Pregnancy news, 04/04/17
Yoga teacher Rachel Brathen, known to her two million Instagram followers as Yoga Girl, has told her birth story in the first episode of her new podcast series.
Throughout the last eight months, Rachel has documented the highs and lows of her pregnancy on Instagram and her blog. She had been vocal about her wish for an unmedicated home water birth, but reveals in the podcast that after 18 hours of labour at home, she ended up going to the hospital to deliver her baby daughter.
In the podcast, Rachel talks about how she felt physically and emotionally during each stage of labour, how she worked with her doula and midwife, and about being open to change when her birth plan didn’t go the way she’d wanted.
‘I have such respect for every woman out there who has ever given birth. Whether it’s through a C-section at the hospital or at home in a pool, or in the woods or wherever it happened or however your experience has been, I hope you feel empowered.’
Her first baby Lea Luna was born on March 17th and you can listen to Rachel’s birth story on iTunes or below. While every labour is different, we encourage pregnant women to listen to empowering birth stories during pregnancy. Preparing your mind is one of our 5 positive ways to prepare for labour.
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