In Italy, Sicilians make a pasta sauce that's much like a bolognese, but instead of making it with minced meat they make it with lentils. This creates a deliciously thick and 'meaty' lentil ragù that's incredible over pasta.
When Jen from Your Birth Scotland tasked me with developing some recipes for her pregnant and postpartum clients the first thing I thought of was a dish that would be primarily based on lentils because they're one of the most incredibly nutritious and healthy pulses available.
So you're gonna be a birth partner! You may also be about to be a parent, grandmother, aunt? You're committed yet nervous. This is a woman you love, your soul mate, daughter, sister or best friend? I get it, it's a major responsibility. You don't want to see her in pain, you don't want anything to go wrong, you want her to feel safe yet empowered and when exactly are you gonna eat and pee?
This guide is your starting block, use it to propel you into your journey toward this birth.
5 ways to overcome your fear of birth
Birth... what does that word conjure for you? It breaks my heart to say that for many women I speak to and work with this word takes them on a journey of fear, tension and even trauma. In our society a woman who is genuinely excited to birth her baby is a rare thing. How can that be, when it's so common to hear it said that the day any parent meets their new baby is without question the best day of their life? However when searching for the route of so much fear we need not look far. Media, previous traumatic birth and even family and friends sharing negative experiences all play a role in shaping the way women and their partners feel as their pregnancy draws to an end and labour appears on the horizon.
Our TV screens are bursting at the seams with unrealistic depictions of birth. We are conditioned to believe that birth is an event best served on your back, screaming at the top of your lungs at intervals between hurling insults to your significant other. Rarely, if ever, do we see waterbirth, active birth, hypnobirth, loving moments with partners, mothers, sisters or doulas present, babies are wrapped tightly before being handed to mum, pristine and pink when in reality we know that skin to skin contact with a vernix covered baby is far more likely! But birth in the media is depicted much like all other aspects of life on our screens. Think of it this way has your street witnessed as many affairs, weddings, murders or natural disasters as our soaps? Nah, didn't think so. Remembering that will bring you nicely to the first step of reducing your fear of birth...
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Jen is a 30something mother of 3 boys. She works with women and their families across Central Scotland, empowering them to achieve their perfect birth.