Augie’s Birth Story

I have loved reading birth stories for quite a while — way before I was even thinking about having a baby. I’m not sure exactly what it is about them that I find so fascinating. Maybe it’s that each one is so different and it’s fun to get a glimpse into such a special part of someone’s life. Because I love a birth story…and I wanted to be able to remember the details of my birthing day… here’s mine! Continue reading “Augie’s Birth Story”

“Pump and Kegel” a Prenatal Resolution

Watch as our very own, Erin, shows you how to “Pump and Kegel”…Be sure to sign up for a class too at https://www.fpc-nyc.com

Pump and Kegel:

It’s not just for workouts and it’s not just for pregnancy! The belly pump safely engages the transverse abdominus, obliques, and even the back muscles (your entire core). To do: inhale fully, allow the belly to soften as it fills will air. Try to breathe into the belly space rather than the chest. Allow the pelvic floor muscles to soften on the inhale. As you exhale, imagine that you are wrapping the muscles from the back around your sides and all of the way to your midline. This will hug your baby in to your body. As your do this belly pump, also lift up on your pelvic floor/ kegel. Inhale and gently release the pelvic floor and the belly. This action is the Pump and Kegel! Want to know more about this and why we pump and kegel? Come to class and find out!

An Inspired Name…

In olden days, new parents used to hire a baby squire to physically visit all friends and family of new parents to announce the birth of their child. Through song, pantomime and dance, this squire would reenact the highs and lows of the labor and birth. Sadly, the days of the baby squires are long behind us, so in its place is this email…

Bodi Moondog was born at 9:30PM on Friday, Oct 27, at home in Chelsea, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and measuring 19” long. Jessica had a quick labor, clocking in at 5 hours (one of which was in the office, one in the car headed to our apartment, and three in the birth tub!) The night ended with a celebratory pizza party with our lovely midwives and doula. The inspiration for his name comes from the word bodhisattva, meaning awakened, and his middle-namesake a composer who’s life and work is an inspiration for us.

If the past 3 days are any indication, Bodi is a super chill lil’ snoozer who loves latching on for a good feed.

A Family Grows in New York…

Sometimes, we midwives, are lucky enough to attend more than one birth with the same family.  While, all families we serve are special in their own unique way, there is a certain honor for being witness to the evolution and growth of a family and birthing person.  Here is a little glimpse into the most recent edition to the MCNYC family, as well a look back to the past with the same family a couple years before.  So many congrats!!!