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Holistic care for mums, mums to be, babies & children

Antenatal Preparation for Birth——– March 15, 2010

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Yoga Classes

The object of Yoga classes is to help you use movement and gravity in pregnancy and  labour in a natural and effective way. Movement in labour can ease pain and also help labour progress. The classes include yoga movements which are specifically for pregnancy, and suitable for people who have never done yoga before, and relaxation techniques.

When you have practised these movements so often that they become second nature, you may well find yourself automatically using them in labour. Because the movements and breathing patterns are simple, and you have practised them often, they can be very effective tools to help you manage labour. It is important to note that you will have practised these movements and breathing techniques often and regularly – this is much more effective than simply attending one class or workshop on breathing techniques and then hoping that you can remember them when you are in labour.

Craneosacral Therapy (CST)

A prenatal CST session is a special time for a mother to get in touch with her body and growing baby.
CST helps rebalance both the energy and physical body. It relieves the effects of daily stress and the residual body-memories of past emotional and physical trauma. This helps the mother-to-be and the baby prepare for the birth together.

An important goal of a pregnancy CST session is to gently improve mobility in the mother’s pelvis so her baby can more easily assume an ideal position for birth. This can promote a timely, easier birth for mom and baby.

A pregnancy CST treatment can provide a safe forum. A woman may express her fears and concerns about the transitions of motherhood without judgement. The therapist can actively listen to her concerns and even suggest community resources to help, if appropriate.

Massage

Benefits

♥Hormone regulation
♥Reduction of swelling
♥Improvement of nerve pain
♥Reduced back pain
♥ Reduced joint pain
♥ Improved circulation
♥ Reduced edema
♥ Reduced muscle tension and headaches
♥ Reduced stress and anxiety
♥ Better sleep

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes help you to know what to expect in labour and birth, and should describe many of your options. Some of them will also include sessions on pain management through breathing or movement.

Studies on pain perception in labour have found that women who have attended childbirth preparation classes rate labour on average as less painful than women who have not.

Hypnobirthing

The self-hypnosis techniques you will learn connect the conscious and unconscious mind. You can also use your imagination to decrease the fears and concerns that can occur surrounding pregnancy and birth. We all experience aspects of imagery, hypnosis and deep relaxation in our daily activities. Daydreaming is a light trance state. Your body is relaxed and your pulse is slow. In a moderate state of trance you are relaxed and aware of your breathing, perhaps experience imagery, and lose some perception of your environment. If someone sees you in a deep trance state, your arms and legs will be very relaxed, you will hear what others say, but your attention will be narrowed, and you will only be focusing on the sounds you want to focus on.

Hypnosis and imagery have been shown to be effective modalities for healing, promoting the release of natural ‘feel-good’ endorphins. You will be aware when you want to be aware, but very relaxed when you want to be relaxed.

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To All Men Interested in Conscious Fathering March 11, 2010

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By Jeannine Parvati Baker
June 1, 1949-December 1, 2005
Lay Midwife, Ashtanga Yogini, Astrologer
Founder of Hygieia College,
Herbal Medicine-Woman,
Mother of Six,
Author of Prenatal Yoga & Natural Childbirth,
Hygieia: A Woman’s Herbal , and co-author of Conscious Conception

I have met many men who are excited to become fathers and yet have the idea that it
is their wife’s business just precisely how this happens. In a world where babies were
welcomed as naturally as they were conceived, this would be a good idea. However
most babies born nowadays are delivered in ways that have lasting effects upon
everyone. You, father, have everything to do with this. Indeed, without courageous
men, we cannot make the Earth worthy of our future grandchildren. Hence the special
message below:

If your wife doesn’t want to feel pain (plans an epidural) when she gives birth, what
does she plan to do for the rest of your child’s life? Upon encountering painful feelings
as all humans do after your baby is born, will she take a pain pill or drug? Prozac®,
Motrin®, alcohol, or any of the legal drugs women consume in cultures where birth is
medicalized? The statistics show that this is a real possibility.

Postpartum depression has been linked to the previous use of drugs during childbirth.
More alarmingly, teenage suicide is also correlated with drugs and medical instruments
used at birth. Children, especially babies, learn what life is all about from their mothers
– if your wife is unconscious or anaesthetized at birth, she sets an example of primal
proportion to your child.

The reason to go through the pain of birth is that the other side of labour is ecstasy and
a specific education is given for this baby’s upbringing. If the mother is drugged at
birth, she misses the once in a lifetime initiation, not to mention genetic information
specifically given to take care of baby the way nature intended it.

The most important event in your marriage is the birth of your child. If the mother is
rendered unfeeling, that medical assault is a loss to your family. A hospital delivery may
even damage your sex life and can compromise the quality of care your child receives
thereafter by a traumatized mother. This in turn affects you, society, and our shared
Earth. And you thought all you had to do was “support your wife”!

If you are a woman reading this, rest assured that I am suggesting that your partner
educate both of you for the sake of the Possible Earth.  It’s not a matter of gender
submission. For example, if your partner insisted that you have a medically managed
childbirth, I would instead invite that you ask your baby how s/he wants to arrive
Earthside? It doesn’t matter whether it is the mother or the father/partner who wants
the paid paranoid in charge of birth.

100% of babies want to be born gently and stay close to mother, by her heart, in her
arms, be adored by the original lovers who made life possible, and be free of the
normative obstetric and pediatric abuses tragically imposed upon newborns today.

As mothers, our joy is found in protecting, as well as nurturing, our children. By
meeting these sacred obligations, happiness begins before birth and yet it is never too
late to trust nature to guide us in caring for our children. If you think that natural birth
is too hard, scary, or even inconvenient, it is nothing compared to the probable
consequences of a traumatic medical birth.

Lest I attempt to prove what I declare above, I now add instead that proof is a lack of
imagination. As Albert Einstein stated, “Imagination is more important than
knowledge”. I know that freebirth is ecstatic. I imagine that, if you have read this far,
eventually you may, too.