Unleashing the Lionness

What do you need to bring that nice cool cave to life? What you need may be totally different from the relaxation kits you can buy for a tenner – Led Zeppelin full volume is another woman’s aromatherapy candle. Think about how you usually handle stressful situations. Do you need to retreat off and be alone or do you want support? Do you get flustered and jittery or angry and irritable? Think about what you have done in the past which helped you deal with difficulty – but also what you have done which made things harder for you.

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Mum World

However, there may still be a little (or big) part of you murmuring doubts that you will ever be a mum. That this pregnancy is going to end in a baby, rather than just a casting off of that big belly and a subsequent return to life as you always knew it. This might be a quiet whisper “Am I really going to be a mum?” or a full on screaming “I’m not ready for this!!”

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The Perfect Birth

The thing that is often forgotten amidst all of these choices is that the choice is YOURS and yours alone. Where you birth your baby, and how you birth your baby are (up to a point) entirely up to you. All of those people with their scary stories and helpful advice can tell you those things because it’s not their body, and it’s not their baby. Many women don’t realise they even have a choice about their birth, and often entering into a medical environment can bring out the 5 year old in us, leaving us nodding meekly even as we’re hooked up to monitors and strangers come in to explore our nether regions…. But you CAN ask questions and you DO have choices.

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In It Together

Pregnancy for many couples is the first time that your lives may take different routes. Whether or not you choose to (or are able to) take time away from work after the birth, only you can carry that baby and bring it into the world.

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Without Walls

While the influence you already have on your developing baby may feel a little intimidating to you, it also reflects just how important you are. From a single woman, you are becoming a mother – a role revered throughout history. While it may not always seem that way now, when the role of a mother has become both devalued and idealised, you are joining the ranks of the matriarchs. Being a mother brings ideas of an awesome force, unbreakable bonds and fierce protection. There’s a reason it’s not Father Nature.

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