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I've been thrilled to be featured in these publications/ websites/ blogs, spreading the empowerment on hypnobirthing as wide as I can...

The motherload

Hypnobirthing: Imperfect, Positive Birth

Gestational Diabetes UK

When Policy Closes a Door, Hypnobirthing Opens a Window

essex echo

Hypnobirthing Can't Promise A Pain Free Birth...

essex echo

Modern Mums Want More Choice When Giving Birth

Leigh-on-Sea.com

Pregnant? Don’t Give Birth Without It

Bad Mum Magazine

An Interview With Me

Kitty and Pip

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Postnatal Wellbeing Whilst You’re Still Pregnant

 

I am always up for writing/ chatting about birth and motherhood, give me a shout if you’re interested.

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  • I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Totally fine, except what if you didn’t bring what you needed?
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Flexing to unfolding circumstances is a great skill, but if we’re not careful, we may find ourselves way off track and unequipped to keep moving towards our goals- i.e., the life we want. That’s a pretty big deal. .
On Friday January 11th, I’m running a workshop @do.it.like.a.mother_hq called “2019 is the year I will...”. .
Not available to book yet, just save the date if you fancy a more intentional year. Especially if you’re looking back on 2018 like HOW DID I END UP HERE THOUGH?!
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I’m working on a little creative collab for it too ✨👀
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#doitlikeamother #doitlikeamotherhood #intentionsetting #intentionalliving #intentional #goalsetting2019 #createyourlife #createyourlifestyle #sayyestoyourself #sayyestoyou #sayyes #mindsetcoach #mindsetofgreatness #mindsetofexcellence #mothersinbusiness #womeninbusinessuk #womeninbusiness #chalkwell #leighonsea #essex
  • D A Y 9 from @chloe_do.it.like.a.mother .
9 Reasons to Plan A Home Birth...
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1- Planning a home birth (compared with planning a birth in the obstetric labour ward) means your likelihood of ending up with a c-section goes from 111 per 1,000 to a mere 28 per 1,000, your likelihood of having an episiotomy goes from 193 per 1,000 to only and 54 per 1,000 and your likelihood of having a vaginal birth (without forceps or ventouse) increases from 738 per 1,000 to 928 per 1,000. Those odds sound pretty good to me. Google ‘The Birth Place Study’ for more info on the stats.
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2- You can stay surrounded by your own home comforts- think of all snuggling up in your own bed afterwards, being brought your favourite meal and enjoying the peace and quiet of your own home.
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3- There’s no uncomfortable car journey to the hospital.
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4- If you choose to hire a pool, then you have guaranteed access to it.
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5- You are more likely to know your midwife- depending on how things work where you live, planning a home birth sometimes means you will be put under a small team of midwives that will be on call for you when you go into labour.
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6- You can have as many (or as few birth partners as you like). Hospitals often have a policy of only allowing two birth partners- sometimes that’s more than you need but other times you might want others around too. At home- it’s all up to you!
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7- You can always change your mind and go into hospital instead (not quite as easy if you change your mind and want to go home, once you’re at the hospital!).
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8- There’s no repeat trips to and from the hospital in the early stages. It’s a common thing to happen- you arrive at the hospital and you’re told “you’re here too soon- go home and come back later”. At home- the midwives come to you, so no wasted trips.
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9- When you feel safe and secure (as many of us do in our homes), your birth hormones can flow. Oxytocin is the hormone of birth and it doesn’t like coming out to play if you don’t feel safe. Home can be the perfect environment to let it flow.
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And there your 9 reasons to plan a home birth- I can think of a few more too! What were your reasons for where you planned to give birth?
  • What breastfeeding looks like... swipe. 
Why oh why are we still convinced that how breastfeeding LOOKS is key? I have an incredible Hypnobirthing client in touch with me this weekend because everyone is telling her the latch LOOKS great, but she is in constant pain 5 weeks in and is now dealing with mastitis.
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I notice that when my clients’ babies aren’t gaining, they are inundated with advice and options. When baby is ok but Mother is suffering... seems to be a different story.
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That second image is me, pumping like my life depended on it in the early weeks of bf Rory. .
If we were honest with pregnant women that it’s likely to be REALLY FRICKING HARD, and unlikely to be comprised solely of baby to boob interactions, maybe we would cope better. Head to our blog and search “Feeding Friday” for a wide variety of experiences shared. Informed is best. .
Trial and error is normal. Ongoing pain is not- please, if you’re experiencing it, don’t accept it. Keep asking for help.
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Thursdays 12.15-3 @do.it.like.a.mother_hq @intheclubmidwifery is there to give fantastic face to face advice without charge. 
You can book her for a private visit too, as well as the lovely Lynsey @motheringmattersuk who saved my bf experience.
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Here on insta have a look at @littlelatchers for solid advice. My fave bf website is KellyMom .
Hit me with other great resources in the comments 👇🏻 or your Qs 👀
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  • D A Y  8 from @dr.chloe_do.it.like.a.mother .
Eight ways to help support bonding with your baby  Developing a bond with your baby is not always easy - it’s totally normal for it to take a while (days, weeks, even months) to feel that connection. We need time to get to know our babies, and for them to get to know us! Below are 8 tips for things you could try to make your emotional and physical environment more conducive for bonding. 
1. Don’t put yourself under pressure with ideas of what you “should” or “must” be doing. Yes, there are things you can try that might help encourage bonding, but any new relationship would struggle to thrive in an environment where there is an immense pressure to “get it right” or do things in a certain way. So give it time and space.  2. During pregnancy, you and your partner might like to talk to the baby, read stories and/or sing. Babies’ hearing is usually developed enough by 23-26 weeks gestation for them to hear you! It helps them get used to your voice(s) and helps you and your partner get used to having baby around, even though they aren’t here yet! (Research has also shown that shows that reading to baby in the womb helps with early language development). 3. Touch is the vital ingredient of bonding - so while you are still pregnant, touching or rubbing your baby bump, feeling baby move, grow and develop can all be helpful in helping you to feel connected to baby before he/she is here.  4. Once baby is born, skin-to-skin contact helps increase your levels of oxytocin (also known as the “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone”). This isn’t just for the few hours after birth - skin-to-skin cuddles can be used as often as you want after baby arrives!
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Cont in comments...
  • What are you getting for Xmas? If you’re preggers, how about a nice (fricking fantastic) empowered birth?
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If you’d like your family or friends to contribute towards the costs of your hypnobirthing course with us, drop me a DM. .
Booking is secured with a £50 deposit, and our first group of 2019 is already full, so get to it pronto if you fancy it, k? 👌🏻
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👆🏻That’s an example of one of our goody bags- all killer, no filler. Subject to change as I discover new fantastic things to pop in... here we have our own @do.it.like.a.mother_hq pregnancy mindset moment cards, teething jewellery @for_mama_and_baba, bracelet by @thisgirlisenough (her shizzle supports good causes- you wanna check it out), book by @thecalmbirthschool, string by @wishuponastring, and @kokoso_baby oil. .
What you can’t see? 3 mp3s, printed notes and light refreshments, plus our unlimited ongoing support. .
📷 @photography_by_petra .
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  • @coco_do.it.like.a.mother beings is day 7...
7 SECONDS OF RELAXING BREATH.
7 tiny seconds!! .
Ever been in a situation where someone said something really antagonistic or rude to you and you've retaliated?
Ever had a bickering match with your partner and lost your temper? 
Ever spent the whole night up with your kids who've been up every hour and felt the anger bubble away inside you? 
Ever chopped a tree down or dug a big hole?
Ever smashed a wall down?
Ever woken up in one of those moods and things have got progressively worse as the day goes on?
Ever felt overwhelmed, lonely, scared or anxious?
Ever had your child answer back so much that you could scream?
Ever been in the throws of labour?
Ever struggled to sleep?
To relax? 
To shut everything out and just BE?
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Then youre not alone! Most of us have been in situations like these (I've never chopped a tree down though)and chances are, every time we've been about to 'react' in these situations, we have taken a deep breathe in to fire up our bodies, our minds and our mouth. .
Life is a series of events that happen to and around us, some big, some small.  Very often they can be knitted together with stress, anxiety, exhaustion or  anger.  How we chose to react to these events dictates the outcome.  It's possible to completely change our mindset in an instant by focusing on the relaxing exhalation breathe rather than the inhalation. If half the people in prison had known how to use the out breathe to stay calm and quell the fire, they would've found themselves in very different circumstances.
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Breathe is powerful. It's primal! It's so simple and yet so hard for many of us to focus on in the heat of the moment to calm and relax us.  All it takes is practice.
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!
7 seconds on the out breathe!
7 seconds to chant "DON'T SHOUT, BREATHE OUT" (Another of my fave mantras!) Inhale that breathe deep in your belly for 4 counts, hold it for a few seconds and then......... 7  S E C O N D S  T O  E X H A L E
  • Just me? I LOVE finding pics of Louis at the same age Rory is now- this is pretty much bang on and if it wasn’t for my own hair being a different colour, I would actually have thought it was Rory 🤷🏻‍♀️👀🤦🏻‍♀️😂
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I was about half way through the pregnancy here. The thought of being knocked up and dealing with toddler life now... it seems unthinkable, but women are strong as hell. We find the strength when we need it. So much of our experience as mothers seems impossible until we do it. I’d love for us to notice how resilient and resourceful we are. Would also love for us to be more supported, but that’s another post... .
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  • D A Y 6 from @chloe_do.it.like.a.mother .
6 Signs that labour is starting...
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1- Intense Nesting- this means having extreme urges to clean or tidy or organise or declutter. If you find yourself desperately needing to clean every kitchen cupboard inside and out (including their contents) or you find yourself hoovering your walls- this actually could be a sign that baby is soon to be on the way.
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2- Waters Breaking- this could happen at any point but it could also be the first sign you have. It might be a large gush but it could also be small trickles- so keep an eye on anything that feels out of the ordinary.
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3- Sticky Show- this is certainly not as glamorous as a West End Show but since it means your baby could be on the way in the next few days, I’d say it’s slightly more exciting!
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4- Cramping- you might feel these as strong Braxton Hicks or as a dull achey feeling in your lower belly or back. These are especially common in the evenings leading up to the birth, often stopping by morning but they are a sign that *something* is going on.
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5- Upset Tummy- yup, the glamour continues. Sometimes your body knows the task that is ahead and it decides that digesting food is just too much of an effort, so it gets rid of any unwanted food, to allow it to fully focus on the birth.
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6- Your Spidey-Sense is Tingling- or rather your intuition just knows something is up. Sometimes you just get a sense that something big is about to happen, even if there are know obvious physical changes.
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And there you go- 6 signs that your baby may be on its well soon.
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Has anyone got a Christmas baby on the way?
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