Partner pregnancy yoga class with labour and birth preparation
All welcome to the partner pregnancy yoga class with labour and birth preparation. Time is spent exploring yoga postures to connect with the breath and our partners, to feel (as pregnant women) fully supported, and (as partners) empowered with knowledge of techniques to offer/ receive that support, as needed.
Movements to support optimum foetal positioning are practised, and there are tips to encourage labour to begin if baby is ready. If labour has started, or waters have broken, and nothing appears to be happening afterwards, it could take some simple positioning exercises to get things going again.
It’s a very active class, and has proven to be very popular with couples and birth partners. The room is set up in double mat sections if space allows, with couples having their own space to practice. There is time to chat to other couples in the foyer before class if you arrive early enough, and for about 15 minutes after.
From being a ‘human birthing ball’ and other ways to physically aid in the labour room, to collecting pillows and blankets and ensuring our birthing mother has every comfort, we also explore different massage/ visualisation techniques. We try out sound/ vibration therapy and use rebozo techniques. Partners are encouraged to have as much eye contact as possible. This can sometimes produce hilarious results and laughter may erupt from one corner or another at any time! I encourage laughter as this releases tension, and relaxes the pelvic floor. This can also allow contractions to be more effective.
These techniques can be used at home during pregnancy together. This supports the mother-to-be and enables her to safely stretch, combining the physically supportive with the emotionally supportive as her pregnancy nears completion. Dad-to-be/ birth partner can understand the important role he has in the labour and birth, as the solid ever present birth guardian and protector. Learning different ways to be supportive during labour can make it easier for mum to relax. This can make the contractions more effective and significantly reduce pain. As the contractions are more effective the labour can continue unhindered, and may be shorter.
Partner pregnancy yoga class with labour and birth preparation is an active, fun class with lots of baby bonding too. Some Dads-to-be/ partners come to two or more classes as their partners continue pregnancy yoga throughout their pregnancy. Couples can book onto this class as a drop in workshop, if space allows, even if you have done no yoga before.
Next Partner workshop is planned for 7.30pm to 9.30pm Thursday 25th January 2018
Partner Class with Labour and Birth Preparation, drop-in workshop £ 45 per couple