Today at noon ET is our second free class for the #ideservebirthsupport group. Today we are talking about how to prepare for an empowered birth whether you are in a home, birthing center, or hospital.
Having an empowered birth means feeling equipped with tools that make you feel strong and supported no matter what happens and no matter where you are. It means having the understanding of what a "normal" birth can look like, so you feel safe as things progress in various directions. And it means knowing (and your support person knowing) what you want your birth to be and feel like, and what you DON'T want your birth to be and feel like, so that the people around you can do their best to support your plan, whether those people are family members or nurse practitioners.
This topic is essential for birthing women, especially in the current landscape where not all are being allowed to bring a support person with them to the hospital. If your birth in these next few weeks is expected to look a lot different from what you had initially planned, please know you can still have an empowered birth. I hope to equip you with the tools to help make that happen today.
Click the link below to join the private #ideservebirthsupport group or head to stories to join on zoom. See you soon!
1. It’s easy to spill anxiety when it’s overflowing. Having someone to talk to is super important. But right now, our partners aren’t necessarily the best people to spill it onto - they may be having their own anxieties about health, money, the future. Journaling first allows you to explore your feelings, it’s been shown to reduce PTSD symptoms, and can help you find the words to share with someone in a way that doesn’t raise their anxiety.
2. Our nervous system thrives on rhythm and regularity because we have internal circadian rhythms. Try to wake up and go to sleep as close to the same time as possible, eat meals at regular hours & get to sleep at consistent times.
3. High blood sugar sugar dampens your immune system, while low and high blood sugar can tank your mood or cause anxiety - due to natural survival responses that ensure we’re keeping a steady flow of energy to our brains while keeping our inflammatory responses in check. Eat a healthy array of good quality protein and healthy fats, and don’t skip the carbs. Healthy, whole grain carbs provide what your body needs to produce brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin that support your nervous system.
4. Movement enhances production of natural feel good hormones and chemicals like cortisol and endorphins. This improves your mood and reduces stiffness, aches & pains. An hour of movement means better sleep, more energy + focus, less depression + anxiety, & helps keep your blood sugar steady.
5. Getting outside is healing balm for the soul. Did you know that in hospitals patients whose rooms face brick walls recover more slowly than those facing out onto sky + green space? Of course practice social distancing, but walk, get sunshine, or get in front of an open window for 30 minutes every day.
6. Support your nervous system with adaptogens, nervines, and supplement with a multivitamin to get B-complex and trace minerals, while taking up to 500 mg extra magnesium glycinate daily.
See link below for more tips for managing anxiety, in addition to herbs + nutrients that support your adrenals during this stressful time.
Ok, here’s a recipe you might think sounds kinda weird, but it tastes so good that when my kids were little they’d even ask for it when they weren’t sick!
This remedy, now uber popular on the internet and amongst herbalists, originated in my kitchen 'round about 1986.
It takes just a couple of minute to prepare, 20 minutes to steep, and it’s a tried and true great tasting antimicrobial and soothing tea for upper respiratory infection prevention, and also treatment for cold and mild to moderate flu symptoms,.
Here’s how to make it:
• Chop 4 cloves (not bulbs, just the cloves, and chop, not press in a presser) of garlic
• Place into a quart sized mason jar, and cover with boiling water.
• Let this sit for 20 minutes,
• Strain and add lemon and honey to taste. I find the juice of 1 whole lemon and 1/4 cup
honey is the perfect amount.
• Drink warm.
Keeps in the fridge for a couple of days.
Reheat gently, and do not bring to a boil.
Kids over 1- 9 yo 1/4 cup up to 4 times/day
Kids over 9 and adults up to 1 cup 4 times/day
Safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Check with your doctor before using if you're on blood thinners.
I woke up today feeling extra grateful to be a part of the community of mamas who joined me yesterday for our first #ideservebirthsupport group class. May we continue to champion, love, and support each other fiercely, so that each and every one of you can connect to the birth warrior within.
If you missed yesterday's class (Birth Choice In A Time Of Covid-19), the 2 hour video is available to watch and re-watch in our private facebook group (link below). The next class - How To Create An Empowered Birth - will be Tuesday at noon ET. If you are interested, please join us, and if you know anyone this information can support right now, please tag them below.
And if you have a pregnancy/birth story that you feel called to share as a part of the #ideservebirthsupport campaign, we would love to hear it. The hashtag has over 1.2k beautiful images and words depicting why support is a basic human right for birthing people around the world. Joining the movement and sharing your story is a great way to continue to champion and love one another, especially the birthing mamas right now ❤️
Today's topic for the #ideservebirthsupport FB group course is Birth Choices in a Time of COVID-19. We'll be going over how to choose between a home, birthing center, or hospital birth, choosing a midwife, having a doula, home birth safety and transport, the importance of a backup plan, and more. At the end of the lesson I’ll answer any questions mamas have about any of the above, and you are welcome to continue to ask questions afterwards in the private Facebook group.
To join the group, click the link below, and we will see you at 1 pm ET on FACEBOOK HERE
@krissyshields@NYGovCuomo@abbyepstein@RickiLake@GlowMaven Yes, please. In the Netherlands there is a movement to retrofit hotels to birthing centers, staffed by midwives. I'm sure there are a few low occupancy NYC hotels that would work just fine, and many midwives willing to serve those mothers.
@melissadderosa Hi Melissa, Thank you for supporting mothers. I'm Aviva Romm MD and midwife, who kicked off the campaign #ideservebirthsupport Reports are that South Nassau in LI, Cornell, NY Pres. are still actively refusing to allow labor support in with mothers. aviva @avivaromm.com