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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!



Monday, July 24, 2017

Natural Childbirth Classes

Our childbirth classes are a 3 class series. We focus on natural childbirth and allowing your body to progress the way it is intended. As midwives we teach how the woman’s body is made for pregnancy and childbirth, rarely allowing for any complications when allowed to progress naturally. The course allows you to see birth as a rite of passage that should be embraced and welcomed, not a painful experience to fear. We believe it is incredibly important for women and their partners to be educated about the process of labor & birth so they can enter with confidence.

1st Class – Our first class focuses on the anatomy and physiology of labor and birth. This includes how women’s bodies are made and how they work throughout the labor process. The babies are not forgotten when we teach of labor and delivery, as they are working just as hard in there to succeed at this huge task! Coping mechanisms during contractions are also taught, including visualization techniques and breathing.

2nd Class – The second class teaches about nutrition, exercise and possible complications that may arise. This is also the time we address any fears you may have of childbirth so you can release them before birth time. During this class we will also go over myths of childbirth, breathing techniques and pushing techniques. We also discuss what to expect when labor begins, whether you chose a homebirth, birth center, or hospital birth, we touch on what to expect at each.

3rd Class – The third and final class we will teach about breastfeeding basics, newborn care including bathing, caring for the umbical cord, changing diapers, etc. This class is taught by our IBCLC Sandra Lobaina.


Contact info@p3birth.com 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Quiet birth of a VBAC Princess

I had the honor of attending a beautiful birth last night. I've attended many beautiful births and I likely will attend many more, but each one is unique in its own way.
This mom had sought me out at the very beginning of her pregnancy. She had a cesarean section with her first when she was quite young and many years later she found herself wanting the natural waterbirth at home.
When I met with her she was so quiet and timid that I truly didn't think I'd see her again. I was happily surprised when she called weeks later to schedule her initial visit.
I'm a bit passionate when it comes to those wanting a VBAC. I feel it's so amazing that they have chosen this path and I want to make sure they get to experience all the beauty it can be. So needless to say, I was happy about it.
When the time came for her labor, we had quite a few "practice" labor checks because, well truly because I couldn't tell how intense anything was because she was SO quiet and timid! The pattern was slightly irregular but still frequent and according to her words (certainly not her actions), painful. I went and checked the first time, 2cm 70% effaced and baby was -1. I packed up my stuff after going over some relaxing techniques and told her to text me if it picked up. About 12 hours later, she checked in and although pattern was the same and so was her voice tone and demeanor, I went to check to be safe. This time around her demeanor was still the same but she had progressed slightly to 4 however station and effacement were the same. I again strongly suggested for her to rest and stay fed and hydrated. Another 8 or 9 hours she text me again, and I then asked if she'd like me to come? She said no but I really felt she said that simply because she felt bad. She was just that sweet and quiet of a person. I checked in an hour later, at this point I was getting anxious! She then said she felt "pushy" while on the toilet.
If you want to see a woman fly out of the house in under 2 minutes then have her be a Midwife and a client call and tell her that. The whole drive down I was so mad at myself for not going when I asked, and thought how terrible it would be if I missed it. I know it happens and sometimes its out of my control but obviously its not the outcome your banking on.
I arrived, for the third check, and she still seemed in early labor, visually. I checked her and she was about 6-7cm dilated and baby moved down a bit with a little increase in effacement. I was SO relieved that I didn't miss it and that we had progressed!
Her contractions continued on, now at this point it was increasing and she was moaning through them. She started to have the common " I can't do this" and I realized at that point we were very close. I had her sit on the toilet with the lights off for a quiet moment. She continued to moan but then suddenly quiet set back in. I realized I dozed off for a second and thought, where the heck did the contractions go? It had been awhile and myself and my assistant hadn't heard any of her moaning. I thought well this sometimes happens before pushing. The time kept ticking on with no noise. I finally suggested to her that maybe she'd want to walk a bit to get the contractions to pick back up? This is when she notified me that "oh yes they're still coming, I'm pushing and I think I feel her head"
Welp, there ya have it. Her quietness returned to transition her baby out. Sure enough I went to peak and saw this beautiful head crowning.
We quickly got her to the tub as she really wanted a waterbirth. She gave a few more soundless pushes only to turn and tell me "the head is out" and another push and baby arrived. I helped her get her baby to her chest as she turned to me and said "that wasn't so bad"....


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

P3's Pregnancy Community Blog: Relay Race Fundraiser for South FL Midwives

P3's Pregnancy Community Blog: Relay Race Fundraiser for South FL Midwives: This is going to be a fun day for a good cause!! Join us for our Relay Race to raise money to help support a lobbyist for South Florida Mid...

Relay Race Fundraiser for South FL Midwives


This is going to be a fun day for a good cause!! Join us for our Relay Race to raise money to help support a lobbyist for South Florida Midwives.
Enjoy competition, exercise, or just clowining around with old school outdoor activities? Couples, families, teams can register to participate in this fun activity-filled race! From planks, push ups, diaper changes, potato sacks, and more! Make sure your partner can keep up because the winner will get a prize!!
Even if your not apart of the race come watch the Midwives and families run around like crazy!
Goodie bag for those who participate, food & drinks will be available for sale (all proceeds from food sales go to organization as well) We have some AMAZING prizes for our Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners!!!
ALL proceeds go straight to our organization to help pay for the lobbyist to protect our law.
April 22, 2017 11-3pm
Participants in the race: $30 for couple and $45 for Business teams (up to 4)
Email us to register info@naturalbirthworks.com !


Prizes:
~http://www.familyspinalcare.com/ Dr. Justin Brown $200 gift certificate

~1 custom essential oil blend from Essence Unearthed @mammaunearthed 

 ~Pro surfer Garrett McNamara, Guinness World Recorder Holder, will donate a signed copy of his memoirs Hound of the Sea and a one on one 1- hour surf or SUP lesson @mcnamara_s 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Babywearing

What's all the hype about babywearing? It's the best way to carry your baby! I truly could not have survived 5 kids without it.
The key to success with it is learning how to do it correctly. There are so many carriers, techniques, rights and wrongs, do's and don't that it can get confusing and not so fun. It's best to learn from a trained babywearer so that even when your child is 4 (and mine is almost 5) you can still carry them away!
Natural BirthWorks is a great birth center and natural minded center that truly brings back the lost art of care. Their babywearing workshop taught by Zenmamalove  Martha Lerner is awesome! Here's the details for the next workshop:

Babywearing 101
March 19 10:am
contact info@naturalbirthworks.com to register


Friday, February 3, 2017

Homebirths and Emergencies

I often get families who choose not to do a homebirth because they're afraid that "something might happen". It's a valid fear however it shows the lack of understanding of what a Midwife is and what she does.
Midwives training is designed to know what the normal process of labor is, how it varies, and when are those variables actual red flags. We then have training to prepare us for the "what if's". It's why we have to carry oxygen, resuscitation equipment, IV supplies, antibiotics, suturing equipment, pitocin, and our homeopaths and herbs. We very much understand the natural process and like to prepare for quick changes.
We also are trained how to handle those quick changes in a comfortable, natural, calm setting with mom and family close by to understand what's happening and be involved in the choices that will need to be made.
It's sad to see a birth choice made, that wasn't the true birth choice, simply because a family didn't understand the birth process.
Here are some stories from families where some quick changes accord, assistance was needed, and the journey through it.

Iman:
Nasir was a fairly easy labor, but when he came out he was limp and I guess not breathing on his own. You told me in a very calm manner that you were going to give him a quick breath and he was breathing on his own right after that. Because of your demeanor I had no idea that he was in distress. It took me a while to figure out that something was wrong at all and I probably asked you a couple of times before I understood completely that Nasir was in a little trouble. I still get chills thinking of how well you handled yourself under pressure and made sure not to worry me or my birth team. I know I've said it before but I'm beyond grateful with how you brought my son back to life with those two rescue breaths and kept me calm during the process.

Jessica:
So, little (ok, not so little) Miss Addie...I was in the tub while delivering and was able to get her head out, however, Gelena and Sandy thought she was taking too long to make her complete entrance. They both quickly removed me from the tub and calmly, yet sternly, told me that I had to push and get the rest of her out "now". She wasn't breathing and Gelena calmly asked if she could giver her some mouth breaths...within seconds she was in my arms...I was definitely nervous, but confident that they both were knowledgeable and could handle the situation. I believe had I delivered in a hospital she would have probably been taken away from me to "run some tests" and who knows what else to make it a more stressful situation. If I ever (and it's definitely not in the plans) get pregnant again, I wouldn't hesitate to have these ladies as my midwives! I owe two beautiful, healthy babies to them! P.S....Addie turns 1 on Feb 13! I'm in denial!

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Andrea:
When Ember was born at home in the water, somehow her cord tore soon after birth. This is a very rare occurrence. Gelena noticed as she went to clamp the cord and saw that it was already severed. Knowing that the placenta could resend, she had me move to the couch to deliver the placenta sooner than expected to ensure that it came out whole and did not pose any danger. She handled the situation with clear instructions and there were no further issues. As something unexpected arose, she was attentive to adapt!

Kelly:
 Hannah was born at home in a calm, soothing environment. After having my first daughter with you, I was more than confident in your skills. I was able to completely relax and let go knowing you would be open and honest about everything going on and I wouldn't need to worry about alterior motives. Hannah was born and had a slight murmur. Her skin was still pretty blue after a while. You calmly assessed her and administered an additional test. Knowing what you do about pulse ox levels, you reached out for a second opinion from her pediatrician. You received a response and immediately told me we needed to transport Hannah to the ER. Your way of delivering that news was not only calm and confident, but reassuring that I needed to go and be with my baby and continue that bonding. I'm so thankful we had the gentle home birth and bonding experience that we did. Had I delivered Hannah in a hospital, she would've been stripped away from me immediately, no doubt. With little explanation as to what was going on or when I would be able to see her. I would have been stuck in my hospital bed instead of holding her in my arms in the ER before being admitted to the NICU. She's alive, happy and healthy today, thanks to the knowledge and quick responses of Gelena and Sandy  It was the most beautiful way to undergo that experience that I can imagine.

Melissa:
 My third was my only baby who ever needed any assistance after birth, his color wasn't good and his cry was weak but you gave him a few puffs of air and he was fine. And while I was worried about him, I was not concerned about his safety or your ability to care for him at home. (shameless plug for my blog post about it  http://www.beyondmommying.com/.../my-messy-beautiful.../)


Jessica:
Adaira was fine, but you almost gave her a puff of oxygen before she started crying. And I remember not feeling concerned at all because you were so confident. She had her cord wrapped THREE times around her neck, and people freak about that but I wasn't worried at all. I didn't even know until after lol! Partly because you always encouraged me to research so I knew the real deal about Nuchal cords. But mostly because you were so calm and sure. Even if it had been an issue I absolutely felt safer home with you and Sandy than in a hospital. Not a question. 💕