Intentions & Acknowledgements
I am really appreciative of Carol & Shar @midwiferycare_nyc, Megan @brooklyndoula, and @borissuchkov for being so supportive during the prenatal, birth and postpartum period. I also read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, which was really helpful in navigating what birth was going to be like. The birthing classes I took with @healthystart brooklyn & @birthdaypresence also influenced my thinking about the birth. My intention was to try and have an unmedicated birth, and deciding on working with a doula and a midwife practice was probably the best decision I made during the pregnancy, supporting my effort to have a birth that was empowering and respectful of Beatrice and me. Continue reading “The Birth of Little B”
This home birth video showcases the epitome of surrender and strength. No matter quiet or loud, there is no right way to birth your baby.
Twenty years ago today, Shar birthed her first child. This child inspired her to move toward women’s health and a career in Midwifery. Today we celebrate her, her transformation and all other women!!
I’m from Australia. My mother used water as her pain relief method in the birth of both my sister and I as an alternative to drugs. Before even deciding on who my provider was going to be, I sought the assistance of a doula, recommended by my sister-in-law, who had a hospital birth two years earlier. Continue reading “Bodalicious Pizza Birth”
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”
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!
In the evening, within the warm walls of their own home, a family was born.