Pregnancy, Birth, Postnatal Yoga
Yoga is an incredibly powerful tool to help a mother's body comfortably adjust to the accelerated changes experienced during pregnancy, as well as prepare for the physical challenges of the birthing process. Yoga's holistic approach, comprising physical exercises, breathing, meditation and relaxation practices leaves it uniquely placed to nourish both mother and baby's physical, mental and emotional wellbeing as they journey towards birthing.
Yoga also provides a tool-kit full of resources to empower mothers-to-be (and their partners) to create the positive birth experience themselves and their babies so richly deserve, while also paving the way towards full postnatal recovery.
Maria Coleman is a Registered Prenatal, Birthing and Postnatal Yoga Specialist. As well as the Pregnancy Yoga workshops she also runs Yoga Retreats through Donegal Yoga Retreats, collaborating with Iain Miller of Unique Ascent to run Yoga & Adventure Retreats. In the near future she aims to run a couples Pregnancy Yoga and Adventure Retreat with yoga and holistic treatments for the mothers-to-be while the fathers-to-be have a rock or mountain climbing adventure. The final half-day features a joint yoga birth preparation workshop.
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Maria is passionate about positive birthing, and used yoga and
hypnobirthing during her pregnancy and for the birth of her two
(Read her first birth story here.)
The international Positive Birth Movement is also coming to Donegal (with the first ever PBM meeting running in the Cois Locha Community Wellbeing Hub on July 7th).
These are free to attend meetings aimed at supporting expectant parents
and spreading positivity about birth. Facilitated on a voluntary basis
by Maria Coleman (of this parish!) and joined in September by Eilise O Hart from Dungloe Mammies,
these FREE meetings could potentially run in any part of the county if
there is sufficient interest. Let's get the birth positivity flowing
The PBM is much needed in the birth-choice environment in Co. Donegal, where the county is exceptional by not having a midwife-led unit or opportunity of support for home birth. Cesarean rates are also exceptionally high n the county.
Check out which posts regular up-beat information regarding conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
The website www.positivebirth.ie is also being developed as an information resource for mothers-to-be in Co. Donegal, as well as a place to find birth-related services in the area.