Integrated discussion, ideas, links and more

During the COVID 19 pandemic, when we ca not meet face to face, we are sharing as much useful information, ideas, links and discussion as we can.  Some of this is being done through WhatsApp communities, and you can join those here, and we are also storing that information on this page too.

Both Prenatal Yoga (Relax, Stretch and Breathe) and Mother and Baby Yoga include an integrated discussion or informal prenatal or parenting class.  These discussions are always interested and varied after each session I share more information, ideas and links.  Here are some of those follow ups, for anyone who might find them useful...

Preparing for Parenthood Summaries:

These are the summary Padlets from the Preparing for Parenthood prenatal courses.  They summarise the content of the courses and include further informations, images, links, films and so on.  Due to the COVID 19 pandemic I am making them available for all pregnant women and their partners to access to help them prepare for their births and for their lives as a newly shaped family.  Please have a browse around please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions: 

These padlets get regularly updated with new research and materials, so you might want to keep the links and keep on referring back to them. 

All about the process of birth - vaginal, assisted and caesarean births, when to go to hospital and what to take and ideas for birth partners:

All about your birth options and preferences, including pain management options, birth plans and birth preparation

All about postnatal recovery and postnatal mental health, recovery tips after caesarean birth or a ventouse birth, and managing going back to work

All about family life with a new baby, including information about safe sleeping, baby wearing, colic and healthy baby development, including some specific links for partners and supporters

All about feeding your baby, finding support, pumping and storing expressed milk.

Some of you may have already seen this padlet, which is a pregnancy related padlet, but it includes lots of useful information about legal topics, registering the baby’s birth and support in Switzerland:

Finally, this single page has links to all the others (so this is the one to book mark)

Some Yoga links and ideas:

Please stick within your limits and if anything feels uncomfortable please stop.  Whether you are pregnant or have a small baby, now is not the time to be pushing yourself, instead yoga should be about finding what feels good and keeping yourself within that feel good place.


Some prenatal Yoga from Yoga with Adrienne (also nice with a small baby):


Some Spinning Babies Yoga moves from our regular RSB sessions.  See also


Some Mindful Mama relaxations and affirmations to listen to:

A Mother and Baby Yoga session, with sketch drawings and song ideas


RCOG guidelines on corona virus in pregnancy:


Coronavirus and Breastfeeding: 

Follow up from RSB discussions

In Relax, Stretch and Breathe on Tuesday 28 January we had discussions ranging from "what happens during a caesarean" to "how do I chose which hospital".  A common theme in prenatal discussions is the "am I allowed to" topics around personal empowerment and we explored that also.  Here is more information and links on these topics.  For more detailed information please get in touch.
Caesarean birth:
A couple of good links around caesarean birth:
¨ is a great (and totally non gory) explanation of the surgery part of the caesarean - and explains why it is major surgery, with a long recovery time.
A nice film about what to expect in an (elective) caesarean:
Empowerment and asking questions:
Most of us, with our first baby, are overwhelmed with the whole experience of pregnancy and birth (particularly birth), the volume of information to process, the new experiences, the anxiety and fear generated by the way birth is talked about and represented. As such we do the sensible thing, we look for the experts to guide us. We all have our own hierarchy of experts, of who we trust, and who we trust more. The experts we have here in Basel are excellent - from your well qualified and very experienced child birth educator, to your obstetrician, to your midwife supporting you through the birth, and the teams of specialists who support them all. 
The biggest expert though, is yourself. The professionals are expert and excellent in their own fields, but only you are expert in yourself, in what you are feeling, what you want, ad what feels right for you (and actually you also have more expertise in your own baby, and what they are currently doing, than anyone else, as you are the only person who can feel it).
I will keep on talking about empowerment, about asking questions, about educating yourself and your partner. I know that these topics can be uncomfortable. I know that there are many people who are happy to “go with the flow” and “do as the professionals tells them”, and that of course is their choice. But I also know how wonderful and powerful it can be to be proactive, what a difference it can make to families experience as parents, with feeding, with protecting themselves from postnatal depression and with preparing their own children (many years in the future) for their own positive birthing and family experiences.
I like this blog post, by the excellent Bridget Supple, on this topic:
This is something we look at in more detail in prenatal classes.
Hospital choice:
As we discussed in class, for some people it can be really hard to choose where to have their baby. All of the hospitals and geburtshauses here have excellent reputations, as do the home birth midwives, so wherever you choose you will have excellent care and a safe, professional environment. Within that, each place has its own vibe and its own style. This padlet has information about them all, so that you can go and visit them, and see how they feel to you. Because labour is so shaped by the hormones that drive it (or stop it), it is really important that if you do have the option (and i appreciate not everyone does), that you choose a place were you feel safe, confident and relaxed - and as that will be different for each person, it is important to get a feel for yourself. For the dates of the upcoming English language information evenings please get in touch.