Having a baby isn't a medical procedure. It's an important, life-changing event for you and your family. Fit for Birth brings the heart back to birth.

Karen will provide you with exercise, relaxation, friends, support, information and education to help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy, to prepare for a positive birth, and to mother your baby with confidence.

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Fit for Birth / Pregnancy

No more boring birth classes

The thought of having to sit through 6 evening classes, or worse still, a whole day, of boring birth classes at the hospital is almost as bad as the annual dentist visit for most people, particularly our men.  It’s the thought of uncomfortable chairs set in a big circle, with a boring midwife droning on about vaginas and contractions, and the inevitable horrendous birth video reminiscent of the one they were forced to watch at high school in PD, with screaming and blood and more vaginas. They will try anything to get out of going.  A very sore throat, way too much work because they’ll “soon be the sole breadwinner”, simply no time, a babysitter’s too expensive (if you have other children), “it’s women’s business”, “what could they possibly learn?” or let’s just wing it – “WE’LL BE RIGHT ON THE DAY!” I’ve sat through these types of classes and I know they can be OK, or truly horrible.  So why on earth would you pay good money to come to a birth class?  Sounds like throwing money and time away. That’s why, after 20 years of teaching birth classes, I’ve worked out the formula to NO MORE BORING BIRTH CLASSES.  At Birth & Baby Village you're welcomed into our calm space and fed lovely snacks as you meet a small group of other couples just like you, who might just become friends for life. In my classes, dads or partners are just as important as the birthing mother.  All my information includes the partners so that they learn how to support their woman to feel safe and comfortable during labour and birth.  It’s not airy-fairy; all my information is evidence-based and current, and I explain everything in simple terms so you know what’s happening inside the mother physically as well as emotionally.  I explain how the mother and the partner might feel during labour, how they might behave, what can help and what can slow things down or make them more complicated. Hospital classes tell you what the hospital wants you to know. They talk about drugs and interventions as though they’re a normal part of labour.  Fit for Birth classes explain normal birth, plus challenges that can occur along the way, how to avoid problems and how to deal with them if they arise, while staying calm to keep mum and baby safe.  Most women want a natural, safe birth and that’s what we...

What’s safe during pregnancy?

It's normal to feel a bit anxious now that you're responsible for your baby growing inside you.  There are a few things you need to know to keep your baby safe, but stay calm and deal with one thing at a time.  If in doubt, give it a miss and check with your midwife or doctor. 1.    What foods could harm my baby? A google search will tell you what foods to avoid including raw or undercooked meats and eggs, pate, soft cheeses like brie or gorgonzola, liver, raw shellfish like prawns, sushi, sliced meats - oh boy, that’s a big list isn’t it?  I’m sorry it might feel a bit overwhelming but have a look through the list and work out what you might need to change.  Having a baby brings lots of lifestyle changes and it often starts here, so go easy on yourself and you’ll work it out. What can I eat? Pregnancy's a great motivator for improving your diet.  Eat as well as you can – a balanced diet of protein, lots of vegies, fruit, good oils and carbs.  Try to avoid eating too much junk i.e. sugar, fast food and unhealthy snacks (you know what they are!)  In the first 3 months it’s quite normal to feel off certain foods like meat or vegies.  You may not even be able to buy or handle or cook them, let alone eat them.  Do your best for now and your appetite will come back.  Some women drink ginger tea or ginger beer, eat crackers and avoid getting hungry.  Eat some toast before you get out of bed in the morning, sip a smoothie, and try natural therapies like acupuncture, herbs, some lovely essential oil like peppermint or lemon to sniff, or certain vitamins can help - ask your naturopath at the chemist. 2.     Besides food what's safe and what's not? There’s no safe level of alcohol, you should decrease your caffeine intake, avoid energy drinks and cigarette smoke.  Take care not to breathe in or use products that might be toxic like smelly household cleaners, bug spray, fertilisers in the garden.  Check with your doctor or chemist about any drugs  or even Panadol, as well as vitamins and herbs that you might take. 3.     What about exercise? You might feel completely normal in your first 3 months of pregnancy, but most women feel some nausea and tiredness.  If you’re tired, rest; don’t push through.  Even...

5 important things to know when you’re pregnant

You’re pregnant - congratulations! Whether you’re overjoyed or still in shock, I’m here to support you every step of the way - even after your baby is born. Your mind is probably racing with questions. With so much info out there you might be wondering where on earth to start. I’ve been working with pregnant and birthing women for around twenty years and I can help you with some useful starters: Take a load off your mind. Get yourself a lovely journal and write down everything you think of. Write your lists of what to buy, good ideas you hear, a journal of changes along the way (because with placenta-brain it’s so easy to forget), and write down your worries and concerns. Once they’re written down, you can tell your mind to relax at bedtime. Then find someone who will listen to your concerns and answer your questions as they arise (no matter how silly they seem to you) so that you don’t become overwhelmed and anxious. Learn how to be calm. When you stress you produce stress hormones like adrenaline. They make your heart beat faster, tense up your muscles and make your mind race. They pass through the placenta and expose your baby to the stress hormones too. You can both cope with a little bit of stress but not constant stress. When you catch yourself starting to feel anxious or overwhelmed, take a gentle breath, let it out, and calm down. This is not always easy to do, so come to pregnancy yoga and learn simple techniques to keep you and your baby nice and calm. Choose your care wisely. Choosing a caregiver (midwife, obstetrician, GP) and a place of birth (public or private hospital, homebirth or birth centre) are important decisions which will affect the way you’re cared for during pregnancy and the type of birth you’ll have. So take time to look at all your options before you decide. Ask friends and family what they experienced and talk to a professional like a midwife or birth educator to get a full picture, and choose what’s right for you and your family. Look after your body and your mind. You want to feel as comfortable as you can during pregnancy as your body and your life change, so choose a suitable exercise plan which combines emotional support with fitness as...

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Birth & Baby Directory

Download your free 38 page guide to birth choices & services on the Sunshine Coast in one comprehensive Directory. Simply enter your details below to gain access to our Birth & Baby Directory.