Mothers in Ireland, including myself, have traditionally been brainwashed into thinking that when it comes to pre-labour, labour and post-labour, we lack the knowledge, confidence and support to make independent choices.
Aisling Connolly dispels this myth. From our first chat, Aisling reinforced my hunch – the mother is capable of believing and doing anything. Forget busy labour ward fears and snappy antenatal appointments, Aisling was a constant source of reassurance and unbiased information, always eager to encourage my physical, emotional and psychological well-being during my pregnancy and in preparation for my beautiful baby’s birth.
Aisling understood and respected my wishes, preferences and fears. Reading Enlightened Birth helped my husband understand his important role as birth partner and confidently participate during and in pre and post labour.
Specifically, Aisling helped me greatly in the following ways through her realistic, tried and tested, centuries-old advice:
The natural ability and will to succeed with breastfeeding – 7 months on, baby and I are still enjoying this bonding.
Excellent guidance on visualisation and breathing techniques during labour and birth – eliminated the need for me having an emergency c-section which the obstetric team were almost forcing. I was able to remain calm and imagine my baby naturally making her way into the world. Thanks to Aisling’s words ringing in my mind, I was determined and confident this would happen.
In the end, my labour (first child) time was not reduced but it was not the scary endeavour I always expected it to be.
Thanks for making this happen Aisling.