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Relax Into Birth
Relax Into Birth
"But am I allowed to wear what I want?"
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The concept of women not being allowed to do what they want during childbirth is a violation of a woman's autonomy and is explored in the amazing book Give Birth Like a Feminist @milli.hill (2021).
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The woman is the primary decision maker in her birthing process - from what she wears to what she refuses and consents to - everything that takes place should come from the solid grounding of the mother's informed and empowered choice.
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Swipe through to read more... And share your experience if you birthed in hospital. Was there anything you were told you're not allowed to do?
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Relax Into Birth
Relax Into Birth is in Cape Town, Western Cape.
Cape Town, Western Cape
For us birth workers, p00p is the best sign ever! It means pushing is starting, the baby is crowning or about to make an appearance and the birth will be over soon. It means progress!
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It happens to more women than you think... In fact, most women who birth v@ginally, p00p!
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No need to worry about it, it's all in a day's work for us.
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Swipe right to find out why this happens and why you shouldn't worry.
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If you've given birth, p00ped yourself and didn't care, please comment below with your story!
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Help moms feel less worried or fearful about this by commenting with your story.
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Relax Into Birth
Relax Into Birth
☑️It's a practical tool set designed to help you avoid interventions.
☑️It educates and empowers pregnant couples on the physiology of birth, demystifying the process.
☑️It provides daily audio tracks to listen to, which prepare you mentally for any turn your birth takes.
☑️It helps birth partners feel more equipped for the birth room.
☑️IT REMOVES FEAR and helps block out naysayers and negative stories.
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I wanted a Caesarean birth when I fell pregnant and through Hypnobirthing my whole birth plan changed 180 degrees.
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I got my...
✔️Home birth
✔️Hypnobirth
✔️Waterbirth
✔️Independent midwife team
✔️Immediate uninterrupted skin to skin and breastfeeding
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It doesn't always go to plan, not at all, but Hypnobirthing helps you have a better birth experience, no matter what turn it takes. Abdominal Caesarean births and v#ginal births can be a better with Hypnobirthing.
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Share your Hypnobirthing stories below.
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Relax Into Birth
Relax Into Birth
Relax Into Birth is in Cape Town, Western Cape.
Cape Town, Western Cape
This is something I hear too often: a mama has been told she's got a very big bun in the oven.
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Swipe right to see why this is most often inaccurate and more of an estimate and often has very little bearing on the birth.
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Position matters more than size... And flexion matters more than position.
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So, got a big baby on board? Good!! A healthy, robust baby on the way... Not an automatic reason for a Caesarean or induction. And there's evidence to support this!
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Comment with your stories below.
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Relax Into Birth
Relax Into Birth
Birth shaming.
It's one thing I can't stand.
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As a Doula, I'm expected to be on one side of the spectrum:
a hippie-living
home-birthing
aromatherapy-loving
Doula.
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Yes, I am all of these things...
But not to the exclusion of everything else.
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I attend home births, water births.
Home birth transfers.
I attend hospital births.
Births that turn medicalised.
Births that become emergency Caesareans.
I attend scheduled Caesareans.
I have a Hypnobirthing program for Caesarean births.
I attend inductions.
Births with pain relief.
Births without.
Medicated and unmedicated.
Vaginal. Abdominal.
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I attend ALL BIRTHS.
Sadly, our culture says that medicalised or surgical births are not natural. Not normal...
So by extension, these surgical or medicalised births are abnormal...unnatural.
And this hurts mothers more than we know.
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This serves no purpose other than to make mothers feel guilt about their birth choices, parenting choices, life choices.
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Home births are not for everyone.
Hospital births are not for everyone.
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I support mothers, empowering them on their journey to meeting their babies.
I educate parents as best I as I can on their birth options.
How to choose a caregiver that's best for their needs.
What a home birth looks like... Truly.
What a hospital birth looks like... Truly.
I give them tools for calming, relaxation and non-medical pain relief.
I debrief, encourage, empower and hold your educated preferences to my heart.
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All births matter.
No matter how a baby comes earth side.
All births matter.
So to birth shaming...
I say no.
Full stop.
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All births need debriefing too.
So, tell your story.
Share from the heart...
Tell of what went right...
And what went wrong.
And how perhaps, you would do things another way.
With a different team.
With more support.
Understand why things happened the way they did.
Know that you were not to blame.
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Slide into my DMs to ask about my online Hypnobirthing courses, 1:1 birth debriefing, virtual fear release sessions, in-person Doula support and online Hypnotherapy sessions. Let's chat.
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Relax Into Birth
Relax Into Birth
Relax Into Birth
Shani shares her story... "For me, my son’s birth was the culmination of many things: the end of the pregnancy journey (thank goddess!), the meeting of a little person who was long anticipated, the beginning of the rest of my life… but besides that, it was the playing out of a story I had written over and over for almost a year. I invested so much in the event of birth, it had become wound up in my identity, my ego, even my politics. And then when it happened, it derailed all expectations, all plans, it broke me open… a total loss of control. Surrendering to that loss of control was both liberating and painful. It was my first lesson in mothering - that you aren’t in control, that you cannot predict, fix or determine how things will be, and that’s okay. I had planned and prepared for a homebirth for almost a year, I wept on the way to the hospital.

I felt very emotional about my son’s birth for many weeks, there were so many elements that fell outside of how I had imagined it. The Closing of the Bones ceremony ritualised my letting go of that grief, and also helped me celebrate the parts of those long two days that were glorious, never forgotten. In telling my birth story I recalled the utter beauty of that thin space of labour, of dying to yourself and your expectations and giving over to the new life coming in. Telling my birth story and doing ceremony with my birth team and family was so healing. Being held, whispered words of affirmation, literally swaddled, reminded me that what happens on your birth journey, or in early matrescence, or for your child’s challenges acclimating to earth - that you did well, that you gave it your all, that you are held and witnessed, that you are the closest you will ever be, to being fully alive. There is no such thing as failure.

The Closing of the Bones ceremony concluded all this. I felt I was woven back together again, closing my body from pregnancy, closing off my experience of my son’s birth. Since my CTB ceremony I have literally felt lighter. I am eternally grateful that I chose midwife and doula care for my pregnancy, because at the end of the day the birth is just one day, but entering motherhood is worth marking with ritual surrounded by wise women and those you love 💛"

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