When I was pregnant with Tin Box Tot I took an antenatal Pilates course thinking it would help me keep fit while I was nurturing a growing bump. While I didn’t necessarily keep the extra pounds at bay I did learn a lot about the benefits of relaxation, visualisation and pelvic floor exercises.
So when I found out I was expecting Tin Box Baby 2 I was keen to do something similar. My old classes had moved out of the area so I looked for something closer and found the Daisy Foundation. It offers antenatal and postnatal classes for mums and babies national-wide.
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What is Daisy Birthing?
Daisy Birthing, or ‘breathing classes’ as Mr Tin Box liked to call them, include education about labour, alongside breathing, movement and relaxation techniques. There’s emphasis on building your confidence ahead of your labour and supporting you to make informed choices no matter what your birth plan.
Classes run in six week blocks. I signed up for active birthing classes with Nicola who covers the Hedge End, Whiteley and Fareham areas in Hampshire.
My Daisy Birthing journey so far
Where do classes take place?
I took Nicola’s class at Whiteley Leisure Centre on the edge of Fareham, but she runs a few in the area. The venues range from hotel spas to community centres.
There’s a network of other teachers across the country and you can find your nearest class on the Daisy Foundation website.
What other support is available?
Nicola was always sharing useful information on a closed Facebook group for the ladies in her classes. Thanks to her I have read so many useful pieces of guidance which are freely available on the internet that I would otherwise have no idea where there. You can also download and use Daisy relaxation recordings at home.
I found the whole antenatal side of the Daisy Birthing experience warm, friendly and inclusive. The Foundation does not promote ‘right or wrong’ ways to bring your baby into the world, just practical tools and information to support you on the path you decide to take.
So, I am now armed and ready for whatever the next few weeks throw at me. Wish me luck and I’ll let you know how I do when I put my Daisy Birthing know-how to the test!
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Please note: I paid for my own Daisy Birthing classes and all opinions are my own.