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As a #midwife who has worked in both hospital and then homebirth settings, I get asked a lot of questions. Some of them are more personal and unique to each mama or birth professional, which I answer in online consultation. But some I have heard many, many times. Because these same questions get asked often, I decided it would be helpful to compile a monthly newsletter to answer those common ones for FREE! I love helping all the new mommies and families, and the professionals who serve them. Sign Up today for Ask The Midwife newsletter at http://homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife/
#PrenatalYoga can look like this @denupzter! #DownwardDog modification!
#MommyAndMeYoga #YogaForTwo #Adhomukhasvanasana #DownDog #PregnancyLife
"“Feeling a child’s weight increase as she falls into a deep slumber, the fabric of the carrier hug your shoulders, a small sweaty head press against the skin of your chest, this is bliss. This is indescribable.” - But this is more than a man wearing a baby. This is an amazing role model #obstetrician 'Vaginal Lionel' and 'a true doctor for the patient' @DrLionelSteinberg. He attends vaginal breech births, supports VBACs, and is known for allowing babies to come when they are ready and for his encouragement of #NaturalChildbirth without intervention @stvincentsprivate. We need more like you who uphold the #hippocrates oath doctors take upon graduation - First #DoNoHarm!! They are out there, but we need them in all localities. Photo @bumpbirthandbeyond.
#OBGYN #HippocraticOath #RealMenWearBabies
When mama progresses quickly in labor, sometimes births happen before even the #doula gets there like @angelawombwarrior, let alone the #midwife and her birth team, or before mama arrives to her birth setting! Luckily they were not in the car and the bathroom was the perfect #BirthCenter. What is amazing about these fast births is that they tend to result in a healthy mama and baby. That is because the miraculous process of #childbirth works best when not interfered with, when not disturbed. And look at that! They are nursing already. Check out my blog on precipitous or rapid birth and what you can do if that happens. http://homesweethomebirth.com/blog/precipitous-or-rapid-birth?rq=precipitous
#MidwifeLife #DoulaLife #PregnantLife #ThisIsBirth
If baby is born in the amniotic sac, all the attendant needs to do is remove it after birth - while baby is breathing through the umbilical cord that is still attached @tailoredmommy. "Did you know 1/80,000 babies are born in caul?! Penelope was one of these special births and it was such an awesome thing to experience." #Midwifery
I am so excited to share that a dear colleague Sheila Kamara Hay of Ecstatic Birth and I will be sharing our top 10 tips on how to LOVE your birth as well as answering YOUR Qs. Can't wait @sheila_kamara_hay! Sign up here to join us for this free LIVE webinar TONIGHT Wednesday 7/26 at 7:00 pm EST: http://bit.ly/2tMKbTn #EmpoweredBirth #ActiveBirth #PositiveBirth #GentleBirth #BirthWithoutFear LINK IN PROFILE
Rockstar mama @alysiamontano #PregnantNotPowerless - running the SF marathon.
This is what running bliss looks like 😊"My first pregnancy with my now almost 3 year old, Linnéa Dori I ran and did other forms of exercise up until the day I delivered her at 40 weeks( literally went on a 5 miler the morning I went into labor, it took me 80 minutes, over double the time it takes me not preggo.. ok, I walked and ran)."
She also raced in the "800 meters at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships while 5 months pregnant," wrote @hollyperkins. "YES, it is perfectly safe to be active during pregnancy. In fact, every single client of mine who worked with me through her pregnancy reports that without question, every aspect of her experience was better because she stayed active. YES, each pregnancy is different, and each woman needs to make this decision for herself, with her doctor (or midwife). The ACOG official position statement on pregnancy and exercise says: 'Physical activity during pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women, although some modification to exercise routines may be necessary because of the normal anatomic and physiologic changes and fetal requirements.'
Therefore, WAY TO GO @alysiamontano for being an amazing inspiration.
#PregnantRunner #WomenStrength #HealthyPregnancy
I am so excited to share that a dear colleague Sheila Kamara Hay of Ecstatic Birth and I will be sharing our top 10 tips on how to LOVE your birth as well as answering YOUR Qs. Can't wait @sheila_kamara_hay! Sign up here to join us for this free LIVE webinar TOMORROW Wednesday 7/26 at 7:00 pm ET: http://bit.ly/2tMKbTn #EmpoweredBirth #ActiveBirth #GentleBirth #BirthWithoutFear LINK IN PROFILE
"I see you,
Two years and one human later,
Motherhood is everywhere.
I wear her,
Like the crooked, purple scar
Smiling back at me.
You didn't go,
I just didn't see you.
Not the way I used to,
But I'm here now,
Tracing the landscape,
With eyes that have belittled you.
You are so divinely powerful,
But I've labeled you
And I'm sorry.
You are not shameful.
You are not ugly.
You are not meant to be perfect.
You are meant to be lived,
And loved -
As much as I love the life you created.
I'll settle in again,
Be patient with me.
It's been a long time since
Felt like home."
Words to live by @shawnraeyoga! #LoveYou #BirthOfAMama #BeautyMark #HealingTattoo
Nothing like #BigSisterLove and #MamaLove on the #PregnancyPillow @mswrightsway! #WelcomeToTheFamily
I am so excited to share that a dear colleague Sheila Kamara Hay of Ecstatic Birth and I will be sharing our top 10 tips on how to LOVE your birth as well as answering YOUR Qs. Can't wait @sheila_kamara_hay! Sign up here to join us for this free LIVE webinar on this Wednesday 7/26 at 7:00 pm EST: http://bit.ly/2tMKbTn #EmpoweredBirth #ActiveBirth #GentleBirth #BirthWithoutFear
To witness or experience birth is to witness and experience some of life's most powerful emotions - so beautifully captured by @monetnicolebirths. No-one said it would be easy. But it sure is worth it. The most valuable things in life are usually the hardest to do. #BirthOfAMama #NewBabyBorn #IDidIt #ThisIsBirth #BirthWithoutFear #MotherhoodInTheRaw #MotherhoodUnplugged
"Dad's can be involved in everything, too! Labor support, birth, postpartum, and here is a dad helping their baby latch." @katemurrayphotography! Their expressions go right to my heart. #DontForgetDads #ItTakesAVillage #LactationSupport
A wise soul, born pondering @melissajeanbabies.
I am so excited to share that a dear colleague Sheila Kamara Hay of Ecstatic Birth and I will be sharing our top 10 tips on how to LOVE your birth as well as answering YOUR Qs. Can't wait @sheila_kamara_hay! Sign up
here to join us for this free LIVE webinar on 7/26 at 7:00 pm ET:
#EmpoweredBirth #ActiveBirth #GentleBirth #BirthWithoutFear
“Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ~ Marianne Williamson. Giving birth is a direct path to joy like no other. #BirthPhotography by @cradledcreations. #JustBorn #HospitalBirth #EmpoweredBirth #IDidIt
Why not see, create and capture the beauty @melissajeanbabies?! Admiring someone else’s beauty does not need to involve questioning your own beauty. We are all beautiful anyway. #SurroundYourselfWithBeauty
#PregnancyIsBeautiful #CreateBeauty #BeLovely
“If I had written the greatest book, composed the greatest symphony, painted the most beautiful painting, or carved the most exquisite figure I could not have felt the more exalted creator than I did when they placed my child in my arms.” ~ Dorothy Day. Precious clip of video @brittanysowers is by @moanafilmes, taken by mama's sister @danicamata. Take my LOVE YOUR BIRTH online course - the ultimate pregnancy to postpartum guide - so comprehensive, inspiring and uniquely refreshing that #midwives and obstetricians are recommending it to the families in their practices around the globe; and #doulas are taking it for the training certification. For more information click the link in my profile homesweethomebirth.com/loveyourbirth
"We struggled a ton with #breastfeeding with a diagnosis of failure to thrive at 4 weeks, supplementation with donor milk, pumping for months, blocked ducts and mastitis. I wasn't sure we were going to make it much further so I had photos done at 6 months to cherish forever. Luckily we are still going strong at 12 months! But no one ever told me it could be that hard or that some women just struggle right out of the gate. I'm lucky I knew it was worth fighting for and that I had the support to keep fighting." Thanks for the encouragement warrior hero mama @ashasana_forceofnature! Way to go!!!! For those struggling with #BreastfeedingProblems..get help from an IBCLC #LactationConsultant. It is not always easy, but it is so worth it.
Each month, I discuss a common question I have received in my 22 + years of being a #midwife in my "Ask the Midwife" monthly Newsletter, emailed to subscribers the first Tuesday of each month! This is a completely FREE service that I wanted to give to my awesome followers, that includes more ways to connect, resources, and promos I do not post elsewhere. Sign Up at http://homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife/