I recently read that in France all women get pelvic floor and abdominal physical therapy sessions covered through the national health system whereas in Australia (and UK and US) the most you can expect is a leaflet from the hospital or maternal and child health centre telling you to do pelvic floor exercises or ‘kegels’ to prevent incontinence. So why are they important?
What all of the birthing books I read, while preparing for my second birth, seemed to have in common is a strong belief that women have the ability to birth babies with minimal intervention and with the right knowledge, techniques and practice the birth experience can be completely beautiful and empowering.
On 27 August 2014 at 11.15pm, Sebastian Joe Callander came into the world – expertly delivered by one of the infamous “Sandy Midwives” at Sandringham Hospital in Melbourne. Although I was expecting a shorter labour than with Nina I hadn’t quite expected it to be as quick or as smooth as it was. I definitely attribute much of that to a strong yoga practice throughout pregnancy (including relaxation, pranayama and mindfulness meditation – not just asana).