I hope your weekend was full of both figurative and literal warmth. Nice people, good food, happy times, Uggs, and extra blankets!
I taught hypnobirthing all weekend…no matter how many times I teach the course, it always feels like such a privilege to meet excited women and their partners and help them prepare for a positive birth.
And we had friends over on Saturday night for a backyard camping style cook out…sausages, potatoes, and of course s’mores. It is something we have been doing a lot of lately and it was SO nice to be able to share the experience with friends!
I hope you all have a really good week!
For me a good week will be a productive week!
The kids are back at school and I am excited to tackle my very neglected to do list.
Speaking of my to do list, as I mentioned in my last newsletter, I am collaborating on a project where we are attempting to prove the worth of a positive birth.
And I would love your help!
Really any feedback would be appreciated…and you don’t have to have taken hypnobirthing with me to be involved.
Your birth story and what was positive about it.
Your partner’s version of your birth story and what was positive about it for them.
And how you think your positive birth went on to impact things like becoming a parent, advocating for your child, your relationship with your partner.
Here is what’s coming up on Zoom:
Weekly Mother’s Group – Tuesdays at 12:00pm
Conversation and connection.
Access to wonderful women’s health practitioners.
And mothers to be are welcome too!
Pregnancy Choices Webinar – Wednesday 3 June at 7:00pm
This is another one for those who aren’t pregnant yet or who are newly pregnant. We will chat about models of care and how the decisions you make early in pregnancy can have major impacts on your birth.
Here are five things that might help to boost your oxytocin this week.
It’s funny how putting this newsletter together has become something that boosts MY oxytocin!
Hooray for connection!
1 – Noor is a recipe developer in the Ottolenghi test kitchen (hello dream job…actually my dream job would be TASTER in the test kitchen). Anyway, her IG feed is full of delicious inspiration. First up for me, the smooshed carrots, the hawaij onion and chickpea soup, and the salted pecan, marshmallow, and lime bars! How about you?
2 – Over the past few weeks, we would celebrate finishing home learning for the day by watching Lego Masters together. But now that it is finished, we need something to fill the void. I think Taika Waititi and friends reading James and the Giant Peach is going to be perfect.
3 – I love this question. What are life’s true luxuries and pleasures? And I love reading all the replies. For me, a very long, very hot shower, eating perfectly ripe fruit straight from the vine or tree, and the feel of little warm bodies snuggled next to me.
4 – Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pretzel Cake. I am bookmarking this to make for my birthday (which is not until November…but it never hurts to plan ahead).
5 – Colin Hay and Delta Goodrem singing Down Under…so good.
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