Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rachael's Mission for Mums to Be

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rachael's Mission for Mums to Be

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WHEN mum-of-two Rachael Iddon started her Yoga for Birth class in Billingham four months ago, she realised she had found her niche in life.

"This is what I'm meant to be doing," says Rachael, who lives in Billingham with her husband, Brian, and their children, Sam, four, and Amelia, two.

"I feel like I'm doing something useful."

The 35-year-old discovered yoga in the mid-1990s while she was at university and took up the British Wheel of Yoga teacher training diploma five years ago.

She began the training just after she became pregnant with Sam in spring 2005.

"After my son was born, lots of people, including midwives, asked me if I thought practising yoga had helped - and I had to say yes," says Rachael, who became a yoga teacher three years ago.

"There is something about your state of mind in an active birth that is not unlike what we practise during breathing and relaxation in yoga.

"The birth of my son was a fantastic experience for my husband and me. I felt as if I had stumbled into a secret world where birth was powerful and magical, not approached with fear or dread.

"I don't mean to sound like some kind of lentil-eating hippie, and I know it's hard for women who have had difficult births to hear someone talk as if it is all easy.

"I don't think that it is easy. I just think that the majority of women are under prepared and less than adequately supported by the current system.

"In my small way, I wanted to help to redress that balance and help women to feel more confident in the choices that are available to them when having babies."

Rachael also completed a five-day residential course with Yogabirth, the professional childbirth educators association, in September 2006.

"Unfortunately, I then got a bit behind as I had a baby girl in 2007 and my son was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2008," says Rachael, whose son is doing well with his treatment.

Rachael re-sat the residential course and once fully qualified as British Wheel Teacher started her pregnancy yoga classes.

"I was fortunate to be introduced to the folks at Arthur Robinson House in Billingham in the summer of 2009," she said. …

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