Mary’s Birth – From Dad and Mum’s perspective

A dad’s perspective
Were it not for She Births, I might have missed one of the most
amazing experiences of my life – catching my baby daughter when she
was born!

My wife signed us up for She Births, as she enjoyed Nadine’s
prenatal Yoga at The Dharma Shala.  I went along reluctantly as the whole
thing seemed a little too ’hippy’ for my taste.

My mates had told me how useless they felt during the birth of their
children, and as a result I started the weekend thinking that I would
rather live in the 1950s, so i would not be in the room during the
birth.

She Births® changed my views by educating me about the process of
giving birth.  For me, the most important element of the course was
the ’active birth’ section, as it gave me a useful role during the
labour.

Come labour-day I was involved with every contraction – applying my
novice acupressure tchniques to help offset the pain.  At the last
minute, I changed ends and caught our baby daughter.

Playing a useful part in the labour has brought my wife and I closer
together – and made me closer to our baby daughhter.  I am so glad we
spent the weekend with Nadine, doing She Births together.

I would especially recommend it to other ’sceptical’ / ’practical
men.  It gave me the desire to experience something totally different
– and I am richer for having had the experience.

A mum’s perspective
I strongly recommend She Births to anyone who is wanting to have the best possible birth experience (which is surely everyone?!). Prior to attending the program I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t have any expectations for the birth that I wanted. My main aim was to have a healthy baby and for it to be as painless as possible!

She Births educated my husband and I on the science of labour, and how to best use that science and work with your body and natural hormones to deliver your baby in the least stressful and most natural way possible. I got a lot out of the breathing techniques, and my husband and I both got a lot from the active birth techniques – the combination of the two is what makes the program so effective in preparing couples.

The birth of our little girl would have looked very different if I hadn’t attended She Births – I didn’t use any pain relief, I had a relatively quick labour, and a great recovery with no damage! She Births made this possible by providing my husband and I with insight into the inner and outer resources – tools & techniques we could utilise to get us through the birth process.

In addition to attending She Births I went to Nadine’s yoga at North Bondi and this was great as reinforced and gave me a chance to practice the techniques I’d learnt in the course – this is important to make it ‘second nature’ once the big day comes.

Overall I am hugely grateful to Nadine and that I came across She Births. I can’t recommend it enough.

Matt and Pip