2020 certainly has been a year when we've shifted focus. The important things in life came rushing in, square and centre and less time being human doings and more time being Human beings has forced many of us to confront or change aspects of life that we don't wish to take forward with us into this new decade. We are buying less needless stuff and appreciating the important things in life. So what if there is new life on the horizon for your family? What useful gifts could we buy that will bring comfort as well as the excitement that a bit of Christmas shopping can bring?
Here are my top 5 recommendations for things the expectant parents in your life may not know they'd like, but these are things they'll thank you for later.
1. A Cranio-sacral therapy session: When babies are born, whether a natural birth or caesarian, it is an experience that involves a physical squeeze! Sometimes this can impact how in alignment our bodies...
Sometimes things can change quite quickly during birth. When this happens you might be asked to make decisions about what to do next. If you're not the expert in something it's a good idea to explore any unintended consequences so you can make a good decision that works well for you. The acronym BRAIN helps you to remember the following questions you could ask:
B - What are the benefits of the proposed treatment, intervention or this decision?
R - What are the risks associated with this decision (intended or unintended)
A - Is there an alternative and of so what are the risks and benefits of it
I - What does your intuition and your partners instincts tell you to do?
N - What comes next if we say yes? What happens if we do nothing?
This one just popped up on the internet. Is it just me or does everyone cry happy tears when they see a person being gently introduced to our crazy world?
Huge thanks to The Homebirth of Folk for sharing their experience.
[EDIT] Another, shorter (5 minute) video also popped up, this time showing you just how important the birth partner is for encouragement and support. This Dad even caught the baby here (shared generously by @GentleBirthOfficial over on Instagram).
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