I'm Anita Blizard, Your Birth Rocks Mentor! I support women and their partners who want to take the stress out of pregnancy and birth. Together we will approach your pregnancy and birth in strategic, creative and dynamic ways - all of which will be unique to you. You will tell me what is important to you and I will provide you with the knowledge and power to make your pregnancy and birth a positive experience.
Wouldn't it be great to have both personal and virtual support during your pregnancy? To help you prep for birth...and support you after? Someone who is there to give you all the information, knowledge and skills that you want and need? Right at your fingertips?!
Preparing for childbirth is a journey of self-discovery, not a list of medical facts. My role as a mentor is to guide you on this journey, encouraging this self-knowledge to unfold.
What is Birth Preparation Mentorship?
It's easier when you have someone on hand who can work with you to create your unique pregnancy and birth experience, especially if you are on your own or have limited support. There is so much information out there, it can be so overwhelming and time consuming. When you are planning your birth wouldn't it be great to delegate some of that fact finding and research to someone else? Someone who understands your ideas, will listen to your requests and help you implement them? Someone who is on your wavelength and ready to answer all those weird questions that pop into your mind? That's where I come in. Firstly, we will look at your pregnancy and birth from 3 main angles - The physical, the active and the emotional so you will be well prepared and fully confident to ROCK your birth! We will go through all the evidence based research, current trends, and popular beliefs. We explore what your needs and wants are and build strategies which are right for you - personal, supportive and effective. Secondly, I can support you for up to 90 days! Yep, most courses and classes run anywhere from 1 day to 6 x weekly meetings. During these you learn the basics, you may have meet-ups and maybe the odd refresher but that's generally it. Most of the time you are then left on your own. Many don't include any post natal education but with up to 90 days, you get it all!
Why do I need to prepare for birth?
As they say, "Knowledge is power!" These sessions are not just classes about the biology of birth, they encourage you to experience pregnancy, birth and parenthood in a positive, practical and strategic way. We look at you as a whole and develop ways which are specifically aligned to you and your goals. Your body does know exactly what to do but many parents have found tremendous benefit - physically and emotionally - from educating themselves through antenatal and birth prep sessions. We will explore ways to manage discomfort; We will consider all your birthing options and rights; You will feel supported through your pregnancy, birth and in the weeks immediately after.
What about a birth partner?
Having someone with you who is going to be there for support and encouragement is wonderful but if you find you do not have (or do not want) a designated birth partner then solo sessions are designed to help build your confidence and let you feel supported along the way. Sessions are built around you, whatever your situation!
Is the program only for 1st time parents?
No! Sessions are great for first timers to eighth timers! If you are nervous about your first birth then we will be addressing those fears and filling you with confidence. If you have had a less than positive experience previously, then we will aim to make this one more positive. If you are considering a planned procedure or a VBAC, we will cover that too!
Do the sessions only concentrate on 'natural' drug free births?
The choice is all yours! There are numerous ways of birthing. Whether you want to aim for a drug free birth, a home birth, a hospital birth, want pain relief or are planning an elective C-section, these sessions will guide you through all your options so you can make informed choices that are right for you. There is no judgement, just support. We also consider all eventualities so you will be well prepared, whichever way you give birth!
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