The Birth of Little B

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”

Born into the Water – Arlo’s Birth Story

It’s been one week since he arrived.

I’m from Aotearoa, New Zealand; I come from a family of strong home birthing mamas. I was born in our home and one of my earliest memories is of being woken up and taken to mum and dad’s bedroom as my little sister’s head was crowning, so going into my first birth I was adamant that I would follow suit.

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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!