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An Ode to Working with Broken Hearts & Lost Dreams. After A Pregnancy Ends or A Baby Dies.

Uncategorized Mar 24, 2022

The 25th March each year is 'Say Their Name Day.'

Sands Australia created this important campaign in loving memory and sharing of all the baby's names that are forever held in their parent's hearts.

"In Saying Their Name, name by name, we're helping to break the stigma that prevents families from seeking support to help in their healing, in finding hope for the future, and in coping with their 'new normal'" - Sands Australia.

This day is important to raise awareness of pregnancy, baby and child loss, as well as that of much needed funds, to ensure that every bereaved family has access to the support they need, for as long as they need it.

Suzanne Hurley, a Melbourne based, Perinatal and Fertility Counsellor and Supervisor at Fertile Ground Health Group, shared below a valuable piece with us when we asked her advice in supporting parents who have gone through the tragic loss of losing a baby, a child.

Thank you Suzanne for your words, your Ode, to provide insight for people who may...

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Nervous when a pregnant woman drops in to your general class?

Uncategorized Feb 24, 2022

We all know the feeling of overwhelm when someone 33 weeks pregnant turns up to our yoga class!

Modifying a vinyasa flow, for example, to accommodate and include a pregnant or postpartum woman can be tricky!

Getting it wrong can have a lasting impact on the student and their experience of yoga.

What has been your experience?

Michelle Papa, our Co-Founder, has created a 15 minute webinar, where she shares some practical tips for including pregnant and postpartum women in your general and vinyasa classes.

Did we mention that it's free?

Yes, no charge. 

Creating communities of Mindful Birth Educators who support woman through yoga and mindfulness based classes and workshops is where we see how seva; our service.

Michelle will provide prompts and share some tips about:

  • Common concerns when pregnant students drop in to general classes
  • Tips on how to include pregnant and postpartum women in your class
  • What a balanced class looks like
  • Basics on safety of women in class

This...

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The Social Cost of Breastfeeding: Overcoming prejudice is the key to increasing breastfeeding rates

breastfeeding post partum Jul 30, 2020

A woman is sitting at a café with her newborn baby who is increasingly distressed and hungry. She begins to breastfeed and is promptly asked to leave the premises by the manager due to a complaint from another patron. A mother breastfeeds her infant at a high tea in a London Hotel and is asked to “cover up.” Mothers in the US, UK and Australia have experienced explicit breastfeeding prejudice such as this, a flagrant negation of their legal right to breastfeed in public (Grant, 2016).

Examples such as these highlight the complicated nature of breastfeeding prejudice, wherein mothers receive mixed messages about breastfeeding: that it is very important, yet also offensive to many people (Schmeid, 2019).

Health professionals and the WHO recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, yet breastfeeding initiation and duration fail to come close to this desired public health outcome. The problem here is not with mothers, but with the prejudice...

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Toddlers and Teens: Three Parenting Tips

Uncategorized Feb 11, 2020

 My eldest is a few weeks away from becoming a teenager. The changes are already occurring, he is nearly as tall as me and becoming more independent by the day.

 

This is my first time parenting a teenager and these are new and sometimes treacherous waters to navigate. It feels like the stakes are higher, the mistakes he might make could be bigger and with serious consequences. I remind him regularly I have never parented a high schooler and I am still learning!

 

Trust has become primary. With the freedom he enjoys now using public transport and owning a mobile phone I have to trust in him to make decisions. Will he cross the road at the right place? Will he use his phone inappropriately? Is he where he says he is? Faced with a tricky situation will he make a good decision?

 

We have spent the last 13 years upskilling him. How to stay safe, how to be happy, how to deal with difficult situations, the importance of listening to your gut and knowing how to reach...

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About Our Research

Uncategorized Dec 19, 2019

 

The work presented in this Module is partly inspired by the Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education Pilot study conducted by Jean Byrne PhD and researchers at Curtin University and The University of Western Australia in Perth Australia. The results of this unique study resulted in these academic publications:

Effectiveness of a Mindfulness‐Based Childbirth Education Pilot Study on Maternal Self‐Efficacy and Fear of Childbirth

 

Participant experiences of mindfulness-based childbirth education: a qualitative study

 

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education: Incorporating Adult and Experiential Learning With Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Childbirth Education

 

About Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education

The intervention – Mindfulness-Based Child Birth Education (MBCE) – was a novel combination of mindfulness meditation and antenatal education that aims to integratea skills-based antenatal education program with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction...

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Five Reasons for Women to Practice Yoga

Uncategorized Dec 19, 2019

There are so many reasons that yoga is a wonderful practice. When taught correctly yoga is for everybody, men, women, young, old, well or sick. Yoga has something to offer across the lifecyle and can help us enjoy the journey of life with all its ups and downs. Women especially seem to love yoga! While I think yoga is equally for men, here are some ideas why women might find it so helpful:

Five reasons for women of all ages to practice yoga

1) Become embodied! Find the connection between your body and your breath your mind and your heart. Learn to love your body, enjoy the skin you are in and become less critical of how you look and focus on how you feel. Research posits a relationship between practicing yoga as an embodied, spiritual practice and improved body satisfaction.

2) Less pain! Women worldwide (and men) experience chronic and persistent pain in increasing numbers – it is a modern day health crisis. Research shows that yoga can be a wonderful for ...

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Yoga and Miscarriage

There is a lot written about yoga for pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, mums and bubs yoga and yoga for fertility however not many authors venture into how to teach and how to practice during miscarriage and pregnancy loss.

MISCARRIAGE

Recently a yoga student emailed me to say hi as I had wondered how she was going. She mentioned she recently had a miscarriage, and I know it is not her first. As a female yoga teacher I often hear women’s stories of miscarriage and pregnancy loss. The sad reality is that many women will experience a miscarriage at some point, and if they don’t, someone very close to them will. There is a lot written about yoga for pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, mums and bubs yoga and yoga for fertility (a lot of the fertility writings are fallacious). However not many authors venture into how to teach and how to practice during miscarriage. This article will hopefully give a bit of insight into the how and what of miscarriage, then some practical...

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Eight ideas to help you get comfortable in labour

Eight ideas to help you get comfortable in labour

 

In the many years I’ve been teaching prenatal yoga and childbirth preparation workshops discussions around fear arise from time to time. It may be fear of the unknown, inability to cope with contractions, losing control, or worries about something happening to the baby. Women find it difficult to reveal their fears as it goes against the narrative of the radiant, happy, pregnant mother. One way to ease an expectant mother’s concerns would be to provide information and tools around comfort in birth.

 

Here are a few practical suggestions that may be considered during pregnancy and birth:

 

BREATH

Breathing practices can help de-stress and help us re-centre when we feel unsteady. When the body is in fight or flight mode, it goes through several changes which may affect labour: heart rate increases, body/muscles tense, mind becomes unsteady. However, breathing exercises provide a relatively...

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