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This is #birth! When I was a hospital OB nurse, I never knew birth could look like this. I never witnessed anything like it. As a midwife, this is the norm, the post birth reactions I see most frequently. Why? I could talk about this for hours.
#NaturalBirth #Oxytocin #EmpoweredBirth #IDidIt
#Midwifery care rocks. Let me help you have this experience! Find out more at http://homesweethomebirth.com/love-your-birth-online-birthing-classes
Lovely #birthphoto of @ranarankinphotography by
breathebirthphotography! #BirthPhotography #Waterbirth #HappyMama
Mamas in #labour naturally tend to assume positions that are more comfortable and help labor progress. Most like to be upright and lean forward - whether standing, kneeling, on hands and knees or sitting. When encouraged to be attuned to and listen to their bodies during #childbirth, they usually find a position that is best for them. Unless resting, that is rarely laying down flat on their back - a position that is easier for the provider to manage. But when all is well, healthy #birthing women don't need to be managed. They need to be supported in letting their own selves and bodies work as they know best how to do. Just like breathing. #DoNotDisturb #ActiveBirth #FollowYourInstincts #TrustTheProcess #FirstDoNoHarm is part of the #HippocraticOath physicians take upon graduation from most medical schools. 📷: @birthphotographer
What positions did you prefer to be in during your labor and birth?
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@natthenaturalmom shares: "Can you remember a moment in your mothering journey when you felt so incredibly proud of yourself? For me it was this moment.
I latched her on properly for the first time without a nipple shield and without any intervention or help. I brought her up to my breast, took a deep breathe and trusted her as she latched on.
It was the first time I thought “wow, I can totally do this, we’ve got this!”
I will always cherish this photo, this moment and that latch; it’s what set the next year into motion 💜" #NormalizeBreastfeeding #BreastfeedWithoutFear #BreastfeedingIsBeautiful
So please do share - what are you most proud of in your journey from pregnancy to birth and mothering?
Do you have a personal health care question for a holistic midwife ? Are you someone who would like to have a personal consult on specific health-related issues and get your questions answered? Or are you a birth professional with questions about your own health, your practice or business? Regardless, I'm here to help! Go to homesweethomebirth.com/chat-with-anne and receive consultations tailored to your unique individual needs! Beautiful photo taken by @senhoritasfotografia
@alexandriaross shares: "✨PLACENTA✨
Your baby's home in the womb 💕
Call me crazy but I LOVE checking out placentas. They're all unique in their own way and can tell us so much about how the baby was doing while in utero.
The membranous part is the amniotic sac that breaks when you're water breaks.
The shiny part you see with the umbilical cord faces the baby and connects to his/her belly button through via the umbilical cord.
The part you don't see is a meatier (not as pretty) side that connects to the mother. 💕Beautiful💕 -photo credit @solandrootsdoula ..." ... The placenta plays a crucial role during pregnancy. It is a fetal organ that develops in your uterus along with baby. It produces essential hormones, keeps baby's circulation separate from mom's circulation, and provides oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby and removes waste products from your baby's blood. After placenta is birthed, it can be used to make a #PlacentaPrint for a keepsake and many kids love to help make that. It can be ingested for its alleged benefits, it can be buried in ceremony to honor its sacred value. It can also be thrown away, if these placenta activities do not appeal to you. Just know you have these options wherever you birth. All you need to do is speak up. What did you do with your placenta? #TreeOfLife #PlacentaLove
Smiling and #crowning! Image from @ma.medicina ❤️. Photo capture by @elisfreitasfotografia! Learn how to LOVE your birth however it unfolds, with my online course at homesweethomebirth.com/love-your-birth-online-birthing-classes
Look at that #BabyHand !
@mumsgrapevine posts: "Hello world!
Births, like babies, are individual. You might have expectations and preferences about how you would like things to go when giving birth but if you're aware that things don't always go to plan - and the midwives or medical team have you and your baby's safety at heart - then your baby's birth day will be a memorable one for all the right reasons.
Mum's Grapevine: Love parenting.
www.mumsgrapevine.com.au 📷 @birthcenterofnwa" ... Surrendering, riding the waves in the birth tub, and a calming ambiance she created are what helped her. Mamas find their power and work real hard in #labor but #DontForgetDads and the support team! #BabyHands What do you remember about your baby's hands the first time you saw them?
Millions of moms and babies are silently suffering in a culture that often fails to recognize the psychological impact of birth and most routine modern day maternity care on babies and birthing mothers. Come join my FREE #Webinar - online masterclass and learn all about #BirthTrauma for moms AND for babies, so prevalent in our country and parts of the modern world. Discover 5 simple but crucial things you can do right now to drastically reduce your risk! Sign up by visiting bit.ly/preventbirthtrauma #BirthMatters #NewBabyBorn
@bri.johnson1 shares: "♪♫ these are a few of my fa-vor-ite things . ˃ Bent legs in handstands used as counterweight for that belly ˃ Dumbbell snatches taken from an elevated surface instead of the ground now (belly accommodations) ˃ Just over here trying to get creative with moves to do in place of workouts calling for dubs(aka jumping rope) (last move: hammy/glute work)" #PregnantAndBeautiful #PregnantNotPowerless
What are a few of your favorite things?
#Birth is an emergence. It is not an emergency...until proven otherwise. When all is well, spend as much time like this after birth and savor every moment. This is best place for you and your baby. There is nothing else to be done, no other place you or baby need to be. Each month, I discuss a common question I have received in my 22+ years of being a #midwife through my FREE newsletter. Sign up at homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife 📷: @monetnicolebirths
Words and photo by @lindseymeehleis: "Between worlds in a brief moment of pause. Where there is instant relief from just birthing the head and a building surge for new life to fully emerge." I cannot recommend enough, having someone capture your birth on camera- not only for amazing moments like this... Having photos and short videos of your labor can be so incredible - you begin to SEE the work you did from the outside and your memories begin to take shape around not only what you experienced, but also around what others witnessed in you. You can appoint a support person on your team to do it or hire a professional #BirthPhotographer.
... Feel free to share what it was like for you to have pictures taken during your labor and birth or how you feel about not having done it.
I felt skilled as a midwife, but had no training 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. 📷: @cradledcraetions
The lofty task of raising healthy, happy, well adjusted, conscious and loving human beings who feel awesome about themselves, are so full that they can serve and make this world a better place, starts the moment you become a parent. The yummy feels after giving birth can be so deep and profound. I have been honored to witness it often. Know it's so very possible. 📷: @linefotografa. What three words describe how you felt after your birth and your baby was in your arms for the first time?
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I love those lips - the harmless lip blisters that occur from vigorous sucking of breast, and sometimes even bottle nipples. They do not appear to hurt baby. This baby is just too precious...but aren't they all?? What a #LittleAngel! 📷: @kids_slay. Tell us about your baby's lip blisters....
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"NIPPLE STIMULATION // So many babies stimulate the nipple they're not breastfeeding on.
Nipple stimulation increases milk production. Babies are so clever! And this beautiful goddess feeding her baby in a stream 😍 PC @elisfreitasfotografia @mamagaiaviva" -Words by @bumpbirthandbeyond
Where was the most beautiful place you breastfed?
#NormalizeBreastfeeding #BreastfeedingMama #BreastfedBaby
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 📷: @senhoritasfotografia
#BirthWithoutFear #PregnancyAnnouncement #NormalizeBirth #StrenghtOfAWoman #FemininePower
Our bodies know how to birth like our bodies know how to breathe - naturally and without disturbance. Humans, like other mammals, have been growing, birthing, breastfeeding and mothering their babies since the beginning of time, or we would not have survived as a species. Our bodies have not changed in thousands of years. The main problem in today's modern world is that the mind has changed, and the management of childbearing women and their babies have changed - and this has caused such tremendous damage. I dream to do what I can to help repair it. Most often babies come out themselves and we just need to catch. Some need gentle guidance. Majestic picture @kuyabunsophotography @sandsmama !