Birth Stories - Soul Mama Yoga | How Yoga Helps Pre and Post Natal

Soul Mama Yoga Birth Stories

Soul Mama Yoga on the Gold Coast, Australia is delighted to share some birth stories from Mums who have brought their babies into this world, using Soul Mama Yoga techniques and mental preparation.

Tara McDonald

Tara McDonald

“We had a bit of a long process starting my induction, my membranes were too tough and it took 6 attempts to break my waters (he was just too comfortable).  Labour ended with a forceps delivery and my little guy is happy. 

I was pretty calm through the whole process thanks to Kelly’s pregnancy yoga.”

Thea Boiser

Thea Boiser

“After my due date I asked my midwife for a cervical sweep to sort of start my contractions. Thanks to Kelly’s amazing pregnancy yoga I was able to keep my composure and used the breathing techniques connecting the energy down to the perineum in every contraction. After 5 hours of active labour I experienced an amazing water birth. It was surreal and the most amazing experience for me. 

Kelly’s yoga sessions were a good investment for the d-day!

Lauren Archer

Lauren Archer

“As my due date grew closer I suffered preeclampsia and ended up being induced.  However, our little boy arrived in a big hurry and I got the VBAC I desired after a 97 minute labour. It was intense and I don’t think I would have coped if it wasn’t for all the breathing and mindfulness I learned in our classes. 

I heard Kelly’s voice talking me through it and I cannot thank her enough.

Faye Logan-Shuttleworth

Faye Logan-Shuttleworth

“My waters partially broke on Monday morning and I had 3 days to get things going at home but by Thursday my little cherub was still being stubborn as we agreed to use gel to get things going.  I laboured naturally using oils, massage, meditation and the ball from 9.30am to 9.30pm when I was examined, I was 4cm dilated.  Things intensified after that as my body was tired from trying to get things going over the previous days followed by 12hours of early labour so I needed fluids and then monitoring as well some antibiotics due to early rupture of membranes. This meant I couldn’t move around from the bed and by 11.30pm and 6cm I requested an epidural which was not administered until 1.30am. I got some relief but still no sleep and at 5.30am it was time to start pushing. 2 hours later bub’s heart rate had dropped as she was also getting tired but was almost out. We had ventouse to assist with the last few pushes and finally at 8.14am she made her appearance into the world kicking and screaming! 

We are both doing very well and I truly believe that what I learned from hypnobirthing and pregnancy yoga really helped throughout in body and mind.”

Jacinda Kidd

Jacinda Kidd

“OMG, I have a baby!!! I still cannot believe it. With an eventful appearance I cannot thank Kelly enough for everything throughout the pregnancy yoga classes.  Whilst I was unfortunately unable to utilise a lot of the physical practice,…

the mindset I developed through the classes and coaching is what got me through.”

Kayte County

Kayte County

“My waters broke just after midnight but there were some issues at the start which meant I had to be constantly monitored.  After 18 hours of labouring bubba had become stuck and was distressed which led to an emergency c-section. It was not how I had wanted my labour and birth to go but…

Listening to the meditations from Kelly and being mentally prepared I am at peace with my birth story.”

Katie-Jane O’Neill

Katie-Jane O’Neill

“My labour started at 10pm on Thursday night. I was in the water and after a few hours our baby girl arrived on the Friday morning at 8.47am. 

Birthing was beautiful and absolutely amazing, I felt so prepared.”

Fiona Taylor

Fiona Taylor

“So at 10 days overdue my labour started but it kept stalling. However, after 30hours I still managed to deliver drug-free and our brand new little love graced us with her presence at 12.33am weighing a healthy 8lb3oz (3.66kg) and 56cm long. I really did breathe my baby out! The midwives were super impressed and my student midwife said she found my labour really empowering.

We’re doing well, just tired and I thank Kelly for helping to prepare me for an incredible labour and birth’.

Rebecca

“During labour I utilised the breathing techniques and visualisation advice, but during “pushing” I struggled to maintain calm as bub had heart decelerations as well as meconium being present. The midwife kindly told me I had to “get him out now’ or the doctors would have to, which did panic me a bit, but it was the reality check I needed to breathe deeper and find new strength and after 15 hours of unmedicated labouring I birthed our baby boy. 

I really benefitted from Kelly’s classes and support.”

Mandie Drelincourt

“Baby Rose arrived in stylish late fashion but in a super fast labour with its share of complications but…

The mental preparation gained through pregnancy yoga and especially the breathing and meditation was invaluable, every contraction brings your baby closer.”

Natasha Wainwright

Natasha Wainwright

“A few days early on 12th June, our little Miss was born at 11.04pm weighing 3.4kgs and 51cm long. I spent 15 hours labouring at home and the hospital just utilising the breathing techniques and movements on the ball before I had an epidural. However, I was still able to use my yoga skills to help birth our baby girl. My husband was even surprised with my calm breathing and demeanour the entire time haha! The breathing has also helped with my recovery. It was an amazing experience and I would birth again in a heartbeat. I loved every minute and everything Kelly taught me helped from visualisation to the breathing to the stretching and exercises/movements. 

I cannot thank Kelly enough for it all.”

Danae Bragg

Danae Bragg

“I am over the moon I got my vaginal birth (VBAC)! Contractions came on strong from 7.30pm and I laboured at home until 11pm. I refused a vaginal examination and laboured for another hour and a half at which point I started getting the urge to push, I was 8cm now. I was using the breathing techniques Kelly had taught while standing leaning over the bed and squatting with each contraction. I pushed for an hour, needed no medical interventions other than an episiotomy. I am so proud of myself, my body and my baby. 

This has been such a healing experience for me. Thanks for everything.”

 Ellie Beynon

Ellie Beynon

“After 40 hours of labour, I was exhausted and overwhelmed beyond belief but so happy and so in love.  Labour did not go the way I expected, but I had amazing midwives. I practiced the breathing techniques, used the labour oil mix and played the music throughout. Trent used the massage techniques we learned in the Partner’s Workshop which were a godsend during the really intense contractions. 

I am so happy with how everything went.”

Jamie-Lee Young

Jamie-Lee Young

“It was a super tough pregnancy/ labour and birth but also positive. I spent 9 weeks on bed rest from weeks 28-37, which was really tough both mentally and physically. I spent most of that time in hospital and used the breathing techniques we learnt in class to help cope with the stress. Preparing for the labour and birth, we did a little bit of hypnobirthing online whilst in hospital but the vast majority of the strategies I ended up using in birth and just defaulted to were from your classes. I went straight into lunging over the yoga ball and using it to breathe and move and breathe through the contractions and it all just came so naturally. So did the vocalisation through the contractions which made such a difference! Because we hadn’t been able to attend any birthing classes, both mum and my husband were so blown away by how calm and prepared I was and how focused I stayed throughout. They really didn’t expect me to have it so under control haha. Tys followed my lead and used pressure points, hip compressions and heat packs to help me through the contractions with some gas. Mum and Tys were the best birthing team I could have asked for. Unfortunately I had some complications after the birth and had to go to theatre straight afterward but overall I feel like I coped really well with the labour/ birth and managed to stay positive throughout and for the most part I managed to not let the fear creep in – Kelly’s advice 😊
I’m so grateful for the classes and learning those strategies early on in the pregnancy so I could fall back on them when I needed to💕 xx 

Soul Mama Yoga offers tailor made classes to suit your pregnant or postnatal body and your baby. To ensure you gain the maximum benefits that pregnancy and postnatal yoga will bring you, classes have been designed into blocks with consecutive attendance highly recommended.

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