I first found The Dream Birth Company aaaages ago, listening to the Madeleine Shaw ‘Get Your Glow Back‘ podcast where founder Clodagh was interviewed by Maddy about her amazing mindful birthing company.
(This was last year, when we knew we’d be trying for a baby in early 2020, but as the crazy over planner I am I was listening to and reading all the parenting, birth, baby and related content I could find in advance haha!)
Fast forward to 2020, newly pregnant, and I was glad I’d already found a whole bunch of resources I could use to support me in my pregnancy, and specifically for birth which I’d spent (like many women!) a lifetime in fear of! (See my blogpost on overcoming the fear of labour and birth here!)
The Dream Birth Company premise of blending the best of mindfulness techniques with the best of hypnobirthing (but re-branding the ‘woo’ness of hypnobirthing that often puts the slightly less hippy/alternative-inclined people off – including me initially!) was something that really appealed to me, and I think they’ve done it incredibly well. Not to mention I’m a sucker for their gorgeous water-based imagery… calming from the get-go!
(I’m not saying hypnobirthing is bad – in other pregnancy posts I’ve recommended resources I’ve found super helpful, but I totally agree it needs a rebrand and refresh and The Dream Birth Company does this so perfectly!)
They have fantastic free audio on their website here which you can use to help you relax throughout pregnancy and gradually change your mindset about birth. It sounds mad that affirmations can help (I’m not into positive pop psychology as a rule!) but they really did make a huge amount of difference for me – plus Clodagh’s amazing soothing voice is just the best for pre-recorded meditations and relaxations ever!
Chatting about birth and babies on instagram, Clodagh was also kind enough to gift me a copy of The Dream Birth Company’s Dream Dad Handbook, and I wanted to share my thoughts because I think resources for women in pregnancy are often plentiful but sometimes the dads get overlooked in the process, and while they’re not giving birth themselves, labour is a huge life changing experience for them too, and they will have a big role to play in supporting you!
The Dream Dad Handbook is a really concise, easy guide, so perfect for any dads who don’t have tonnes of time to read a million books ahead of birth! It covers:
- Roles and responsibilities – understanding birth, and the role you can play in supporting your partner
- Practical ways you can help – top tips and actions you can take in preparation for and on the big day!
- The Dream Dad List – a handy checklist of what to pack to take to the hospital if that’s where you’re birthing your baby, or what to have on hand at home
- Early labour – how you can help prepare and ideas for helping your partner during early labour
- Breathing techniques – so you know how to coach your partner (and keep calm yourself!)
It is such a simple, short, beautifully put together ebook that gives dads who are short on time the essentials in a very practical way.
You can also upgrade to use on of the Dream Birth Company’s packages or a 1:1 call with Clodagh for more specific coaching.
If you’re looking for something clear, easy to read, and very practically-based, then The Dream Dad Handbook is exactly what you need!
My husband is very meticulously organised and appreciates things being super-concise, well-ordered and efficient so I think he’ll really appreciate this! 🙂
Have you used The Dream Birth Company resources or packages in your pregnancy? Let me know what your fave parts were! ❤
*The Dream Dad Handbook product mentioned in this post was gifted*.