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29 Apr Having the Birth You Want: Are You Setting Yourself Up For Success?

I recently attended a moving and incredibly supportive workshop for expectant parents and birth workers about VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and cesarean births. Choices in Childbirth, a well respected childbirth advocacy group, gathered a versatile group of speakers including VBAC moms, Sarah Pancake- a...

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13 Apr Tuesday Tip! Water!

As the warmer days are finally upon us, it is important to stay hydrated, especially for new moms and moms-to- be. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Pregnant mamas: Did you know dehydration can cause early contractions? It is recommended to drink eight 8 ounces...

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12 Apr Your Birthing History

Last night, a friend and I were discussing the different factors that help shape one’s perception of birth. There are so many influences that come into play: depictions of labor and birth in movies and TV, friends reliving their birth stories and family members sharing...

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06 Apr Tuesday Tip – Hot Socks!

This may sound like an odd idea, but trust me, it is worth the effort! Fill up a tube sock with dry rice or barley, enough to make a supple pack. Sew the end securely closed. For those who like a particular scent, experiment with...

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30 Mar Spontaneous Pushing versus Directed Pushing

In our prenatal yoga classes, a portion of time is devoted to abdominal toning- specifically the transverse abdominis. These are the deepest layer of the anterior abdominal muscles; the muscles fibers run from side to side. I often describe these muscles as functioning like a...

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04 Mar Yoga for a Happy, Healthy Heart

Guest Blogger: Jyothi Larson Yoga improves heart health. A yoga practice reduces stress and reduces blood pressure, ultimately reducing the risk of heart disease. Studies published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found yoga to have a significant benefit on cardiovascular health (Lakkireddy et al, 2011;...

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26 Feb NPR: Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

Movies, TV and friend's stories often portray birth as a painful and arduous experience. From the repetition of these external influences, it is understandable how there is little space left to believe that birth is not necessarily painful. Could this preconceived idea of the pain...

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11 Feb Choose Wisely. Your Provider’s Anxiety Level Can Influence Your Birth

I have this weird fascination with people watching. Being a New Yorker for the past 17 years, I am endlessly entertained at slyly observing all the vast and diverse population around me. I am intrigued by body language, verbal patterns and general presence. During my...

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