Yoga ESpecially for Mums by Midwives [YeS Yoga]: An Exploratory Study
by Stacey Enchelmaier, RN RM MMid Dip Active Birth Yoga, Kendall George, PhD MMid GDip Mid BNSc, Lauren Kearney, RN RM PhD, and Beth Hartley, RN RM MMid
Abstract: Yoga is union between the breath, body, mind and higher consciousness. Yoga is believed to support women to be mobile and in control of their positioning during labour and birth. Yoga may be seen as a strategy to equip women to physically manage the demands of labour and birth. Yoga may also be an effective strategy for pain management during pregnancy and labour. Providing women with increased choice and alternatives to mainstream services may improve their satisfaction with the service and reduce anxiety and birth trauma.
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The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.