In through your nose and out through your mouth
One of the most effective tools to get you through labour is with you at all times - your breath. It is natures natural pain relief. We all know that our breathing changes during different situations, if you are anxious or stressed it becomes harder to breath but by focusing your breathing you can re-ground yourself and overcome the obstacles at hand, so why not employ this technique during labour as well.
What are the benefits of breathing during labour? It gives you something to focus on
💕It keeps you calm and relaxed
💕It helps you to manage your contractions and remain in control
💕Relaxed mama = more relaxed birth
This is where the support of the birth partner is essential! They can help count your breaths and keep your breathing on track and steady. Making sure mum remain calms and relaxed!
During our 6 week Parentwise course we can help you to learn progressive muscle relaxation techniques for the different stages of labour and how you can use these effectively. .
Remember - practise, practise, practise!
Calling all expectant parents!
Are you a first time mum wanting to go into your labour feeling confident, prepared and ready to start this amazing journey?
Or an expectant father, worried about how you can support your partner through the birth?
The birth of your child is one of the most memorable days of your lives but it can be a daunting day if you’re unsure of what to expect. All expectant parents deserve to be fully informed when it comes to birth preferences, pain relief, and possible interventions. Learn all about the early stages of labour and the birth process with practical advice, top tips and breathing and relaxation techniques.
So prepare for your impending arrival with a 6 week Parentwise Birth Preparation Course. Designed and delivered by qualified midwifes, offering the most up-to-date information and advice and able to answer all your birth and labour related questions.
2020 Parentwise Mum to Be
"I was feeling apprehensive about the thought of labour and I didn’t want to know too much. Thinking about the birth had me panicking but after doing a Parentwise course I feel so much more prepared and reassured. It’s also been helpful to hear the first hand experiences of previous Parentwise parents." 👶🏻⠀
"Paddy was fantastic, she had a great sense of humour throughout the course and had lots of great insight and knowledge due to being a midwife." 🌟⠀
Meet the midwife!⠀
Paddy Cocking is the founder of Parentwise and has been a registered midwife for 22 years! She still runs Parentwise classes alongside a fab team of other lovely midwives. She shares her favourite thing about teaching Parentwise below! ⤵️⠀
"My favourite thing about teaching Parentwise courses is meeting all the mums and dads to be and watching those friendships grow. Preparing them for the most amazing journey to parenthood. When I reenact the birth of a baby with my woolly uterus, the reaction from everyone is fantastic. ⠀
My top tip for labour and life as a new mum is - Trust your instincts!" 💯⠀
Kicking off 2020 with 20
new Parentwise babies!
Congratulations to all new parents and babies who arrived last month 🤰🏻❤️⠀
2019 Parentwise mummy - First Time Mum
“I’m the sort of person that needs to be armed with all the information, all the what if’s and every possible outcome before I do something. And for me, labour was no different. I needed to know what to expect and any coping mechanisms I could draw upon to get me through. 🧘🏻♀️💪 I’m a FTM but my partner had already had a child in a previous relationship. He was adamant that he knew all about birth, labour and looking after a new born and a Parentwise course wouldn’t be of any use to him. However, after the first session we were both hooked and looked forward to going every week! ❤️
It prepared me so much for the labour that as my due date got nearer all I felt was excitement and anticipation! Not only did everything I learnt help me through the labour, but my once skeptical partner felt confident that he knew exactly what was going on and how he could help me. 👨👩👧
The loveliest thing to come out of the course was that it helped me to connect with the most fabulous group of ladies! We meet at least once a week for coffee ☕️ (and cake of course), attend baby classes together and have ‘mums’ nights outs. It’s so nice to know a group of women going through the same thing as you and to be able to bond over life with a new baby and bounce different ideas off each other 💕 Sometimes it's just nice to have someone to talk to on Whatsapp during the ‘night shift’ 💤 and no matter how much you feel it, to know that you are not alone. Without Parentwise I would never have connected with such a fab group!” .