Showing posts from 2013

History is important, facts are helpful too. The more you know.

So here are some articles that breakdown some unknown facts:
This article: shows when c/s started. 1890.
This article: was the earliest I could find on how our maternal mortality is steadily getting worse. This chart starts from 1987, I will continue to try to find earlier.
This article: shows around the time we started to medicalized childbirth 1856.
Then we have this bit of info: The death rate for women giving birth plummeted in the 20th century. The historical level of maternal deaths is probably around 1 in 100 births.[14] Mortality rates reached very high levels in maternity institutions in the 1800s, sometimes climbing to 40 percent of birthgiving women (see Historical mortality rates of puerperal fever). At the beginning of the 1900s, maternal death rates were around 1 in 100 for live births. The number in 2005 in the United States…

Low risk pregnant women, your safer at home!

I'm a midwife. I study low risk women all day, I know normal and this allows me to pick up abnormal quite quickly. This article speaks what midwives before me having be saying since the evolution of hospital births. When those try to oppose this historical fact, its nice to have reporters, and researchers that remind us how very wrong they are.
"Oft quoted research studies state 3X to 10X more babies die in the first week after low risk homebirth than hospital birth.  In order for low risk homebirth to have higher perinatal mortality rates there would have to be a theory to explain this. There would have to be one or more complications of low risk homebirths that result in death in the first week that can be prevented by being in hospital, and death from these complications would have to occur more often than low risk deaths at planned hospital births."

Benefits of delayed cord clamping

I always knew the benefits were great, but sometimes you need a good article to back you up. Here it is:
Take the time, research it. Most midwives practice this as standard of care for all clients, but always a good idea to check with your provider.

Getting ready to feed your baby solids? Then you MUST read this!!

It's the common go-to, and common error that has been handed down to us, fortunately its a new "tradition".
What to do when its time to feed your baby solids? Well, once your baby has shown you signs that he/she is ready ( then I highly recommend you start some healthy brain developing foods over the "normal" cereals, and here's why:

Know your hospitals c/section rates, 2012

I find it extremely important that if you do choose a hospital birth, you should know about that hospital. One of my first questions would be "what's your c/section rate?". Most don't have a clue, lucky for us we stumbled upon this great site and article that opens our eyes to the $100 question!
I know a lot of these hospitals listed are very "pro natural birth" but when you see the stats, you sometimes wonder. It's important to know, the more you know the better!
I'd love to see a comparison graph that included epidurals....hmm.

Proper childbirth preparation for natural birth

I find it extremely helpful to be prepared. Whether its knowing the weather in the location I'm headed to, or knowing the groceries needed before my trip to the grocery store, being prepared is key! So why do we assume preparing for birth is any different?
If your goal is a natural birth, and you want to know what to expect, please join our series!
This is a childbirth education series so there are MANY topics covered, including:
Anatomy and Physiology of mom and baby
Stages of Labor
Coping techniques
Addressing fears
Practice labor vs. true labor
What to expect
Newborn Care
Please RSVP so I can have enough packets and gift bags for all!!

Cost: $75, (Medicaid and P3 clients are no charge)

Heading back to work, but want to continue breastfeeding??

A lot of women are on to the health benefits of breastfeeding. They no longer buy the 'formula hype', and trust their bodies. I love it. I support it. However, back to the daily grind creeps up on us before we realize and what to do then?
The amazing, in my eyes, lactation consultant Sandy Lobaina with has created a Pumping 101 class. If you live in South Florida, its worth the outting! She is internationally board certified as a lactation consultant and is passionate about what she does. The class is geared towards properly preparing women to return to the work force and also continue breastfeeding their babies.
RSVP required.

Don't be the formula hype!

Here's a great article pointing out the lengths corporations will go to get paid. Unfortunately our best interest is not the #1 priority here. I know this may be hard to believe, a conspiracy theory maybe, but if you were to look a little further than what your told, and allow the little voice in your head to be heard, you'd realize its right. Formula companies are not looking out for our best interest and it's up to us to trust our bodies.
Support and education is key in successful breastfeeding. I like this quote from the article because I come across this often in my career:
"In reality few partners actually share the night feeds, so don't be tempted to stop breastfeeding for this reason. There might be an odd occasion when this happens but the novelty wears off very quickly, leaving you firmly back in charge of the night-feed. This is particularly true when your partner has to get up for work".

Attempts to detour women from!

I was sent this article that bothered me deeply, I felt it was just another way for society to detour women from breastfeeding, so I dug a bit and found this article that disagrees. When I read the title I instantly felt that was incorrect, but I figure I should read and truly understand. As I read, the link to the study led me nowhere, not a good impression. Also, just from current research that is investigating giving small amounts to increase bodies immunity and reverse allergies, had me disagree with the logic. Let's not even mention that I ate a scoop of peanut butter everyday of pregnancy and breastfeeding and my son has no alleriges. I decided to look a bit further and found an article from huffington posts that seemed a bit more credible to me. First upsetting article:
article that backs up what I felt as soon as I read the title:…

Share your Peaceful Pregnancy Pathways experiences

Expectant families love to hear your experience with us, share your positive, peaceful, pregnancy story here:
and here:

6 signs you should dump your prenatal caregiver

I skimmed through this but felt it was pretty dead on! During your pregnancy your provider should not only be checking on you and baby at each prenatal visit but should be listening to you.
If we ignore or don't pay attention to the pregnant mom, we miss a lot, things that could help us provide exceptional care for each client.
The lost art of midwifery and, in my opinion, "care" is due to lack of attention given to each woman. If I don't take the time and listen how do I know if your taking care of yourself? How do I know your able to provide your body with what it needs to create this baby?
This also means that the provider has to be diverse in many areas. Providers need, more like its VITAL, that we educate women in nutrition during pregnancy. This truly is a lost art lately. Preparation is another area in which we have to provide to our moms. If I don't properly prepare the woman for birth, how can I expect it to go so smoothly? Also, what type of experience…

ACOG's recommendations for pregnant moms to avoid chemical exposure

Please take moment to read ACOG's recommendations to help ensure minimal chemical exposure to the unborn fetus.
Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more difficult for us to avoid but these few tips along with this easy to view image can allow you to be concscious of these tips.
Talk to your midwife or provider regarding other ways to stay healthy!

Gentle GYN Care

It's never fun when its time to go to the GYN, but it's apart of life. It is nice, however, when you can see a provider who has a gentle heart and a holistic mind. CNM (certified nurse-midwife) and ARNP (advanced registered nurse practicioner) Judith Kaplan is now working out of Natural BirthWorks in Fort Lauderdale, with an office also in Boca and Miami.
Providing women with wonderful options besides the traditional, and slightly more uncomfortable, GYN care. Judy is also offering a holistic approach for the treatment of HPV, which is becoming very prevenlent with our young teens.
Here is an article from the examiner on Judith:

Natural BirthWorks community event

Natural BirthWorks is a co-op of holistic providers. We share a space so all families can receive the benefits of whole body care. The need for natural care is important in this growing toxic world. Join us for our monthly events and learn about each of the providers at our space.
Current providers include:
Licensed Midwives
Certified Nurse Midwives
Lactation Consultants, IBCLC
Massage Therapist
Ultrasound technician
and more...
View or FB event page for more details:!/events/572014659530269/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

and our website:

Coral Springs Breastfeeding support group

Each month the lovely breastfeeding mama's of Coral Springs meet up. We meet up to support each other, normalize breastfeeding, and share stories. We change locations each month to enjoy all areas, but its always the 3rd Wednesday from 9-11am. You can learn more about the group, and meet other moms on either our facebook page:!/groups/coralspringsbreastfeedingsupport/

or our meet up group:

We look forward to seeing you!

Natural BirthWorks Monthly Newsletter November 2013

Natural BirthWorks - November Newsletter |
We are delighted to be sending out our first monthly newsletter, designed to help keep you informed on what’s happening at Natural BirthWorks!

As you may already know, Natural BirthWorks is a co-op of providers that share this wonderful space. The goal is to have a diverse group of like-minded holistic providers at one location, readily available to care for women and their families with natural alternative methods. Please check the calendar on our Natural Birthworks website for providers schedule.

In addition, each month we will keep you abreast of any special events, classes, or community events being hosted at NBW. Every newsletter will have a "theme" highlighting one of our providers - so you can learn more about their services.

Current participating providers:

• Gelena Hinkley, Licensed Midwife

• Judith Kaplan, Certified Nurse-Midwife, ARNP

• Dr. Carly Tokar, Family Chiropractor…

Holistic approach to HPV/Cervical Dysplasia

Natural BirthWorks' provider Judy is now treating HPV and cervical dysplasia with a more holistic approach. Tuesday mornings by appt. only.

Midwifery Interview on the air!

It's exciting to see midwives becoming a well known word in our society again. It has been a long journey, owing much thanks to the many granny midwives before us and the dedication and love from the future midwives.
I've always felt blessed when I started my journey into midwifery. I felt blessed because I was able to give women an option, a choice, and a better birth. I also felt blessed because I got to join a community of midwives who are some of the most educated, intelligent, beautiful, well spoken, loving, and dedicated women I've ever met.
Here is a fellow midwife speaking the truth, and enlightening those in the dark about the benefits of Midwifery Care. My friend, and fellow midwife, Jamarah Amani

Homebirths on the rise!

It's always wonderful to see and hear about the rise of homebirths. I think the reason I get so happy is #1 I'm a midwife so thats always a plus!
#2 It makes me happy to know that more women are educating themselves on birth, and becoming aware of their birth options.

The reason why my first 3 births weren't with midwives was because I didn't even know about it! To not even have the option, or knowledge I suppose, to be able to choose or decline is an injustice to a woman. So I'm thrilled to know that women are knowing ALL their options for pregnancy and birth, and hopefully getting educated on it as well, and in-turn, allowing them to make the decision.

Garage Sale/Bake Sale to help us raise money for our non-profit!

FUNdraiser for
our non-profit organization
Sunday October 6, 2013 9am-1pm
We will have toys, children’s clothes, shoes, strollers, maternity clothes, car seats, and MUCH MORE!

Come and enjoy some of our baked goods and lemonade stand (run by the organizations kids)
We are raising money to help fund our non-profit ALL WOMEN MATTER. This organization strives to provide uninsured pregnant women in our community with appropriate prenatal care!/AllWomenMatter

A birth reflection from a VBAC client

I got the privilege of helping a VBAC mama get the birth she dreamed. Granted I met her late, I think 40wks, and all seemed like a Repeat C/S was on the horizon. We proceeded with the knowledge that it would all work out, and work out it did. Here is her latest reflection on her amazing birth compared to her first c/s birth:

"It's amazing how different each birth story is - yet how similar at the same time. I've heard SO many women who are disappointed by the experience they had birthing their child/children. How choices were taken from them, how things weren't explained well so that they knew why things were done, how they didn't get to bond with their baby. Having experienced this myself AND having experienced a birth at home where I was able to eat and drink (and when I didn't drink enough and almost needed an IV, I was given the opportunity to drink more so that I wouldn't be constricted by the IV), I was able to change positions to help Thomas make hi…

Breastfeeding 101 at Natural BirthWorks!!!

Sandy Lobaina is an amazing IBCLC and she will now be offering breastfeeding 101 at Natural BirthWorks!

Yoga at Natural BirthWorks


The importance of prenatal care during your pregnancy

It is so vital that pregnant women receive proper prenatal care during their pregnancy, it can reduce maternal/infant morbidity and mortality rates. Red flags present and with proper prenatal care, it can be caught BEFORE it becomes a major... health concern. This is exactly what happened with a Peaceful Pregnancy Pathways ~P3 client. Due to the watchful and attentative eye of her midwife, we picked up the red flags, and acted swiftly. Our client is healthy, with a beautiful healthy girl because of that. I also want to thank Memorial Regional for acting on the WHO's recommendations and placing baby right to mommy's breast after the c/s. Welcome little girl, you made quite an entrance!

P3's Pregnancy Community Blog: Mommycise Fitness at Natural BirthWorks!

Mommycise Fitness at Natural BirthWorks!


P3's Childbirth Class series!

Prepare yourself for a natural birth! Come join us for a wonderful 3 part series covering topics such as:
Anatomy of mom & baby
Stages of labor
Tips for partners
Comfort measures
What to expect
Breathing techniques
and Newborn Care
Cost is $75 for non-p3 clients. If you refer a friend receive $25 off! Contact me for more details!!!/events/580866371974378/

A picture says a thousand words...

I always say how lucky I am because I love my job. I'm a midwife, a childbirth educator, a mother, and a wife. I'm blessed in many ways with my family but its hard for them to see me gone for so many hours with no notice at all.
I try to capture images for my family and friends so they can understand where I go and why. Maybe if they see it, and understand the beauty, they won't be so sad when I'm gone.
I've yet to find an image that really made them get it....until now.
I recently had a bit of a birth run, the most births in one day, for me at least. Three women decided to bless me with their labors on the same day, special yes, and extremely stressful since I make it a point to honor the woman choosing me as their midwife, not a back-up. I'm also extremely lucky and blessed to have a great team, and good back up support for rare times like this.
Either way, two of the three births were very quick. They went from 0-60 in under an hour, in labor terms, thats …

Just a thought....

As I was getting ready this morning, I often reflect on those I speak with and here are some thoughts that came from that:
 If we don't experience the birth of our dreams, how can we enjoy the transition into motherhood and in turn the power of motherhood? I ask some "what do you envision for this birth?" and some don't have an answer. This is because they don't realize they can have the birth of their dreams, they don't realize how important the actual transition part of life is! T.V. shows us that we walk in and the hospital deals with everything until baby is put in your arms. Leaving you out of set 1. The power and strength lies in the transition into the new role you play. Take back your birth, take back the most important role you play, and take back the first step in doing it.
 ~just my 2 cents.

Natural BirthWorks opening event!!

Our co-op shares space with providers who choose to help their clients in the most holistic way. They've joined together in one location so families can reap the benefits of many different forms of holistic care. Please join us for our opening event to meet the providers of this unique space:

Childbirth Class series beginning Aug. 24

Please join us in our wonderful childbirth class series at our NEW location! Classes start Aug. 24, this is a 3 week series, come one come all that are looking to prepare for a NATURAL birth!!/events/325697117566000/

Birth Story of Baby Boy!

Birth Story of Baby boy
Preparation for 9 Month:
·Personal Trainer twice per week
·Bootcamp 3 times per week
·Yoga (prenatal)
·Pilates for flexibility
·Hypno-Birthing classes
·Birthing Prepatory Course by the Midwife
·Eating healthy
June 19th
I woke up at 11:30PM on June 18th to go to the bathroom (#2).This was unusual for me as I usually do this in the morning.Within the next 30 Minutes I had to go to the bathroom often.I had a lot of mucus come out; that could only be my mucus plug coming out and then my water broke. After that I tried to go back to bed and sleep but couldn’t anymore.So I walked around and tried to relax.At around 1:15AM I decided to wake up () and we started keeping track of my contractions at 1:39AM. They started out at three minutes apart, lasting 45 Seconds to one minute and then progressed to between two to three minutes apart by 2:15AM.Quickly Rich and I decided that I should take a bath and sit out the contractions in warm water, which felt much better.After ab…

Natural BirthWorks Opening Event!!

Press Release
Natural Birthworks Kicks Off With Community Meet & Greet.
First-of-its kind holistic cooperative in Broward County seeks to educate and empower women.
Oakland Park, FL: Natural Birthworks will hold its inaugural event, a community meet-and-greet, on Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at 6:30pm at its location on Commercial Boulevard just two blocks east of I-95. Attendees from the community, including local media, are invited to come learn about the services offered and speak with the organization’s practitioners. Refreshments and raffle packages will also be offered for a small donation to benefit underserved pregnant women in South Florida.
The first of its kind in Broward County, Natural Birthworks seeks to create a space where women and their families have access to a variety of holistic services under one roof. Practitioners will include Licensed Midwives, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, Doulas, Chiropractors, Holistic Pediatricians, Childbirth Educators, Placenta…

Bonding with natural vs. medicated children

So I've been pondering my births. For those who don't know me, I have 5 children. I've had every birth type imaginable, I've been induced, epidural, c/section, and all natural.
I often hear moms say that when they have a c/section or when they've been medicated during labor and delivery, they don't feel the same bond that they have with their unmedicated natural births. I always used to think (before my all natural birth) "how is that? how do they not feel the same love for that child?" Now that I've experienced the natural birth, I think I understand what I was thinking wrong. Make sense? Probably not.
I kept asking myself how could they not feel the same love, but what they were saying was not the same BOND. I think I actually get it. I know we all love our children the same, different ways but the amount of love is the same. I would die for any of my kids, I would literally DIE for any single one of them. I LOVE them equally, some receive my l…

Childbirth Classes

Join us for another series of my childbirth classes. The class covers:
~Anatomy of mom and baby
~Stages of labor
~what to expect
~coping techniques for you and your partner
~Placenta benefits
~exercises for natural birth/labor
~breastfeeding (special guest speaker, lactation consultant, Sandy Lobaina with My Mom Glow)
~newborn care
If you are not a P3 client the fee is $50, please RSVP.
Class 1: June 8 4-6pm,
Class 2: June 10 7-9pm
Class 3: June 12 7-9pm!/events/186414104849145/

Newborn bath, THEY ARE NOT DIRTY!

I preach often how newborns aren't dirty. Yes some birth "particles" get on them but nothing that isn't going to be beneficial! There are a few situations where I would say, "sure wash baby" maybe if mom has a contagious virus. Honestly what is going to get on baby that hasn't gotten there already? Here is a great article supporting my thoughts:

P3 Love,

Pitocin vs. Oxytocin

Here's a great article on the differences between synthetic pitocin and natural oxytocin...

P3 Love

This article reinforces why I am a midwife and am so happy to do what I do

It's always nice when an article comes out that truly helps you explain to people what you've been trying to get them to understand for some time now. Humans question things, I get it and think thats the smart thing to do. However, sometimes, for people like me it's hard to show or prove something we know. When you have an article that comes out and pretty much sums it up for you, it gives you a sigh of relief. "Ahhh, there! This is what I've been trying to say". So please take the time to read this article because "This is what I've been trying to say".

P3 Love,

What to do when life continues after baby and your partners back to work??

Working with all the families that I've been touched by, I have noticed an issue that always seems to bear its ugly head when the work day returns!
I know we all know about postpartum blues, breastfeeding issues, the "supermom" syndrome, but now we have this problem of what to do when the spouse has to go back to work.
It's always so nice to have the extra set of hands, the middle of the night person who you can freely wake up (and not feel guilty) but, unfortunately, the time comes when they must go back to work.
To prevent depression, or sadness there is an article that has a few good pointers. I have reviewed and I do feel these are good steps you can take to ensure a smooth transition.

Happy Reading,
P3 Love

Be Aggressive, B-E-Aggresive!

Before this article had come out, I had been pondering the idea that we as a society are becoming less independent and more dependent. We go to work for others (more common) so they can tell us what to do and give us insurance and pay, we go to the news to see whats happening even thought most important events are excluded, we go to the doctor when we are sick to be given a quick fix instead of being aware of what we do and how we got sick to avoid for next time. What happened to us taken our actions into our own hands? What happened to being in control of what we do? I know its not like this all over but I feel its starting to lean more towards us becoming an obedient society and it scares me. How will the newest inventors invent things, or scientist discover new cures? We need independent thought to be the superior being that supposively us as humans are.
This article somewhat goes with the pondering thoughts. It states that women who are more passive will be in a hospital with an OB…

Help writing a birth plan?

I found this and thought it was a good guide to remind you to stay focused when planning your natural birth. It really just skims the surface on how to start writing your birth plan. A lot of people ask me what they need to bring to birth center or hospital, or what to have at their homebirth. I also get asked what should I write in my birth plan....
I will add to these helpful hints but I have to say I do plan on writing a very detailed list on these 2 topics (birth items to bring or have, and birth plans). They are different though, items to bring are, obviously, items to bring for you and new baby or items to have at home for you and new baby.
Birth plan is your idea of how your birth should go down, interventions, mood, atmosphere, people allowed in the room, care to baby following birth, and the transition of all of this. Both of these things should be respected by your provider and your family.
So keep a look out for things to come but the above is a place to start.... Happy bi…

Vaginal twins birth is safe

A new Canadian study shows that planning a c/section for twins does NOT give us a better outcome. It's so important that we remember how extremely imperative it is to keep the confidence in our bodies. When we lose trust in ourselves and what we are capable of, it has a negative domino effect that is beyond comprehension.

Yes you CAN go over 40 weeks with a healthy pregnancy, yes you CAN deliver vaginal breech with a trained professional, yes you CAN breastfeed your newborn, yes you CAN have a safe homebirth with a Licensed Midwife, yes you CAN deliver twins safely through your vagina the way nature intended.

Remind yourselves that your instincts are correct and you must follow them. We sense its wrong when someone tells us we can't do something because instinctively we know we are meant for certain things, and birth is one of them.

St. Patty's day SPECIAL for Childbirth Classes!

Learn how to prepare for a natural birth! I incorporate the Lamaze and Bradley method so parents can have the wonderful birth they envisioned! Allow your body and your baby to experience this amazing rite of passage. Special price for March, normally $100 for this 3 class series, now $30! Receive all the information, and confidence you need for a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Class 1 (March 9): Anatomy of mom and baby, Stages of Labor, Coping techniques

Class 2 (March 16): Exercise and Nutrition for the pregnant woman, what to expect when labor occurs

Class 3 (March 23): Breastfeeding and Newborn Care
 First 2 people to refer a friend will receive a presale pass to the private presale at Lolliposh Seasonal Consignment in April!!!

Register at

Yale'd it! Here's what Yale News has to say about vaginal births

So happy to finally see all of these reports, and articles coming out to tell the truth on the benefits of a vaginal birth. Please take a moment and read this, if only to know I'm not insane! Yale News.

Need I say more??

I have had the pleasure of being able to post so many articles on the rise of homebirths, midwives, or natural births lately. I am honored to, yet again, add this to my list of posts:

I will sip my tea tonight, just a wee bit happier ;)

Midwife Mania!!!

I do love the title of this Time's article: Midwife Mania? More U.S. Babies than Ever Are Delivered by Midwives
I also like how in the article they note how many other places around the globe, Midwives are the norm.
I suppose my biggest issue is that why do we still look at going to a hospital for sick people the correct place to bring our newborns into the world?
When I was young, maybe 10 or so, it was hard for the hospital nurses to let me in to see my grandfather who was ill. Yet, we freely, and gladly bring ourselves to this SAME location to bring our fresh newborn babies into the world. We need to rethink what is "norm" here, and start to understand what is natural.

P3 on Yahoo News!

We are excited to see Yahoo News! picking up our press release. It generates the buzz that Homebirths are a normal part of delivering a healthy baby, and it's not something that should be viewed as "crazy" or "hippie". View our press release on Yahoo News!

Waking the boobie beast...

Women tend to have the nurturing qualities, right? I think so. When you throw in a child who we grew in our bellies, we nurture even more. Now imagine someone insulting that? or making you feel like its wrong? Well, then you wake the mother bear BEAST! This is exactly the case with this story from Texas which has made its way all the way to Florida!

Please join us for a Nationwide Nurse-In THIS SATURDAY at Hollisters in the Coral Square Mall at 3pm.
Stand alone, we are one, stand together...limitless.

Interesting natural birth of triplets article

Hello All!
I stumbled upon this article and felt it important to share on my blog. The stigma of homebirths, natural births, and midwives really "urks" the heck out of me!
I wish more people understood not only how safe it can be for low-risk women but how benefical it is to us as a society. The empowerment of knowing your body works the way nature intended, the beauty of experiencing what your child is going through at the time of delivery, hearing the signals the body gives to you during the process, accepting the feeling. This not only gives women the confidence they deserve but that confidence trickles down to how the mother is seen by the family as a whole. It's important. It's a right of passage.
 Anywhooo, with that said, here is a article I wanted to share...

Happy New Year!!! Holiday gift from P3!!

Hello everyone!!

As we bring in the New Year, I would like to give a gift to all the pregnant mama's. P3 is offering our Childbirth Class series for FREE starting January 7, 14, and the last class on Jan. 21. Please email me at for more info!!
I feel like education is the best gift and the more educated our pregnant women are, the better the birth outcome will be. Please share with those you think will benefit from this offer.

Check out our monthly events...