March 2017 Ask The Midwife - When Things Do Not Go as Planned

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What Happens When Things Don’t Go As Planned In Labor?
Ask The Midwife - March 2017
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What Happens When Things Do Not Go As Planned In Labor? | Ask the Midwife with Anne Margolis
Click HERE to watch this month's video to find out if what to do if things don't go as planned in labor! Don't forget to visit our blog to read more about expecting the unexpected in labor.

It's Almost Spring Time!

The Earth goes her many seasons, as do we. We cannot be harvesting year-round, and there comes a time when we do reap what we sow. This is a time when Mother Earth starts to regrow, rebuild and blossom for the upcoming warm months.

Just as we cannot rush her to bloom any faster, we cannot rush our own growth. Our journey takes as long it needs, and our babies take just the perfect amount of time to develop and be born. Both nature and birth alike, we can rely on predictability, and also be prepared for unexpected activity.

On the blog this month, and in this episode of Ask the Midwife, Anne discusses how she provides care in situations that don’t go as intended. She also shares her perspective on cesareans and why she encourages a gentle, homebirth model of care in the operating room.

Read more on the blog here:
http://homesweethomebirth.com/blog/birth-expect-the-unxpected

Please watch Anne in our video portion here:
https://youtu.be/HrfTi_oCG1c

Holistic Online Childbirth Course

No matter where you plan to birth, you would really benefit from my holistic online childbirth course, that is is based on my years of experience, as a midwife and yoga teacher, helping thousands of women tap into their calm and live and labor from a place of grounded relaxation and joy. It’s a great refresher or adjunct to any other course!
Get Course Details
In ‘The Holistic Childbirth Online Course’ You Will Learn how to:
  1. Nourish your body with the best foods and whole food supplements, before, during and after pregnancy
  2. Be healthy in your pregnancy, and in mind + heart + spirit as well
  3. TRUST YOUR BODY, get your busy mind out of the way, and allow your instinctual process to guide you
  4. Make informed choices of all the testing & medical procedures
  5. Learn The pros and cons- get a list of over 50 preferences to consider to help create your personalized birth plaUnderstand how YOUR body and emotions change in each labor stage so you can prepare yourself and everyone in the room for what is normal but unexpected or even scary if unknown. It is important for you to embrace rather than fear what is common and normal.
  6. Create a fortress of protection around yourself to keep fear and stress - the enemy of labor - out so you can remain in a calm, centered, relaxed place - on demand!
  7. Train your mind/body to naturally ease into your surges, reframe your concept of pain, shift your mindset and vocabulary, and incorporate visualization and mindfulness
  8. Prevent problems and unnecessary interventions
  9. Natural labor coping techniques for each phase of labor you might not have covered as fully in other childbirth education
  10. How to help your partner help you in labor so you are able to stay present, centered and in calm surrendering
  11. Set up a 6-step postpartum plan prenatally that covers the 5 crucial categories of women’s responsibilities that need support during postpartum, and restore your confidence to trust your maternal instincts and that you know how to love and be the best mom she can be to your baby
  12. And SO MUCH MORE!
Check out Anne's video introduction to the course HERE!
Buy The Course
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My Recommendations

So often I get asked about what books or movies I suggest.

I’d love to share them with you here:
Books I love!
Movies I love!


Thank you for reading and I will see you next month!

Love, Anne
Love Anne, CNM at Home Sweet Homebirth
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February 2017 - Should All Women Birth At Home?

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As A Midwife Do You Encourage All Women
To Give Birth At Home?

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Can All Women Give Birth At Home? | Ask The Midwife with Anne Margolis
Click HERE to watch this month's video to find out if all women are candidates for a homebirth! Don't forget to visit our blog to read more about what the homebirth model of care encompasses & tips for having an empowered birth anywhere.

Welcome to the month of love!

It’s a beautiful time to reflect on the buzz of the holidays and the changes in weather keep us indoors more than usual.

For expecting moms, it’s a time to reflect on the progress you’ve made and cultivate a sense of gratitude for the miraculous changes your body is going through. Love for baby seems obvious, but it’s the love we offer to ourselves during this time that generates a significant sense of peace and well-being.

Ask the Midwife – 2 common question I get asked are:

  • “Do you encourage all women to have a homebirth?
  • “Can any woman have a homebirth?

First and foremost, I believe in a woman’s right to be empowered, informed and supported in however she chooses to birth.

Now, I promote a homebirth model of care. This means that we support physiologic birth without disturbance when all is well; we do things as naturally and holistically as possible, without intervention unless medically necessary. The care is sensitive, kind, personalized, family centered and evidence based. The setting is as close to home as a woman desires, and most importantly, a woman feels supported, heard, and her choices respected.

>> Read more on the blog here

Holistic Online Childbirth Course

No matter where you plan to birth, you would really benefit from my holistic online childbirth course, that is is based on my years of experience, as a midwife and yoga teacher, helping thousands of women tap into their calm and live and labor from a place of grounded relaxation and joy. It’s a great refresher or adjunct to any other course!
Purchase Today
In ‘The Holistic Childbirth Online Course’ You Will Learn How To:
  1. Nourish your body with the best foods and whole food supplements, before, during and after pregnancy
  2. Be healthy in your pregnancy, and in mind + heart + spirit as well
  3. TRUST YOUR BODY, get your busy mind out of the way, and allow your instinctual process to guide you
  4. Make informed choices of all the testing & medical procedures
  5. Learn The pros and cons- get a list of over 50 preferences to consider to help create your personalized birth plaUnderstand how YOUR body and emotions change in each labor stage so you can prepare yourself and everyone in the room for what is normal but unexpected or even scary if unknown. It is important for you to embrace rather than fear what is common and normal.
  6. Create a fortress of protection around yourself to keep fear and stress - the enemy of labor - out so you can remain in a calm, centered, relaxed place - on demand!
  7. Train your mind/body to naturally ease into your surges, reframe your concept of pain, shift your mindset and vocabulary, and incorporate visualization and mindfulness
  8. Prevent problems and unnecessary interventions
  9. Natural labor coping techniques for each phase of labor you might not have covered as fully in other childbirth education
  10. How to help your partner help you in labor so you are able to stay present, centered and in calm surrendering
  11. Set up a 6-step postpartum plan prenatally that covers the 5 crucial categories of women’s responsibilities that need support during postpartum, and restore your confidence to trust your maternal instincts and that you know how to love and be the best mom she can be to your baby
  12. And SO MUCH MORE!
Check out Anne's video introduction to the course HERE!

My Recommendations

So often I get asked about what books or movies I suggest.

I’d love to share them with you here:
Books I love!
Movies I love!


Thank you for reading and I will see you next month!

Love, Anne
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January 2017 - VBAC

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{Ask the Midwife} VBACs – A Hot Topic
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 Happy New Year!

2017 brings new energies and excitement… the weather has gotten cold for most of us and the mamas who give birth during these times love snuggling inside with their new, sweet bundles! People tend to draw inward and inside.

Why resolutions are set for the new year is beyond me, as this is a time to continue hibernating until the spring months. It’s a wonderful time to slow down, listen to our internal clocks and take some time each day to sit in silence and meditation.
It’s a time to listen, reflect and rejuvenate our own souls and our own hearts.

Spring will be upon us soon enough and that is a time for rebirth.
Take much needed self-care during this time and give yourself whatever rest or relaxation your body may be craving.

 
VBAC = Vaginal Birth After Cesarean | Ask The Midwife with Anne Margolis
Our topic this month is a HOT TOPIC - VBAC's!
Click HERE to watch the video from Anne Margolis, CNM, as she discusses the vaginal birth after a cesarean.  Don't forget to READ MORE on the blog: HERE!
 
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VBAC = Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

A VBAC is a vaginal birth after a cesarean birth. Although studies show the safety and benefit of a VBAC, some physicians are still reluctant to offer it, let alone share the benefits of it to their patients.

For many women, a planned vaginal birth after a cesarean is safe and physiologically sound.

If you’d prefer to read the information I provide in the video above, please check out my blog post on VBACs HERE!

 

Rock Your VBAC

Have you seen my beautiful Online Holistic Childbirth Course?   – It can really help in preparation to ROCK your VBAC in any birth setting. After recognizing the demand for information and resources I have provided my clients with for over 21 years, the Online Childbirth Course was born!

It’s an abundant course that offers comprehensive guidelines for all optimal health in pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.

Download this FREE 60-page Healthy Living E-Book right now from module #1 of the Holistic Childbirth Course for a peek of what's inside! 
 
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Schedule A Free 15 Min Chat HERE

Work with me

Due to a high demand of inquiries, I am offering Consulting and Pregnancy to Postpartum packages to women who are planning a pregnancy, currently pregnant, postpartum or have questions or concerns following a birth.

My experience and passion lies in working with mamas one-on-one and I truly feel most effective when I can answer your questions personally and work towards your individual goals and desires.

Some mamas want to chat about a birth experience that didn’t go as planned, some want to run things past me from a holistic perspective, others have questions or issues they want to discuss and receive my answers and guidance. There is a significant difference in care provided by a holistic midwife and care provided by a physician and I love being the bridge to these two experiences.

Please see my website for a detailed description, booking information and to schedule a free 15 minute chat to answer any initial questions you may have.


Have a beautiful month and I look forward to chatting with you!
Love, Anne
 
Love Anne, CNM at Home Sweet Homebirth
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December 2016 - Optimal Labor Postitions

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{Ask the Midwife} Optimal Labor Positions
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Optimal Labor Positions | Ask The Midwife with Anne Margolis
Our topic this month is on optimal labor positions.
Click HERE to watch the video from Anne Margolis, CNM, as she discusses the optimal labor positions women can use during labor and delivery.
Don't forget to READ MORE on the blog: HERE!
 

 Happy Holidays are upon us!

I hope you are enjoying the changing of the seasons, and all that comes with the transition. We are living in times of great transition – many of which were not expected and are not predictable.

Just as in labor, we cannot predict outcomes, only use our resources for good and hold our spirits lifted as to journey with peace, trust and conviction that all is working in our favor, knowing that we are doing the best we can with what we face at the time.

 

Optimal Labor Positions

Ideally, the best position for a laboring woman is whatever brings her the most comfort, and whichever one she intuitively chooses.

If you’d prefer to read more about the information I provide in the video above, please check out my blog post on optimal labor positions HERE!
 
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My Passion is Serving You

I have been astounded by the support I have received online, as well as the community of like-minded women and men that stands strong upholding the same values and aspirations who follow and interact on my social pages.

For having worked with and helped so many mamas, babies and their families in person for so many years, it has been a new world being online, answering questions, and serving so many in a brand, new way.

I am so passionate about continuing my mission of helping women feel their conviction, find their voice, provide support and resources as they journey to and through an empowered pregnancy, birth, postpartum and life beyond.

I have developed several online consulting options to meet the needs of this global community. Some of my packages consist of a 1-hour consult to a full pregnancy to postpartum package. Find Details Here!

Women have come to me with past birth traumas, or feelings of not being heard in how they wanted their labors and births to be, and wanting guidance with processing, healing, and planning a better experience next time around. Some women have an OB/GYN as their provider, or do not have access to a trained and certified holistic midwife – and are seeking answers to their questions or help with a particular issue. I work with many women who have a primary conventional provider and work with me for a holistic perspective or seek midwifery guidance on a wide variety of health concerns outside of that sphere.
Chat With Anne
“I called Anne because my last baby was born at home and I had concerns regarding some of my care. She listened very well and asked questions. I felt her expertise and sincere concern come through the call. It was so refreshing to talk with another home birth midwife that wasn’t from my area and brought to light a few issues. Anne has so much experience and her focus on holistic midwifery is an important perspective that I feel like isn’t addressed in regular care. I felt very cared for and recommend Anne to any mama and her family.” – Nikki W.
 
Schedule A Free 15 Min Chat HERE

Work with me


I have a few spots still available for our Pregnancy to Postpartum Package.

This package consists of 10 hourly consults from pregnancy to postpartum, and is designed for a mama who is working for example with an obstetrician or large hospital based midwife group practice and wants a more personalized midwifery approach in the areas of holistic health and approach to healing – all the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components that make up an empowered, healthy, joyful and supported pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. It’s my passion to bring these important aspects to light and our one-on-one talks will allow for your unique feelings, individual needs, wants  and concerns to be heard, validated and addressed, a supportive plan put in place for having a deeply positive and healthful experience and journey to motherhood.

Please see my website for a detailed description, booking information and to schedule a free 15 minute chat to answer any questions you may have.

 
After recognizing the demand for information and resources I have provided my clients with for over 21 years, the Online Childbirth Course was born!  It’s a beautiful course that offers comprehensive guidelines for all areas of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.

Download this FREE 60-page Healthy Living E-Book right now from module #1 of the Holistic Childbirth Course for a peek of what's inside! 

Have a beautiful month, and remember to keep your spirits high and hearts open… we are meant to rise up and step into the life we want to live! You can do it!  xoxo
Love, Anne.
 
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Love Anne, CNM at Home Sweet Homebirth
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November 2016 - Anatomy & Physiology in Labor & Birth

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I’m very excited to share this with you….
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Anatomy and Physiology of Childbirth
Click HERE to watch the video from Anne Margolis, CNM, as she discusses the changes a woman will see as she moves from her pregnancy to labor, childbirth and early postpartum. Don't forget to READ MORE on the blog: HERE!
 

Anatomy & Physiology in Childbirth

Women, miraculously made, are a perfectly designed vessel to bring a baby into the world. Each body part is created for a purpose and specifically placed where and when it is so babies can be born. It’s a dance between feminine bodies and their babies… each knowing exactly what they are supposed to do.

I empower women to get their minds out of the way, and learn to work the brilliant natural process. When given the opportunity to flourish… and to rise up to the moment…. A woman’s body has the capacity deliver almost every time.
 
This is a very important time in our lives. The world is changing and expanding. Amidst the chaos, there is a peaceful part of us that is rooted in our faith and our trust in ourselves. Babies will be born and women will continue to show up with a maternal energy, a compassionate soul and never-ending zest for nurturing their young.

My journey goes back to over 21 years, when I followed my heart and became a Holistic and Certified Nurse Midwife. I have had the privilege to serve thousands of women and be present for their most sacred experiences.
 
“This course not only prepared me for childbirth, but also for motherhood and beyond. It was so much more than how to approach labor and delivery and really tapped into the mind, heart, spirit and body from pregnancy to postpartum. It helped me discuss things with my partner that I did not even know needed to be discussed. I feel like a true team now that we’ve taken the course and discussed the workbook. I was so afraid we may not be on the same page and this course kept us on track! The information I’ve received is priceless. Thank you.”
— LINDSAY R.
It is my honor to walk this path with you and your loved ones and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to provide care, insight and my intuitive experience. Over the last two years, I have brought my message and my work online. I work with women and their partners, and I work with other midwives and birth professionals who want to start or grow their practice.  I am beyond words at the amount of support and following I have received online and I have answered literally thousands of questions on Instagram.
 

It is my true calling to work with you.


Over this time, I have learned my true passion. It is to work with women one-on-one. I am able to speak to your situation, and to your whole being… specifically… and in-depth. Our experience is customized to your unique experience. Every woman is different, every pregnancy is different, every birth is different. It is my intention to honor this experience.
With a growing demand for information and a need I see to treat every woman as a whole, not just a generalization, I am offering a special program. From now until the rest of the year, I am holding space to fill 5 spots. If you are a pregnant mama who wants to work with me as your midwife consultant, listening to and guiding you along your journey, it is my desire and expertise to work with you one-on-one.
This program is designed for those who:
  • Are a soon-to-be mom, a new mom, or a mom seeking a more positive and meaningful journey to birth and through motherhood
  • Desire guidance of a holistic midwife along with the care you are receiving from your obstetrician from pregnancy through postpartum
  • Want to discuss your previous traumatic birth experience, get help with optimal healing and planning a much better one next time around
  • Would like to have a personal consult on specific health-related issues and get your questions answered
  • Have personal questions for a holistic midwife

This Pregnancy to Postpartum Package includes:

  • 10 One-hour Consults
  • Weekly emails
  • My Online Childbirth Course, a beautiful and intuitive learning tool
Click below for various package details + schedule a 15min free consult with Anne to see if you’d be a good fit for the program!
Explore Consultation Options (only 5 spots open)
Pregnancy
  • How to have the best most healthiest and joyous experience possible
     
  • Addressing fears
     
  • Counseling on holistic suggestions and remedies for common discomforts and issues
     
  • How to deal with unsupportive family and friends
     
  • Creating a supportive community of likeminded mamas for yourself
     
  • Helping you to make informed decisions
     
  • Guiding you to create your birth preferences and a birth team that is best for and unique to you
     
  • Preparing for postpartum and breastfeeding
     
  • Coping with challenges and providing techniques for reducing stress
Debriefing / Healing from Birth Trauma, or any negative previous childbearing experience, and planning a much better experience next time.
Type of Birth Experience
  • Homebirth
  • Birth Center Birth
  • Water Birth
  • Natural Birth
  • Hospital Birth
  • Cesarean Birth
  • VBAC/HBAC Preparation
Additional topics:
  • Your Placenta - and what to do with it
     
  • Postpartum Questions and Issues
     
  • Breastfeeding and Newborn Care
     
  • Holistic Gynecology and Primary Care - preventing and treating common ailments and health problems
Schedule A Free 15 Min Chat HERE
I am here to serve you and I have such a deep passion in my heart to help you move into alignment with  the pregnancy and birth experience you feel is possible.

I know you can do it and learn to trust yourself and the process. It’s not always easy but I have learned that if a woman feels supported, she is much more likely to have the experience she desires. I am here to offer you that support, and help you lean into your own strength, power and inner wisdom.

Please let me know if you have any questions and we can schedule a time to chat further.
Love Anne, CNM at Home Sweet Homebirth
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October 2016 - Meditation, Breathwork, and Visualization

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Learn simple and helpful meditation, breathing
and visualization techniques for childbirth.
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Meditation, Breathwork and Visualization for Childbirth
Click HERE to watch a video from Anne Margolis, CNM, about meditation, breathwork and visualization for childbirth and stress!! Don't forget to visit our blog to learn more about meditative breathwork and visualization techniques you can practice regularly in pregnancy!

Meditation, Breathwork, and Visualization for Childbirth and Stress

How do you start a practice of Meditation, Breathwork and Visualization, and how can they help you in labor and life? The practice of meditating goes back thousands of years. There are many forms of meditation. Today there are numerous books, classes, workshops, and groups available to delve deeper into meditation, as more and more people are seeking its benefits, confirmed now by much research. The book "One Moment Meditation; Stillness for People on the Go" by Martin Boroson is one of my favorites for beginners. Meditation is not something only for monks, nuns and spiritual leaders, but for anyone willing to practice. 

Make a commitment to practice a form of meditation that feels right for you on a daily basis. At first, practice for just a few minutes each day – like when you get up, an afternoon break, or before bed. Eventually build to twice a day or anytime you feel stressed or triggered. You may love how you feel from this practice so much, that you may want to do it more often or for longer periods. It is important to practice them daily so they become habitual, you become a pro, and when you are in labor or really challenged, you can easily tap into these skills.

Breathwork can be used as a form of focused meditation that can produce powerful positive effects which further helps you relax and cope with labor or any time you feel stressed. Being in a state of decreased inner tension and increased inner peace not only helps you relax and cope more effectively in childbirth, allowing your muscles to release so your body can do what it needs to do to birth your baby; but it also is incredibly healing and leads to enhanced well-being and a much healthier life (inner stress is among the leading causes of many ailments and illnesses). Most people today are stressed out in a chronic state of fight or flight – with over activated sympathetic nervous systems - and as a result breathe more shallow and much more rapidly than we are meant to, for prolonged periods. The ancient and modern practice of yoga has many breathing techniques (pranayama) that create a variety of beneficial internal experiences. Breathing with focused attention and consciously slowing down and deepening our breath are tools we all can cultivate. This will activate the parasympathetic nervous system to induce an almost immediate state of relaxation and calm, which allows us to not only feel better, but also recharges our batteries, heal, and enables our bodies to function more effectively in labor, and throughout life.  Think of focused breathing as your anchor, your direct path to reducing internal feelings of stress and relaxing yourself, your direct path to enhanced well-being.

Visualization is a way of using your imagination to focus on something in our mind’s eye. Its impact can be powerfully effective and healing. There is growing amount of scientific research documenting this, although people have been experiencing the benefits of visualizations for thousands of years. There are endless visualizations, limited only by your infinite imagination.
 
 
Want to learn more?
 
Chose your own meditation, breathwork and visualizations or select from a few of the various techniques from my blog that you like best. And practice, practice, practice. It will become your haven of yummy me time.

Don’t forget to sign up for my FREE healthy living ebook. I also work with people individually in person, face time or on Skype. Please visit this page: Chat With Anne if you want more individual attention and guidance.
 
My Online Childbirth Education course includes even more information about meditation, visualization and breathwork for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum as a mother. The course includes the information and inspiration you need to feel confident and empowered, in ten videos, ranging from optimal health in pregnancy, to labor coping techniques, to tips for partners, to preparing for postpartum, newborn care and breastfeeding! Plus, it also includes many bonus materials, such as an interactive workbook, tea and herbal infusion recipes, a birth preferences checklist, birth supply lists, postpartum support plan, and so much more! It is everything you need to help you give birth YOUR way!
 

Here are a few sites to help you along...
https://www.facebook.com/pranamamatv/  This is an online wealth of information created by mamas and professionals, for mamas which include streaming of videos and classes on meditation, breathwork and visualization.

http://www.gaia.com and https://www.yogaglo.com These are great resources that have online classes with awesome teachers on these topics and beyond.

http://goldenbridgeyoga.com/about-golden-bridge-yoga - This amazing site has local and global classes and workshops, founded by the pioneer of prenatal yoga, meditations and mantras for pregnancy, birth and postpartum as a new mom, for mind body spirit health along this special journey of a lifetime; her wonderful book Bountiful Beautiful Blissful can be purchased here.
 
Each day take a few minutes to practice meditation, breathwork and visualization. You wont regret it!
Anne supports a momma as she practices meditation durring labor.
Love Anne, CNM at Home Sweet Homebirth
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September 2016 - Out of Hospital Prenatal Care

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Do you know what prenatal care is like outside of a hospital setting?
Listen to CNM Anne Margolis share information on prenatal care with a homebirth midwife or birth center.
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Click HERE to watch a video from Anne Margolis, CNM, all about out of hospital midwives!! Don't forget to visit our blog to read more about the various types of midwives and what they do!
Anne Margolis, CNM, homebirth midwife showing how comfortable out of hospital prenatal care can be.

The list below shares with you 15 FUN facts you MAY find during prenatal care visits with midwives who practice out of hospital - in free standing birthing centers and home settings in the United States. Other countries may have slightly different models, but authentic midwifery practice shares many common core philosophies of care. As you begin learning about midwives you’ll also find is that while some midwives practice from their offices or birth center, other midwives do home visits. Remember that each midwife and practice differ from one another in some ways, and they may offer similar or different services, but there are a few things you can expect from a highly skilled, classically trained out of hospital midwife in the US. They are:

 

  1. Time – as in actual time for connecting and developing a relationship with your midwife; so that you can ask your questions and speak about your concerns. Time for the midwife to ask you the questions she needs to make assessments about your health and wellbeing, so she can best guide and support you.
  2. Continuity of care; the midwife (or one of the 1-2 partners if in a small group practice) you see during your prenatals will most likely be the midwife who attends your birth.
  3. A big heart; your midwife will give you every ounce of her heartfelt knowledge, expertise and care for you and your baby.  You may just feel so close with your midwife after a while, she is like your best big sister or wise friend.
  4. Education; your midwife will educate you and your loved ones about your body and what’s happening, and what to expect along your childbearing journey. This includes diagrams and models of pregnant moms and babies, placentas, umbilical cords, membranes and pelvises. Your midwife might just have a mirror for anatomy lessons of your own body if you are interested.
  5. Tea and healthy snacks during your visit; and a safe space to share, laugh, or cry.
  6. Inspirational quotes, affirmations and art about pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding, baby wearing and mothering.
  7. Pictures of graduates on the wall and/or in photo albums.
  8. A collection of thank you notes and birth stories (love letters) in collages and/or scrapbooks.
  9. Midwifery text books and a lending library of books and DVDs on pregnancy, natural childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care.
  10. Enough seating arrangements for the whole family and even some friends, as well as toys and books for the little ones.
  11. Hands; your midwife’s hands are skillful both in their assessment AND the supportive touch they offer.
  12. Tools; your midwife carries with her the clinical skills you seek and want as well as all the supplies and knowledge of them that she could possibly need for your pregnancy. These include equipment such as blood pressure cuff and stethoscope, fetoscope, Doppler and gel for checking baby’s heart rate, scale, measuring tape for assessing the height and growth of your uterus, and lab supplies for checking your blood, urine, screening for infection and pap smear as needed AND so much more! If she uses an exam table, the stirrups will be covered with oven mitts, and it will probably have a nice comfortable and decorative sheet and pillow on it, with a stool for climbing up and down or for the little ones to be involved.
  13. A boutique, where you can buy needed supplies, supplements and natural remedies, books, affirmation cards, birth kits, and rent a birth tub.
  14. Office and birth assistants; your midwife may also have students, apprentices, and even have a doula or two to choose from; she may have space to host childbirth classes, pregnancy and postpartum support groups, prenatal and postpartum yoga, parenting groups and all sorts of relevant helpful workshops and events.
  15. Needed medical and midwifery knowledge and clinical skills; and she will also be familiar with and use a variety of holistic, alternative and natural modalities that can help you during and after pregnancy.
As you go about choosing your midwife and planning for your birth, you might want to ask yourself what is important for you from the above list. Does your midwife offer some of these things, or what you feel you want and need?  You may even want to start writing down questions now in a journal, so when you meet her - you have them handy.

To learn more about different kinds of midwives, check out this month's blog at www.homesweethomebirth.com/blog/midwives

For ideas here is a great link with 44 Questions for your Midwife.

http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2013/01/01/44-questions-for-your-midwife/

Find a midwife (birth center and homebirth) in your area

Midwifes Alliance North America: State by State listing of midwifes and birth centers
http://mana.org/about-midwives/state-by-state

In NY state
nyhomebirth.com  

America College of Nurse Midwives: Find a Midwife

http://www.midwife.org/find-a-midwife

Birth Partners: Find a Midwife
http://www.midwifesearch.com

Mothers Naturally: Find a Midwife
http://mothersnaturally.org/midwives/findAMidwife.php
 

Pregnant? ----- For more information about what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy, prepare your for a deeply positive and rewarding childbirth experience, learn skills of relaxation and coping you can practice to easily tap into during labor and birth, understand about the anatomy and physiology of labor and pregnancy, and for all the inspiration you need to feel confident and empowered, take Home Sweet Homebirth's Online Comprehensive Childbirth Education Course

 

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The course includes ten videos, ranging from optimal health in pregnancy, to coping techniques, to tips for partners, to the postpartum period, newborn care and breastfeeding! Plus, it includes many bonus materials, such as an interactive workbook, tea and herbal infusion recipes, a birth preferences checklist, birth supply lists, and more! It is everything you need to help you give birth YOUR way!  

 

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If you are interested in learning more, read our prior newsletters which cover a variety of topics from midwifery care to placentas, families to doulas, birth to breastfeeding 101 click: http://homesweethomebirth.com/newsletters/
 

 

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August 2016 - Fertility Awareness

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What do you know about fertility awareness? Do you know when women are optimal to conceive? 
Listen to CNM Anne Margolis's tips on fertility awareness and take ownership of your reproductive health!
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What is fertility awareness?

Simply, it is a method (system) of knowing your body’s menstrual cycles and signs of fertility. It is used in order to prevent pregnancy or to increase your chances of getting pregnant, and when you get pregnant – to get a more accurate estimate of your due date, which prevents unnecessary risky interventions, like induction for postdates when you are not passed term at all.  It also has many other benefits like empowering you with knowledge of your own body’s normal functioning so you can embrace your symptoms as signs of health without feeling dirty, shame or embarrassment. You can actually know you are ovulating without ovulation kits, know you are probably pregnant without pregnancy tests, and even if you had an early miscarriage, which is very common and actually a sign of fertility. By keeping track of your cycles, you can better detect when something is off – from gynecologic and urinary tract infections, hormonal imbalances to cervical problems; it helps you and your health care provider figure out issues behind infertility, and prevents its false diagnosis when you are just missing the narrow fertile window, which saves you from invasive and costly diagnostic and treatment procedures. It also significantly reduces the chances of unplanned pregnancy, which accounts for the majority of pregnancies!

Let’s begin by debunking the myth that most women are fertile on day 14 of their cycle. While it is true that some women are, most are not. We must remember that we all have different cycles ranging on average from 24 to 36 days, and sometimes longer. On top of that, our cycles change over time and depending on what is happening in our lives at that moment  - travel, stress, illness and health issues, medications, sudden weight changes, and even working night shifts, etc, can all bring changes to our cycles. In fact, the same woman could be fertile on day 14 on one month and in the next month it may be day 16 or 20 for example. There is much variation in the time between last period and ovulation, but once ovulation occurs, there is a finite length of time (usually 12-16 days) before next period, unless you get pregnant. Think about fertility not as a “day” but rather of a period of time when you ovulate, and make the most cervical fluid. Cervical fluid keeps sperm alive longer and enables them to travel way up into your fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg (s); it also makes intercourse so much more enjoyable for both you and your partner. You will notice that your vagina is moist, wet, lubricated and supple; and it is no wonder that some women have higher sexual arousal around the time of ovulation – remember inherent within the incredible divine wisdom of mother nature, a healthy woman’s body is perfectly designed to make healthy babies and populate the world. Fertility awareness does require you to make observations about your body on a daily basis and record your observations on a chart or journal of some sort, but it is free, safe and effective for healthy women when used correctly, without the risks, side effects, and problems associated with other methods of birth control or fertility enhancement.


So, when are women most fertile?

As a woman, you are most fertile during your peak day of wetness. That is, the last day you produce the most cervical fluid, which usually happens the day before or day that you ovulate. You are also fertile several days before that, as soon as you start producing cervical fluid.  During this peak day you will also notice a change in your “basal body” temperature, and after ovulation, it stays elevated until your next period, or through your pregnancy. It’s not like you have a fever, but rather you’ll notice that your temperature rises slightly above your baseline. There are other signs of fertility, but knowing your dates and cervical fluid is most critical, in terms of timing when to have intercourse to get pregnant, and when to abstain from intercourse or use an additional form of contraception, like a condom or diaphragm during the 9-10 days of possible fertile days, in order to prevent pregnancy. The sperm can live up to 5 days in the cervical fluid, while the egg has a very short lifespan – at max 12- 24 hours. Therefore, it is possible to have intercourse one day, but not get pregnant until you ovulate several days later. 

To learn more about your cycles and signs of fertility, observe what your body is doing and keep track (record) of your cycles by charting them., There are many online FREE online programs for cycle charting such as
http://www.tcoyf.com/chart/ and a wonderful book on the topic, “Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health” by Toni Weschler (http://amzn.to/29v2F0P)

Whether you are looking to conceive or prevent pregnancy, getting to know your body will help empower you to take more control of your reproduction, embrace and promote your own optimal health and sexuality.

 

For pregnant mamas! ----- For more information about what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy, prepare your mindset for a deeply positive and rewarding childbirth experience , learn skills of relaxation and coping you can practice to easily tap into during labor and birth, understand about the anatomy and physiology of labor and pregnancy, and for all the inspiration you need to feel confident and empowered , take Home Sweet Homebirth's Online Comprehensive Childbirth Education Course! The course includes ten videos, ranging from optimal health in pregnancy, to coping techniques, to tips for partners, to the postpartum period, newborn care and breastfeeding! Plus, it includes many bonus materials, such as an interactive workbook, tea and herbal infusion recipes, a birth preferences checklist, birth supply lists, and more! It is everything you need to help you give birth YOUR way!  

 

Click the link below to purchase this course at an incredible value of only $79.99!
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Don’t forget to sign up for our FREE healthy living ebook at www.homesweethomebirth.com

 

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July 2016 - The Placenta

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Do you know what the placenta is? What it does? 
Listen to CNM Anne Margolis talk all about this wondrous organ! 
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@kayleeshmaylee on Instagram shared this photo of her precious baby still attached to its placenta by the umbilical cord, which was formed into the shape of a heart. 

The placenta - the wondrous organ that forms during pregnancy and nourishes baby until birth. Do you know what it is, what it looks like, and what you can do with it after the baby is born? 

 

The placenta is an amazing wondrous organ that belongs to the baby, it plays a crucial role during pregnancy by sustaining baby until birth, but is not needed by the baby postpartum. It is essentially baby's life support system. It develops in the womb throughout pregnancy and attaches to the wall of the uterus; it provides nutrients, oxygen, and antibodies to protect against infection, and removes waste and carbon dioxide. The placenta keeps baby's and mother's blood supply separate, so the mother does not create antibodies against baby and reject a foreign body with a different genetic makeup - as is the risk with organ transplants. The placenta also creates hormones needed throughout pregnancy. It attaches to the baby via the umbilical cord.

During birth 1/3 of baby's blood supply backs up into the placenta and should be allowed to return to the baby after birth for baby's optimal transition and survival to life outside the womb. This can simply be done by avoiding immediate cord clamping and ideally let the birth process without disturbance when all is going well. It is ideal to wait until the cord stops pulsing to clamp it, although many out-of-hospital midwives do not clamp the cord until the placenta is birthed. A powerful Ted Talk by renowned pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene here speaks on the risks of immediate cord clamping and the benefits of waiting at least 90 seconds to clamp it. 
Read an article about a Cochrane Review on cord clamping here. 

The baby does not need the placenta after the cord has stopped pulsing. But what should you do with it? Throw it away? Or do you want to ingest it for possible health benefits? Maybe you want to honor it in a special burial ceremony. At the very least, you should ask your care provider to show it to you and explain what you are seeing, so you can marvel at the organ that grew inside you to give your baby life!  

For more information about the anatomy and physiology of labor and pregnancy, and for all the inspiration you need to be empowered for you birth, take Home Sweet Homebirth's Online Comprehensive Childbirth Education Course! The course includes ten videos, ranging from optimal health in pregnancy, to coping techniques, to tips for partners, to the postpartum period! It includes many bonus materials, such as an interactive workbook, tea and herbal infusion recipes, a birth preferences checklist, birth supply lists, and more! It is everything you need to help you give birth YOUR way!
  

 

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"It makes sense that the placenta almost looks like a tree with many branches – a tree of life." - Ricki Lake
@new_octave shared this photo on Instagram with the caption "The Placenta Tree of Life!" with his son just minutes old and still attached to the organ that nourished him in the womb. 
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June 2016 - Precipitous Birth / "Emergency" Childbirth

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What do you need to know if your baby comes quickly?
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Emergency Childbirth
Click HERE to watch a video from Anne Margolis, CNM, about how to handle precipitous birth! Don't forget to visit our blog to read more about the topic! 
@kaile_rae on Instagram's baby came so fast the midwife couldn't get to her in time. With the midwife on the Facetime so she could guide the family, she and her husband safely delivered their baby girl.

What would you do if your baby came faster than you anticipated?

Medically, precipitous birth refers to childbirth from start of labor to birth of baby in 3 hours or less. But sometimes labor can progress quickly from early stages to pushing. It is sometimes referred to as "emergency childbirth," although birth is not an emergency — it's an emergence!

What this means practically is the labor progression jumps so fast, you may be delivering your baby before your midwife can get to you or you can get to your birth setting. It is important to know how to stay calm and what to do so baby is born safely. No need to panic — a calm, educated, empowered partner and mama, ideally with the help of a care provider on the phone, are perfectly capable of birthing the baby. 

For all the information and inspiration you need to be empowered throughout your pregnancy and beyond, take Home Sweet Homebirth's Online Comprehensive Childbirth Education Course! The course includes ten videos, ranging from optimal health in pregnancy, to coping techniques, to tips for partners, to the postpartum period! It includes many bonus materials, such as an interactive workbook, tea and herbal infusion recipes, a birth preferences checklist, birth supply lists, and more! It is everything you need to help you give birth YOUR way!
  

 

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"A healthy woman who delivers spontaneously performs a job that cannot be improved upon." - Aidan MacFarlane 
In this photo submitted by @bigapplefamily on Instagram, mama cuddles her brand new baby, who came so fast that grandma caught her in the bathroom, with phone assistance from a midwife. Baby and mom were both happy and healthy.
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May 2016 - Preparing for Childbirth in Pregnancy

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Why is it so important to prepare for birth ahead of time?
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It's almost Mother's Day!
Give yourself the gift of the best preparation possible for birth and motherhood. Or treat a friend who is about to embark on her journey through pregnancy!

 

Take advantage of our limited time offer of $20 off the full price of $79.99 for Home Sweet Homebirth's new comprehensive, holistic childbirth education course, launching on or around Mother's Day! This is the alternative course you need in order to align your mind, body and spirit to achieve optimal health in pregnancy, have a positive and empowering birth, and an easier postpartum period.

Register below and make sure to type in the promo code "mothersday" at check out!!  

 

 

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Video: Anne Margolis talks about why it is so important to prepare for childbirth during your pregnancy. You shouldn't just "wing it." Home Sweet Homebirth's course describes many techniques to practice, including mindfulness, meditation, visualization, breathwork, and more. Click the photo of Hope Mustakim (by Amber Witt Bracken Photography) or click play to watch Anne tell you more about the importance of advance preparation. 
Other techniques to practice during pregnancy, so that you can tap into them more easily during labor, include focusing on getting your body in shape to have more stamina and agility so you can easily assume a variety of upright and asymmetrical labor and birth positions. (Photo by Julia Swyers.)
Sometimes maintaining a sense of humor and a connection with your partner is one of the best ways to cope with labor! Home Sweet Homebirth's childbirth education course includes a section just for giving tips to your partner on how best to support you during birth. (Photo by Carissa Gray.)
Check out our blog to read some FAQ's about the course! 
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April 2016 - Families at Birth

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Should your family and friends attend your birth?
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Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, girlfriends...having the support of your loved ones and the wisdom of those who have gone before you into the world of childbirth can provide comfort during your labor. Fathers and grandfathers can watch in awe as their child brings forth their grandchild.  Photo on left by Julia Swyers. Photo on right by Senhoritas Fotografia. 
You asked and Anne answers! Should your family and friends attend your birth? Click play and watch! 

Ahhhhhh, spring. 
How are you spending yours?
Starting fresh with some spring cleaning?
Prepping for a spring or summer birth?


Spend some time outdoors most days, if not every day. Play, garden, walk, swim, or simply sit quietly practicing your breathing. Watch a closed flower bud blossom into a beautiful flower. That's a great visualization for labor; your tightly closed, thick, and firm cervix ripens, softens, and opens. Your vaginal and perineal muscles and pelvic bones stretch incredibly for birthing your baby. Note the process and time it takes for a planted seed to burst open and grow into a lovely plant - that's biological time, the wise, patient clock of pregnancy. 

In this issue of "Ask the Midwife", Anne talks about how to know if you want family members and friends at your birth. She addresses the difficulties in deciding, how to politely decline requests to attend, and how to prepare those you do choose to have there. 

Please visit our blog for a comprehensive list of "Dos and Don'ts" to give your chosen support team.  


If you are looking for a movie that can give those who will be in attendance a better understanding of birth, buy or rent The Business of Being Born and Orgasmic Birth. 

For a book to share with those who want to learn how they can help, check out "The Birth Partner," by Penny Simkin. 

Don't forget to make a list of ways your family and friends can help you postpartum if you decide you need them more then than at the actual birth! Include errands, cleaning, cooking, and childcare. 


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March 2016 - Kids at Birth

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Should My Other Children Be Present At My Birth?
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Anne Margolis, CNM discusses various scenarios and childbirth stories from clients in her 20 years of practice where older children have been present... and also not.  You will laugh and learn along the tale of these insightful stores.

In America, the thought of giving birth in the presence of children is still a fairly foreign concept. 
 

However, children welcoming their new siblings was the norm before childbirth moved into hospitals in the early 20th century. Now, whether a mother chooses to birth at home, in a birth center, or hospital, she can also decide whether or not she wants to have her other children in attendance during labor and birth.

Do you know where you want your kids to be when their new little sister or brother is born? Watch Anne's
video to learn about the pros and cons of kids witnessing childbirth, and some pretty delicious stories. 

"At one birth the father was not able to be present as he was working in another state. The first child was a little boy around 2 1/2 years. During the birth he was behind me at the end of the bed with his head on his hands watching in fascination. As soon as the baby came out he ran around and climbed up next to his mother, kissing the baby and saying, “My baby, my baby” over and over. Being involved in the process of birth seems to greatly reduce sibling rivalry as the children do see its as their baby too and go into nurturing mode". (inspiringbirthstories.com)
Do you have children who don't yet understand the concept of a baby taking up space in your belly? What do they think is in there, anyway? Please share their answers with us by replying to this email directly - we bet there are some imaginative cutie pies out there!!
Do you know where you want your kids to be when you go into labor? We explore this intensely personal decision in our blog.
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February 2016 - Breastfeeding 101

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How to Prepare for Successful Breastfeeding?
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This Month: A Breastfeeding Primer
What Can Women Do To Prepare For Successful Breastfeeding?
Anne breaks down this ancient artform and how to prepare yourself in the modern world in this month's video