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What kind of a birth do you want for your child? How to Set an Intention For Your Birth:
On June 1, 2012 in
Each mother and each baby and each birth is different. But the potential for a powerful, transformative, normal, and natural experience is there in each and every birth. “Giving birth as nature intended is not “biting the bullet and letting it happen.
Preparing for the birth of your child takes time, commitment, and education. I've been teaching the
Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
for 16 years. The one thing you can count on in childbirth is the unexpected, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have the loftiest goals paired with the ability to be flexible. Read on for steps to set your intention for your birth and create the best "Birth Day" ever.
"If you were told you could have one of the most physically, emotionally, and spiritually transcendent moments of your life and here's the map to get there, would you really say no?"
Elizabeth Davis, BA, CPM From the documentary
One definition for intention is:
"to have in mind a purpose or plan, to direct the mind, to aim."
Take responsibility: transform the conversation around labor and birth from your fears and doubts, to hope and possibility, then take these steps and see results:
1. Get clear about the birth you want and write it down. Examples:
- "I want to give birth to a baby who has no drugs in his/her system"
- "I will stay home so that when I arrive at my birth place, I will be completely dilated."
- "I will be patient with labor and know it can take a long time."
- "I plan to have a natural birth but I will be flexible since a healthy baby is the ultimate goal."
- "I plan to stay home as long as I possibly can I will go into labor at 9 Am and give birth at 4 PM"
Write down YOUR OWN INTENTION:
2. Share your intention with someone who will support you, but also hold you accountable.
- Write it down
- Share it with your doula
- Share it with your coach and anyone else who will be at the birth
- Share it with the medical staff when you arrive at your birth place. Give them a copy of your birth plan and ask, "Can you help me have a natural birth?"
- Write a birth plan. Have your doctor sign it. Have a copy at the doctor’s office, at the birth place, and with you when you arrive at your birth place.
- Say it out loud and talk about it and discuss it with your birth support
3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention.
- Ask yourselves if your caregiver and birthplace truly support the outcome you want.
- If you ‘re not sure go to:
Questions to Ask Your Care Provider
. If you don't get the answers you want, find another care provider and/or birth place.
- If medication is the usual way of dealing with pain in labor, tour alternatives:
- Do a Google search for birth centers, nurse midwives, licensed midwives, doulas, natural birth
Read Positive Birth Stories
- Visualize your birth
- Meditate on it
- Pray about it
- Write your birth story ahead of time and re-read it every day. Include every detail.
Write your birth plan
4. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, take the next step.
- Write your fears down
- Look at each fear-one at a time, and brainstorm how to get past it
- Take one small step at a time
"By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams."
by Liza Janda E-RYT 200, AAHCC
Liza Janda, has valuable experience as a Certified Fitness Instructor for 27 years,
Certified Childbirth Educator for 16 years, and Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor for 10 years. She has worked at some of the world's leading spas: The Golden Door, Cal-a-Vie, and Rancho La Puerta.
Liza Has a passion for yoga, especially
. Her dedication to helping women during pregnancy, labor, birth and post-partum is a top priority. In addition to her educational programs she provides support,
, and fellowship for mothers-to-be and new mothers.
Liza feels blessed to be doing what she loves and is excited to share the gift of health and contentment through yoga with her students and friends.
Prepare for childbirth now with these classes:
Prenatal Yoga 1
Prenatal Yoga 2
Prenatal Vinyasa Flow
Keys to Keeping Your Pelvic Floor Healthy After Childbirth
For anyone who has given birth, a strong and supportive pelvic floor is crucial to overall health and vitality. Your pelvic floor is a thin layer of muscles that run from the pubic bone to the Coccyx. The pelvic floor plays an important role in many things, like supporting your body’s internal organs (bladder, intestines, uterus, etc.), enabling you to maintain urinary and bowel control, and providing support vital for reproductive and sexual functioning. Your pelvic floor supports your organs during activities that stress them physically, such as laughing, sneezing and coughing and also plays a vital role in supporting the spine. Unfortunately, many new moms are not aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy pelvic floor. Strong pelvic floor muscles are a crucial part of your body’s internal core stabilizers, so if you want to strengthen your core, you can’t ignore your pelvic floor.
How to Have Beautiful Skin? Avoid these 10 Mistakes
Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid to have beautiful skin and keep your skin healthy. 1. Trying to hydrate with sodas or energy drinks. How these drinks age your body and why avoiding them will keep your skin healthy: As the years go by our bodies literally dry up from the inside out. Our skin just can’t continue to retain moisture like it used to back in the day when we were plump infants with juicy flesh that stored water like desert succulents. Diet sodas and energy drinks may quench your thirst on the spot but they don’t hydrate your system and help have beautiful skin in the long run like good old H2O does! Why? Because they are jam packed with artificial flavors, sugars, chemical preservatives and acidifying agents that can lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, tooth decay, organ stress and lowered immune system. What you can do to make a change: DRINK WATER, DRINK WATER, DRINK WATER. Drinking water is the true fountain of youth! It is all your body needs to stay hydrated and the easiest way to have beautiful skin. How much water should you drink? A good rule of thumb is to drink between 64 ounces and 0.67% of your body weight per day. For example, if your body weight is 150 pounds, then you need to drink anywhere between 64 ounces and 100 ounces (0.67% x 150) of water per day. Read more about hydration hacks here. 2. Getting too much sun exposure without SPF. It is common knowledge that ultraviolet (UV) rays is harmful to your skin because it damages skin fibers called elastin, which makes your skin stretch and sag like a dry old rubber band that you use tie a bunch of mail together. What you can do to make a change and keep your skin healthy and beautiful: THINK SUN KISSED NOT SUN DRIED!
What You Really Need to Love Yourself
These days there are so many articles and courses and books out there trying to teach us how to be happy, how to love ourselves, and what we have to do in order to feel free and successful. And don’t get me wrong, I love this- I love the way we as a collective are beginning to focus on self-growth, self-knowledge, and self-love. What I don’t love though, is that there is often a step that is missing from these books and articles and courses. A step that is absolutely crucial to take on the path of self-love and learning to love ALL parts of you.
Intentional Practice: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Want from Yoga
In our day-to-day lives, it’s all too easy to get caught up in what others want for us. Well-meaning or not, these “other voices” can stick in your head, and if you’re not careful, you won’t be able to recognize your own, at least not as readily. By now you probably know that yoga is about the process of listening to your wisest self. It starts by hearing our bodies— hearing the knee that is out of alignment, stopping yourself from forcing a joint that just won’t bend that way. But eventually, that act gives way to a deeper listening, one where you can hear your own, deepest wants.
6 Steps to Setting & Achieving Your Goals
It’s the time of year when many of us will be thinking about the year ahead, and setting some goals and resolutions to achieve in the next twelve months. It can be easy to just think “I want to achieve…”, but if you want to actually succeed in your resolutions, you need to set achievable goals. If you don’t have a goal to work towards, you can lose focus and direction, and be further from achieving the challenges you set yourself. Goals also help you set a benchmark for determining your success! There are steps you can take to help you set and achieve your goals. It takes some careful thought into what it is you want to do, and how you’re going to go about achieving it. Here’s our top tips for setting and achieving your goals. 1. Set yourself a motivational goal It’s very important that your goals are motivational to you.
Simple Ways to Show Love to Yourself & Others Regularly
Love, it makes the world go round. All you need is love. It’s so simple right? Actually, maintaining and nurturing loving relationships in our lives can take effort and practice. However, showing your love to others, as well as yourself, can make a huge positive impact in our lives. Love comes in many forms, from our significant others to family, to friends and even pets. Feeling loved can harbor a sense of caring, and inspires you to make others in your life feel good. It’s really quite contagious, so here’s our top ways to help you show love to others (and a few to show some love to yourself too). Listen to others
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