In today’s podcast I chat to mum of two gorgeous little girls, Laura Morrison. I recorded this conversation with Laura a few months back now and she’s just annouced that she’s expecting her third… So a huge congratulations!

As I was listening to my conversation with Laura again, it really struck me how Laura epitomises the Conscious Mama. Laura used her pregnancy journey to take time to reflect on who she was and who she wanted to be for her children. In doing so she helped to pave the way for two fabulous birth experiences.

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A conscious mama’s birth story

Laura MorrisonDespite her first pregnancy not being planned, the minute Larua found out that she was pregnant it really focused her mind and was the trigger for setting in place the beginings of a huge life shift. In the midst of a successful corporate career, Laura began planning her exit strategy from corporate in creating a life that would enable her to be there for her children while still doing fulfilling work. Listening to Laura is a real treat, because here is a woman who is calm and measured, and who consciously and deliberately took the steps she needed to to help her to prepare mentally and emotionally for her life as a mother and parent. In my eyes this makes her a conscious mama!

During our chat, Laura shares

  • What she did to help her prepare for birth including yoga, exercise, natal hypnotherapy and regular reflexology treatments
  • Resources that she found useful; What to expect when you’re expecting, the Babycenter app
  • How journalling helped her to reflect and understand who she was
  • Why a plastic-backed picnic blanket is a useful thing to have while waiting for baby’s arrival… and jasmine oil!
  • How she dealt with her medical team when they disagreed on her due date
  • The importance of her talking to her employer about winding things down
  • Why she thinks pregnancy offers that perfect opportunity to take the time and space to reflect, to make sure you’re going into it as well prepared as you possibly can.

Laura shares some wonderful wisdom and advice during our conversation including these gems;

On how to approach your pregnancy:

Pregnancy is the perfect opportunity to take the time to reflect and understand what kind of parent you want to be, what you want that relationship to look like with your child… to to address what has brought you from your past to now, and how do you want to move that forward positively.

On how to think about your birth:

Women can have a better birth experiences if they can accept there’s not one particular type of birth; they’re not all the same, anything can happen. And if we can walk into that with an awareness, with a prepared-ness, then we’re in a much better position to make confident choices.

On dealing with the medical professionals:

It’s important to be calm and clear about what you want and where you’ll compromise on.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy listening to Laura share her pregnancy journey and the tales of her wonderful births.

You can find out more about Laura and her work at The Game Changer Consultancy here and her Talented Women Project can be found on Facebook – just look for the group Talented Woman – Tips for Success.

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Was it helpful to you to listen to Laura share her story? What do you think makes a conscious mama? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Alexia Leachman

Alexia is the host of the Fear Free Childbirth podcast and the author of Fearless Birthing, Childbirth, Midwifery & the Media, and Clear Your Head Trash.

Alexia supports families planning pregnancy and birth. She helps them to overcome their fears and feel calm and confident about birth and pregnancy.

Alexia also trains birth professionals in the Fearless Birthing, a unique approach to birth preparation that is ideal for those who have fears around birth.
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