Birthlight training in yoga to support natural birth in Portugal

Birthlight 2 day Training for Obstetric and Maternal Health Nurses
Hospital São Francisco Xavier, Lisbon, Portugal


Nearly the whole team joined me to understand how to use Birthlight yoga to support natural birth in this busy state hospital. Some of the nurses had had some experience of yoga but for many these 2 days were an opportunity to try some yoga for the first time. The aim was that not only will they be able to share relevant practices with the women in labour in their care but also that they will be able to use some simple practices at work or at home to take care of themselves and combat some of the stresses and strains of shift work and great responsibility. As we usually experience with the women in our classes most of the participants did not want to move after the relaxation each day! However, they also found it very informative to explore the breath, sound, movements and positions in relation to anatomy for labour and birth and some had already used some of the movements with women in labour in the time between the days of training.

Thank you to ‘enfermeiras’ Lucinda Carvalhal (head of the team) and her colleague Ana Genebra for inviting me and to all the team for their patience with my far from perfect Portuguese!


Excerpts from feedback:

What was the part you enjoyed most on this course?

  • The practical component relating to relaxation exercises
  • Awareness of the breath and relaxation
  • The practical part and the sequence of movements and relaxation techniques that we can apply in our professional practice
  • All the parts integrated were very interesting
  • Everything!

Would you recommend this course to other professionals? If yes who and why?

  • Yes. For the opening up to other less interventionist and more effective techniques. To the birthing, postnatal, obstetric and fetal health team.
  • Yes to all the multidisciplined team of the birth rooms…
  • Yes, to the general nurses who didn’t get the chance to participate and to the obstetric team. In this way, all together, we can develop other types of non- medicalised practices in the birth rooms.
  • Yes to other colleagues and friends. Because it is important to face and  _deal with all the energy (positive and/or negative) that we receive on a daily basis, I feel it is fundamental, our balance and relaxation.
  • Yes to all professionals. To learn relaxation techniques to use as daily strategies.
  • Yes because the techniques learned are adapted for the pregnant women who come to our unit.

 

Kirsteen Ruffell
Birthlight Perinatal yoga tutor & Baby yoga tutor

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