How to use mindfulness in labour

As someone who has practiced mindfulness for 15 years, it was only when I fell pregnant with my first child 3 years ago that I started to consider the role that mindfulness could play in labour. This was an exciting realisation, so exciting that I decided to start a business providing mindfulness-based antenatal classes!

Let’s first review what mindfulness actually is. Mindfulness is the awareness that comes from paying attention to the present moment, with an attitude of openness, acceptance and curiosity. It is the antithesis of being on autopilot, when we are distracted by thoughts and emotions.

So how can mindfulness help us in labour?
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Five ways to parent mindfully

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably come to realise that parenting is a life experience where the ‘good’ comes with the ‘bad’. Challenging, rewarding, exhausting, inspiring, scary, exciting, frustrating, incredible, demanding, and empowering are just some of the words that come to mind when I try to describe my experience as the mother of a two-year-old.

So how can we cope better with the challenges of parenting and be sure we’re making the most of the precious moments, while continuing to support our child’s development? A simple practice called mindfulness can help.
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