Category Archives: Ina May Gaskin

Do you have a “sale” on?

I’m not sure what your Friday and weekend has been like but I have to say that I am truly p****d off with the number of emails I received from various companies offering me discounts, free shipping, this deal and that deal … for goodness sake one company sent me 6 emails in 1 day … if I did that you would all unsubscribe and certainly have something to say to me …

However … what really made me sit back was an email from a lady who said she was waiting for my Black Friday email offering my classes at a discounted rate … she’d heard that they were amazing classes and that the ladies and families who come along had benefited so much but she was looking for a deal …

My answer was:

Dear x, thank you for the lovely comments in your email.  It’s great that the classes are recognised for being so wonderful and for what they offer to support couples into becoming a family and starting off on a positive foot …. however I am unfortunately not offering a “sale” 

and here’s why:

Let me start off by saying that I don’t like discounting my courses …

That’s because early on I decided to focus on quality rather than price, which allowed me to invest time and money into creating an experience for all women & families.   I also believe that many of my clients value what they receive … engaging and listening to their bodies, their babies and believing fully in their experience ensuring that their care givers listen to them and hear their wishes …

Yes it would be great to ensure that every pregnant woman in Northampton and the surrounding area knows about the magic of the Ripple Effect Yoga classes.  Gosh I would be unindated …. So I’m taking my time to tell you about the “special qualities” of a Ripple class and why everyone should have a “Claire”  … I am unique, there is only one of me however many a time I wish I could clone myself, have more hours in the day … I deliberately keep my classes small (a maximum of 4 in any class I teach, or I facilitate groups that wish to stay together).  I always check in and tweak my classes to facilitate x, y or z … eery baby matters and every mama matters too .. this is clear in the testimonials the ladies and families share … I love what I do … I am passionate that women should have an empowered experience …   when you book with Ripple Effect Yoga … you are ….


Whatever you invest in … let’s do it consciously and intentionally.

This is an experience that we may only get one shot at and one that we would wish to look back on with love and positivity in later years … 

I invite you to join a Ripple class …

It’s not just a yoga class, it’s an education, it’s elating, encouraging, an emotional support network.  The lot!  There’s nothing else quite like it!”  

I look forward to hearing from you … and to the lady that emailed me … I do hope you will come along and enjoy the classes.

Huge hugs Cx

An interesting sensation …

“Don’t think of it as PAIN… think of it as an interesting sensation that requires ALL of your attention.” ~Ina May GaskinThis thought completely changed how I viewed my labor from my first to my second. I was really intrigued by stories of women reporting not having “pain” while in labor. I visualized this a great deal, incorporated this concept deep in me with meditation and replacing what I thought I knew, and had a 3.5 hour, pain-free labor and birth, with my 9lb15oz little firecracker born at home in the water, 17 days past his due date. Absolute perfection all around


Top 10 Ina May quotes


1.)  “It is important to keep in mind that our bodies must work pretty well, or there wouldn’t be so many humans on the planet.”

2.)  “There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it.  So should we.”

3.)  “Many of our problems in US maternity care stem from the fact that we leave no room for recognizing when nature is smarter than we are.”

4.)  “Remember this, for it is as true and true gets:  Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine.  The Creator is not a careless mechanic.  Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo.  Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”

5.)  ”When you destroy midwives, you also destroy a body of knowledge that is shared by women, that can’t be put together by a bunch of surgeons or a bunch of male obstetricians, because physiologically, birth doesn’t happen the same way around surgeons, medically trained doctors, as it does around sympathetic women.”

6.)  “Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.”

7.)  ”If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right.”

8.)  ”Good beginnings make a positive difference in the world, so it is worth our while to provide the best possible care for mothers and babies throughout this extraordinarily influential part of life.”

9.)  ”Choosing where and how you will give birth is one of the most important preparations you can make for a good breastfeeding experience.”

10.)  “When we as a society begin to value mothers as the givers and supporters of life, then we will see social change in ways that matter.”


Amish offers clues to lower c-section rate


The low-tech approach to delivering babies in one Amish community may offer clues on how to safely reduce the rate of Cesarean-section deliveries in the United States, researchers say.

The study examined 418 Amish women who delivered 927 babies at a birthing center in Southern Wisconsin, a facility that lacked an operating room.

Over a 17-year period, just 4 percent of babies were born by Cesarean section at the birthing center. In the general U.S. population, by contrast, nearly a third of babies are born by C-section.

Despite the low C-section rate among the Amish women, there were few complications: the rate of newborn deaths was 5.4 deaths per 1,000 deliveries, similar to the general U.S. population’s rate of 4.5 deaths per 1,000 deliveries, the researchers said. No mothers in the study died.

One of the biggest contributors to the reduced C-section rate was an increase in the percentage of women who gave birth vaginally after previously having a C-section. In the Amish population, the rate was 95 percent, compared with 8 percent in the U.S. as a whole.

Historically, doctors have had concerns that a vaginal birth after a C-section, a so-called VBAC, would increase the risk of a rupture of the uterus. But in the study, no women experienced this complication.

In 2010, the National Institutes of Health recommended that women with previous C-sections attempt, in subsequent pregnancies, to delivery vaginally first, before resorting to a repeat C-section.

This study’s findings suggest that following these guidelines could safely reduce C-sections, said study researcher Dr. Lee Dresang, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine.

Another contributor to the low C-section rate among the Amish women was that doctors attempted to turn breech-position (feet-first) babies around from outside the mothers’ bodies, to permit vaginal delivery. The method succeeded most of the time, Dresang said. In the United States, 92 percent of women whose babies are in the breech position at the end of pregnancy have a C-section.

Amish women generally give birth at home with an unlicensed birth attendant. As a safer alternative for these women, the LaFarge Medical Clinic in Wisconsin developed a birthing center, staffed by a family doctor and midwife. Women were sent to a hospital 20 minutes away from the clinic if it appeared they needed a C-section or other hospital care, but this occurred rarely.

Although the rate of newborn deaths in the study was slightly higher than that of the general population, this was not unanticipated for the Amish population, Dresang said. This is because few Amish women have prenatal care or undergo genetic testing before birth, he said.

The findings show that such birthing centers can deliver babies “almost as safely as people in hospitals do,” said Dr. James Ducey, director of Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, who was not involved in the study. Of the 19 babies who died in the study, only one died of a condition that could have been prevented in a hospital, Ducey said.

The negative effects for mothers that come from performing thousands more C-sections, including an increase in maternal deaths, may outweigh the benefit of saving one extra life, Ducey said. In 2010, a National Institutes of Health analysis showed that 3.8 maternal deaths occurred for every 100,000 VBACs, whereas 13.4 deaths occurred for every 100,000 repeat C-sections.

It is important to note that Amish women known to have high-risk pregnancies were not allowed to give birth at the clinic; they were instead sent to the hospital. Therefore, the rate of C-sections may have been higher if these women were included.

While the researchers said they do not think the C-section rate in the United States could be brought as low as 4 percent, the lessons from the new study may help move the country toward a lower rate, Dresang said.

The study is published Nov. 12 in the journal Annals of Family Medicine

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Short video on Doulas

Love Ina May – have had the honour to meet her on 2005 shorty before I gave birth to Matti.  Long story short I wasn’t able to go to Scotland for a Study day but managed a quick jaunt to Oxford Brookes where Ina May was presenting to midwifery students, midwifes, doulas and other childbirth professionals .  Truly inspirational and empowering.