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“When a woman is pregnant she becomes a lioness with the will of a dragon. She becomes a goddess of beauty with the colors of the rainbow. She becomes the mother of new life.” -Anthony T. Hincks ... Breathtaking picture by mama @lyviavannessia who is maintaining her exquisite expertise like a rockstar. #PregnantNotPowerless #HealthyPregnancy #ActivePregnancy #FitBump #CreateYourHappy #LiveALifeYouLove
Things you might find in your Facebook feed if you are a birth professional. It happens to be from a great page - The Unneceserean. I tracked it down a bit. A while back, it was posted by @thiftstoreart, who wrote the #doula is in the background, and got it from @worstartever, who was concerned no one is wearing helmets. I can't find the original artist. But this mama is rocking the skateboard squat. #BirthWithoutFear
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@livefitwithcarmenchongnee shares: "Loved this Boxing routine at Konga today! Working out for me is so much more than a means to lose weight or make my body look a certain way. It is a way of keeping both my body and mind healthy. It’s something I want to do because I know how good it makes me feel. I do it because I want to look after my body. When we do things that are motivated my love (even for ourselves) we are far more likely to do it and enjoy it. Fear and shame can never yield the results that love and self care can. Especially towards ourselves. This shift in mindset from working out because I hated the way I looked to working out because I wanted to take care of myself and be a better version of me for my children had such a huge impact on my fitness and overall health." #FitBump #PregnantAndBeautiful #PregnantNotPowerless #HealthyPregnancy #ActivePregnancy #HappyMama #HealthyBaby
Stunning capture @monetnicolebirths ! Baby is just basking in the comfort of mama and getting back the cord blood essential for transitioning to life outside the womb. I felt skilled as a midwife, but had no clue about or support with so many things that are key to having the successful thriving practice that I eventually built. I learned on the job, as I had to. I spent a lot of money and time taking many workshops, continuing education and embarked on my own self study to master and refine my skills as not only a midwife, but also as an owner of a private practice and its administrator. And I learned a lot from mistakes I made along the way. If you are a #doula thinking of becoming a #midwife, or a midwife wanting to start or grow your private practice, I’d love to help you and share my best practices. Visit homesweethomebirth.com/for-birth-professionals to learn more.
I want this beauty for my office entrance, and maybe to place several in key locations where the cesarean section rate is nearing 40 - 50%. I saw this posted by @hayogatempe, who must also share my appreciation for #BirthArt and the benefits of squatting - and I thought this mama at least could give birth on my page too. If anyone knows where this is located and who the artist is to give credit, please let me know so I can add to the caption, and have a word with the awesome talent. This way of birthing was the norm throughout history and still is in many parts of the world, because it works. #Malasana #NaturalBirth
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Stunning #birthing'art-vacado' @gouac! Art really does imitate life! #Crowning #BirthArt
"I started taking Annabelle to pee in the bathroom a few days after her birth. She’s good at this game!”@wrapyourbaby
Still today in large parts of the world where there are no diapers, mamas learn quickly how to read their babies’ signs they need to go to the bathroom, how to keep them dry & clean without using diapers - just as they know how to birth, breastfeed, keep baby close with #BabyWearing and #CoSleeping, & how to be mothers. This knowing is a combination of instinct, inner wisdom & learning by watching other mamas & experiencing it all as part of life in their villages. More modern mamas - from concerns about cost, environment, to parenting - are going #DiaperFree via #EliminationCommunication. "It is a gentle, natural, non-coercive process by which a baby, preferably beginning in early infancy, learns with the loving assistance of parents & caregivers to communicate about & address his or her elimination needs. This practice makes conventional potty training unnecessary...Those who practice EC are often surprised by just how quickly they begin to experience clear, consistent communication with their infant; next to this, early potty independence is seen only as a frequently-occurring side benefit. Many EC families experience first-hand what families in traditional cultures around the world have known for centuries: that by the age at which American parents are told to watch for supposed signs of "readiness" for toilet-learning, their children have already achieved toilet independence." diaperfreebaby.org
I'm fascinated when a family comes to my office for their last postpartum visit, they hold their 6 week old baby over the toilet & I watch baby pee into it. Our culture is used to diapers, so learning this can be challenging, & some families do it partially - when home or outside in warm weather, but not when going on errands, for example, but I love learning & keeping an open mind. I marvel at how many report mostly positive experiences with it.
Baby's head is out @cradledcreations! Just waiting on the shoulders and then the rest of the body emerges easily. "This moment always feels long and short, and in this room it felt joyful and peaceful at the same time. Also... grandma is the one catching her grand-daughter. 3 generations of strong women ❤️." 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
It's a cake @miriam.adar! This one is for a #midwifegraduate but with a few changes it could be for a new family on the #waterbirth of their baby. I am sure if you asked for whole food, all natural, organic, and vegan or vegetarian she would accommodate. 😀🎈🎊🎓🎉🎂😀
No words needed for THIS! A gift from @theellenshow! #DogAndBaby #BabyAndDog
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What a perfect foot grasping reflex @kaile_rae!! This involuntary reflex in babies occurs when a finger is firmly stroked up from the heel to the ball of the middle of baby's foot, and the toes curl in around the finger. It is one of several reflexes assessed in a newborn exam and their presence reflects normal neurological development and functioning. Most newborn reflexes like rooting, sucking and swallowing are essential for survival. I enjoy showing each family how to elicit the reflexes themselves, as they love to explore their new baby. Photo by @candicebrouillette - Lunch Pail Pictures. #BabyFeet #Midwifery #DontForgetDads
How could I not share this picture, sent to me by a lovely mom in my practice?! This is called "Sheela na Gig" by @avocadostonefaces, who created this and her other artwork out of avocado pits! It is a replica of stone carvings that decorated the doorways of many medieval churches and castles around Ireland, Great Britian and all over Europe. Scholars disagree agree what she represents. She was possibly put over doorways for protection, to ward off against evil spirits, lust and sinful corruption, as well as for fertility and powerful transformation into royalty and kingship. Some were allegedly given to brides and women in labor. She is also said to represent the female goddess, the Divine sacred feminine of a woman, all women, who had the abilities to birth all human beings in the world. Whatever she represents, a woman's power was revered and awed; and this is darn cool art. She may be a wonderful addition to your #MotherBlessing or #BlessingWay, your home and birth alter to remind you of who you are, and your amazing capabilities as a woman! #CreativityFound
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Swimming is a great way to exercise while pregnant. In addition to the general benefits of working out, it enables you to exercise at a low intensity. It gets you outside connecting with nature and its ways - which helps to to tune into the natural ways of you and your baby. It creates some time in the sun for its needed vitamin D and natural body chemical Serotonin that helps you feel happy, calm, and emotionally balanced, while the water cools you off, its plain fun, improves your mood and just makes you feel so good. Seeing water, hearing the sounds of water, and immersing in it is soothing, relaxing and healing. Pregnant mamas love the feeling of weightlessness in the water, and feeling relief from low back pain, swelling and other common discomforts of pregnancy.
So jump in mamas, and start swimming! Its an ideal #PrenatalExercise ... There are so many fun ways to enjoy your #BabyBelly and this is one of them! Fab #PregnancyPhoto @irenecesarophotgraphy!
Such beautiful and fun loving couple @fernandoferrreira40! We all have sparks of wild - bigger than we think, and an inner child that is dying to just play and have fun. You don't need to be a pro to #LiveLoveDance ... #MakeYourOwnMagic #EnjoyingIt
“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” -Marie Mongan ... If you feel that I was able to help you and you'd like to support my passion and mission to spread ideas like improving maternity and newborn care, outcomes, and experience; helping, supporting, inspiring, educating and empowering women and their families; preventing and guiding people to heal from emotional pain and trauma, live in inner calm and joy; promoting my values of courage, openness, kindness, sensitivity, high positive vibes, conscious living, compassion, unconditional love and community, consider make a #donation to sustain this page at homesweethomebirth.com/donate ... Or if you don't feel like donating right now, try sharing this post or the link to your friends. Every little bit helps! 💗 @angelawombwarrior #ThisIsBirth #BirthIsBeautiful
@kindnessgirl shares: "The road to this moment was longer and harder than most, and the after even harder...but what I will remember most was the tender way she gave and received love through each step, she was endearing, honest and true....what a mother she is and will be. ❤️ Thank you H and E, you guys are amazing!"#CesareanBirthIsBirth #BirthIsBeautiful