amazing? We are a year in to our breastfeeding journey and it still amazes me that a pair of these old knockers have managed to grow an entire human boy! We are definitely on an accidental feeding journey, and happily mixed feeding as we go 🍼, at no point did we set out with a length in mind, but here we are.. it always seems to be a point of discussion though does it, ‘you didn’t breastfeed long enough!’ Or ‘you’re breastfeeding too long!’, and we are always asking ‘how do you plan on feeding’ or ‘how long did you breastfeed for?’, what if we asked ‘are you happy with how you’re feeding?’ Or ‘how does it make you feel’?, because after all, I’m sure most babies would choose the Happy Mum. 🖤 .

Artwork from the amazing @hollie_martin
User Image themamaowl Posted: Dec 12, 2017 4:25 AM (UTC)

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Hanging with friends at the #positivebirthmovement meet this morning ✌
User Image positivelybirthing Posted: Dec 11, 2017 9:16 PM (UTC)

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Well here goes! The first step to doing just this! I’ve taken a look at my life from the outside in, and decided to take a leap of faith, a change of direction, a reordering of priorities, and it’s led me here. Be this hypnobirthing, simple living, positive affirmations or just spreading joy and goodwill to all wo+men, this is where you’ll find it! Be you’re own priority, you deserve it! (And one of these days I’ll reveal my other secret insta-identity)🖤
User Image lexi_lightspeed Posted: Dec 11, 2017 3:03 PM (UTC)

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4 weeks ago today, Juno arrived into this world.
I've been wanting to share my birth story, as although it was not what I had hoped for, I still think back on most of the experience as a positive one.
My contractions started at 1am and I laboured at home until my waters broke at 7am. After an uncomfortable uber ride to the birth centre, we were examined and given a room. I laboured for a further 3.5 hours in the pool (I went from 3cm to 10cm dilated). I started pushing in the pool, using just gas and air. Tom was amazing the whole way through and everything felt right. I was calm, in my own mind, using reframing and breathing techniques. But after just under an hour of pushing in the pool, they got me out to try on land. Over an hour later, multiple positions to push, they knew she wasn't gonna come out. She was truly stuck! She'd turned posterior and had her hand next to her head! The midwife assured me I was doing everything I was meant to and it wasn't my body failing me. Once they moved me to labour ward and I knew I wasn't going to push her out, my mental focus went out the window and I started to experience pain. I just wanted it to stop by then, I was in my 3rd hour of the intense pushing sensations. I was so tired I fell asleep between contractions. Finally I was in theatre and pain free, they tried forceps with no effect, so we ended up having an emergency C-section, Tom holding my hand through it all. Luckily I had added a section in my birthplan for emergency C sections and they followed it thanks to my midwife who stuck by us through it all. It wasn't the birth I had hoped for, at least not the end part, but I felt strong and powerful for most of it. Tom was amazing through it and we ended up with an amazing baby too. I'm proud of those things. I'm proud that I tried and that I very nearly made it. That on a different day it could have been a different story. And I am happy that I can still look back on it with positive thoughts. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #positivebirth #positivebirthmovement #birthstory #birthbecomesher #motherhood #birth
User Image motherdownunder Posted: Dec 11, 2017 10:34 AM (UTC)

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Feel like you need a bit of convincing that your uterus can get the job done?  Sure it has safely housed your baby this entire pregnancy, but can it carry through and get that baby out?  You bet it can!  Your uterus is a birthing powerhouse!
But it does help to know how your uterus works.
In the Hypnobirthing Australia™ program we teach you the physiology of birth and we teach you strategies that help you work with your body.  Our aims are to increase your confidence in your body and to enhance the work that your body  is doing.
Your uterus knows  exactly what to just needs you to trust it to finish the job and push your beautiful baby out!
Image via @tomorganic.
User Image anotherthingyettofathom Posted: Dec 10, 2017 9:54 PM (UTC)

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MIDWIVES • just before i get into bed, I just wanted to join in with the @pampersworld shout out to midwives everywhere. I CANNOT fathom how they can feel undervalued - these people are remarkable. The midwife who delivered our baby was INCREDIBLE. I was very specific about what I wanted to aim for during our birth (quiet, natural, calm, no fussing) and she was PERFECT - super-supportive of the hypnobirthing techniques I wanted to use, she wasn’t pushy or over-powering or preachy. She was there, but not THERE. Close enough to feel safe and to do the required checks but not breathing down my neck giving me pep-talks. She was the reason my birth went so well, she was PERFECT for me. We stayed in over-night after Tiddler was born and every single midwife was CRACKING - Nappy-advice, showering-support, endless tea and toast, breast-feeding lessons, worry-qwellers and all round megastars! We couldn’t have done it without you....
(Share your story using the #thankyoumidwife hashtag and @pampersworld will donate £1 to The Royal College of Midwives Trust - let’s get more of these megastars shining!)
#thankyoumidwife #midwives #megastars #pregnancy #labour #birthstory #birth #positivebirth #positivebirthmovement #hypnobirthing #anotherthingyettofathom
"When enough women realize that birth is a time of great opportunity to get in touch with their true power, and when they are willing to assume responsibility for this, we will reclaim the power of birth and help move technology where it belongs - in the service of birthing women, not their master." -Dr. Christiane Northrup
Image: another stunning drawing by @hannahadamaszek

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User Image motherhoodinfocus Posted: Dec 8, 2017 9:26 PM (UTC)

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Fresh baby toes, barely an hour old. I hope your weekend gives you something delicious to nibble or baby toes...both are acceptable.
User Image Posted: Dec 8, 2017 2:36 PM (UTC)

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Theme of the Positive Birth Movement Dublin this weekend is Oxytocin! We meet this Sunday at 12 noon at @elbowroomirl all welcome including little ones - I'll have mine there! #birthpositive #positivebirthmovement
User Image bump.birth.andbabyno.3 Posted: Dec 8, 2017 10:27 AM (UTC)

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From our #positivebirthmovement Bath meeting last night!! I love meeting each month, its a complete game changer in terms of how we see birth. It does not matter how a baby is born! It can ALL be beautiful and empowering. But its our responsibility and our joy to look into our choices and options. The birth world is our oyster! #pbm #positivebirth #respect #choices #knowledge #mindfulpregnancy
User Image birthingground Posted: Dec 7, 2017 10:29 PM (UTC)

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POSITIVE BIRTH STORIES // Positive birth stories are often silenced by being told "you were lucky." This is where women need to speak up and say it was about hard work, research and good choices.

Repost from the incredibly wise @rheadempsey_birthingwisdom and @bumpbirthandbeyond

PC @mamamistica

Circles for sharing these stories and for pregnant women to hear them run @mama_melbourne in Kensington run by Kahmen from @birthingground

#birthcanbebeautiful #positivebirthmovement #birthwisdom
User Image motherdownunder Posted: Dec 7, 2017 9:30 PM (UTC)

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Self doubt in pregnancy, birth, and motherhood is normal.  News flash - none of us know what we are doing!  But you don't want to be paralysed by fear.  You need to temper that self doubt with self trust.  True, I may have no idea what I am doing but I trust myself, I trust my instincts, and I trust that if I need help I can find solid support.
Image by @_gabriella_sanchez.
User Image beth_tothedeath Posted: Dec 7, 2017 8:50 PM (UTC)

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DEC 4 2014•••I was not ready to let you come out of my body. You were so safe there. I was so safe from everything I didn’t want to feel. •••When I was readying for bed the cat looked at me suddenly and I said What are you looking at? and then my water bag popped loudly and released and I said No no no no... •••On your birthday I like to tell you what I admire about you... •••Some women get really high on birth. That wasn’t me. I wanted that feeling for myself—such power I see in the positive birth movement, such trust, and I really felt like I could use a dose of that—but I didn’t get it. As is the case with all things: I can do anything, but I have to do it *as myself.* I can’t be different than who I am.•••The “birth story” is left out. It never materialized because to tell it is to draw lines around what it was and what it wasn’t. I can’t do that. It was everything. •••I love more because you are here. I love life and all life-livers. I love your father who is my partner. I love me. I am a hot-blooded part of a big We and we love you. .
#honestlymothering #birthstory #positivebirthmovement #birthingthroughfear #anxietymom #stopcensoringbirth #birthwithoutfear #findingwords #momsofinstagram #candidbirth #candidchildhood #newborn #homesweethomebirth #empowermoms #birthpartner #poetshavingbabies #tbt #motherhood #openheart #uglycry #motherhoodrising

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