Learning how to breathe, let go and relax

Joy and Baby at Ocean

Beautiful Joy and baby Tulsi from Diggin’ Livin’ Farm and Apiary Cave Junction OR

It is so possible in labor!  The mama in this photo did just that for her three beautiful babies!  She taught herself how to breathe, relax, and let go.  What an inspiration it is to see how a woman can fully relax, let go, let be… as she breathes her baby into this world.  Parents invest in their HypnoBirthing practice, in the breathing practice, in the class time because they are SO DESIRING to have a baby born with gentleness, calm, peace and love.  I admire all the parents who take our class so much!  It takes courage to forge a path that is so different from the “mainstream” yet obviously so natural, so normal, so much our birthright.

If you are pregnant, and due in summer or fall, sign up now for class that begins in April.

I will be teaching the next HypnoBirthing class series, beginning April 5.  Five Saturdays.  We will be skipping over the Saturday of the 19th, so dates are April 5, 12, 26 and May 3, 10.  All classes are from 10-12:30 at our beautiful classroom space at Three Sisters Midwifery in Jacksonville.  I am attaching a flyer for you as well.

Tuition:  $250 for the series, includes textbook, 2 CD’s, 2 notebooks of handouts and scripts.  Flexible payment plans available per special arrangement.

We purposely keep this class small.  It is designed for couples.  It’s value lasts a lifetime!  I have two couples confirmed for this class and would like to keep the class to a maximum of about 5 couples.

Please call or email if you are interested!  We would love to have you with us.

YOU MUST PREREGISTER:  3sistersmidwives@gmail.com

Here’s a little homemade video montage of some of our parents who have taken the class.  Enjoy!  Hope to see you in April!

February HypnoBirthing Classes coming up!!!

baby sadie 2I have witnessed so many incredible births with moms using HypnoBirthing. I love it so much – For the moms who can be so in control, so RELAXED, so aware and in communication with their babies. And For the Babies – Who are given an opportunity of a lifetime to be born gently, with calm conscious awareness. And for the Dads and Partners – Who get to be so fully involved, to be able to share and support with understanding and loving encouragement for their partner and their baby.

Mark your calendar! Call or email to Preregister!
541-833-0999 or 3sistersmidwives@gmail.com

HypnoBirthing® of Southern Oregon

Are you preparing to have a baby?

HypnoBirthing®
Classes Begin
February 11

Class Dates ~ Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11

You can learn to birth as nature intended… Calmly, comfortably, aware and in control

All classes held at Three Sisters Midwifery, 235 W. Main, Jacksonville, OR
Five-Class Series Begins February 11
Tuesday evenings 6-8:30pm
You must preregister for this class
Email 3sistersmidwives@gmail.com or Call 541-833-0999

Some words from first time parents at our birth story sharing:
“I waited so long to have a baby… because of the fear factor. I was just so scared. But now I’m like ‘Hah! We could have had ten kids by now’”
“It is really possible! I had no real sense of pain. Very calm the whole time. Didn’t feel stressed or overwhelmed.”
And from Dad:
“It was a beautiful experience. I was hooked the first time we came here to the first class. When I was presented with the material, it just made sense. It definitely gives you the idea of how to be that person, that support partner.”
5-Class Series: $250 includes all materials, text and CD’s. Return to any other series during this pregnancy at no additional cost. Flexible payment options available by arrangement.

You Can PRE-REGISTER at (541) 833-0999 or 3sistersmidwives@gmail.com
Class Dates ~ Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4, 11
PLACE: Three Sisters Midwifery, 235 W. Main, Jacksonville, OR 97530
Jae Rowan, instructor, 3sistersmidwives@gmail.com 541-833-0999
HypnobirthingofSouthernOregon.wordpress.com (visit us on FaceBook) http://www.hypnobirthing.com

HypnoBirthing® with Calm and Relaxation is Beneficial for Every Mother and Baby

Emmas BirthSome people believe the philosophy of HypnoBirthing® teaches that birth should look or feel a certain way.  Is this true?  Is there a “perfect birthing” bar that is set way too high? I do not believe this to be so and the reason for this is the essential key word PRACTICE.  As with any other practice we engage in like yoga, learning a another language, dance, or musical instrument the practice of HypnoBirthing® will look different for each woman and baby. I have been teaching HypnoBirthing® for 12 years and have witnessed countless women use their practice of this method to support birthing, each in her own way.  I have read and reread Marie Mongan’s, HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method, throughout my years of teaching.  Her message is simple: this practice of relaxation, breathing, deepening and visualization can help in a direct and powerful way to create a “safer, easier, more comfortable birthing.”

In the five-class series, we delve deeply into the philosophy, demonstration and practice of the basic elements Marie Mongan see’s as key to a woman’s positive experience.  In addition, the simple and important home practice and lifestyle choices include the following.

Take time each day to love your baby.  Prenatal bonding, builds the relationship with our unborn child.  What is prenatal bonding and how do we do this?  In our fast, busy, modern life prenatal bonding can be as simple as taking mini love breaks throughout the day.  These breaks might be 2-3 minutes and may involve mentally sending thoughts or images, talking, singing, or playing with our baby, taking some surge breaths, and practicing a simple relaxation exercise.  Taking time for baby not only lets our baby know we love her, but we ourselves recognize baby is already in our lives.  Approaching the birth with this strong, bonded connection enables us to birth with the help of our baby and our natural birthing instincts fully engaged.

Choose to create an empowered pregnancy and childbirthThis involves all aspects of pregnancy, nourishing our body, mind and spirit.  Awaken as a parent from the moment you choose to become pregnant, or become aware of your pregnancy.  Eat healthy, nourishing, organic food, including fresh vegetables and fruit, high quality protein, and adequate calories. Good food along with daily exercise and adequate rest are all very important to ensuring a healthy, strong mother and baby.

Clear the mind of any and all unnecessary thoughts.  This involves taking time to review our fears of childbirth and/or parenting and releasing our fears.  This is not psyching ourselves out of the fears, but reviewing them, receiving the helpful messages from what our fears may have to tell us, and then turning them 180º.  From here we may take action and choose the beliefs that support our intention for a positive birth experience.  This also involves releasing any trauma from the past, which may include painful birth experiences, our own birth, our previous childbirths, births we have attended as support people, or stories we have been told by friends, family, or strangers.  Why is this important?  Our mind can only hold one of any two opposing thoughts at a time.  What we focus on is what we create.

Generate a new Birth Vision, which becomes the foundation for the birth experience you are intending.  I use the word foundation because it supports our practice, but does not override the birth experience itself.  When it is time to birth, we are in the present moment, with our baby, experiencing the birthing as it unfolds in our instinctual body with all of our amazing natural birthing hormones on board.

Create pathways in the mind body for calm and relaxationMany people today have no sense of what relaxation feels like in their bodies, accustomed to approaching life with their mind alone.  Beware of a “trickster” mind-set and mental-chatter!  We all have these “coyotes” running and may believe that we can think ourselves through anything.  The mind can be very convincing.  It does not like to relinquish control under any circumstances.  Typical tricks our mind can play include convincing ourselves that there is no need to follow a practice routine, (“I already know how to relax….”), or that practice is unnecessary because we believe in natural living, and therefore natural birthing will be easy for us.

We bring these new mental pathways into being by turning the active, conscious mind off on a daily basis.  Marie Mongan makes it very simple: listen to the Rainbow Relaxation daily (a practice cd included with the class materials), and condition the mind to choose relaxation through a series of basic relaxation techniques practiced regularly.  The five-class series, taught by certified HypnoBirthing® practitioners, offers additional practice, guided relaxations, and a supportive environment to deepen the practice.

HypnoBirthing® is meant to assist us, to whatever point we are able to take it in our birth experience, and whatever point that is, is perfect for each of us.  Dr. Jeffrey Segil an Obstetrician and HypnoBirthing® practitioner in Dover, New Hampshire has said of the women in his practice,

“There is a variable from patient to patient, and we talk about that variable.  For some women it may be thinking that they want an epidural even before they step off the elevator.  These same women may be able to move to 7, 8, or 9 centimeters before they have an epidural and that is very much a success for them.  For some women, it may be that they are concerned and worried about the 2nd stage of labor and HypnoBirthing® is able to help them get through that second stage with ease and comfort. Others already know that they are quite capable of getting through the second stage of labor, but they want something that will help them to remain comfortable and be more relaxed.”

Marie Mongan, originator of HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method of childbirth education, states that,

“HypnoBirthing® provides a missing link that allows women to use their natural birthing instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing.”

This is expressed in each birthing in a unique way.

I believe that with HypnoBirthing® there is no bar.  Childbirth is a journey where we meet ourselves in the place of our own creation, to do the work that we have prepared ourselves to do.  This preparation is essential.  While choosing natural birthing is our birthright, the predominant cultural belief that birth is dangerous is deeply embedded in each of us, making preparation all the more important. There is no right or wrong birth experience.  There is no good or bad birthing.  There is only our amazing birthing of our wonderful baby.

Next HypnoBirthing Class series starts in November!

Learn about the practice of HypnoBirthing, and help yourself to achieve a calm and relaxed birthing experience. For more information you can call 541-833-0999.  This next five-class series will meet on Saturday mornings from 10-12:30.  The dates in November are the 9th, 16th, and 23rd and  the class continues into December the 7th, and14th.

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Excellent Nutrition Supports Optimal Relaxation

Nutrition and Hypnobirthing: you may be wondering how these two are linked.  A well-rounded diet packed with quality foods is an essential piece to the practice of hypnobirthing. 

If you are familiar with hypnobirthing, you know that daily relaxation practice is one of the most important parts of preparing for a gentle, conscious birth.  The rainbow relaxation CD and birthing affirmations are often used as relaxation tools for a pregnant mom to take herself deep into her body, connecting with her baby and preparing for the incredible journey of labor and birth.  As a woman settles into her daily relaxation practice, an orchestra of hormones and neurotransmitters are called upon.  At the very foundation of these substances is the type of foods a woman chooses to eat.

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My son learning about the importance of nutrient dense foods

Hormones and neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that send signals in the body.  They come into play both in relaxation and times of heightened stress.  These compounds are built from the fat and protein we eat and their chemical reactions are able to happen only with the aid of certain essential micronutrients (think vitamins and minerals).  Our bodies rely on adequate intake of healthy fats from foods such as pastured animals, eggs, avocados, nuts and seeds, olive oil, wild fish, and coconut; we also need quality proteins from beans and lentils, nuts, the animal foods mentioned above, and whole grains such as quinoa and steel cut oats.  Furthermore, eating nutrient dense foods such as green leafy vegetables, seaweed, and sprouted grains is a great way to assure you are getting plenty the vitamins and minerals required to allow your hormones and neurotransmitters to carry out their work. 

Now you know fat, protein, and certain micronutrients are needed for the production of chemical messengers in the body.  But, how do you favor the relaxation compounds?  Much of this is related to the production of the stress hormone cortisol.  Minimizing sudden spikes in cortisol in our daily lives sets the stage for quality relaxation time.  Here are a few tips:

1)   Eat a good breakfast that includes a substantial amount of protein.  Examples include 2-3 eggs with whole grain toast and sautéed greens, a bowl of steel cut oats with chopped nuts, fruit, and coconut oil, or chicken sausage with potatoes and veggies.  Be sure to eat breakfast within one of hour of waking so your blood sugar does not dip too low in the morning as this can cause cortisol to spike and starts the day off with a rush of stress to the body.

2)   Eat every 2-3 hours throughout the day.  Most pregnant women find they need to eat frequently to avoid nausea, excess fatigue, headaches, or dizziness.  Be sure to include protein with each meal and snack.  Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates such as white bread.   Again, cortisol plays a role here.

3)   Eat a snack close to the time of your relaxation practice.  This will avoid any interruptions due to hunger and fuel your body to produce the hormones and neurotransmitters so essential to your practice.

4)   Deep breathing.  This is great to incorporate throughout the day, not only while practicing hypnobirthing techniques.  This reminds a woman to stay connected to her body and her baby and allows for relaxation to be woven into the day’s rhythm.

For more information and ideas about how to eat well during your pregnancy, visit the Three Sisters Midwifery food blog at nourishingthemother.com