Welcome to our blog!!

We have started this blog to keep our followers informed about new events in our community, up-to-date information regarding pregnancy and birth, and relevant articles and information that we come across. We serve much of South Florida, but with this blog we will be able to reach and inform so many more women. Please let other women know so they can receive the same knowledge! P3 Love!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Why all the cesarean sections USA?

It may seem shocking to think that maybe some providers are looking to have your birth go a different way for a reason that isn't to "healthy"?
Check out this article on the rise in c/sections, why they feel women are having so many today, and also why it's some towns top priority


Are you spoiling your baby by holding them too much? NO!

This article gives you a great, quick explanation of why babywearing is amazing, and why babies need their moms so much!
Many of us fear we "spoil" our babies because we hold them too much. Babywearers are constantly dealing with people telling us that. However, it's in this article, and something we figured instinctively, that spoiling just isn't the case.
Our primitive selves instinctively know what we need for survival and its those instincts that we should listen to!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

VBAC's, Midwives, and Birthworkers join us in helping keep womens maternity rights!

To Whom It May Concern,



I am writing this letter because it is important that we, as midwives, birthworkers, and women join together with support especially in times of need. Support for each other shows knowledge, unity, confidence, and much, much more.

I am a Licensed Midwife in the State of Florida (cesarean rate of 37.8%) and perform VBAC’s at clients homes. I myself am a VBAC mother of five.


I recently had a run in with an OB from Plantation General Hospital (cesarean rate of 44.7) where I needed to transfer a client who was attempting a VBAC. The on-call Dr. was not only completely rude, which happens, but also threatened to “make sure I never practiced medicine again”. He then, in the following weeks, proceeded to file a formal complaint with the Department of Health stating “In my opinion, VBAC’s should only be allowed in a hospital setting”. Personally, I know of only two VBAC friendly doctors in the state of Florida, although more claim they do perform VBAC’s at the hospital, later to find out they do not.


I am reaching out because in 2004 VBAC’s were banned in Florida from Birth Centers, and I fear that a woman’s right to attempt a VBAC at home may be at risk.


It is important that we are aware as a body, become organized in our goal to empower women and protect their option to have a safe VBAC or natural option of birth wherever they choose. I will be organizing a VBAC support page and directly state names of providers who are threatening our rights. I am also going to organize an informative gathering at a TBA location to help reach more women who may not be aware of their options, their doctors, or their facts. I ask for your support, direction, and any facts you can send my way to encourage women to truly know their provider (OB’s c/s rate, and actual successful VBAC’s they’ve performed).


I hope to see us continue to educate parents and OB’s on the safety and true facts of VBAC’s.


Thank you,

Gelena Hinkley LM CPM

(954) 780 9033


Please join me at the hearing set for:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the:

Agency for Health Care Administration
2727 Mahan Drive
Building 3, Conference Room D
Tallahassee, FL 32308
There will not be a phone call-in number available.


Natural BirthWorks: the place for pregnant women

Congratulations to us! As I have recently been informed, we have completed 9 months of business! Today is our EDD and lots of new things are birthing!!
To update you (newsletter on it's way) here's the happenings at BirthWorks:
Lactation consultants Sandy Lobaina..
-providing LC services (also offers services to our non profit clients) 
-monthly pumping classes and breastfeeding classes
-rental spot for Spectra breast pump
Yoga with Ish..
-mommy and baby yoga classes on Tuesdays
All Women Matter..
-prenatal care to uninsured/immigrant women 
Judith Care..
-providing well women GYN care
-Natural herbal treatment for HPV
-Spirit birth classes
-hospital births
Peaceful Pregnancy Pathways ~P3..
-providing maternity care for homebirth clients
-monthly childbirth education classes
-placenta pills
-all your ultrasound needs
Therapeutic Prenatal Massages by Jennifer..
-prenatal and therapeutic massages 
Stinkin' Cute Natural Baby Boutique..
-weekly cloth diaper classes
-all of your cloth diaper and natural baby product needs
Find all of your pregnancy needs at Natural BirthWorks!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fetus ejection reflex

Well written article http://www.spiritualbirth.net/what-is-the-fetus-ejection-reflex
This explains the benefits of a calm natural birth for labor and birth, and also explains the benefits to the baby and mom in the postpartum period.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Cloth Diapering Class

Cloth Diapering Class every Saturday at Natural BirthWorks:
Register to learn details on how to cloth diaper your baby. Learn the differences between Cloth Diapering Systems, and the benefits of cloth diapering (Enviromental, Fiscal and Health).
221 E. Commercial Blvd. Oakland Park, FL. 33334



Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mommy & Baby Yoga

I always liked Yoga. I felt I got a unique stretch in, all the while centering myself. I didn't think this state of being was possible once children entered the picture but I have to say Ish Garcia does a great Mommy & Baby Yoga class on Tuesdays!
If you live in the Ft. Lauderdale are I recommend attending one of her classes. She really does help you connect with your baby and center yourself at the same time.
Here's the info:
Tuesdays Mommy & Baby Yoga with Ish
RSVP required
Drop Ins: $18 per class
6-week class card: $90 ($15 per class)
Bring a new friend to class: $20 for both

Friday, May 16, 2014

Natural Childbirth Class Prep starting in June!!

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)
Here's the link to register:

My passion for VBAC's

I'm not sure if it's because I am a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) or because I'm so addicted to
empowering women to trust their bodies and themselves, but this study is perfect. I do a lot of VBACs and run in to many OBs who are very anti-VBAC, it infuriates me. An OB should NOT transfer their fears of a possible "law suit, legal concerns with the hospital, personal opinions" on to a pregnant woman.

OBs are there to provide a service, and provide it safely. My job as a midwife is to provide you with exceptional care, safety and empower you. The idea of a VBAC not being safe is a fear tactic, although it holds risks so does flying a plane, driving your car, and the list goes on. It is the provider’s responsibility to educate women on how to minimize risks and a repeat cesarean in not how to minimize risk. After reading the article you will find C-sections hold more risks.

Now some want to attempt VBACs in a hospital and some at home. I support either one, but true to say the success rate is higher at home. Less intervention, fewer time frames, and most importantly to be in your own comfortable environment.

No matter the location the point is VBAC is a better option for mom and baby. Make sure you know the VBAC success rate of your provider, get the right support team and you can do it! Check out this great article: