“All the eggs a woman will ever carry form in her ovaries while she is a four-month-old fetus in the womb of her mother. This means our cellular life as an egg begins in the womb of our grandmother. Each of us spent five months in our grandmother’s womb, and she in turn formed in the womb of her grandmother. We vibrate to the rhythm of our mother’s blood before she herself is born, and this pulse is the thread of blood that runs all the way back through the grandmothers to the first mother.”
~ Layne Redmond, When the Drummers were Women
Artwork - Amy Haderer, The Mandala Journey
Repost by Sherry Johnson ✨
These words can be hard for a lot of people no matter what life journey they are on. Jobs, relationships, family etc. In the birth world whether you are trying to conceive, going through fertility issues, currently pregnant, possibly ready to give birth, in your postpartum period or possibly suffered a loss it’s important to have faith that it will all work out how it’s meant to and to trust your body. We may not understand why our journeys unfold the way they do but just know there is always someone to reach out to who has either been there or just wants to offer a listening ear. Life can be so tough sometimes but you are that much tougher ;) your feelings are validated always
Remember it’s ok to not have it all together all the time 💖#Repost @moderndaywonderland
Somedays I just want to give up. Throw in the towel, walk out that door and never look back.
Somedays I burn the toast, spill the milk, and yell at the kids. .
Somedays I look in the mirror and see a sleep deprived, older version of someone I used to be. .
But mamas, those are the days that truly show us how strong we are. It's ok to have bad days. To cry in the bathroom, or hide in the pantry. Just remember that your not alone.
We are all going through this crazy adventure together, and you are so much stronger than you think you are. .
When my mom was going through chemo, the girls and I would constantly send her encouraging letterboard quotes. You got this, was one that we never had the opportunity to send. I'm finally ready to recreate it as a reminder to myself that no matter what hard times we are faced with, we are never alone in our struggles. This is a reminder to me, and for all of you mamas that no matter what life throws at you, YOU GOT THIS.
Tag a beautiful mama below who might need a little reminder this week that she's got this! Xo❤ #rebuildmamasvillage
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Nobody likes to be rushed - especially babies. You’ve made it to 37 weeks and you are sore and tired trust me I get it but most babies are not ready to be born at 37 weeks. Please let your body and baby tell you when they are ready. Walking, bouncing on a birthing ball, exercises, dancing and sex are all great things you can do at the end of a healthy pregnancy and will most times help with a shorter labour.
Please don’t try to induce your labour at 37 weeks through other means. Always talk to your doctor or midwife before using anything in pregnancy you aren’t sure of. I see so many women reach 37 weeks and they start all kinds of labour inducing activities and truth be told if your body/baby isn’t ready it won’t happen. Relax, take a warm bath, go for a massage, get yourself a doula etc to help ease your discomforts. You can do it. **this of course does not apply to any medically needed inductions**
#healthypregnancy #gothefull40 #letithappen #fullterm #doulasupport #pregancyjourney #healthybaby
As a woman who has suffered not just one loss but multiple I can confidently say that there is never enough support out there. This course not only certified me as an SBD birth and bereavement doula but it helped me heal and grow not only for myself but as a support for others. Loss is still such a taboo subject but it doesn’t need to be. No one should ever have to walk their journey alone.
You can take this course to become a certified doula or you can take this course to simply heal, be part of an incredible community and be able to understand the magnitude of loss and able to offer compassion and knowledge to people in need.
I’m very blessed that this course @stillbirthday
was available to me and now I am even more blessed to be able to mentor fellow doulas on their path to certification. If you would like to chat about how this course can help you just send me a message. It is also currently on sale! 💖
#bereavementdoula #bereavementsupport #stillbirthday #stillbirthdayuniversity #coursesale #mindbodysoulbirthservices
This article by Adriel Booker really spoke to me and I feel that this topic should be talked about more. Pregnancy after loss can come with so many fears and anxieties. It doesn’t mean you aren’t happy or joyful and also does not mean you should keep the pregnancy secret until you hit a “safe” zone. If I have learned anything over the years it is that there is never that “safe zone” in anything. This is a part from the article that really stood out to me - .
“After I lost my first baby someone I looked up to said to me, “that’s why I encourage young mothers to keep their news to themselves or among a small group of friends until twelve weeks into the pregnancy.” At the time I didn’t respond because I was still broken and tender (after my loss at thirteen weeks *ahem*) and was in no mood to defend our decision to “go public” about our pregnancy or our miscarriage. (I’ve never once regretted that decision, by the way.) If that same woman—or someone else—ever says something similar to me in the future I’ll know how to respond. I will ask her: Why? Why would I keep my pregnancy secret until I was “safe” (which we all know isn’t really safe)? Is it because we are incapable of walking with one another when pain comes? Is it because we are so uncomfortable with death that we’d prefer to treat it as a private matter that has no implications within our extended circle and community? Is it because we’re afraid of things that can’t be “fixed”? Is it because suffering and pain and grief are best dealt with in isolation? In secret? In shame?
Surely not. (And I know she doesn’t think so.) Why then are we obsessed with being secret until we have a greater guarantee of “viability?” Why then do we think we can hold our breath for twelve weeks and then exhale as if some magic number is our ticket to safety?” http://adrielbooker.com/early-pregnancy-announcements-miscarriage/
#pregnacyafterloss #pregnancyaftermiscarriage #pregnancyafterstillbirth #stillbirthday #bereavementdoula #bereavementsupport #losssupport #mindbodysoulbirthservices
I absolutely love this and add adoption, surrogacy, step parenting and co parenting in 💖🙏 #Repost @moderndaywonderland
Your birth story is special, unique and beautiful because no two bodies are the same. This means there’s no right or perfect way to give birth, so let’s celebrate the fact that we created life and brought them into this world however that may have been.
and I had very different experiences, but both of us became mothers. At the end of every birth story is that magical moment when you first lay eyes on your beautiful baby. What do you remember most about that special day?
#csectionmomma #vaginalbirthmomma #allbirthsmatter #birthsupport #birthwithoutfear #mindbodysoulbirthservices
I am a Stillbirthday certified doula. I can walk this journey with you. You never have to feel alone 💖 #bereavementsupport #sbddoula #losssupport #stillbirthsupport #miscarriagesupport #sbdcertified #mindbodysoulbirthservices
Have you ever reviewed your medical records? They are yours.
It can be an exhausting process:
If you were under OB office care, they will have your files. If you received hospital care, their records department can help you.
If anyone is unhelpful, a patient advocate from the hospital can help.
You'll complete a short release form.
It can take time to get them printed or sent to you. If they are in instant download format, not all notes and data may be there - you might have to start the process over. If they are backed up on report requests, you might want to narrow down timeframes of your medical history to be printed, so that it can be printed sooner.
They might have delivery options, like fax, mail, or pickup after they've been printed.
You can bring a stillbirthday doula to sit with you when you collect your records. Leaving the hospital with a manilla envelope filled with notes from medical professionals - strangers - about your birth and your baby can be very, very overwhelming. You aren't alone.
When you get pregnant after suffering a loss it can be an extremely emotional roller coaster. I know all too well as I have been through this myself. When you suffer a loss it’s hard to keep your mind in the right place and you have to work at it every single day. No two days will be the same either. One day things will be amazing and the very next you can be in emotional distress. You want to be happy and positive but your mind is on high alert. Every single twinge in your body, every cramp, every ache, every pull, every feeling you over analyze. It will take a huge toll on your body and mind. Be easy on yourself and take it day by day. Make sure you keep some affirmations close and know that your feelings are important 💖 Self care is so important during this time so treat yourself to a mani, read your favourite book, go for a nice nature walk etc. Seek out support from someone you trust to talk through your feelings as well. A doula is someone who will listen, support you, help you come up comfort techniques and with ways to relax through your pregnancy.
Just remember you are not alone 💖
#pregnancysupport #pregnancyaftermiscarriage #pregnancyafterloss #bereavementdoula #birthdoula #fullspectrumdoula #pregnancyselfcare #stillbirthday #pregnancyafterlossaffirmations #mindbodysoulbirthservices
May is #National #Doula
month. People often ask me why I am so passionate about #birthwork
and what exactly it is that I provide as a birth worker. I am so incredibly passionate about helping as many as I can have the most positive birth and postpartum experience possible. Giving birth is one of the most incredible times in someone’s life so why not have someone there who’s main purpose is to support you unconditionally. 💖
Here is a list of just some of the things you get when you hire a doula. I’d say we are well worth it ;) Physical Support * Soothing with touch through the use of massage, counter pressure, or a rebozo
* Helping to create a calm environment, like dimming lights and arranging curtains
* Assisting with water therapy (shower, tub)
* Applying warmth or cold
* Assisting the birthing person in walking to and from the bathroom
* Giving ice chips, food, and drinks
* Continuous presence
* Helping the birthing person see themselves or their situation more positively
* Keeping company
* Showing a caring attitude
* Mirroring—calmly describing what the birthing person is experiencing and echoing back the same feelings and intensity
* Accepting what the birthing person wants
* Helping the birthing person and partner work through fears and self-doubt
* Debriefing after the birth—listening to the mother with empathy
* Guiding the birthing person and their partner through labor
* Suggesting techniques in labor, such as breathing, relaxation techniques, movement, and positioning (positioning is important both with and without epidurals)
* Helping them find evidence-based information about different options in pregnancy and childbirth
* Helping explain medical procedures before or as they occur
* Helping the partner understand what’s going on with their loved one’s labor (for example, interpreting the different sounds the birthing person makes)
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I am very excited to announce that we are offering Virtual Doula Services! *The first 10 bookings will receive 15% off. Weblink in the comments
I believe that support should be available to everyone during this incredible life journey. Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum are one of the most magical periods of life but it can come with so many questions, fears and confusion.
This is a wonderful virtual option for those of you who would love extra support and a listening ear but don’t necessarily want someone physically attending your birth. There are no location restrictions for this option.
#birthdoula #virtualdoula #virtualdoulaservices #mindbodysoulbirthservices #birthsupport #pregnancysupport #doulalife #doulalove #childbirthpreparation