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"I am finally getting round to putting my #BirthStory on paper, nearly ten weeks later! I have been meaning to of course since the first week that Alex was born, but you know how it is, too much effort and thought having to go into it! But I have thought enough is enough let’s get it done, as I’m looking through the labour and birth photos and think they are amazing and I am amazing that I finally got my home birth/water birth yay!" Warrior goddess mama @melanie_rose_sutton. #BirthPhotography by @ bloomphotographynz. For the full real and inspiring report along with the stunning footage go to homesweethomebirth.com/blog/homebirthstory
#BirthStories #Homebirth #WaterBirth #HomebirthBaby #WaterBaby #GentleBirth #PositiveBirth #BirthIsBeautiful
"To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched - along with body - making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings." -Anne Christian Buchanan and Debra K. Kingsporn .. Beautiful 📷 by @dancinghealsthesoul #WingsUp #ExpressYourself #CreateALifeYouLove
I was examining this precious #JustBorn baby on mom's bed, but could not get baby to smile for dad to take the picture. Baby was very reassured to see and be near mom, but like all #newborns, just wanted to go back to #breastfeeding and being on mom. So that's what happened next. Babies communicate without words. #NewbornLife #NewbornLove #NewbornPosing #Midwifery
Beautiful #BirthArt @wakeahjhane!! Without being told what to do, a #birthing mom follows her internal wisdom to be upright, which is more comfortable, eases labor and uses gravity to help baby come down and out. She is strong and capable. No-one doubts it. She pulls on a hanging cloth or rope for support. She is helped by women who know how to help her, without meddling when all is well. There is a setting of peace. Birth is a normal part of life, but still sacred. Why not braid mom's hair? It exudes calm, keeps the attendant's hands occupied and not interfering with the brilliant process, gets mom's hair out of her face if bothering her, and it enhances mom's beauty. The midwife is positioned to receive baby that mom instinctually pushes out on her own power.
"Our Women are so strong and powerful. Our Indigenous women are sacred. It is in this space where a mother to be is most vulnerable. I wanted to resemble that type of strength in a way where it would touch people's hearts and open their minds to traditional birthing practices and indigenous motherhood." #ThisIsBirth
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We play the long-game.
Our business practices are geared to building sustainable businesses." Thank you to @JJ.Virgin and all the wonderful heath and wellness leaders who collaborated to make this happen!!! #HealthAndWellness
Dance break! Creating beauty and fun @recheal_junglemoves! Dancing is an awesome way to workout and get out the stress! It is such fun, it does not feel like exercise. "The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." ~ Neil Gaiman. #DanceBreak #DanceItOut #DanceVideo
“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” ~ Marie Mongan. Photo by @senhoritasfotografia. Let me help you ROCK and LOVE your pregnancy, birth and new mama experience - whether you plan to give birth at home, in the hospital or freestanding #BirthCenter. For more info, go to homesweethomebirth.com/loveyourbirth
#Childbirth #BabyMaker #MamaMaker
Sweet discovery going on @cradledcreations! "Parenthood is sneaky. You think you're raising a child, teaching this little person how to live and be in this lovely, chaotic world, but in truth you're learning and growing right along side with him. If your heart remains open and your mind conscious, you'll find parenthood the ultimate journey of self discovery and that, through raising this precious being that has been entrusted in your care, you rise to your fullest potential."~ Rebecca Eanes. #BirthOfAMama #NewbornBaby #DontForgetDads #NewDad #BornToday
Not much talk about this #breastfeeding position - but once you learn it, even against the wall, it feels great. Clothing is optional! It is not as hard as it looks. Reach for the stars mamas! Art to inspire by @spiritysol. Are you someone who would like to have a personal consult on specific health-related issues or get your questions answered? Go to http://homesweethomebirth.com/chat-with-anne and schedule a session with me. #MommyAndMeYoga #Sirsasana
@haylekay took this very touching clip of #PureJoy: "Capturing moments like this will never ever get old. It fills my heart with so much joy." #BabyTwins #Twinnies #BirthWithoutFear #MultiplePregnancy #TwinMagic #BirthIsBeautiful #JoysOfLife #WelcomeToTheFamily
Why not see, create and capture the beauty @hellomlovelife?! Admiring someone else’s beauty does not need to involve questioning your own beauty. We are all beautiful anyway. #SurroundYourselfWithBeauty
#PregnancyIsBeautiful #CreateBeauty #BeLovely
"Our children learn the language of love in utero, from our breath, our voice, our joy and our presence.
Amplify your Love." @umamother ... Music: "September Song x Agnes Obel" #ILoveBabies #BabyParty #LoveTheBabies #BabyFun #HappyBabies #MomWithCameras
By popular demand, I offer promotional posts, newsletter features and blog ads for brands that I love and endorse, that can support my online community across social media of over 73,000 pregnant women, new moms and their babies across social media who are interested in health and well-being, inspiration, conscious living and community. Products and services I promote must be in keeping with my standards and philosophies, and be the caliber of what I would use myself or recommend to my family, friends and women who seek my services. Please contact me for advertising and promotion details at homesweethomebirth.com/service-product-promotion Birth Art by @amandagreavette
Perfection @ericamanny.doula ! This is what delayed or optimal cord clamping can look like - not cutting the umbilical cord from the placenta at all...at least until the picture. They are naturally attached for many reasons essential for the short and long term health of babies; it behooves each maternity care provider and each expectant family to research and not intervene in the normal process of childbirth, which is far more intelligent than any of us. When all is well, please do not disturb. #DelayedCordClamping #HealthyBaby
This post is for dads, with excerpts from 'Fathers at Birth' by Rose St. John - a must read book for expecting fathers: "No one other than the mother is more personally and profoundly affected by the baby's birth than you. As the mother's lover and the baby's father, you are connected to them like no other. Your role-to provide stability and refuge-is unique to you. Your presence profoundly influences your partner and how she navigates through labor. As a vigilant attendant, you offer your partner tremendous refuge and have the power to alter how labor and birth unfold.
Because the man's role can make such a critical difference, it is important men have access to the preparatory attention they need to fulfill their role. Even though a woman prepares for labor-without support-it is not always easy for her to practice what she knows. This is why your preparation and support is so important to her." This majestic video clip was taken by @birth_unscripted. #DontForgetDads #KeepThemClose #WearThem #CarryThem
Are you a #BirthProfessional looking to jumpstart or ROCK your practice? Shave years off your learning curve and let me be your mentor. #Midwife #Doula #MidwiferyStudent http://homesweethomebirth.com/rock-your-birth-professional-career
"When we trust the makers of baby formula more than we do our own ability to nourish our babies, we lose a chance to claim an aspect of our power as women. Thinking that baby formula is as good as breast milk is believing that thirty years of technology is superior to three million years of nature's evolution. Countless women have regained trust in their bodies through nursing their children, even if they weren't sure at first that they could do it. It is an act of female power, and I think of it as feminism in its purest form." -Dr. Christine Northrup. #Breastfeeding may not be the choice of some mamas, but it is always is the choice of babies if they could talk. It is not always easy, especially in the modern world without support or exposure to other mamas breastfeeding, the need to return to work, and when there are complications, but it is always worth it. #NormalizeBreastfeeding again! Lovely photo by @littlepeachlondon
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” -Kevin Trudeau.
Growing, birthing and caring for your baby involves your body, mind, heart, gut and spirit. Prenatal yoga has so many benefits in pregnancy, helping you prepare for and deal with childbirth, as well as postpartum recovery, and it even helps your baby. I have a free monthly newsletter called Ask The Midwife where I answer common questions I am often asked as a holistic midwife! The newsletter is for both mamas and professionals. Sign up now at homesweethomebirth/askthemidwife ... Beautiful yoga art by @spiritysol.
"I have given birth to 5 babies (3 of my own and 2 surrogate babies). But my body was at a "healthy" weight before getting pregnant with baby 5. My body does not look like this "because I've had 5 babies." Currently, I can't workout hardcore like I have in the past or I will lose my milk supply. I am also eating all the food because I'm just starving. Some weeks I eat so healthily, other weeks I'm downing a sleeve of Oreos and feeling giddy. I work a lot and choose my free time to be with my kids. My body can wait a bit and I'm proud to make that choice. It's mine to make. They won't be little much longer and I will have missed it all.
My body is the home I keep. And like my home, it ebbs and it flows as the seasons of my life do. My home is sometimes messy, sometimes clean, sometimes both. Our bodies ebb and flow in the seasons of our lives. From the season of when junior high starts and we are questioning everything about our bodies, to the season of no time for self-care, or the season of IVF injections for so many years. Or weight gain from pregnancies of angel babies lost and our bodies not willing to let go just yet. The season of a divorce, or depression, eating disorders, a death, addiction or toxic relationships. So much affects our wonderful shells. We must give grace, find ways to self-love as often as we can. We must be the inner voice that we should have had growing up. Our thoughts have great power over our daily lives. Our bodies are important to love, but not so important to invest so much hate into. SO MUCH MORE MATTERS. Be healthy, be strong, make a change when you can, be you, be unafraid. Ignore the rest. It’s okay if someone thinks I'm not pretty. I'm not here on this planet to please their eyeballs. I am worth so much more and so are you. Baby Quinn agrees ❤" #MotherhoodInTheRaw #HonestMotherhood #RealMom #RealMoms #LoveYourselfFirst #LoveYou #YoureWorthIt @tiffanyburkephotographer!!
Resting together through the waves of labor can look like this. It can deepen a relationship in a way like no other. Beautiful picture @monetnicolebirths #LaborSupport #IGotYouBabe #wearestrongertogether