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A VBAC dream come true after an unexpected twist

My VBAC journey came to a shining end 2 weeks ago, when I gave birth to my beautiful little girl. Like my first pregnancy, I sailed on through without any health ailments, except for morning sickness in the first few weeks. However, unlike my first pregnancy I was riddled with residual emotional issues from the birth of my son. I felt so ripped off for how that birth evolved and was still very bitter toward my obstetrician. Emotionally I had […]


From C-Section to HBAC a beautiful birth

I immediately adored my first baby girl, Jade Lillian. I cried at the sight of her beautiful face; completely relieved that she was born healthy and complete. It was an hour before I could hold her. I was scared, unsure if the drugs would wear off in time for me to cradle her safely. I was alone in a sterile, ugly room. There was a nurse to my right. She didn’t talk to me…what I needed most. I needed to […]

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The Dance

“If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.” ~ George Bernard Shaw So teach myself to dance I did. I had skeletons from my previous births. The joy of gazing into all my babies eyes never became more beautiful, but the skeletons remained. My previous births were dominated by fear, lack of control and pain. I had the dance inside me, but I was yet to discover it.  You, came along, and taught […]


Baby Massage: Exploring The Many Benefits

Guest article by Sam Crosby, Founder Ayana Organics  I first discovered the benefits of baby massage 7 years ago, when I was a sleep deprived new mother of a baby with colic. I had already decided not to try any medication, and so I was left trying to research natural methods of colic relief. I spoke to a friend over the phone who had been using massage for colic with her own children, and had found that some specific strokes […]

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Birthing My Baby, Birthing Myself – Holistic Bliss Magazine Column

Click here to preview the full magazine (online version) including this article  Birthing My Baby, Birthing Myself by Katrina Zaslavsky on page 33:  

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3rd Time Lucky: A Peaceful, Gentle and Beautiful Start to Life

Beautiful feedback …..”Reading Katrina’s book { A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth} helped me to know that even if my birth didn’t go “to plan”, it could still be beautiful and empowering, unlike my previous births. I loved the positive affirmation cards too, particularly on days where doubts or fear crept in a little, and in those final days of my pregnancy when I was just waiting for my baby to be ready. I had them on my […]

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Supporting the Post & Antenatal Depression Association


Interview with Natural Childbirth World

Here is a sneak preview of what the lovely Tracey from Natural Childbirth World has to say….. Let’s face it … there are plenty of pregnancy books on offer these days. You may have read some of the more popular ones such as “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Up The Duff”  But rarely do these books leave you feeling positive or looking forward to actually birthing your baby. In fact, I had my first melt-down after reading them. […]


Massage and Aromatherapy For Childbirth + Finding the Right Labour Oil

By Sam Crosby, Founder Ayana Organics Massage and Aromatherapy For Childbirth Massage: Touch is language through which we can convey a range of things including caring, comfort and empathy. Massage at its base is touch. Massage in general has a multitude of benefits. It lowers blood pressure, improves body function, helps overcome pain and discomfort and speeds healing. In addition to this, massage promotes a feeling of wellbeing, comfort and relaxation to the recipient. For a labouring woman, the endorphins […]


Holistic Bliss Magazine Column: Detox Your Fears For An Easier Birth


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