Showing posts from April, 2014

Hypnobirthing, the new movement

I don't normally care for "fads" but since this technically has been around for awhile, I'd say its no fad its...great!
As a midwife, I've seen many births so it's great because I can compare or observe a few things. I must say: I LOVE HYPNOBIRTHERS!
They are so aware of the their body, so intune with what to do next, and so calm and patient. It truly made a noticeable difference. So it's with great pleasure that I get to share a Hypnobirthing series starting at Natural BirthWorks on May 12 by Helen Citrin.

Mommy & Baby Yoga!

We are SO excited to announce Mommy & Baby Yoga at Natural BirthWorks! Ish Garcia, who trained in India, will be starting these classes in May!!/events/569467469827184/

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2014

Be a part of the Change in 2014!
April 26, 2014 at 11am is the official date and time we will do this all over again! We look forward to the many new faces we will see this coming year and welcoming back our loyal cloth diaper advocates.

Congratulations and thanks to all 2013 Great Cloth Diaper Change participants and... supporters!! Guinness World Records verified that we broke the record… the new world record is 8,301 cloth diapers changed at one time at 182 qualifying locations in 15 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Germany, Spain, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, United States!

Another 4 countries held nonqualifying (but cloth-diaper-awareness-increasing!) events: Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Philippines

84 cities hosted events that didn’t qualify for the Guinness World Record BUT DID ACCOMPLISH our goal of increasing awareness about reusable cloth diapers.

Unofficial babies changed: 10,029 (including sites that didn’t qu…

Breastfeeding 101

Breastmilk is the best gift you can give your baby, but sometimes it can be trying. It's always wonderful to know we are not alone and there are great Lactation Consultants, like our very own Sandy Lobaina IBCLC, out there supporting and guiding us with the right information!
If you want to be ready, and have all the support and tools you need to make this experience as enjoyable as it can and should be then this class is right for you:

Pumping 101

If you want to breastfeed, but need to return to work, or need to pump for a back up supply, then PUMPING 101 is the class for you!!
If your South Florida/Broward area Sandy Lobaina, our IBCLC, will be hosting her monthly Pumping 101 class to help you know everything to enjoy this experience and not get stressed!

Know when to go to the hospital or when to call your midwife

It used to be that when active labor occured, we needed to head to the hospital or call our midwife. Still true, but when is active labor? 4cm you say? Well according to ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists') it's really 6cm.
Being a midwife and observing birth, I have to agree. It's important that we understand labor is different for each women and allowing the birth team to arrive when your in active labor, 6cm, will really reduce the interventions then tend to occur so often.
Love this article, read and enjoy:

No your labor hasn't stalled, no it's not failure to progress

It's amazing to me how those who don't observe natural labor very often like to comment on how it should flow. Although, it does make sense that if I were to walk into a hospital, since I'm a homebirth midwife, my whole body freezes up. I guess I could see how, if I was in labor, some may see that as a "stalled" labor or (my all time favorite) "failure to progress". Truly though its "I'm impatient" and "Your body is going to slow for me". Me me me, I I I. Labor is not about the provider but about the woman.
I think we all know each women is different and with nature, and natural birth, we never know what to expect. It's important to really know this and trust in it. There is a reason for everything and this article shows why labor may be taking a bit "longer" than expected and some things you can do about it. Well written article and I truly hope a lot of providers read this and remind themselves of this truth.