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To birth, a mama needs to dive right in and breathe into the feelings of resistance and intense sensations; then there is a release, a letting go, a surrender, a sweet relief and ultimately comes baby. 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. 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 homesweethomebirth.com/for-pregnant-mommas ... or take my online course https://homesweethomebirth.com/love-your-birth-online-birthing-course/
"Birth is about making mothers... strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength." -Barbara Katz Rothman ... This is a common scene from a #waterbirth. No need for bright lights and extraneous noise, commotion, going online and sensory overload. Birthing moms and babies like it quiet and dim...candles, a small lamp and/or a flash light are sufficient to be able to see; silence encourages the laboring mama to go within, tap into her instinctive ability to give birth - free to make the primal birthing noises she needs. After the rush of emotional release, pausing, and maintaining relative quiet after birth enables you to really listen to and feel the magnificence of it all. And it creates a gentle, emotionally safe space to adjust to the huge transformation that occurred.
Pop Quiz for the non birth professionals...what presentation and position is this baby birthing in relation to mom? What positions were your babies in at term, and then at birth? It is so cool how they position themselves and change positions - but then again, I am a birth junkie. 📷: @jennifermasonphotography
Mom and dad can both receive their birthing baby in their loving hands...if that is what they want to do.
I love helping new parents have the best journey to birth possible. And I love helping people heal their wounds and suffering, and reclaim their joy - rebirth themselves...as I once did. Check out my No. 1 International Bestselling books at homesweethomebirth.com/mynewbooks - they have been released on kindle and in print! 📷: @cinthapomaski_doula
posts: "🙏🏻✨ b i r t h ✨🙏🏻 .. It's just such a beautiful beautiful mess ❤️.. So powerful .. ❤️ A woman giving birth is simultaneously an expression of her most powerful and most vulnerable self. Just like 'The Great Mother of all creation' herself, with her endless endurance and perseverance and at the same time displaying her softness, gentleness and her endless capacity to love." Look at that birthday frosting...a fun term for what is medically referred to as #Vernix ! It is that creamy white substance you sometimes see in fresh newborns who have not yet been bathed - like on this baby's head and face. Vernix keeps baby's skin hydrated and soft, protects it from pruning up during the many months of pregnancy swimming in amniotic fluid, boosts their immune system and has anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Leave it on, or rub it in; but don't wipe it off.
Where did your baby have vernix? Did you notice it in the amniotic fluid or birth tub water? Did your doula or midwife rub a little on their skin too? Tell us your vernix stories. ;0)
Extra credit for the non birth professionals....what does lots of vernix signify about baby's gestational age? Around when in pregnancy does vernix lessen and why do you think that is?
#JustBorn #ThisIsBirth #NormalizeBirth
“Imagine what might happen if women emerged from their labor beds with a renewed sense of strength and power in their bodies, and of their capacity for ecstasy through giving birth." - This was said by one of my favorite OB/GYNs Dr. Christiane Northrop. I don't need to imagine it as I have attended to and heard from countless mamas who had that experience. And women did not birth lying down in bed unless they wanted to be there. But many mamas do not know or have access to care that enables them to have this experience
The bliss and euphoria, awe, and empowerment after giving birth can be this electrifying. I have been honored to witness it often. Know it's so very possible. 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 📹: @doulaamber
@carriagehousebirth shares: "@bridgeteisenhut “I lost support for my home birth because my baby was ‘looking too big’ - my private midwife accompanied me to the hospital and ensured that my room was a private ‘home away from home’ - having that level of support was beyond amazing. My son was born 18 minutes after we arrived at the hospital. He was 9pound 8 and swam straight up between his dad and I. I had a slight graze, Birth is amazing” 😍 " This is what delayed or optimal cord clamping can look like - not cutting the umbilical cord from the placenta at all...at least until the picture. They are naturally attached for many reasons essential for the short and long term health of babies; it behooves each maternity care provider and each expectant family to research and not intervene in the normal process of childbirth, which is far more intelligent than any of us humans and has worked since the beginning of time before we relatively recently started meddling in it. When all is well, please do not disturb.
Immediate cutting baby's umbilical cord - severing baby's cord blood supply became routine in modern obstetrics, but this practice has been shown to be quite harmful. 1/3 of baby's blood backs up into the placenta during pushing needs to return to baby after birth. If it does not, baby risks serious consequences of what is equivalent to a hemorrhage no-one sees, such as loosing essential nutrients, blood volume & oxygen for transition from fetal to independent circulation & breathing with lungs, loosing stem cells & antibodies crucial for baby's immunity, & experiencing real trauma of suffocation - the greatest mammalian terror of being cut off from "breath", its life force. The traumatic impact to baby from this dangerous practice has been well documented in the literature as more and more research comes out - in the field of obstetrics, neonatal and pediatric medicine, psychology, embryology and neurology.
How did or can you create positive change?
We are finishing the Femme! #DrumCircle in a ceremony to thank our amazing drummer. We used the props to move and release emotions in our sacred container, where all emotions are embraced and expressed, rather than denied, numbed and suppressed. Moving freely to the live drumming helps us get more into our bodies, our truth, our raw and real...and primes us for the breathwork.
Learn more at homesweethomebirth.com/clarity-breathwork-new-york for private or group sessions.
#PersonalGrowth #SelfGrowth #SelfHealing #EmotionalHealing #EmotionalHealth #HealYourLife #Breathwork
"Pregnancy is a process that invites you to surrender to the unseen force behind all life." -Judy Ford ... Adjusting heart to heart , skin to skin and breastfeeding after birth ... Can there be a better place for the first meeting? 📷: @jennifermasonphotography
It helps to allow baby to find his or her own way to the breast, crawl up and latch within that first hour after birth, when baby is most alert. If you need help, make sure it is available and that you ask.
How soon after birth did you and your baby breastfeed? If there were issues, what helped the most?
Sometimes baby's head after birth has moulding, superficial bruising, and swelling between the skull bones and skin...This can certainly happen in normal birth, but tends to be worse with forceps and vacuum deliveries. While this appears more pronounced than is common, rest assured it resolved in a few days and baby is doing great according to rockstar mama @allisonmuenkel, whose epic extensive and prolonged pushing efforts naturally birthed her baby in the persistent posterior position. If your baby has this, excellent osteopathic or chiropractic cranial sacral adjustment can assist baby to heal.
Reposted from @bumpbirthandbeyond : "PERFECT FIT //
Did you know your unborn babe has 6 different bones that make up their skull? These are called cranial bones! They have the frontal bone, occipital bone, two parietal bones, and two temporal bones.
Just like our little ones are designed for the birthing process, we are too! Your pelvis is made of three bones; the ischium, the ilium, and the pubis. These bones and their ligaments move and stretch as the baby travels into the vagina!
Your pelvis and your baby’s skull will work together when labor comes to ease the birthing process!! How cool is that?! Repost @wfmother 📷: @elliana_allon"
Did your baby have any of this? Tell us about your experience and how long it took to resolve. #VaginalBirth #BirthIsBeautiful #ThisIsBirth
People ask me why I post on hospital birth, given my practice name is Home Sweet Homebirth. I do not convince anyone where to give birth. And sometimes mamas want or need to birth in the hospital for a variety of reasons. My dream is to improve maternity and newborn care, and to help expecting families have a homebirth like experience in ALL settings. Learn how to have the most holistically healthy journey and LOVE your birth however and wherever it unfolds, with my online course at homesweethomebirth.com/love-your-birth-online-birthing-course. 📷: @cradledcreations #BirthWithoutFear #BirthSupport
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 Link in profile at http://homesweethomebirth.com/askthemidwife 📷@monetnicolebirths #BirthWithoutFear #PregnancyAnnouncement #NormalizeBirth #BirthSupport #BirthPrep
Expecting parents do love dancing to this song! Dancing is an awesome way to workout and get out the stress! It is such fun, it does not feel like exercise. And it helps you have an amazing birth too! I have assisted many mamas as they dance their babies down and out. If you are healthy, why not keep dancing when you are pregnant or a new mama?
What's your favorite song to dance to? 📹: @jay_brigade #PregnancyIsBeautiful #CreateYourHappy #LiveALifeYouLove #PregnantAndBeautiful #PregnantNotPowerless
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and get my FREE birth preferences guide which contains the template and suggestions I use personally and professionally with my clients, family & friends to create the birth you deeply desire. 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! Why not do what is in your power to design the birth of your dreams, then surrender in labor to all that is not in our control? It is a crucial part of the journey. 📷: @monetnicolebirths #WaterBirth #PregnancyBelly
"To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings." -Anne Christian Buchanan ... To give birth is touching life at its deepest core, where you have no choice but to be fully present in your body and surrender to what is happening in the here and now, where you confront the real and the raw, and experience profound and miraculous transformation. Afterwards, mom and baby need a moment to integrate and adjust to the magnitude of what just happened. This is called the sacred pause. Don't forget to allow yourself that pause. 📷: @tiffanywilliamsphoto
Aside from birth, when else have you faced a huge intense or challenging experience that completely transformed you? What was it like? Afterwards, did you need to take some time for integration? Tell us your experience.
"There is an amazing power getting to know your inner self and learning how to use it and not fight with the world. If you know what makes you happy, your personality, interests and capabilities, just use them, and everything else flows beautifully." -Juhi Chawla . When you do what you love, you bring yourself and all those around you higher. ... Are you #doula thinking of becoming a #midwife or a midwife wanting to start or grow your private practice? I’d love to help you out start your journey. To learn more, visit homesweethomebirth.com/for-birth-professionals 📷: @senhoritasfotografia
Anyone have a cervical lip - where you are near fully dilated, but part of the cervix remains on one side, usually in the front, & can hold baby back from descending? It's not uncommon. What was it like? How did it resolve? Tell us!
Part of a lovely #BirthStory @lindseymeehleis: "Approaching 42 weeks with weeks of on & off again prodromal labor made the word surrender fly out the window... Entering her house that had been blessed prior with women during her Mother Blessing, the space softly twinkled. Their Christmas tree sparkled behind the birth pool that filled the room with its size. Birth affirmations were lit by the glow of the fireplace & the space was filled with one of the most excited energies I’d ever felt at birth. 2 older boys bustled around beyond ecstatic to meet their new sibling...the manifestation of their whole family they desperately wanted. It took a couple of hours for things to shift to that needing to be in a cave labor... @ashleesourapas, Junie & I went shopping so she wouldn’t be observed. When we returned she was starting to favor her room or her dark bathroom... we finally knew she was surrendering into labor. Her husband didn’t leave her side, & sat like an inspirational workout coach in her ear. A few hours later the sound of a grunt at the peak of each wave prompted us to fill the tub. She entered surrounded by all of the men in her life. They rubbed her back... whispered reminders to her but she wasn’t ready yet.... she quickly got out & went back into her cave bathroom... Things were getting more intense. We could tell the sound of her contractions & grunts followed by a quick retreat of not pushing meant there had to be a strong cervical lip that hurt to push against. Finally asking if she would like me to check, she climbed on their bed & her cervix was exactly what her sounds were describing. With two strong pushes from her, my fingers helped the cervix slide past baby’s head.. baby was moving down fast. Continued on comment below
Beautiful words and #birthart by @spiritysol ... "The finality of this pregnancy is beginning to hit me. Hard. We’ve decided, for many reasons, that three kiddos is good for us and that our family is complete with this babe. And my brain is at peace with that decision. But oh man- my heart!! When I realize that this is the last time I’ll carry life in my belly, the last time I’ll feel these kicks, the last time I’ll give birth- I lose it. I love being pregnant. Despite the weight gain and the struggle to put on my boots, and the achey hips and sore back— I feel most at home in my pregnant being. I love feeling like this body- this skin suit that I’ve struggled to love most my life- is a vessel of love and light, a sacred portal of the divine. It’s other-worldly, carrying two hearts in my body, and I’ll treasure the memory of pregnancy for the rest of my life. Yes- I’m at peace with this being my last baby. But yes, I can also still mourn the end of this chapter of life-growing. Swirling in the bittersweetness of it all and slowing down to soak up these final months." Learn a unique approach on how to have a deeply positive, empowered, and joyful journey through pregnancy, birth, and becoming a mom postpartum by reading my number one international best selling book "Natural Birth Secrets; An Insider's Guide" which you can check out at homesweethomebirth.com/mynewbooks
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"I took a few of these this morning in an attempt to capture the hilarity of trying to get ready with an infant and a toddler. I took a few of them, and there were much better options. More posed, less stomach, More insta-worthy. As much as I wanted to post the others I really couldn’t. Look at how Luna is holding me and nursing, at Rocket running behind me appearing just as a blur (because she is and she is always going at top speed). Look at me! I look happy. So for that, this deserved to be on my feed.
By the way, I never was able to finished getting ready but I did get eyeliner on and some good baby snuggles after this so that’s all that really matters 😌" Words and pic by @kumikonixon ... I am also loving this breastfeeding position! Whatever works!
What is your favorite 'go-to' position to nurse? And what was the most unusual position you or baby assumed to nurse?
#NormalizeBreastfeeding #LiquidGold #FreeTheNipple #BreastfeedingIsBeautiful
“I’ve had an incredible experience with Clarity Breathwork. It was as riveting in terms of body sensations as skydiving but with a sense of peace and deep relaxation that has lasted for weeks - and probably will continue for much longer. When I finished the session I immediately thought “I want to do it again!”. I highly recommend it to anyone!" —Elle ...
We are in a puddle of cuddles after Femme! - healing emotions with movement using live African drumming, and our group breathwork session.
Learn more at homesweethomebirth.com/clarity-breathwork-new-york for private or group in person and online sessions.
#PersonalGrowth #SelfGrowth #SelfHealing #EmotionalHealing #EmotionalHealth #HealYourLife #Breathwork