Want an Empowered Birth Experience? Take a childbirth course

Preparing for birth (even if this is your 5th pregnancy) can be stressful and overwhelming. You might be feeling anxious and even a little scared about your upcoming birth. You’re not alone. This is quite common. Some women like to go with the flow, while others feel comforted with a plan. You might be Googling… Read more »

Postpartum Hospital Stays

Guest post by Sarah Blunkosky, M.A., RYT 500, R-PYT, R-CYT is an integrative education consultant, certified peer-breastfeeding counselor, and registered Accessible yoga instructor specializing in family, children’s, special needs, and prenatal/postpartum movement/embodiment. She serves clients in Northern Virginia and travels for service appointments, conferences, and workshops with local studios and her company, Learning Heroine LLC…. Read more »

Find out which childbirth education course is right for you

Fun fact: one hospital childbirth education class was all I took before giving birth to my first daughter.  Back then, the idea of birth freaked me out. All I wanted was for the nurse to tell me what to do. I laugh at it now. When I gave birth to my second daughter, I found… Read more »

Baby shampoo on your vulva during birth?

As I typed the title for this blog post, I almost wrote “vagina” instead of “vulva”  and I remembered this image I saw on Instagram depicting the common confusion between the two. (Via the Positive Birth Movement) So why am I talking about the vulva? Well, I recently found out that some care providers are now… Read more »

Clean Up Your Thoughts on Conception

Want to tidy up your mind? By now, you’ve heard of Marie Kondo and her magic of tidying up. She believes when you tidy your home by choosing JOY, you transform your life.  It’s brilliant! Image Source: Post from Marie Kondo’s Instagram – Art by msbulat   Her method is to examine everything you own… Read more »

Postpartum Minimalism and Recovery

Guest post by Sarah Blunkosky Preserving your precious energies for healing from birth and enjoying this time with baby It is okay to adapt your life around what needs to be done, make plans for other days, and try to engage in contentment in the present moment.  In the postpartum period after birthing a baby… Read more »

3 BREATHING TECHNIQUES FOR AN EASIER BIRTH

Guest Post by Olga Morkova As a birth doula, I work with couples who prepare for birth through various childbirth methods, each containing different techniques to breathe their baby into the world. Women who have tried HypnoBirthing breathing techniques during their birth, whether they learned them from a HypnoBirthing childbirth class or heard about them… Read more »

Unexpected lesson from postpartum depression

Nine months after giving birth to my oldest daughter I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. It didn’t come on at nine months, it’s just that it got so bad at that point that I finally realized it and sought out help. Before giving birth to my youngest daughter I thought back on that experience and… Read more »

Kate Middleton, Megan Markle, and Hypnobirthing

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, used hypnobirthing during labor. And now it looks like Megan Markle will do the same! Techniques such as self-hypnosis and visualization helped Kate have a calmer birth. This is one reason why she looked so refreshed and energized for the media (Plus the help of her #glamsquad I’m sure!) just… Read more »