Labor & Delivery Yoga: Better Birth is Only a Breath Away I have had the absolute joy of giving birth three times. Although I have other secret weapons for labor and delivery, I believe this one is the most important for managing pain, preventing panic or anxiety, and maintaining adequate oxygenation, no matter what type of birth you are planning. The secret weapon is simple: Your … [Read more...] about Labor & Delivery Yoga: Better Birth is Only a Breath Away
7 Tips for Having a Better Birth - Find my full post featured on Modern Mom Whatever kind of birth you envision, whether a physician attended hospital birth with medications or a natural birth with a midwife, the most important point is your birth is your own and no one else’s. Every woman should claim their right to the birth they want and deserve. My Story My first son was born after … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Having a Better Birth
American Childbirth Needs Change The Birth Experience As Empowering Childbirth in America needs to change. America has the highest infant and mortality rates of any industrialized nation. Additionally, women are scared of birth and being scared into making fear based decisions about childbirth, rather than being respectfully informed and supported in their birth decisions. We need to … [Read more...] about American Childbirth Needs Change
Prenatal Yoga That Fits You "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Confucius The journey of motherhood could be described as perhaps the most strenuous thousand mile journey life offers. I think all mothers would agree. Pregnancy, labor and delivery, and recovering your mind and body afterward are difficult tasks, without considering the all consuming task of mothering. … [Read more...] about Prenatal Yoga That Fits You
New Moms Need Physical Therapy Pregnancy and childbirth exact an enormous toll on a woman’s body. It is transforming and beautiful, but when a mother does not get the physical and emotional support she needs, the effects can be devastating. I am a new mother, three times over. After each birth, I benefited enormously from physical therapy. I could not stand strong, fit, and wholly healed … [Read more...] about Four Reasons Why Every New Mom Needs Physical Therapy
Modern Mom is featuring my Fit and Fearless blog post today on Delivery Decisions, Choosing the Right Birth Facility. Here's a snippet of the post that discusses the business of being born: As an expectant mother, you probably daydream about the moment you will actually meet your baby for the first time. What he or she will look like? How will it feel to hold that tiny miracle in your arms for … [Read more...] about Choosing the Right Birth Facility
Aches and Pains after Childbirth...What Can You Do? Physical therapy can do a tremendous amount to improve your health as a woman - before, during, and after birth. I'd like to share an interview I did with BreezyMama.com's Alex Ota, published yesterday, on addressing physical ailments after labor. I also want to extend a special thanks to BreezyMama for highlighting such a painful and … [Read more...] about Aches and Pains after Labor and Childbirth: What Can You Do?
Music has saved my life,over and over again.Photo taken in 2006, singing to my firstborn.Studies have, for a long time, shown that deep breathing, mental imagery, deep massage or acupressure, and the presence of a constant companion or coach during labor can ease labor pains, making the miracle of birth more, well, enjoyable.During the birth of my two sons, and with another one due to arrive in … [Read more...] about Ease Labor Pain with What?
As promised, here is the third and final installment in the Labor & Delivery series. Today I need to elaborate on post #3 from the 5 Absolute Must Have Tools For Birth. Here is last week's excerpt from Tip #3. 3. Partner Assisted Therapy Techniques. There is a short but very effective list of manual (hands on) techniques to help relieve pain and open the pelvic outlet during labor. I teach … [Read more...] about Labor & Delivery Tips, Part Three
As promised, I would like to elaborate on the breathing program I use for laboring women.Here is last week's excerpt from Tip #2:2. Practice and know Yogic breathing for labor and delivery. I have a concise Breathing Through Birth Practice I teach women. It helps with alveolar ventilation, which is crucial during labor; and, it minimizes the fight or flight reaction and helps a mother … [Read more...] about Labor & Delivery Tips, Part Two
Most of the instructions given to pregnant women are inadequate – not least because they encourage women to focus on the little things related to their pregnancy and miss the big picture. For example, early in my career as a midwife I was surprised by how many times women called me thinking they were in labor, not because they were having contractions, but because they lost their mucus plug. Then … [Read more...] about A Midwife’s Experience of Birth (and Life)
Last week, a student asked me to write down a comment I had made in a Pilates class I taught because it really resonated with her as a busy mom and athlete.This is what I said in class:"Mental imagery facilitates development of neuromuscular pathways which contribute to improved motor control and musculoskeletal strength."Translated in English, what I said was:"Imagination matters. You can be … [Read more...] about Your Imagination Can Make You Fitter (and Birth Better!)