Archive for September, 2011

Prepare your mind and body for childbirth

Many of  us worry about the work of childbirth, being painful ,long, and not being able to do it with out interventions. My philosophy first and foremost is to understand the process , what is normal in labor and how to prepare your mind and body for this event. Much like an athlete who runs marathons or triathlon they do not go to race day with out training. When you know you have trained then you will  have the confidence to trust in your body. You can do hard work and make it look easy.

My client told me that her nurse said that she couldn’t be too far along because she “looked too relaxed” My client then said well isn’t  this what I  am supposed to be doing, relaxing through the contractions? She was 9 cm!

*Get your information through positive childbirth education classes

*Understand your options

*Prepare prior to labor by exercises such as squats, butterflies, pelvic rocks

*Walking , prenatal yoga, &swimming are all great for endurance training

*Stay hydrated, eat well and get your rest

*Balance is the key.

in joy




Childbirth, What is a doula?

Doula –(Du-La) Etymology: modern Greek Female helper

For me being at a birth is a true miracle and honor. I  have been truly blessed to be in attendance of so many beautiful births which were not only transforming for the families I assisted but for me as well. Here are some tips I can pass along to you to help decide if a doula is something you are considering for your birth.

Having doula at your birth can complete your circle of people who will assist with ensuring a healthy an peaceful birth Your doctor, or midwife, the nurses, your husband/partner, your family, your friends, your community support groups.

On one side of you is the person who loves you most and the other side is the person who knows birth best. You are in the middle and gain the strength, security and power by having those two pillars on either side.

Clinical studies

A doula can help reduce the mother’s need for pain medication

A doula can reduce the need for labor intervention and c-sections

A doula can greatly enhance having a positive birth experience!

have found that having a doula at your birth can result in shorter labor with fewer complications

Modern doula a woman experienced in childbirth, who provides advice, information, emotional support and comfort to woman before, during and after birth.


Hiring a doula


Set up a interviews with 2-3 doulas

listen to her philosophy, her tone, personality does it meet your needs or clash, the most important gifts a doula should bring to your birth is that you feel safe

On call availability

Visits before the birth, postpartum what are her goals for those visits.

Experience and references

Does she have a back up doula?


in joy


Small Wonders Childbirth Education DVD, all the preparation you need in the comfort of your home

Childbirth class: Early labor signs

For many days before labor to the onset of true labor many woman experience:

1. nesting instinct..  innate urge to get things done

2. warm up contractions– tightening of the uterus , cramping with no real pattern

3. feeling heaviness in pelvis- baby drops into pelvis

4. loose bowels– natures way to cleanse and make more room for the baby to come down

5.weight loss– not uncommon to lose a few pounds before labor

6.increased vaginal discharge

7.loss of mucous plug- plug that is at end of cervix gets released as cervix may start to dilate and efface, It can be expelled  after vaginal exam, intercourse, exercise, etc. You can  Is egg white or mucous consistency and can have  some brown or pink spots . Normal  event before or at start of labor

What you can do:

REST– take this opportunity to rest /sleep

Eat & Drink light comfort food, carbohydrates are best, stay hydrated

Take a walk after you have rested walk, helps with alignment and can help bring on labor

Ignore it/ Relax– watch  a movie , read , take a bath ,sleep take your mind off it. Labor will come on when you are most relaxed mentally and physically and  most importantly in the perfect time!

Now that you know what to  expect ..relax & trust … because all is well

in joy


Learn this and more on Small Wonders Childbirth Education Classes on DVD.