7 results for tag: bonding


The Benefits of Bump Massage in Pregnancy

Bump massage can do wonderful things for you and your baby, making your pregnancy easier as well as potentially improving your experience of the birth. Yet most of my clients are surprised when I outline the benefits of massaging their bumps beyond trying to avoid stretch-marks.   I have created detailed instructions for you to give yourself a bump massage at home; there's a visual guide with written instructions as well as an audio to guide you through this deeply relaxing practice.   It’s a natural, instinctive thing to do and you’re probably already massaging some belly butter in, but with a little more direction there can ...

A-Z of Massage – What happens in a pregnancy massage?

If there ever is a time that massage feels essential, it's pregnancy. Here's my article for WellDoing on what happens in a pregnancy massage.

Prepare for Birth

As your due date gets closer, with work and family all making demands, it can seem as though there’s not enough time or energy for yourself and your little one. Spending time connecting with you baby is a wonderful way to prepare for birth and also helps to calm you down when everything seems too much. Where ever you are in your pregnancy, here’s an easy exercise you can do anywhere which can reduce stress and help you connect with your baby. Ideally, make some time every day to relax and focus on your baby, but when this is too much, you can do use the following exercise in the car, waiting in a queue or while the kettle boils. 1.Place your ...

Connect with your Baby

The first trimester can often be a vulnerable period as your body undergoes the incredibly profound changes; excitement and anxieties are high, you will probably be tired, emotional and nauseous long before your belly shows. On the inside you are doing amazing work - your baby grows from a single cell to a recognisably human creature measuring 5cm long. It can be hard to find positive support at this time and much of the advice in the media is confusing and contradictory. Here is a wonderfully nourishing, safe exercise you can do at home to help steady yourself, connect with your baby and release stress. You can do it alone or with your partner or ...

What Mothers Do

Naomi Stadlen does not write books about how to ‘manage’ your child. God knows the world is full of those opinions already, instead she celebrates mothering and being in the most non-judgmental way imaginable, taking a close look at what Mothers do. Her first book ‘What Mothers Do – Especially When It Looks Like Nothing’ was published around the time of my son’s birth and was an enormously reassuring read. Far from encouraging women to be experts with a plan to implement, she argues that uncertainty is exactly the right state of mind for new mothers to be in to be open to building a relationship with their baby. She has just publis...

A Visualisation to Bond with your Baby

The first trimester can often be a vulnerable period as your body undergoes the incredibly profound changes; excitement and anxieties are high, you will probably be tired, emotional and nauseous long before your belly shows. On the inside you are doing amazing work - your baby grows from a single cell to a recognisably human creature measuring 5cm long. It can be hard to find positive support at this time and much of the advice in the media is confusing and contradictory. Here is a wonderfully nourishing, safe exercise you can do at home to help steady yourself, connect with your baby and release stress. You can do it alone or with your partner ...

Pregnancy – Containing the Uncontainable

Since withdrawing from the world of body psychotherapy I've had two children, now aged two and four. In the course of this extraordinary process I've been amazed by how little attention is paid by health professionals and in the general culture, to the psychological aspects of pregnancy and birth; any emotional content tends to be described as 'hormonal' and essentially dismissed. In my training of biodynamic massage and body psychotherapy very little attention was given to pregnancy and birth from the mother's perspective: the child was the primary concern. Our culture paints pregnancy and birth in a rosy pink, giving women little scope to explore ...