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How to Help Your Body Birth Your Baby

Thursday, 09 October 2014 22:00
Your Estimated Due Date is getting closer, and you want to make sure you are 100% prepared for whatever your body and your baby throws your way. Here are some suggestions to help you birth your baby. All of these suggestions are interconnected, and work beautifully together to allow your…

Do We Have Control in Birth?

Monday, 05 May 2014 09:13
I recently came across an article about “control” that I think is really relevant to the way that we approach birth in the present highly-medicalized system. We are accustomed to handing over control to our doctors and to the hospital with the (often misguided) notion that they will make the…
Whether you are pregnant with your first child or your third, your birth story is important. Each birth is unique and the day that your baby enters the world is an event that you will never forget. Though it is impossible to completely plan your birth, it is vital to…

Birth Partner No-No's

Monday, 24 February 2014 09:31
As a doula, I have had the privilege of witnessing so many beautiful moments during labor. From loving embraces to funny (but appropriate) jokes to lighten the mood, a woman’s birth partner can most certainly be her rock during labor. But I have also observed those moments where someone says…
Everyone knows that birth is scary. The word for the debilitating fear of giving birth is Tokophobia, and one in seven women is thought to suffer from it. But with today’s drama driven portrayal of birth, is it any surprise? Close your eyes. Now say the word, “Birth,” out loud.…
Women go through labor in a similar manner to the way they live, and because childbirth can be a hyped-up and emotional time behaviors are often magnified. Coping skills are vital to have during this process, as certain personality characteristics are potential risk factors for a high or low risk…

Natural Pain Relief – A guide to choices

Monday, 11 November 2013 05:30
There are many benefits to choosing natural pain relief during labor and birth, benefits for you and the baby. Labor can be shorter (compared to that of an epidural labor for example) and the recovery time can be smoother. Neither you nor baby will be left with the effects of…

The Secret to CALM & CONFIDENCE in Childbirth

Monday, 30 September 2013 23:34
The Secret to CALM & CONFIDENCE in Childbirth With Excerpts from New Mother Throughout my thirties I watched not one or two, but almost all my friends enthusiastically enter the hospital in labor, having claimed for nine months that they would have a natural birth. Yet they came out two…
Giving birth should be a straightforward, wonderful and magical experience. By using the mind-body connection it is possible to achieve this. The dictionary definition of the ‘mind-body connection’ is the taking into account the physiological, psychic and spiritual connections between the state of the body and that of the mind.…
Hypnobirthing is the use of hypnosis to have a magical birth experience as nature intended. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation with altered awareness. Being in a relaxed state reduces the ‘panic’ hormone adrenalin and increases the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin, which makes us feel good about ourselves. In this…

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