|Posted by One Heart Midwifery on March 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM||comments ()|
Natural Childbirth in our society today is returning to brith givers mindset. The reason is so many stories around how babies are born. Often the stories are filled with trauma and complications. How in the world did birth become such a complicated experience? Since before you were born there was a neurological pathway that was created just waiting for you to give birth naturally. This pathway developed just like you did as you grew through the years. Society, family, friends, social media and media has played a roll in what you and your brain believe.
Here is the truth! Natural Birth can be trusted! Natural Birth can be powerful and empowering! Natural Birth can open up an amazing experience for you, your baby and your family. Maybe you have had babies before and this was not the way birth was for you. The question to ask is "WHY"? Why did the birth go this way? Why did the birth you heard about go the way it did, either natural and powerful or complicated?
So many birth givers have been lead to believe that pregnancy and birth are a problem waiting to happen. They have been lead to believe that without every test, and technology, birth can not occur.
NEWS FLASH........ NATURAL BIRTH WAS DESIGNED TO WORK EVEN IF NO ONE WAS THERE!!!
The NEED for technology should be 10% or less.
I know that sounds just crazy. But it's true!!! There are some key things that have to be in place to make that safe to own this statement. A birth giver needs to be in good health with a low risk pregnancy. Eating whole foods, drinking clean water and fluids, walking or doing some type of simple exercise, and have a positive mind set. Some other things I have found as a midwife since the late 90's is massage therapy, chiropractic and using a birth ball to keep the pelvis flowing and flexable.
Let me classify good health and low risk pregnancy for you. You don't have any of the following issues: diabetes requireing medication, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, fractured pelvis, bleeding disorders, genital herpes near delivery, HIV or AIDS, to name a few.
The reason most birth givers request or need technology is because either the mind, the body or the baby are out of sync with each other. To have the pelvis flexable allows baby to get into a good position which allows the power of labor to flow well. The last is the mind set. When you begin to take ownership for being the one that grows a healthy baby and gives birth to a healthy baby, you begin to change the course of events.
Choosing technology to be part of your birth instead of support and a good back up system means you go down a road you may not have thought you wanted to. The road of technology is like the childrens book Give a Mouse a Cookie. If you choose a hospital you are choosing monitors and strangers at your birth with possible medication and surgical delivery. You are choosing to become a patient that by definition means " one who suffers". Natural birth is one of power with a purpose.
My Motto is "IF YOU COMPLICATE BIRTH.....BIRTH BECOMES COMPLICATED".Natural childbirth is natures best work.
Birth is powerful, simple, yet powerful. We attend birth givers at home because they have choosen to take ownership for the power and the process. They have done their research and know that midwifery care attended at home is their best option for the best outcome. We bring the safety equipment IF NEEDED to their house. Natural Birth goes forward with the least interruptions possible. Everyone celebrates the path.
If you are thinking about giving birth naturally, think about where natural is most likely to occur. At a hospital?, At a free standing birth center? Or in your own home. There is a wonderful phrase " what gets the baby in, gets the baby out and fed too". Oxytocin works at it's best when you are undisterbed. Imagine making love and people come in your room and ask you how it is going and turn on lights and talk to you. Not going to happen, right? Natural birth's hormone oxytocin flows best with less. Less light, talking, people, and technology.
Oxytocin is your best friend in accomplishing a natural birth. It loves to be loved and trusted. When baby is in a good position, pelvis is flexable and the power/oxytocin is given permission to soar...... natural birth moves forward and your baby comes into your arms. There is celebration!!!
Choose wisely where you will give birth as that will also determine who your care provider will be. Midwives and home is a great starting place. The hospital is always open 24/7 365 days per year if needed just like any other issue where there is illness or injury. Natural birth is normal. A normal part of our human life. Your baby knows how to be born. Give your baby and yourself the opportunity to do this dance together the way natural intended it. Call a midwife today and interview them. Just see what you think and go from there. Thanks for stopping by. May your experience bring you joy.
|Posted by One Heart Midwifery on April 12, 2018 at 9:35 PM||comments ()|
Ever BODY needs massage even the very youngest. Newborns and babies can have twists, turns and tension just like adults. Massage can help unwind the tension and bring greater comfort, sleep and feedings. For children they can sleep better, be happier and move easier. Kaleem is open on Mondays and Thursdays to work with babies and children. She hopes to have access to warm water to add this to their therapy.
|Posted by One Heart Midwifery on March 26, 2016 at 11:20 PM||comments ()|
One day a little baby decides it is time to meet their family. From this wet wonderful warm world they emerge to breath and expand. This time is so important that they have space from the world to expand into their being. The Forth Trimester is the time they need. Hold them close and snuggle them well. They want to feed, feel you near them and be carried a lot. Put them in the external pouch as they learn about the world with you. When you pouch them for 3 more months and then follow their lead to reach out to the world to touch it, let them touch it.
This world we live in is a whole new world for a new born baby. It is huge, and constantly changing and asking things new of them every day. Be patient with their growth and expanion, they will expand. In fact they will expand so well that they will learn to roll over, crawl, walk and someday go away on their own. Help them be confident and courageous by giving them time to expand in the beginning.
Love them lots and snuggle them well. They will love you and snuggle you too.
|Posted by One Heart Midwifery on December 18, 2015 at 3:30 AM||comments ()|
What does "P" have to do with birth? Check it out!
Birth is all about the 5 P's.
The power, passage, passanger, passion and purpose.
Lets explore each.
Preparation: Your birth space should be tidy, warm, relaxing and attended by only those that trust in the process. Have your provider know what your desires are. Find your power within that desires the birth you want. Own it, imagine it and trust it.
Power: the power behind the amazing muscle called the Uterus or Womb is called Oxytocin. This hormone demands an environment that is calm, trusting, private and low light. Encouragment and support are essential for the mind to allow this hormone to flow. When this hormone flows well the power flows and birth progresses smoothly.You need a mind that is quiet.
Passenger: The baby is an integral part in helping the cervix ( the neck of the uterus) to do it's job in telling the uterus to work well. When the baby gets into a good head down, back up front with a tucked chin position, birth goes better.
Passage: The baby can get into the optimum position better and move through easier when the passage or your hips are flexible and fluid. Remember bones are only held together with soft tissue as muscles and ligaments. The looser and more flexible they are the easier the birth for you and the baby.
Passion: The intention within you to birth your baby and work together as a team will help the passion to support the progress of birth. The oxytocin hormone ( love hormone) asks for your trust and responds by moving forward.
Purpose: Keep in mind the reason you are giving birth. Your baby needs your trust in the process and the power to move forward. Having a birth that is completely natural is a journey within your mind, heart, spirit and whole being.
How can you achieve all the "P"'s? Walk, swim, yoga, use a birth ball to circle your hips. Go to a pregnancy specialist massage therapist. She/He can assist you to increase the flexability of the pelvis which baby gets into a better position which makes labor progress and baby is born well.
Prepare your mind by using positive affirmations. Draw them, write them, put them up and look at them.
Get quiet with your mind and just focus on your breath.
Trust, trust, trust!!!!! Yourself, your body, your baby and nature.
Blessings on your birth and baby.
|Posted by One Heart Midwifery on November 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM||comments ()|
This is a time of change
This has been a year of transition and change for most people. Each family that has a new baby coming into their life begins a new journey. This new life bring hope, joy and adventure. Remember as you go into the first 3 months of life that a baby is in a 4th Trimester. The baby spends 3 trimesters in your tummy and another in your pouch. When you take and own the 4th trimester and know that you baby's whole world is to nurse or feed and be carried and rocked. At three months there is a magical change and they come up out of the pouch eager to begin to see the world. It is at this time that they begin to reach out to touch the world and see more and stay away longer. They are not ready to be away from you just ready to see the world with you. Be patient with this time as it will pass all to quickly. Rest as much as possible. Eat well, drink well and make your to do list small.
We have reminded mothers that have other children. If everyone is fed and safe it has been a good day. Anything else is extra. Dads, know that your work is appreciated. All the extra meals you prepare, the laundry that you will do, the grocery shopping with the other kids and the rest that you will miss too.
Be grateful to each other everyday. When you are extra tired, be more grateful for each other and all the work you are both doing to keep up with the tasks at hand.
May you take every moment and cherish it for tomorrow those moments are only memory.
|Posted by One Heart Midwifery on August 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM||comments ()|
Every Baby is an amazing journey. When they are born we are to celebrate and honor their journey too. They are new life, new energy and new experiences for everyone they meet.
When you are pregnant, take time to just sit and listen to your baby. Talk to your baby and just be with them. Away from all the distractions and hubub of life. They are in an ecosystem that is perfectly made for them. It is surrounded by a mothers body and then by the world.
When they are born, keep them close, stay inside, better yet your bedroom for a few days. This world is so big for them. Remember they have to do a lot of transitioning from the womb to out here. Gravity, temperature, digestion, heart and lungs redirected, pooping, touch and communicating their needs. All the first day you are born. Infact, many in the first hour. That is a lot to integrate.
Celebrate who they are, who you are now as a family.
We appreciate all of you near and far away for all that you do with your babies and children.
|Posted by One Heart Midwifery on August 22, 2011 at 9:10 PM||comments ()|
Mothers and their newborn babies are reminded to trust their instincts to birth, breastfeed and to love. When there are well meaning familiy members who come, especially in the first week to "help", a mothers instincts can be interrupted. It is normal for a new mother to want to keep her new baby in her arms and in bed with her. She knows instincturally that a baby is meant to be kept warm and tended to in her arms and on her chest. Years ago women were taught by hospital staff to not sleep with their babies, not breast feed their babies and certainly not to hold them too much or they will become spoiled.
A newborn infant is programed to stay near a mothers breast. It learns to regulate breathing by being near her breath and hearing her heart which is familiar from the womb. If loving grandparents and family will remember this and stay with the mothers room and ASK to hold a new baby, not take them, and do so for only a moment and then hand them back, a new mother will feel the respect and support much more. Family can best serve a new mother by doing dishes, laundry, tending syblings, and especially preparing food and drinks for the mother and have it available for her at all times. Sleeping with her baby in her arms is normal. It is not easy for a new mother to sleep when her baby is somewhere else.
Breast feeding is a demand issue. The baby cues the mother and the mother learns the cues. When others care for the baby this is interrupted. The father does well to burp and change diapers and help the mom by supporting her to Breast feed as much as the baby requests
Babies are on breast more than off in the first few weeks. Family and fathers can best support a new mom in helping her to have what she needs so she can tend the baby.
Mothers trust your instints!! They are always there for you to listen to. Your babies have lived inside your body for 9 months and they need to live close to you for another 3. It is the 4th trimester and they are meant to be in a pouch or sling or in your arms.
Love them abundantly and they will be confident toddlers.
|Posted by Randi Fay Payton on August 7, 2011 at 9:50 PM||comments ()|
Here are some helpful video clips, websites and books all about breastfeeding!
Kaleems favorite Ameda latch on video. A must see for optimal newborn latching!
Ameda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCe-6KgSFhk the whole video is 5 minutes and wonderful, but if you need to cut to the latching in a hurry, watch the section from :50 to 2:00.
A youtube search for "Jack Newman Breastfeeding" will show some of Dr. Jack Newmans more helpful latch on advise.
La Leche League: http://www.lllusa.org/
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding
The womanly art of breastfeeding by Teresa Pitman
More to come soon!
|Posted by Randi Fay Payton on April 7, 2011 at 2:28 AM||comments ()|
I am sitting and trying to write my "intro" for our new web site and Marlene is on the other computer watching a bald eagle sit in it’s nest hatching eggs. For the past hour the mamma eagle has been sleeping. It got up once to reposition it’s self over the eggs. The temp is 45 degrees and the wind is blowing. It drifts off to sleep and then stirs. These eggs were suppose to hatch 2 days ago. There are some 70,000 viewers waiting for the eggs to hatch into these cute little fluffy chicks.
Some women in the last weeks and days of pregnancy must feel so much like that mama eagle...sitting in a windstorm, trying to sleep but always up stirring, repositioning, unable to get a whole lot of relief from the elements and certainly feeling like there are full eggs under her bottom...all the while what seems like 70,000 family members are watching and waiting for the belly to hatch.
We midwifes eagerly watch these eagle mamas and babies still unhatched and we cannot help but apply it to midwifery...to our human mamas and babies. We as mothers learn to be patient as we near the unwritten day of birth. We wait on our babies to finish every last detail and make their way forth. Midwives must have patience too in order to walk the process with a woman as she trusts her body and baby to work together...give her support, encourage her as she walks the last weeks and final days of growing her baby under her heart, before it moves over her heart into her arms. You are diligent mothers, caring for your babies and doing whatever it takes to keep them safe, warm and loved. Just like the mother eagles strong and silent in the midst of the night in dark, icy winds, you are strong in your desire to give the very best to your babies, including one more day of pregnancy. Know that we walk this journey with you.
Visit www.nestcam.com to see the journey of these beautiful eagles as they become parents!
Tag words: Term, Due Date, Estimated Due Date, Past Due Date, Third Trimester,
|Posted by Randi Fay Payton on March 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM|
Homebirth and Midwifery:
This wonderful article is a great starting point for someone unfamiliar with midwifery and home birth or anyone exploring home birth and/or Midwifery:
Good websites to surf:
Cesarean Section and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean):
A wonderful website for those considering VBAC or seeking more information:
Homebirth and/or Midwifery Documentaries:
Pregnant In America (can be found on Netflix) or visit www.pregnantinamerica.com
Business of Being Born (also found on Netflix) or visit www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com
If you have some links or books you would like to recommend we add here, please let us know by emailing 1HeartMidwifery@gmail.com with your suggestions! Thanks!