Description This two-day continuing education course instructs the clinician on a biopsychosocial yogic model for preparing expectant mothers and/or partners for labor and delivery as well as a model for using yoga as medicine in individual and group programming to facilitate recovery, restoration, and stress management in the postpartum patient. Strength, flexibility, consideration for healing … [Read more...] about Yoga as Medicine for Labor, Delivery and Post Partum-Washington DC
Good for Mother and Baby Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC/LAT, PYT is a longtime advocate for elevating the status of maternal health, promoting equality of women in the workplace, empowering women to achieve the birth experience right for them, and modeling how complementary and alternative health practices like yoga can drastically improve maternal wellbeing and pregnancy health outcomes. It was … [Read more...] about Mom-Centered Mothering Resources
Kim Vopni - The Fitness Doula launches her new book! We are excited to bring you this interview with Kim Vopni about her new book, Prepare to Push. Kim is a pre/postnatal fitness consultant who combines the support aspect of a doula with fitness principles to help women optimize their core and pelvic floor for birth. She took her popular workshop Prepare To Push and turned it into a book with … [Read more...] about Interview with Kim Vopni, The Fitness Doula
7 Essential Elements for Natural Childbirth In a recent report from Healthy People 2010 and CDC, Fit Pregnancy in a natural childbirth post reported that “a natural, unmedicated vaginal birth is an entirely achievable and reasonable goal for about 85 percent of pregnant women, according to Healthy People 2020. The other 15 percent have health complications that put them in a high-risk category … [Read more...] about 7 Essential Elements for Natural Childbirth
Yoga for Natural Childbirth This post is for colleagues, patients, and friends whose greatest desire is to have a healthy baby via natural childbirth. In this article, natural childbirth refers to an unmedicated delivery of your baby, assisted with natural, non-pharmaceutical means. While not all women have the luxury of natural childbirth, and some choose other means, please know that Ginger … [Read more...] about Yoga for Natural Childbirth
Reduce Fear during Childbirth with Yoga and Physical Therapy Physical therapists often see women during pregnancy and postpartum, but what can physical therapists do to foster better birth outcomes? What can physical therapists do through yoga, specifically, to reduce fear during childbirth? A 2012 study conducted in Norway underscores the importance of childbirth education, which can take … [Read more...] about Reduce Fear during Childbirth with Yoga and Physical Therapy
This post is also featured on Modern Mom American Childbirth: A Human Rights Failure? United Nations data shows that between 1990 and 2008, the United States maternal mortality rate nearly doubled, while the overwhelming majority of countries collectively decreased their rates by 34% (Coeytauz et al 2011). We have a right to criticize the shameful state of American maternal care when more … [Read more...] about American Childbirth: A Human Rights Failure?
Medical doctor Sarah Buckley discusses the Five Myths of Childbirth. Dr. Buckley discusses myths that surround nutrition, hormonal shifts, fatigue, when to stop working during pregnancy, fear of labor and pain during labor, and the birth experience. I discovered the amazing Dr. Sarah Buckley about midway during my pregnancy with my first son Michael. I poured through more than a dozens of … [Read more...] about Five Myths of Childbirth (VIDEO) by Sarah Buckley MD
My Birth Story - Third Time is A Charm A woman will never forget the moment she became a mother. I even cry when I read or hear a birth story, so for me this is the most important post I have ever written. Birth is that transforming and important to me, and I believe if our society valued birth more, then America would not have the highest maternal and infant mortality rate in the developed … [Read more...] about My Birth Story – Third Time is a Charm
Cesarean Delivery and Fetal Monitoring: Help or Hurt? Fetal monitoring is used more than any other obstetrical intervention, reported to be used in more than 85% of hospitals in 2010 (ACOG Practice Bulletin 132). However, despite its high rate of use, fetal monitoring has not been proven effective in decreasing infant or maternal mortality or morbidity. This fact makes fetal monitoring a target … [Read more...] about Cesarean Delivery and Fetal Monitoring: Help or Hurt?