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"It does a man good to see his lady being brave while she has their baby - it inspires him." -Ina May Gaskin ... This is perfection at its finest, during the undisturbed magical moments after baby is born. This beautiful #BirthArt by @amandagreavette holds so many wonderful, sweet and beautiful emotions, but there is something about their expressions here, that has my heart. 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 at http://homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife
The third phase of the first stage of labor is called transition. This is the shortest, yet most intense phase of labor. On average, transition lasts less than one hour, but as with all things in birth, there are many variations of normal. A longer transition phase isn't cause for concern in the absence of fetal distress or complications with the mother.⠀
WHAT TO EXPECT⠀
The cervix will dilate from 7cm to 10cm with long, strong contractions lasting approximately 60-90 seconds, and very close together in frequency. It is not uncommon for contractions to occur back to back, with little or no break in between, or even overlapping one another. Hot flashes, chills, nausea, and vomiting are all normal during this phase of labor.⠀
WHAT YOU CAN DO⠀
If you have one, (your #midwife! and) a doula can be instrumental in helping you stay grounded during transition. She will encourage you to breath through contractions, relax your tensing muscles, and remind you that your baby is close and to manage just one contraction at a time. Hip counter pressure, positional changes, and hydrotherapy can all be effective methods of managing the intensity of transition. If there is a break between contractions, use that space to rest, re-center, and hydrate. Vocalization and deep breathing will help keep your jaw relaxed and allow your cervix to open. Visualizing your body opening up and your baby coming down can be a powerful and effective exercise as well.⠀
This moment was captured precisely 10 minutes before her surprise baby girl was in her arms, ending what she called a "1 million year" long pregnancy. 😂😉 (41 weeks, 2 days)" Words and pic by @austinbirthphotos
What helped you most during transition?
Nothing like daddy love! Conscious, peaceful parenting begins with conscious, peaceful living, pregnancy and birthing. Have lifetime access to my online holistic childbirth course and get help starting, managing, growing your midwifery or doula practice - the business stuff they don't teach you in school. Learn more by visit homesweethomebirth.com/for-birth-professionals 📷: @cradledcreations #KeepThemClose
"Treat the newborn as if it is aware of everything going on around it and being done to it. Because it is." -Dr. Frederick LeBoyer
Great catch @equipebomparto!
Sometimes babies are born on holidays. I would love to know if your baby was, and on which holiday? A double celebration that certainly adds extra flavor to your birth story! Tell us about your experience!
“I think one of the best things we could do would be to help women/parents/families discover their own birth power, from within themselves. And to let them know it’s always been there, they just needed to tap into it.” -John H. Kennell, MD ... This is the feeling I want to help mamas have after giving birth. It is so possible. Learning techniques to relax yourself, focus, feel grounded, balanced, strong, and how to release and surrender will empower you to have a much easier pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and life as mother. You can start your journey by reading my with my bestselling books which you can find at homesweethomebirth.com/mynewbooks 📷: @cradledcreations
Did your birth go as planned? What was your unexpected? How did you cope and inspire yourself to deal best with it?
"The Post Partum Nobody Told Me~ @betterpostpartum I was living in Barcelona when I became pregnant and excited to finally be welcoming my baby ....feeling confident that the transition to motherhood would be relatively seamless. I felt super healthy throughout my pregnancy and was doing sports until the very end of my pregnancy .....I remember looking at doctors and locals with amusement when they told me repeatedly that I was of “advanced maternal age”. I had been planning my birth for months and I knew my body was strong and I was certain that I could handle whatever came my way. So when I arrived at the hospital for a routine check-up on my 35th birthday, exactly two weeks before my due date, there was no reason to expect anything other than a quick visit. Continued on 1st comment:
Look at that tight cord around baby! Most often there is no problem, and attendant just needs to unravel it after birth.
A mama will remember her labor and birth experience forever. This should not be taken lightly. Planning the best pregnancy, birth and mama-hood experience, or how to become a #midwife or rock your #doula business and help your clients have this experience? I love connecting and guiding women now around the world. I'm here to help you out at homesweethomebirth.com/chat-with-anne 📷: @monetnicolebirths
@euamamentogemeos looks for and sees the beauty in life as a mother, even in things that might seem routine or hard. Maybe you can too. See the extraordinary in the ordinary, the light through the clouds. It helps so much.
On this page.....Feel free to share what you are grateful for and what you are proud of yourself for - go ahead and brag your blessings and accomplishments! You are well supported and encouraged here...What's your super woman power?
#NormalizeBreastfeeding #BreastfeedWithoutFear #BreastfeedingIsBeautiful #SuperMommy
Have you tried breathwork? "During my experience I came away with a clear thought that I needed this as a personal practice and need to offer it.” -Bernadette Pleasant ... In dealing with my own personal experiences of childhood and teenage abuse, severe stress, emotional pain, physical pain, tragedy, and birth trauma, unconsciously over the years it became habitual to repress and bury my experiences and feelings. It finally started to catch up with me. I felt something was very wrong. I tried various types of therapy and so many different holistic modalities to heal like herbs, supplements, osteopathy, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, reiki, and more. Although these things were helpful, none worked permanently or completely, like Clarity Breathwork. Clarity Breathwork is the most empowering, transformative experience I’ve ever been through in my entire life. I found gold and became a practitioner to share it with others, as many share with me their intimate pains and sufferings. Go to homesweethomebirth.com/clarity-breathwork-new-york ... #PersonalGrowth #SelfGrowth #SelfHealing #EmotionalHealing #EmotionalHealth #HealYourLife #Breathwork
@elliana_allon profoundly posts: "Those people out there who turn their eyes away scoffing that birth is gross or dirty or messy.... those people, I say to them:
Birth is the cleanest, simplest, purest moment in life. Everything that comes after is what's messy and complicated. As we age, we are exposed to all sorts of awfulness. Pain. Wrongdoing. The mistakes of those before us, of those responsible for us. We often pay for those mistakes for years to come. Parents aren't perfect and we all are just figuring things out having human experiences. But when we're born.... the slate is clear. The trajectory is wide open. The world is before us. Birth is life itself. If you look down upon birth, you're denying a whole lot of everything else and it says more about you than anything else.
Birth is everything." What else connects you to the simple, the pure moments of life?
CNN contributor, TV host and podcaster Deborah Kobylt @deborahkobyltlive invited me on her show to talk about everything birth and beyond. She says she found me here on Instagram and is enamored. Enjoy! http://deborahkobylt.com/deborah-kobylt-live-anne-margolis/
"The best and most beautiful things in the world can not be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller ... Most often babies come out themselves and we just need to get out of our mind's way, and catch. Some need gentle guidance. And yes, sometimes there are serious problems and emergencies - that is why there are midwives, obstetricians and modern medical care to be grateful for...but the best intervention when all is well is no intervention.
Giving birth lying down flat is not the ideal position for birth when all else is otherwise well, as it is often more uncomfortable and not using the benefits of gravity and larger pelvic diameter in upright or side lying positions...but sometimes mom is tired and prefers it, or it is what works for her and her baby.
What position worked best for you and your baby to give birth?
#VaginalBirth #BirthIsBeautiful #ThisIsBirth #Crowning
shares: "Have you heard of the Sphincter Law? Ina May explains, "The state of relaxation of the mouth and jaw is directly correlated to the ability of the cervix (and the vagina) to open to full capacity." It's hard to tell a labouring women to "relax" but it's much easier for her to focus on just relaxing her mouth." Each month, I discuss a common question I have received in my 23+ years of being a midwife through my FREE newsletter. Sign up at homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife #BirthIsBeautiful #BirthWithoutFear
Buds for life! 📹: @glammom.se - Whoever knows or owns this vid, please comment below for proper credit. #Twinnies #TwinLife #TwinBabies
Words and pic from @vanessamendezphotography: "She was at peace knowing that she was capable of bringing her daughter into this world on her own terms. Read some words from mamas perspective and swipe to see the moments before her sweet relief! (Peek the small details - cesarean scar, dad holding her up, relaxed muscles, she let her body completely take over from here) “The next contraction I beared down and pushed as hard as I could, and immediately felt her head coming through! Woohoo, I was actually doing this! One more push and her head was completely out and I have never felt such sweet relief in my entire life. My photographer even snapped a picture of me smiling after this point. I let my body take over and work her out all on it’s own. Fetal Ejection Reflex is one of the coolest things to experience, your body literally pushes your baby without you doing anything at all, it is amazing. Her shoulders and chest were through, and with a little help from me, I felt the rest of her make it’s way out." Get my FREE #BirthPlan which contains the template and suggestions I use personally and professionally with my clients, family & friends to create the birth you deeply desire by going to homesweethomebirth.com/gift ... Even diving into a fraction of this list will have you feeling empowered and prepared for your childbirth experience and all the possible issues and interventions you need to make decisions about! I've also included some great recommendations for helping you design the birth of your dreams.
Words and vid from @barefootmidwife: "Rebecca and Chad’s joy as they welcome their first homebirthed baby to their brood resonates a deep longing in all of us to be welcomed this way. Imagine it. This was four years ago and it feels like yesterday." I dream that as many moms as possible (and dads too!) could feel this way about their childbirth experience, and to help mamas do what they can to have this for themselves.
What did you say right after giving birth, and when you saw your baby for the first time?
Women reach out to me because they want the birth of their dreams. It is totally possible to experience your labor and birth as a peak life experience that is safe, joyful, and an empowering memory to cherish and source courage from for life. No matter where you live, where and how you plan to birth, I can help you. Go to homesweethomebirth.com/for-pregnant-mommas for more info. 📷: @vanessamendezphotography
"Pregnancy is a process that invites you to surrender to the unseen force behind all life." -Judy Ford ... Bask in the beauty you are standing in as a magnificent human being blessed with creating another human being within, soon to be your baby. Beauty feeds the soul. Seek out the beautiful, immerse in it, bathe in it, feast upon it. Look for the beauty in each person, in all things and everything around you #PregnancyIsBeautiful - both inside and out. 📷: Especially during this busy time, mamas, take special care of yourself. Let go of what is not necessary on those overloaded to do-lists, and prioritize what really matters.
What do you do to feed your soul?
@alloriawinterphotography #SacredFeminine #MotherhoodRising #PregnancyBelly
"When you’re pregnant, you can think of nothing but having your own body to yourself again, yet after having given birth you realize that the biggest part of you is now somehow external, subject to all sorts of dangers and disappearance, so you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out how to keep it close enough for comfort. That’s the strange thing about being a mother: until you have a baby, you don’t even realize how much you were missing one." -Jodi Picoult ... Learn a unique approach on how to have a deeply positive, empowered, and joyful journey through pregnancy, birth, and becoming a mom. I love helping mamas have the best journey to birth and new mama-hood possible by checking out my No. 1 International Bestselling books at homesweethomebirth.com/mynewbooks 📷: @meganhancockphotography
Model: Courtneigh Sinead @courtneigh_sinead
Dress: Silver Swallow Design @silverswallowdesign
Make up: Anna Pepper, The Refinery Hair and Make Up @refinerythe
This picture holds so many wonderful, sweet and beautiful emotions that has my heart. Childbirth is the not just the birth of the baby, but is also the birth of both parents. And when dads are included and involved as they want to be in the pregnancy and birthing process, their hearts open and beautiful emotions flow - the results I have witnessed over all the years of practice never cease to touch me deeply. 📸: @thaisedemari
How was your partner included and involved in your pregnancy, birth and postpartum? Details please!