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Have a Happy Birthday



What do you say when she cries out “I can’t do this anymore”

hug her

tell her you ARE doing great , I am so proud of you

I am right here with you

yes you can

Breathe with me

I love you , you are amazing

the baby is getting closer to being in your arms

let’s change positions after the next contraction


Remember all the love that brought the baby in will let the baby out

in joy



Managing the Art of Labor and Birth

I have been known to compare labor and birth to many thing like going to  the dentist and  not getting novacaine to see if mental imagary really works   ( it did but all you get is a silver filling at  the end, not as great as a baby!) So yesterday while taking a spinning class we were doing intervals, they came every minute lasting one minute and we did this for about 15 minutes. I started thinking of the laboring woman a contraction lasting 60 seconds and how you can distract the mind by  listening to music, hearing someone talking to you with encouraging words,  knowing 30 seconds have past and that you will great a break soon. Never discounting the work you do is hard but staying strong remembering the miracle  at the end and that YOU CAN DO IT!!!

As each interval (contraction) approached I thought that each one brought me closer to the end ( closer to holding your baby in your arms)

Feel strong and proud,that is how I felt at the end of class.

in joy


Birth… Develop A View Of A Positive Birth

When you develop a positive attitude about birth you then take the first step in ensuring a safe and positive birth experience.  Eliminate the false premises that others may have inflicted and begin to take on your own views and responsibility to your thought

Birth is a natural process, not a medical event

Birth is a normal process ,not an illness

Birth is a celebration of life

You are the center of your birth, make the best choices for your  experience


In celebration of the joyful birth you are about to have



Relax with your Labor: Progressive Relaxation

Here is the second technique in a series of Relaxation tips for labor.

Enjoy practicing this Progressive Relaxation exercise

This technique will help release muscle tension; body part by body part  you release muscle groups until you achieve complete relaxation. This one takes a little practice but soon it will become easier and then when your partner or doula is using  this technique in labor you will easily remember to “let go” “release” “go limp and loose” “relax” or any other cue works that works for you. This  relaxation technique is  perfect for Early and Active labor

Get into a comfortable position

Close your eyes

Inhale through our nose and exhale letting your belly expand

As you begin to relax let your breathing become a little deeper and slower

 Now squint your eyes

Hold for 5 seconds

Now, release, let your eyelids fall heavy

Tighten your jaw, clench your mouth

Hold for 5 seconds

Now release and let your lips open slightly and part your mouth

Tighten your shoulders push them back or raise them up to your neck

Hold for 5 seconds

Now let go and fell your shoulders go limp

 Tighten the muscles of your arms and clench your fist

Hold for 5 seconds

Relax and let go open your hands, let your fingers go loose

Tighten your pelvis (do a kegal)

Hold for 5 seconds

Now release

Tighten your legs and crunch your toes

Hold for 5 seconds

Now release

Now continue taking a few deep breathes breathing in energy and light and releasing any tension you may feel in your body, understanding the difference of feeling the tightness versus the relaxation or letting go

Enjoy this feeling of relaxation from your head to your toes, as you know you can use this to relax with your contractions

Smile, breathe, slowly count to five and open your eyes

  in joy