Welcome to Birthwise

Welcome to Birthwise and congratulations on your pregnancy. The birth of your baby is a special event in your life, something to be celebrated and cherished for the momentous and life-changing experience that it is.

We offer weekly classes and courses in Exeter and Ottery St Mary

Our aim is to ensure that you are mentally, physically and emotionally prepared, as well as better able, to embrace the challenges and rewards of parenthood.

"Thank you for the wonderful weekly sessions - they were so very precious to spend time with my baby, resting, preparing for birth but also for the couples course which we both found so useful and empowering in preparing us for the big day"   Fiona and Will

Click on any of the headings below to find out more about the classes, courses and support services we offer.

 

Yoga for pregnancy is a perfect form of ante-natal exercise as it allows women to practise both on a physical and spiritual level while at the same time developing confidence and self-awareness. It encourages awareness of posture with attention to grounding, breathing, gentle stretching and relaxation. This is an excellent preparation for natural childbirth which requires a woman to have developed a certain flexibility of body as well as of mind. Active Birth is wonderful for building confidence in your body's ability to give birth, by practicing positions and breathing techniques for labour, your body will instinctively know what to do.

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This highly recommended and enjoyable day will provide you with all the ante-natal preparation you will need as a couple, giving you both the tools you need to have an empowering birth experience. It is a great confidence builder for partners and they will leave feeling they are truly able to support you during the birth of your baby.

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Having a doula present at your birth is likely to shorten the length of your labour, and reduce the need for pain relief.  Studies show that mothers who use the services of a trained birth partner report a smoother transition to motherhood. 

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These lovely monthly gatherings are a wonderful opportunity to share the ups and downs of motherhood in a caring and supportive atmosphere. Post-natal yoga, baby yoga and baby massage adds to the enjoyment for all.

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Apart from being totally relaxing and very nourishing, massage and Zero Balancing in pregnancy is hugely beneficial. Soothing physical aches and pains, helping you adjust to your changing body, deal with stress,- preparing you for the transition into motherhood and keeping you centred in an exiting but sometimes also wobbly time.

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Motherhood is truly magical but it is also tiring and your shoulders and back feel it. To take some time out and reconnect with your self on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do to cope with and adjust to you new life as a parent. With Zero Balancing you can bring your baby and the Baby can have a little session, too. Wonderful.

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