LABOUR WITH LOVE – A SUMMER PARTNERS BIRTH REHEARSAL WORKSHOP
COMING TOGETHER TO PRACTICE AND CONNECT
Saturday, 20 March : 12 PM-6 PM
Your Birth Partner
This time of the birth of your child, whether your first precious baby or your fourth, is always a heart-opening and sacred time. Whether birthing at home, in a home-from-home unit or on a labour ward, every mother wishes the same; to be, and to feel, safe; to be as comfortable as possible and not to feel alone. The importance of choosing and having a loving birth partner to accompany you cannot be under-estimated.
Having someone close to you, who knows how to reach out to you, support you, represent you, hold you and breathe with you – this is what makes a labour easier. It’s also what makes the memory beautiful – even if the labour is was hard and long. We remember the incredible journey we went on to bring our baby into the world but we remember it fondly. We felt looked after, cared for, loved.
Preparing Your Partner
Nadia’s birth partner’s immersion workshop is designed to bring you together with your chosen partner – be it the father of your baby, your mother, sister or best friend so that you can prepare together, understand the importance of the role of the partner and how to cultivate that space of love and support at home, in transit and in hospital – should you choose or require a hospital birth.
The labour and birth experience is an intensely physical and emotionally challenging experience with many twists and turns, beautiful heart-opening highs and deeply challenging lows, along the way.
Peace in the Birthing Room
Calling on the traditions of Pregnancy Yoga, Hypnosis, Mindfulness and Bodywork Nadia has gathered together the practices and teachings she feels most cultivate connection, presence and ease in the labour room. Having supported over 50 couples as a birth doula, over a thirteen-year period, and experienced four births herself, Nadia brings a deep and personal knowledge of the childbirth experience. She shares how best to navigate it so that it unfolds in an environment of calm, care and love.
Content has also been updated to reflect the changes and restrictions that are in place as a result of Covid 19 and how best to navigate your way through the current restrictions.
“Thank you, Nadia, for such an awesome day…. it is the best advice within this kind of thing that I have done for my pregnancy so far…” Katy Appleton, Founder Apple Yoga
ONLINE WORKSHOP PRICE: £120 couple/£60 single
This workshop is open to all pregnant women and their chosen birth partners. There are a few assisted places available. Please contact Nadia@nadiaraafat.com to apply for an assisted place.
Following the pathway of normal physiological birth – that is birth without initial complications – we will look at the following.
- Physiology of Labour – the action and the maternal experience.
- Mindful Speaking and Listening
- Labouring at home – How to stay at home as long as possible.
- Relaxation and Pain Relief techniques for early and active labour.
- Movements and positions for effective labour.
- Rebozo techniques for Labour
- Breathing and Sounding for the various stages of Labour
- Touch and Massage Pain Relief Techniques.
- How and when to transfer in to minimize discomfort and maintain progress.
- Positioning for the Second stage.
- Navigating the Long, Slow Birth.
- Working with Intervention.
- Protecting the Hour of Power.
- Your Maternal Rights
- We will also discuss Interventions and How to Navigate them in order to avoid Birth Trauma
This practical workshop will teach you plenty of really useful birth skills and resources (drawing widely from the yoga, hypnosis, mindfulness and birth education traditions) so that you can move confidently towards a positive experience of the birth of your child and the start of your family.
After the workshop, you will both have a much clearer idea about how the event will unfold and what skills and practices will best serve you when. Your birth partner will have a really good idea about how he/she can best support you mentally, emotionally and practically and you will feel much closer together and bonded by the experience you have shared.
“My husband says that he would recommend your partner’s class to anyone as it made him realise how important a supportive and informed birthing partner is.” Helena and Will
“Just wanted to say how brilliant the course was last Saturday. Both Steve and I got so much out of it – he was raving about how great it was to anyone who’d listen! Just the perfect balance between the hormone part and the more practical part. We both feel so much more prepared.” Lucia Glover
“A note to say that the course was absolutely brilliant, thank you so much. It was just what we needed – very practical, informative and a good re-cap for us. I think particularly for the Dads it’s difficult to get focused second time round (done it before, it was fine last time, and the memories fade!), and your course was brilliant for getting us both, particularly Jim, ready for it all.” Lucy Marsh
“Really really really thought your course on Sat was fab. Thank you so much. We both benefitted from it hugely… it was just crammed with wonderful advice and knowledge and experience and practical skills.” Julia and Chris
I just wanted to say how much Tom and I enjoyed the birth workshop with you the other weekend. It was fantastic and we learned so much. Anon
“I wanted to say how much we LOVED the course with you and all we learned there. The experience was incredible for us both to be together focusing on the birth of our baby and Nicholas has not stopped raving about it. He says we learned so much more there than he ever knew, and compares everything else we have done to you and your teaching style and says there is no comparison!”
Nadia is a YAP registered Senior Teacher who has practiced Yoga for 18 years and taught for 15. She has trained with Birthlight, YogaBirth, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and the British Wheel of Yoga. Nadia has completed a Sivananda teacher Training and a Teacher Training in Yoga Nidra with Satyananda School of Yoga and Swami Pragyamurthu. Her meditation journey began with Ajhan Sumedo at Amaravati Monastery, and deepened with the Shambala Centre. She has completed many other courses and training in meditation and mindfulness with the British Wheel of Yoga, Kay Baxter and Rupert Spira.
Committed to deepening her own practice on all levels she has studied Yin Yoga more recently with US-based teacher Cyndi Lee, and Norman Blair, and practiced with Susanne Lahusen, Alan Lowen and joined the Embodied Philosophy Program.
Nadia is a trained and Doula-UK approved Birth Doula (since 2010) with over 50 births behind her.
She has also experienced four of her own births.
LABOUR WITH LOVE
Saturday 20 March: 12 PM-6 PM
ONLINE WORKSHOP PRICE: £120 Couple/ £60 Single