& BIRTH JOURNEY
Pregnancy Yoga in Birmingham: 7:00pm Monday
‘This is a lot more than just a pregnancy yoga class. It is a place where mums, no matter what stage of pregnancy, can be honest about how they are feeling. The support given by Mandy and the other mums has been invaluable. I have felt my confidence grow more and more.’ Sarah
Pregnancy is a magical time. For some of us, it’s pretty straightforward. For others, it can be full of worry. Some of us have journeyed here quite easily. For others, that journey has been one littered with disappointment and heartache. Pregnancy yoga and the space to reflect, helps you prepare positively for your baby’s birth.
I am here for everyone. Whatever you have experienced and however you feel about birth, I will support you.
I’ve had the honour of helping hundreds of women, not only confidently prepare for their baby’s birth, but also prepare for motherhood. This is a journey and I am here to guide you and your baby safely through it all.
In my pregnancy yoga class in Birmingham, you get more than pregnancy yoga. We meet from 7:00pm until 9:00pm on a Monday evening in Moseley and we help each other prepare for a positive birth experience.
This is a precious moment each week to be still and focus on you and your baby and the change in your life that is coming. It’s your opportunity to form a community of other mums and find the most amazing support that is essential in your first few months with your newborn baby. You might have read that when a baby is born, so is a mother. That is true. You change, whether you are a mum for the first second or third time. Together, we navigate that change so that it’s a really positive experience.
A Safe Space
Our pregnancy yoga class meets at 7:00pm on a Monday evening in Moseley, Birmingham. In the two hours we spend together, we practice at least 30 minutes of pregnancy yoga. You will also spend 15 minutes practising breaths for relaxation, birth and motherhood and at least 15 minutes in a guided, nurturing meditation and deep relaxation. This gives you space to connect with what’s going on with you emotionally and physically and also with your baby.
This is a different type of pregnancy yoga class. This is a healing and nurturing birth preparation space, where you’ll learn all that you need to to feel empowered in your birth choices, decisions and actions. Every pregnancy and birth is unique and every choice is respected here.
I know what it’s like to worry about birth and motherhood but be too busy to really stop and think about it. I worked as a lawyer during both my pregnancies and returned to this job after both my daughters were born. I have been where you are now. I know from experience that if you don’t prepare, things have a habit of coming back to bite you. If you don’t build a community during your pregnancy, you will miss out on a support network that will be absolutely vital to you as a new mum.
If you don’t identify what’s worrying you about giving birth and face it during your pregnancy, this could lead to a less positive birth experience than the one you and your baby deserve. Pregnancy yoga gives you the space to do that.
Each week we start our time together by talking about how our week has been, appointment updates, any questions we have, etc. After our guided relaxation we talk opening about many things; birthing positions, your birthing mindset, what to include in your hospital bag, how your birth partner can support you, what to eat, what your first few days as a new parent might look like, the realities of breastfeeding, etc.
It is a safe and confidential space to share your thoughts and ask for advice – if you want to. You may prefer to relax and listen and that is really welcome too. It is completely non-judgemental space created so that you can ask all of your questions.
This really is a journey.
Our journey together will give you time during your pregnancy to rest. It will prepare you for your baby’s birth – whatever that looks like. It will prepare you for motherhood – as much as you can ever be prepared. It will give you the essential nurturing community every mum needs.
Everyone Is Welcome
Everyone is welcome and all birth and pregnancy choices are supported. Please don’t feel that if, for example, a planned c-section is the best birth choice for you, that our time together will not be valuable. We frequently discuss c-sections and I have a gentle c-section birth plan that I can share with you.
You might already feel that an epidural is the right thing for you to manage your baby’s birth. We talk about this and other pain relief choices too. Perhaps you’re planning a home birth. If so, we can talk about the amazing support you will get from our local Home Birth team and the practicalities we might need to consider.
If you are worried about giving birth, you will get all the support you need; from me and all the other mums. One of the most wonderful things about life is that everyone’s journey is different and we all have our experiences to share. You can add to your birth and mothering wisdom by listening to things that other mums have experienced. We talk about what it was like, how it felt and how they managed. Real stories. Positive stories.
This is the support you receive when you join us
- hatha yoga postures modified for pregnancy and safe for you and you baby
- strengthening postures to prepare your body for birth and motherhood
- postures to help your body to relax and open during birth
- If needed, advice on Spinning Babies techniques to ensure that your body stays balanced during your pregnancy
- postures to help alleviate pregnancy symptoms such as back ache, pelvic pain, rib pain and sciatica.
- easy to fit in day-to-day stretches that if practiced will help your body create the space your baby needs to be in the best position for birth
- pelvic floor exercises and tips for pelvic floor health
- mindful yoga at a pace that gives you headspace and an understanding of your changing body
- Proven breathing techniques
- to help reduce anxiety and aid relaxation
- to connect with your body and your baby
- to help you stay centred, focussed and calm during your baby’s birth (similar to many hypnobirthing techniques)
- to empower you to ‘feel’ into your baby’s birth and to tune into its natural flow
- to practice with your partner so that you feel fully supported by them during your baby’s birth – you receive a set of recorded breathing exercises so that your partner can also learn them
breathing techniques to help you cope if things don’t go quite as you expected
- so that you can tune into how you are really feeling, reset and steady as and when you need to – these are invaluable during your fourth trimester.
- a guided relaxation for complete rest every week
- time without any interruptions
- space for to switch off your mind and forget whatever might be worrying you
- time to be with your baby and to pay attention to your body
- positive guided meditations for birth
- meditations to boost your confidence
- essential time to rest and restore
- you automatically become part of a supportive community of other amazing mums-to-be
- you have access to me for any queries outside class time
- you are invited to meet ups outside of the class
- you have access to an exclusive Facebook Community
- Four x 30 minute recorded yoga sequences for you to practice with me at home
- recordings of all the breathing techniques we practice for you to share with your birthing partner
- guided affirmations and relaxations to download for support during birth and recovery
- Pdfs of birthing positions, what to pack in your hospital bag, etc
- ten complete classes recorded during Lockdown; each class containing the breathing techniques, yoga and guided relaxation. One class is specifically for mums nearing the end of their due date. I call it the ‘Wiggly One’ as many mums have given birth a day or so after following this!
- access to my extensive knowledge of the maternity services and practices here in Birmingham. If I don’t know the answer, I will know someone who does. I have a fantastic referral network of other amazing people in the birth world
- Know How guides on things such as what to pack in your hospital bag, support from your birth partner
- practical tips on the preparing for the fourth trimester and making those first few weeks the best they can be
- a reading list of the best books to prepare you for your best birth experience
- positive birth stories
- jammie dodger biscuits!
Each block costs £140.
As well as our face to face time together, you have ongoing support from the online resources, the Facebook and WhatsApp Groups. You can also message me directly and I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can. I do ALWAYS respond to messages.
If there are less than 8-weeks left of your pregnancy, please contact me anyway and we can chat about what support you need and what I can offer. It may be possible for you to join us for less than 8-weeks. If you feel that this is something you really need but finances are an issue, also drop me a message as I do offer bursary spaces. I try my very best to include everyone.
We journey together at 9:00pm on a Monday and a Tuesday evening.
Both classes are in the Wellbeing Pod, Moseley.
There are no more than ten mums-to-be in each. By keeping our space small, you get individual care and we all get to know each other without feeling overwhelmed.
Are you looking for one-to-one support?
I offer one-to-one pregnancy, birth and postnatal support. As well as being a yoga teacher, I am a birth re-wind practitioner, women’s emotional health coach and healing birth guide. I’m also a woman and a mother. I get it. I have helped many mums through difficult pregnancies and also during their fourth trimester.
Please get in touch if you’re looking for additional support. We can have a, no obligation, confidential chat and work out, together, what would suit you best. As an estimate of cost, my hourly rate is £75 an hour, reduced when bought as a bespoke package.
Details of my birth re-wind and reflection support can be found here.