Easy Birth: A Conversation About Childbirth Choices

Hope you were able to attend last Thursday night’s call –our Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit Grand Finale call. It was an interesting, enlightening, and informative panel discussion offering different perspectives on all the various choices for childbirth. I can hardly believe it’s been a week already! I am SO grateful to our expert panelists: Laura Shanley. Author of Unassisted Birth; Sheila Kamara Hay, Ecstatic Birth Advocate and Rena’ Koerner, Founder of Integrative Childbirth Services, Doulas for Surrogacy, and the Lullaby Lounge, for bringing their energy and wisdom to this final call in the series.

Here are some of the highlights from that call in case you missed it:

Laura emphasized that giving birth is inherently safe and relatively painless provided a woman doesn’t live in poverty, and does not interfere either physically or psychologically. It’s important to not “over-think” the birth process. Connect to your inner strength, believe in your body’s ability to give birth without interference and always remain calm. That’s how Laura was able to give birth to her four now grown up children without any assistance even though each birth had some form of complication including a footling breech!

Sheila shared the story of how she moved from a traumatic birth with her first child to a Zen-like birth with her second child followed by an ecstatic birth with her third! She emphasized the importance of connecting with your body and its inner wisdom and asking it what it needs, to know how to do this for yourself. Her ecstatic birth was triggered by her mid-wife’s suggestion that she move around. After her mid-wife left the room, she turned on some music and started to dance and danced that little girl down through her body and out. She now believes that dance is one of the most sacred paths from maidenhood to motherhood!

Rena’ explained the importance of having a Doula that supports you wherever you are in terms of the type of birth you desire, the place and the care provider — without judgement. She strongly believes that pregnant women and their birth partners should invest the time in educating themselves by taking birth preparation classes so they can really be prepared in advance and not get thrown off by the stress and pressure that can come up during childbirth. She recommends laboring at home in a safe, private place for as long as possible to avoid the all too common pitfalls of unnecessary interventions and medical interference.

There’s still time to take advantage of our limited time special discounted price for The Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit: The Complete Recordings. You get unlimited access to all 6 Natural Self Care & Childbirth Training Calls as downloadable MP3s files that you can listen to any time and as often as you like PLUS multiple FREE bonuses including a variety of gifts from our speakers. Go to www.dropwise.info for more details and to purchase your copy now. But hurry … prices go up at the end of the month.

Don’t forget to join the continuing conversation on our Facebook Group: Holistic Pregnancy and Natural Childbirth

Easy Birth: Addressing the #1 Fear Most Pregnant Women Harbor

Great call last night with Debra Pascali-Bonaro! She confirmed what I’ve suspected all along: the way a woman gives birth has the potential to change how she feels about herself forever. The way she feels has consequences for how she mothers and cares for her baby. Babies are also affected emotionally and physically, and over the long term, by their birth experience, and it has consequences for a woman’s other relationships, as well as for society.The creator and director of the documentary film Orgasmic Birth, knows what she’s talking about and when Debra speaks, people listen. She made it very clear that birth CAN be a profoundly sensual, sexual, and spiritual experience. When women agree to feel their labors, the flow of oxytocin will increase which is beneficial to both mother and the baby before and after birth. But in order to enable an orgasmic birth, a woman has to feel safe and open to surrender –something that doesn’t often happen under the watchful eyes of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.Tomorrow is the final call in the Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit series and I said I saved the best for last so it should be a good one. I’ve got a panel of birthing experts with different perspectives lined up for a lively discussion about childbirth choices and what you really need to have a successful and pleasurable childbirth experience whichever method of delivery you choose.

Our distinguished panel consists of:

Laura Shanley — author, freelance writer, speaker, and childbirth consultant widely recognized as one of the leading voices in the natural-birth movement. A new and expanded edition of her book, “Unassisted Childbirth,” with a forward by physician and homebirth advocate Michel Odent, was released in 2012. Laura maintains a website dedicated to natural childbirth: http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com. Her work has been featured on ABC News, “20/20,” “The Doctors,” BBC, Discovery Channel, Disney, The New York Times, Reuters, and The Washington Post. She also works with women on a one-on-one basis, providing them with childbirth education and emotional support before and during pregnancy.

Rena’ Koerner –owner and founder of Integrative Childbirth Services and the Lullaby Lounge –a Southern California based place where families can come for education and proper support beginning with childbirth classes, baby classes, exercise and nutrition, all the way through the postpartum period, with special emphasis on addressing postpartum mood disorders. As a trained and certified Childbirth Professional for over ten years, Rena’ has had the pleasure of serving over 350 families. She co-founded Doulas for Surrogacy with partner Darla Burns to offer support to all triads. Her goal is to bring knowledge and compassion to both clients and students. She continues to stay abreast of the latest research as it pertains to fertility, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. She has sat on the Board of Directors for local, state and even national organizations, so she could spread the word of choices in childbirth.

Sheila Kamara Hay is the creatrix and visionary behind Ecstatic-Birth.com. She fiercely desires to share with women that childbirth is not something they must endure, but something they can enjoy. As a mother of three, Sheila has experienced firsthand a range of births — from the traumatic to the ecstatic — and has advised and inspired countless women in the creation or reclamation of their births. Sheila serves on the board of Choices for Childbirth, a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness among expectant mothers about their options for childbirth. Sheila has worked closely with leading women in the fields of birth and pleasure, including Dr. Christiane Northrup and Regena Thomashauer (of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts). Sheila loves cracking wide open her worldview of what’s possible in life and passing that knowledge on to other women.

These three birth professionals are passionate advocates for childbirth choices and bring an interesting and eye-opening perspective on the subject!

In this final session, we’ll be talking about:

    • The pros and cons of different delivery methods

 

    • Answer your questions about how to prepare for a pain-free birth

 

  • Tips and techniques you can use to make the most of your birth experience whatever you choose

We’re going LIVE at 5PM Pacific/8PM Eastern tomorrow, Thursday June 6th. Don’t miss this very important call – your last opportunity to learn how you can remove the fear from childbirth and turn it into a joyful, ecstatic experience as well as the best options and tips for doing it from women who have been there and done that! It’s totally FREE and there’s still time to register and attend the call! Even if you can’t make it to the call you will have access to a replay for a few days afterwards, but only if you register!

If you’re pregnant now, are planning to become pregnant, work with pregnant women and want to better support them through this journey, or know anyone who fits any of these criteria, please share this with them and encourage them to register at: http://www.dropwise.info.

Orgasmic Birth: Can it Really Be This Good?

The Final Week of The Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit has begun and we’ve saved the best for last! I’m excited and honored to be interviewing our expert Debra Pascali-Bonaro for tomorrow’s eye-opening call: Orgasmic Birth: Can it Really Be This Good?

Debra is one of the founding mothers of the “doula” movement. She has been a doula for over 25 years, and has trained thousands of doulas and birth professionals around the world in the practices of gentle birth support. After attending more than 400 births over more than two decades, she believes most births can occur with less technology and interference and that childbirth is a process to be enjoyed and cherished.

Debra Pascali-Bonaro is the creator and director of Orgasmic Birth: Nature’s Best Kept Secret, a documentary that examines the intimate nature of birth –an everyday miracle– and the ways in which our current system of care during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period disrupts the normal rhythms of birth and causes a myriad of other problems.  Debra is also the co-author of the book “Orgasmic Birth, Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience” which goes beyond the film and turns the information into a helpful guide.

Debra’s work has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, The NBC Today Show, Discovery Health, in The New York Times, The LA Times, The UK Times ands numerous parenting and health magazines.

We’ll be talking about:

  • Why having a joyful, ecstatic birth is so important to you and your baby’s long term health and wellbeing

 

  • The relationship between sexuality and birth, how orgasm can transform your birth experience and why societal taboos around feminine sexuality keep a lot of women from having this experience

 

  • How to consciously create a birth environment conducive to having a joyful birth no matter where you choose to have it

 

  • Having a natural vaginal birth after having a C-section in a prior birth (VBAC) and how to have an orgasmic birth experience after having had less than satisfying prior birth experiences

 

We’re going LIVE at 5PM Pacific/8PM Eastern. Don’t miss this very important call!

If you’re pregnant now, are planning to become pregnant, work with pregnant women and want to better support them through this journey, or know anyone who fits any of these criteria, please share this with them and encourage them to register at: http://www.dropwise.info. It’s FREE and there’s still time to register and attend the call! Even if you can’t make it to the call you will have access to a replay of it for a limited time afterwards, but only if you register!

Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit Recap of Call with Dr. Stacey Rosenberg

We had another amazing call last night with Dr. Stacey Rosenberg D.C, chiropractor and author of Natural Pregnancy, Natural Baby. Hope you were able to attend and get her great tips for how to avoid a C-Section.

Here’s a quick recap and my “Cliff Notes” from last night’s call in case you weren’t able to join us:

Simple Ways to Avoid a C-Section?” 5/23/13 Training Call with Dr. Stacey Rosenberg

The major physical changes you undergo while pregnant can weaken your pelvis and alter the position of your baby leading to longer, more painful labor or worse, a C-Section.

Your baby is in a breech position if it is not facing head down. This can significantly increase your time in labor and cause complications during birth, ultimately requiring a C-Section.

The optimum position for your baby to ensure a smooth and relatively pain-free birth is head down with his or her face towards your spine. If your baby is head down but the back of the head is facing your spine, this will lead to a lot of pain during delivery due to the pressure of its skull pressing against your pubic bone.

Balance, gravity, and movement are the 3 main factors that can work in your favor to help you keep your baby in the proper position –especially during labor! Stacey explained why lying on your back is the worst possible thing you can do during labor. If you opt for a hospital birth, the longer they monitor you, the greater your risk of needing a C-section. So make sure you have the freedom and space to move around and get in motion!.

We also learned that proper chiropractic care significantly reduces time in labor –as much as 29% for first-time pregnant women and even more for subsequent births!

There’s still time to register and listen to the replay from Thursday’s call with Stacey. But hurry, the replay is coming down after midnight pacific time on Saturday! To register, go to :http://www.dropwise.info.

Simple Ways to Avoid a C-Section: Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit Call with Dr. Stacey Rosenberg

We’re off to a great start so far with the Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit! This evening is our 2nd call in the series: “Simple Ways to Avoid a C-Section” with our resident expert Dr. Stacey Rosenberg D.C., chiropractor and author of Natural Pregnancy, Natural Baby.

I was impressed by the depth of knowledge that Stacey has when it comes to having a healthier pregnancy and safer, more efficient childbirth. As both a chiropractor that specializes in pre-natal chiropractic care and a mother of two, she has more than one perspective on this subject!

We’ve set an intention for tonight’s call:  Help you understand how the physical changes during pregnancy can lead to situations that require a C-Section and simple holistic ways to address them to minimize the likelihood that you will need one.

Tonight we’ll be talking about:

  • Some of the major physical changes and common spinal issues that can weaken you during pregnancy and lead to problems during childbirth
  • The role that chiropractic care can play in helping you enjoy a healthier pregnancy and a safer childbirth
  • Knowing when a C-Section is really necessary and how to minimize the likelihood of having one
  • Simple but specific exercises you can do to naturally move your baby out of a breech position (one of the main conditions that lead to needing a C-section!) if it happens to you.

We’re going LIVE at 5PM Pacific/8PM Eastern. There’s still time to register and get onto this call. If this subject interests you then please register now. Even if you can’t make it to tonight’s call you can still access the audio replay up until midnight pacific time on Saturday, May.

Your Best Birth: Are You Ready? Recap of Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit Kickoff Call

Wow! What a great way to kickoff the Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit series! Last night’s call rocked! I loved hearing from all of the participants. I’m so inspired by their interest and desire to empower themselves with knowledge and choices that support them in having their ideal birth.

Here’s a quick recap and my “Cliff Notes” in case you weren’t able to join us last night  . . .

Are You Ready for Your Best Birth?” 5/21/13 Training Call with Stephanie Dawn

  1. Labor is like the waves of the ocean and you, the laboring Mama, are the surfer. If you run from the wave it can clobber you. Such is the power of the ocean. Such is the power of birth. If you breathe deeply and really become one with the wave, you surf! One of the ways you can overcome your fears around giving birth is to open up to the powerful energy of giving birth. It’s resistance to this power that makes it scary and difficult!
  2. Asking the right questions will help you select the best practitioners for your Sacred Birth Team. Choose those who share your consciousness so they can truly support you in achieving your vision for an ideal birth. For example, you may want to ask your OB/GYN what her/his rates are for C-Sections and episiotomy. If they are high then you may want to consider working with one who doesn’t rely so heavily on this method of delivery. If you want to include a mid-wife or doula on your team you should also quiz your OB/GYN to glean their general attitude towards midwives and doulas.
  3. Have a written Sacred Birth Plan that details how you want your birth process to unfold to ensure you have the birth experience you desire –especially if you opt for a hospital birth. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy or long. Just a one-page plan outlining what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to you during the birth process and anything or anyone else you feel you need to have present. This is one of the ways you can make your hospital birth more like a home birth. And just the act of putting all this stuff down on paper can help you get really lclear on your vision of what constitutes an ideal birth for you!But remember, unexpected developments can alter the best-laid plans, so be flexible but stay in control of your journey!

There’s still time to register and access the audio replay for this call which includes instructions on how to claim your FREE copy of Stephanie’s book: The Sacred Birth Workbook and it also includes the BONUS session we did during the “after party” for participants who stayed on the line with us. Stephanie guided us through a powerful visioning exercise to help participants create a vision for their ideal birth.

If you’re pregnant now, are planning to become pregnant, work with pregnant women and want to better support them through this journey, or know anyone who fits any of these criteria, please share this with them and encourage them to register at: http://www.dropwise.info.

The Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit Kick-Off Call with Stephanie Dawn

I’m excited to announce that our Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit starts TODAY at 5PM Pacific/8PM Eastern. Our topic for tonight’s session is “Your Best Birth: Are You Really Ready?” and our speaker and resident expert, is Stephanie Dawn. I invited Stephanie to kick-off our tele-summit because I think the work she is doing to expand consciousness and empowerment around giving birth –especially from a spiritual perspective– is so important. I just know she will inspire us with her message and empower our Tele-Summit participants what she’s going to share with us tonight.

Together, she and I have set an intention for tonight’s session: To provide our participants with tools and guidance to help them stay centered throughout pregnancy and create an environment that supports them in having their ideal birth.

Stephanie is a super cool lady who has done a lot to support expectant parents in creating a “conscious” birth and train birthing professionals to do the same with their clients. She is an Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the healing arts, and over 9 years of offering support around pregnancy and birth as a spiritual path for expectant parents.

Stephanie is the creator of Sacred Birth Work, a teaching she offers to birth professionals around the world through her Sacred Birth Mentor Program.

She is also the author of The Sacred Birth Workbook –a step-by-step method of transmuting fear, creating confidence, engaging in excellent self-care practices, fostering understanding of the importance of pleasure and birth, and creating a heightened awareness of the transformative landscape of birth.

Tonight we’ll be talking about:

  • What it means to have a Sacred Birth and why it matters
  • Creating your Sacred Birth Team –who should be on it and what to ask when deciding
  • Getting a Sacred Birth Plan together to support you in having your ideal birth
  • Spiritual tools and secrets to overcome your fear before it overcomes you

Make sure you stick around to the end of the call to find out how you can get Stephanie’s generous gift AND her surprise BONUS for tonight’s participants!

There’s still time to register and get onto this call. If this subject interests you then please register now. Even if you can’t make it to tonight’s call you can still access the audio replay up until midnight pacific time on Thursday, May 23rd –which coincidentally, is the date of the 2nd call in our Holistic Pregnancy Tele-Summit series.