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'Ingrid, your classes were the best yoga classes in the world, they were informative, fun, helpful, interesting, warm and engaging. Through them I gained confidence in myself, my body and my baby and for this I cannot thank you enough.' Carrie & little Robyn - - - 'I highly recommend Ingrid's pregnancy yoga & birth preparation classes to both my NHS and private expectant mothers. Ingrid's classes are an excellent way to stay healthy in mind and body throughout pregnancy and to be well-prepared for birth.' Dr. Claire Mellon, GP & Obstetrician - - - 'I wanted to thank you for the breathing techniques you taught me which proved invaluable and for giving me the confidence I could do it without an epidural, by trusting myself and my body. Six days later, I feel great, I was lucky I did not have any tearing whatsoever and that labour was quick and super effective. Recovery has been second to none. I want to thank you again for all your support and your great yoga classes!' Liana - - - 'Thank YOU Ingrid, you're one in a million. The breathing techniques you gave us in the last relaxation got me right to 10cm easily! Remarkable. So delighted to have birthed a breech baby avoiding a c section.' Natalie



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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines: How evidence-based are they?

Prusova, K., Tyler A., Churcher L., Lokugamage A. U.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2014; Early Online: 1-6
A much needed study by Amali Lokugamage and colleagues analysing 1,682 obstetric and gynaenecological recommendations in a total of 52 practice guidelines in lieu of the scientific evidence they are based on. They authors conclude that only 9-12% are indeed based on grade A scientific evidence and since 2007 even more likely to be based on clinical experience alone. The authors provide powerful evidence that we cannot assume recommended obstetric or gynaecological procedures are based on high quality scientific evidence. The discussion is a MUST READ.
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Evidence Based Medicine: a movement in crisis?
Greenhalgh T, Howick J & Maskrey N.
British Medical Journal 2014 June 13th: 348:g3725.

The authors argue that albeit the obvious positive benefits of 'evidence-based' medicine it has also had negative effects. They state for instance that vested interests by drug and medical devices industries have misappropriated the quality mark. A very important article and call for a return to ethical care as the top priority of evidence–based medicine.

Scientific Evidence Underlying the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Practice Bulletins Wright, J.D., MD, Pawar, N., MD, Gonzalez, J.S.R.,MD, Lewin, S.N., MD, Burke, W.M., MD, Simpson, L.L., MD, Charles, A.S., MS, D'Alton, M.E., MD, and Herzog, T.J MD.
American College of Obstertricians and Gynecologists 2011 Sept; Vol.118, No.3
Another pertinent study where the authors conclude that only "One third of the recommendations put forth by the College in its practice bulletins are based on good and consistent scientific evidence.
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