If you don't need a cesarean, you can choose not to join the trend of surgical childbirth. If you don't need a cesarean, you might consider giving birth where providers know how to support human birthing. If you don't NEED a cesarean, you might not want to give birth where 1 in 3 women are silently prepared for one without their knowledge.
I just can't help myself. As a midwife and doula over the years, I can't talk about childbirth without emphasizing good food and lifestyle choices.
Healthy birth comes from a healthy life, as well as good care practices. Please eat well - many fresh veggies, some fresh meat and/or wise vegetarian proteins, whole boiled or soaked grains (and not much bread), seaweeds, omega oils and salt-to-taste each day. Drink more than 8 glasses of water, including pregnancy tea and other non-carbonated, non-caffienated drinks. Watch the milk, too much isn't as good as using a mix of calcium sources. Boil the bones for minerals and gelatin for your soup broth. Don't avoid all fat, just eat smart fats, like sardines, soaked almonds, avocados and a little butter. Eat very little sugar or sweetened foods. Don't smoke or do drugs before or during pregnancy; you, or your man, either. Take Vitamin D every day, unless you live in the semitropics or tropics and get sun on skin for an hour a day (which may have its own issues). Breathe deep. Laugh. Laughter is food for the soul. These things really do matter. We can't go back in time, so eat well today. Pick the healthier choice.
Babies grow inside their mother's body; obviously. But think again. Babies grow inside another body. All of our bodies are affected over time by movement and posture. Interacting with motion, rest, emotion, and big or small impacts, and gravity plays upon the muscles, joints, ligaments --and the membranous fascia wrapping these structures, including the uterus and pelvis. For some of us, living on this planetat this time brings a change in our body's symmetry in response to all these events.
Body work can bring about a balance in the body that helps the baby settle into bonus casino en ligne a position that complements the birthing process. There are various types of body work. Some are better for Optimal Fetal Positioning than others. I've learned a combination of myofascial release with craniosacral therapy through Dr. Carol Phillips, DC, creator of Dynamic Body Balancing. She does workshops in St. Paul, Annapolis, and Denver. Applying Dynamic Body Balancing with pregnant and laboring women has made a tremendous difference in birth outcomes. Anyone can start with her Level One class.
Look at Body Work and Professional Help under Techniques for types of body work used for Optimal Fetal Positioning.
Yoga for fetal positioning
Yoga practice includes repeated stretches of virtually every muscle. As muscles stretch with movement and deep breathing, so moves the fascia helping old imbalances eventually come into balance. Regular yoga will stabilize and strengthen the pelvis. Many poses must be practiced 3 or more times a week, but even weekly yoga is somewhat beneficial. I believe women with a regular practice both before and during pregnancy, with focus on stabilizing the pelvis during asanas, are likely to have well positioned babies.
Regular and correct postures are of course important to see results. See more pictures of poses when you click "Click for yoga." Study reference follow.
Homeopathy and fetal positioning
I’m not a homeopath. Seek a professional homeopath out for the best results. Here’s some stories. This information is not enough to direct someone on the use of homeopathics. This information is for discussion only.
Pulsatilla, wind flower, is especially helpful when tissue tension is an issue, such as tight round and/or broad ligaments. Pulsatilla seems to soften the lower uterine segment and give the baby room to reposition. Other remedies are discussed further down the article.
A doula (doo-la) nurtures the social experience of childbirth, and by doing this, improves physical and psychological outcomes.
Doula is a Greek word now used to mean a person who gives emotional support, comforting techniques, information and advocacy during the time surrounding childbirth. A doula supports the mother, and her partner, before, during and after childbirth.
Many doulas have a unique interest in fetal positioning. Supporting natural birth in the hospital setting is easier when the baby is well positioned.
Photo by Kim Garrett, © Maternity House Publishing, Inc.
Resolving Shoulder Dystocia in the Active, Mobile Woman
Gail Tully, CPM, became interested in communicating to midwives and doctors about Shoulder Dystocia after observing a higher incidence following the labors in which OP babies rotated to OA before emerging. (Incidence is actually less likely in babies who emerge OP.) **Scroll down to see the trailer for her Resolving Shoulder Dystocia video.
Gail developed a memory tool called FlipFLOP to help birth attendants free the stuck shoulders with little chance of birth injury. Non-drugged birthing women have more options to put their pelvis to work to free the shoulders from the pelvis. It would be helpful for women birth attendants to learn techniques that give them the leverage to rotate the baby's shoulders free. See how to do it after the trailer for Resolving Shoulder Dystocia.
A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!
Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials For Pregnancy Video.
Together Sarah Longacre, international prenatal yoga instructor and birth doula, and Gail Tully, yours truly, created a unique instructional video for flexibility and comfort in pregnancy and to support better fetal positioning in time for birth.
Here are daily activities for stretching and balancing a pregnant body. Start early in pregnancy to prepare to make the most space for baby's best birth position and the most ease for mother's opening during the birth process.
We begin the program for women of average flexibility (or just plain stiff to start with) and beginner tips. But soon, you'll be ready to move freely! That's when Sarah brings the stretches all together into her easy to follow, playful, sensual, and flowing "Blooma Style" daily routine.
Sarah's "dance of opening," moves joints and ligaments to come alive under the delightful melody and percussions of Carin Vagle. This isn't about core strength; its about freedom of movement and creating space in the body.
Sarah plays along with Gail's little game of "Flashlight" to show pregnant women how to evaluate their own posture and positions. Smart Maternal Positioning helps baby snuggle their backs into the front of the womb for Optimal Fetal Positioning.
The Daily Essentials For Pregnancy includes tips for using Maternal Positioning around the house. Actual scenes in the bedroom, living room -and even the bathroom- gives practical instruction like no other video. You will be sleeping more comfortably immediately when using these tips. Within a week or two many pregnancy discomforts of the pelvis and lower back may be reduced when all these nurturing techniques are integrated into your daily lifestyle. Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga-- a natural collaborative!
Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class.
Soon pregnant parents around the world can take a Spinning Babies class from their own monitor! Join six couples as they learn the reason why Spinning Babies works and how it can enhance your labor and birth.
See techniques to do daily or weekly. Actual, real consultations with two couples right at our class location, one with a breech baby (head up) and one with a baby in a transverse lie (lying sideways).
Couples do the techniques together and show you how to do these at home.
Used alone or with the Daily Essentials, Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class goes beyond the basics. Simple props show complex concepts sweetly. Little-known anatomy is linked to childbirth and the role of fetal positioning.
The section on labor discusses two labor patterns- the one "promised" in other books and the unexpected one associated with the posterior labor. Learn the common causes of long labor and techniques to help baby through the pelvis.
Be empowered; be prepared. After using this video throughout your pregnancy, while we can't promise, of course, you may not need the tips for labor progress. You can use that knowledge to help your neighbor. This video is all Spinning Babies.
Blooma Yoga Prenatal Yoga for AM and PM.
Warm up in the morning and cool down in the evening in two 30-minute sequences. Sarah Longacre shares her own blossoming pregnancy, Blooma style, to the exquisite music of Carin Vagle. Sarah's affirmations will carry you through labor with emotional strength and encouragement. Play this video when the others become too basic and you just want to dance and have fun. Wait, dance? Isn't this yoga? With Blooma and Carin Vagle, your spirit won't know the difference. Soar to greater freedom of movement. Bring your hormones into harmony with the day. Begin your day with serious play. Cool down at night with a sleep enhancing stretch before bed. This video is all Blooma!
Sarah's video is ready for you now! Get Blooma's AM/PM Yoga here
All three videos are professionally produced by Melissa Koch of Grey Duck Productions, with stills by Tanya Villano Photography, each of these three videos are dynamic on their own. Together they will enhance your pregnancy and labor experience with fun and empowerment in the most practical manner. Feel hope for your birth abilities, this is support for your journey. Gain the confidence and flexibility to fully bloom. I believe these videos carry the potential to bring your best birth dreams into the gentle reality.
Compassionately priced. Estimated Due Date for Daily Essentials March 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.