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"This image. The one that takes my breath away every time I see it... not because of any conceived notion about what it says about me as a photographer... but because of the utter strength and surrender it represents. And because of the joy and happy tears that I know this mama experienced in the moments that followed as she realized she was holding the evidence of the #VBAC she was told could never happen." Beautiful words and pic from @brittfishstories
Learn how you can have the most exquisite birth experience of your life...or take the women you serve as a #doula or #midwife higher regardless if you are intending to birth at home, a hospital, a birth center or need a cesarean section, or if you are taking another childbirth education class, I can guide you to create the happiest healthiest birth experience of your life whether you're a first time or experienced momma, or a birth professional guiding mommas by going to homesweethomebirth.com/love-your-birth-online-birthing-classes
posts: "Life-force. This is an image from my second birth. As soon as I had given birth to my placenta, I reached down and put it up against my now empty belly. It was incredible to hold both my new baby...and the organ that sustained her...in my arms. @jennifermasonphotography shared the entire collection of my 2nd birth this week, and I have LOVED reminiscing about that crazy, beautiful, hard, and life-changing day. And yeah: our bodies are pretty incredible, aren’t they?" Want to be the very first to see what's new, get promos and tips I don't share anywhere else? Get my FREE monthly #newsletter at http://homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife ... Each month, I discuss a common question I have received in my 23+ years of being a #midwife and I love helping all the new mommies and families, and the professionals who serve them.
Hey mamas! Turn on some music, and take a #BabyBelly dance break. You can do it. Tune into your #SacredFeminine being - bask in your beautiful and your sensual, get more into your body and allow yourself to move freely. Smiling and laughing are the main side effects. And if you are pregnant, moving your hips like this is great for labor, as is having fun. It allows for creative and emotional expression, is a short cut to joy, and in labor helps ease the baby down and out. I have assisted many birthing mamas to dance their baby out.
What activity inspires and uplifts you that you can do regularly? 📹: @tesoromaspreciado #CreateYourHappy #PregnantAndBeautiful #PregnantNotPowerless
If baby is #breech or transverse, find out what to do in tomorrow's Ask The Midwife newsletter; golden nuggets are emailed for free to all subscribers tomorrow! Sign up now to get yours. Go to the link in my profile -> https://homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife/
Stunning art as always by Catie Atkinson @spiritysol.
"“There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we” Ina May Gaskin
: "UTERUS // Education is incredible. Visuals are POWERFUL! They truly give you a better grasp on a concept. This is an adult #uterus (postmenopausal). It grows up to 3x its original size during menstruation. “When your baby reaches full term, your uterus will be bigger than five times its original size with a capacity of 500 times more than before you conceived. It'll be 15 times heavier on its own without the baby and the placenta. After you give birth, the uterus immediately starts contracting to shrink itself. One week after delivery it'll weigh about 1.5 pounds (680g) but two weeks after birth it'll be down to 11 ounces (312g). By six weeks after pregnancy it'll be back to its pre-pregnancy weight of 2.5 ounces (71g).” Source: Pregnancy-Info.net
Isn’t that incredible! 😲 Such a small organ that literally populates the world.
And look at those #ovaries !! Repost @vbmaternitywellnessllc
Whether you have a baby or not, what about your uniquely feminine being are you most proud of? Brag about here all you want!!
Is your baby lying in the #breech or transverse position? Find out what you can do in the next Ask The Midwife newsletter, emailed free to subscribers this Tuesday. To subscribe, go to link in profile https://homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife/
Beautiful art by Catie Atkinson @spiritysol.
"Breastfeeding is an instinctual and natural act, but it is also an art that is learned day by day. The reality is that almost all women can breastfeed, have enough milk for their babies and learn how to overcome problems both large and small. It is almost always simply a matter of practical knowledge and not a question of good luck." -La Leche League ... What helped you and your baby get the breastfeeding going well? 📷: @mamanicoledavis #MommyAndMeYoga #YogaForTwo #NormalizeBreastfeeding #BreastfeedWithoutFear #BreastfeedingIsBeautiful
Such beautiful miraculous stretching of #crowning & moulding that enables little humans to emerge from our bodies!
: "✨ BIRTH STARTS IN THE MIND ✨
The benefits of meditation are long-established. Meditation creates a deep level of mental rest that is very soothing for both the mother & baby during pregnancy & birth. When implemented daily, an inner silence & space for confidence is created, which teaches you & your baby to avoid reacting negatively to stressful situations. Meditation is the safest & most effective way to non-pharmacologically reduce anxiety & stress, thereby restoring & promoting the immune system of both the mother & her baby.
The placenta transports hormones from the mother’s blood into the fetal environment. The fetus relies on the mother for reassurance about the safety of this environment through the hormonal bath. Meditation decreases the production of the stress hormones cortisol & adrenaline & gives the fetus a signal that it is safe & protected. This is essential as it sets the temperament of calm or anxiety in the baby. Meditation also produces endorphins, our pleasure hormone, which assists with preparation of childbirth due to its pain relieving effect. The effect actually improves with time, so the earlier you start practicing meditation during pregnancy, the greater your endorphin levels will be when it comes time to give birth.
Meditation lowers blood pressure & heart rate, which reduces the risk of preeclampsia, placental abruption, miscarriage, preterm labor, & improves relationships with your loved ones. Meditation also increases breast milk production which is key to a child’s early development, helping your baby sleep well, be less colicky and irritable, have fewer allergies & infections, have a higher tolerance for discomfort & develop skills for self-soothing.
Source: Dr @shamsahamersi"
Describe your sensations just as baby's head was birthing, & what helped the most.
A mama will remember her labor and birth experience forever. My dream is to improve maternity and newborn care, and to help expecting families have a homebirth like experience in ALL settings. 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. I recommend checking out my international best selling books at homesweethomebirth.com/mynewbooks 📹: @tesoromaspreciado #ThisIsBirth #BirthMatters #BirthWithoutFear #ActiveBirth #EmpoweredBirth
Words and pic by @monetnicolebirths: "It doesn't matter if it's your first baby or your fourth (like this mama here)...giving birth is an intense, life-changing experience. This mama's water broke early in the morning and contractions started soon after. When I arrived at this homebirth, I knew baby was coming quickly...and sure enough he did! LOVE seeing this strong mama roar her baby out." 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
Yes...they can leak and squirt like a hose! Truth be told...have you ever wanted to do this? Or did you ever do this? Tell us!! ;0) 📷: @sacredbirthdoula #NormalizeBreastfeeding #BreastfeedWithoutFear #BreastfeedingIsBeautiful
What to do if your baby is #breech or transverse? This is the topic of next free newsletter, emailed to subscribers Tuesday. To sign up, go to link in profile https://homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife/
Sweet art by Catie Atkinson @spiritysol.
"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -George Herbert ... Thank you to all the incredible dads out there! Sometimes you do not get the acknowledgement and gratitude you deserve, but know you are beyond loved and important 💛 There is nothing more heart-squeezing than a man loving on his #TwinBabies ... 📷: @almosttripletsnyc
What was your most awesome daddy moments? Please do share below!
#Twinnies #TwinLife #DontForgetDads #DaddyLove #DadsMatter #DaddysBaby #KeepThemClose
The life changing journey of pregnancy. Own your unique, glowing beauty pregnant mamas, all mamas. It's an inside job of loving, approving, accepting, and saying yes to yourself - all of yourself, all of your features and qualities, your feelings, your personality, your spirit, your strengths and limitations, your perfectly imperfect self. When you live from that perspective and mindset, when you exude that energy, other people's opinions don't matter one bit. If you have to plan for it is in your pregnancy no matter where you live, where and how you plan to birth, I can help you. Learn more at find out more at homesweethomebirth.com/love-your-birth-online-birthing-classes 📷: @hadasimages #BirthIsBeautiful #BirthWithoutFear
Women reach out to me because they want the birth of their dreams. Some come to me with a lot of fear, they don’t trust their bodies, they are afraid. Others want a much better birth experience than they had previously. With an average of four babies being born every second around the world, way too many women experience birth as nothing more than a routine, painful, or even traumatic event. 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. Learn more at https://homesweethomebirth.com/love-your-birth-online-birthing-course 📷: @meganhancockphotography
"A mother is not defined by the number of children you can see, but the love she holds in her heart." -Franchesca Cox ... 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 📷: @elliana_allon #BirthIsBeautiful #BirthWithoutFear
Our babies are tiny human beings with such big hearts, love of play and laughter. They really are among our greatest of teachers. 📹: @minik_mucizemle
What made your baby laugh the most?
What did you learn from your baby?
A mama will remember her labor and birth experience forever. I dream that as many moms as possible (babies and dads too!) could feel deeply positive about their childbirth experience, and to help families do what they can to have this for themselves. As I said before, I dream big. Today, it takes much more preparation in pregnancy, but know it is so DOABLE! 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 📷: @cinthiapomaski_doula
"❈ Imagine how different we would feel about birth if every birthing person was treated with fairness and respect. ❈
Imagine how much of an impact we can have on the health of birthing people and babies if we received care and support without “rules” and “policies” and “protocols” that do not serve us positively but create poor outcomes in most cases. ❈
Supported through a vaginal twin birth, baby A was born head down. Twin B turned into a surprise breech baby. ❈
And instead of chaos ensuing, Twin B was supported in his own journey to be born en-caul and breech. ❈
Imagine if we all had this kind of support...... ❈
VideoCred: @draangelaandrade" Words from @badassmotherbirther ... Let's hear some inspirational twin birth stories....please share how you birthed your twins, if your provider was supportive of your choices, and location so others can benefit.
You can't help but love a mom who is finding strength she did not know she had, working so hard to give birth to her baby, as well as a sister who is also finding her courage, rising to the occasion and supporting her. My No. 1 International Bestselling books are available at homesweethomebirth.com/mynewbooks where you can 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. And I love helping people heal their wounds and suffering, and reclaim their joy - rebirth themselves...as I once did. 📷: @senhoritasfotografia