YogaBirth love a birth story

We love the birth stories sent to us from our many pregnancy yoga teachers via the mums that attend their classes and although the births can vary, one things is always the same – the mums are always so complementary about how our yoga classes contributed to their positive birth experiences.

Here’s a beautiful story sent to us by yoga teacher Louisa Aldridge.

“Hi Louisa,

Here is my birthing story from over 4 years ago. I still remember you very fondly, and as someone who gave me the assurance I needed at that time.

What really helped that I took from the yoga classes with you were the different breathing techniques at various stages of the birth.

It’s very reassuring to be in the throws of labour and feel confident as I controlled my breathing and had something to focus on, so my body was left to do what it knew how to do.

You really helped me hang onto my goal of a homebirth, and connected me with your friend, a private midwife (Kemi) to talk to. Her advice to listen to my body and trust my instincts was the assurance I needed.


At this point I was 14 days over due with my 2nd child, and was being pressured by the hospital to come in and be induced. I ask them to give me the weekend to buy myself some more time.

On the Saturday I went to the swimming pool. Holding onto the side I just floated, stomach side down and I could feel her in my belly turn and adjust. On Sunday morning at 6am I started with contractions.

I paced round the bedroom for an hour before my husband woke up wondering what I was doing.

He quickly sprung into action, and ran downstairs to start filling the birthing pool. Our toddler woke up and was put in front of the telly till granny could arrive. The midwife was called, but it was changeover time and there was some confusion about who to ring.

A quick birth

He (my husband) was busy running up and down the stairs whilst I just keep pacing the floor in the bedroom.

He brought me up a chocolate chip tracker bar to help keep up my energy, and I said “Really? Quick put down some towels!”

I was on all fours, and every time I had a contraction I coughed, and a bit more of the head appeared. Out she came at 8:40am, and my husband handed her to me.

All this before the midwifes had a chance to arrive!

It was fab! Not too painful and just the 3 of us for 5 minutes.

Perfect really. And an hour later, we were all together in the kitchen eating croissants and jam.

Thanks for helping to make this the birthing story that happened. I’ll always be grateful.

Janine and Cara.”

Janine and Cara

How can I find out more?

If you’re pregnant and would like us to support you physically and mentally as you prepare for your birth, find your nearest YogaBirth Pregnancy Yoga teacher here

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