Loving Arms Childbirth Services

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh

VBAC Facts

Curious... when you hear "elective repeat cesarean section" what does that mean to you?

- Any repeat cesarean?
- A scheduled cesarean?
- A non-emergency repeat cesarean?
- A repeat cesarean without medical reason?
- Something else?

Please include if you a parent planning a VBAC or a perinatal professional of some sort.

After this is up for a bit, I'll share what elective repeat means to me (don't want to influence your answer by sharing upfront.)

ETA: Ok, so like many of you, when I hear elective, I think “scheduled, non-medically indicated.” Though the truth is, it can be either, both, or neither.

And “medically indicated” is a slippery term. I’m sure some would say all repeat cesareans at 40 weeks are medically indicated because labor didn’t begin on its own and thus we prevented the potential of uterine rupture.

I feel like we need more clear terms especially in medical records. There are medical reasons to have a scheduled cesarean before labor. Placenta previa and accreta being two of many.

(I can’t imagine that a scheduled cesarean (hysterectomy) for accreta is described as “elective” in the medical record. Is it?)

For nothing else, to understand the circumstances of the labor/birth when discussing it with the parents. Having a maternal request cesarean is quite different than one indicated by accreta.

So what language do you suggest so when we talk about cesareans, we all are on the same page?

World Midwives

La Leche League of Pinellas County

What did your postpartum plan look like?
What advice would you pass on to new parents?

Brilliant Births

Is my estimated due date correct? 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏽‍♂️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It's hard not to get attached to the due date given to you during your pregnancy, especially when it's quickly approaching.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ultrasound estimations, in comparison to the date calculated from the first day of your last period tend to be closer to accurate - but remember that this is an estimate, not an absolute date. All bodies, cycles and babies are different!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For this reason, we recommend our clients to use a general time period to share with friends and families. Try saying the beginning of January, or end of March for example.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In all likelihood your labor will onset spontaneously when your body and baby are ready - do your best to enjoy the last weeks of pregnancy and not focus too much on your approaching "due date"! 🙌🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#brilliantbirths #thatsdarling #birthdoula #homebirth #hospitalbirth #support #labor #breastfeedingsupport #bump #laborsupport #childbirtheducation #marincounty #birthmatters #walnutcreek #doulasareforeveryone #birthstrong #birthoptions #letsdoulathis #beautifulbirth #birthispowerful #walnutcreekmoms #ittakesavillage #heartwork #birthworks #beyondbirthwork #unmedicatedbirth #pregnancyproblems #newborntips #doulawork #doulatips

Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories

When mothers support their daughters...as they become mothers themselves.

So sacred. So powerful.

Welcome Home Midwifery Services, Inc.

Gentle Seed Doulas - Professional Birth & Postpartum Services

Any third trimester mamas here? Tell us your due date!


Loving Arms Childbirth Services – International Certified Childbirth Educators

Loving Arms Childbirth Services has a few spots left in our next series: Dec. 9, 2019 - Feb. 3, 2020 in Oakland.
We cover all topics pertaining to childbirth education (process of labor to newborn care)
Lots of labor support practice (breathing, sounding, positions, massage & counter-pressure techniques, relaxation, visualization, verbal support, use of rebozos, acupressure, & more.)
This class is for moms giving birth in a hospital, birth center or at home. Students will have a deeper understanding of the value of a birth team, the role of the doula, how family members can participate, how to choose medication wisely when appropriate and will be able to understand the vast array of options and interventions available to birthing women.
www.lovingarmschildbirthservices.com to register!


Gentle Seed Doulas - Professional Birth & Postpartum Services

"There's nothing like that first bite of food after giving birth. What was your first postpartum meal?"

Kate Pavlovsky - Birth Photographer + Doula

"I really wish that all new mothers were told that the majority of newborns want to breastfeed much more frequently than every few hours. And many even want to stay latched on, suckling for extended periods of time. This can understandably shake a new mother’s confidence and make her second guess if she’s producing enough milk to keep her nursling satisfied. Women are usually just told that their baby should nurse ‘every 2-3 hours’, but frequent (and lengthy) nursing is a totally normal thing for newborns to do! It helps keep them close to mama while regulating her milk supply.
Often babies won’t have these longer stretches between feeds until they’re a little older. Even then, there are several things that could make them want to nurse more, including (but not limited to) teething, sickness, unfamiliar surroundings, or feeling tired. I can’t imagine how miserable it would be to have a fussy baby in your arms but feel like you shouldn’t breastfeed again because it’s ‘not time yet’.
This isn’t discussed often enough and new mothers need to be reassured. If baby is gaining weight, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with breastfeeding more often than what you’ve been told is ‘normal’. The postpartum period is all about surrendering, so cozy up with your babe and forget the clock."

(Words by Oh Baby Nutrition,
photo by me www.facebook.com/katepavlovsky)

#doula #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeeding #breastfeedingsupport #normalizebreastfeeding

La langue de Molière.

Des photos boulversantes..rien ne vaut un moment de tendresse maternelle 💖
Magnifique 💝

Next Childbirth Series: Dec 9-January 27 (skips Christmas week)

[11/19/19]   Next Loving Arms childbirth series: Mondays Dec. 9 - January 27 (skips Christmas week)
All you need to know about labor, giving birth, breastfeeding and postpartum!! Interactive reassuring fun!

Brilliant Births

Have you asked your hospital whether or not they have laughing gas in their labor and delivery ward? 👀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Although nitrous oxide may only take the edge off, it's a great option for those who prefer a short acting pain relief method. It's made up of 50% nitrous gas and 50% oxygen, it's strong enough for you to feel, but you will still be able to move around and be present.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Laboring people can hold the mask up to their face themselves or have a support person hold it during breaks between contractions or during them.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Laughing gas can be a helpful way to relax and try to enjoy the breaks you have without anticipating the next sensation to roll through. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#brilliantbirths #doulatips #laughinggas #pregnancyproblems #expectful #bumplife #birthmatters #birthoptions #cesareanbirth #vaginalbirth #medicatedbirth #unmedicatedbirth #interventions #postpartumrecovery #lactationsupport #bottlefeeding #breastfeeding #sleep #chestfeeding #doula #midwife #homebirth #hospitalbirth #waterbirth #birthpreferences #obgyn #bayareamomsgroup #oaklandgrown #siliconvalleymomsgroup #marinmommies


Do Babies Really Need To Be Induced To Ensure They Are Born? | BellyBelly

bellybelly.com.au Labour induction is occurring at rates between 25-50% of all births in many high income countries. Why do many babies need to be induced?

[11/13/19]   Are you pregnant with your second or third baby? We have a 4 hr. Refresher workshop on Sunday Nov. 24 from 1-5 pm in Oakland! Register at www.lovingarmschildbirthservices.com

Spinning Babies

This is a series of poses for labor when progress is slow. Contractions help this technique to work effectively. If the laboring person must be in bed, this is a good option!

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - ACOG

We posted a graphic that did not accurately convey the important role that non-physician providers play in the postpartum care team. Women's health nurses, nurse midwives, doulas, and other medical professionals are valued partners to ob-gyns in providing comprehensive care to women throughout pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and in the postpartum period.

Brilliant Births

#brilliantbirths doulas know that regardless of how cute the new baby is, it's important to make sure the person whom just birthed the baby is well supported. 🌟⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Birthing a human is hard work. It's important to slow down and heal your body and mind. 😴⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Having a postpartum doula with you during the first weeks can be so valuable. That way you can forget about some of your responsibilities, focus on caring for your newborn, heal your body and learn baby care tips to make your journey through parenthood a tiny bit easier.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bayarea #bayareamoms #eastbaymoms #bayareabirth #bayareabirthsupport #bayarealife #oaklandbirth #doulas #hospitals #birthdoula #eastbayarea #pregnancyeducation #oaklandmom #bayareabirth #bayareabuzz #bayarealife #bayareakids #oaklandca #oaklandcalifornia ##oaklandish #oaklandgrown #sooakland #oaklandlove #expectful #marincountybirth #marinmommas #sanfrancisicobirth

Pacifica Family Maternity Center

Our own Annaleah!!

Meet Annaleah, the new director of the Pacifica Family Fund, and learn why she supports our work. Can you help us meet our fundraising goal? Click here to donate: https://www.classy.org/campaign/7-for-700/c254854

Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories

When dads catch their babies....

Spinning Babies

The Lunge opens the midpelvis. It is a good technique to be used in labor during a contraction, for:

1) Helping an occiput posterior baby rotate or descend
2) Helping an asynclitic baby descend
3) Overcoming a stall in active labor

Learn more: bit.ly/SpBL


7 for 700

A wonderful and worthy cause!

classy.org On November 4, 2019, Pacifica Family Maternity Center (PFMC) celebrates the 7th anniversary of the first baby born into the Pacifica Family. In the seven years since, PFMC has welcomed over 700 babies (and counting!). To celebrate we’re launching our $7 for 700 campaign to grow the Pacifica Famil....

Neurochild Community

Hold your babies, people!! Preferably #standing up, as far as the child is concerned... and much to the dismay of tired parents around the world who are exasperated at an infant’s insistence at holding them standing.

A study by Esposito et al. (2013), published in the Journal of Current Biology, demonstrated for the first time that the #infant calming response to parents holding them is a coordinated set of central, motor, and cardiac regulations and is a conserved component of parent-infant interactions in mammals.

Using electrocardiograms (ECG) to monitor twelve healthy human infants’ heartbeats, along with their behaviour and vocalisations, they recorded mother-infant pairs during behavioural tasks that consisted of the child lying in a crib, being held by the mother who was sitting on a chair (#holding), or being held by the mother who was walking continuously (#carrying).

The researchers found a sustained elevation of heart interbeat intervals due to carrying in awake infants could not be explained by any known cardiac vagal reflex, including the orienting reflex (brief period of heart rate deceleration by mild sensory stimulus), suggesting that carrying evokes a sustained heart rate reduction in concert with the rapid behavioural changes in human infants via a novel mechanism.

The researchers furthermore found that in mouse pups, carrying induced calming responses similar to those in human infants, even though maternal carrying methods differed. This draws parallels between the carrying-induced #calm state evoked in human babies and other mammalian young such as cats or squirrels who adopt a still, compact posture with their hind legs drawn up when maternally carried. The reduced mobility, reduced distress vocalisations, and reduced heart rate appears to be adaptive.

The calming responses evoked by carrying are thought to be an evolutionary measure to increase the survival probability of the infant in cases of emergency escape by the mother and child, and so ultimately works to strengthen the mother-infant relationship. There is adaptive value in this behaviour in carer-infant relationships and, as a consequence, infant survival.

The study found that the effects of carrying on the infant’s parasympathetic nervous system were significant, and it provides a scientific understanding of this physiological infant response that could be beneficial for parents and early childhood educators to understand.

Considering the physiological response of the infant when being carried may lead to greater parent and carer patience, reduced frustration and an increased appreciation of age-old parenting techniques such as #babywearing and #responsive parenting.


#neurochild #childdevelopment #earlychildhood #attachment #fightflightfreeze

Amber Pearson Birth Offerings

Birth is the most powerful and vulnerable experience a women can go through in her life.
She needs to have a team surrounding her with the best care so she can fully let go and surrender to the process.
So often I hear, well I’ve got my husband so why do I need a doula? The simplest answer is the more everyone is taken care of and relaxed, the more the birthing mother will feel taken care of and relaxed. If anyone, including her husband, is feeling stressed the mother will feel uncomfortable.
I also hear, well I can advocate for myself, so why do I need a doula? The simplest answer is, do you want to be fending for yourself during the process? No, that adrenaline will put your body and mind into a place of fight or flight and create more stress and pain during the process.
To have a relaxed and healthy birth you need to fully let go, and let others support you so you can birth your baby. If you feel any sense of, I need to protect myself, birth will not go smoothly.
Write a comment below if you want to feel relaxed during your birth ♥️👇🏽♥️
#24weekspregnant #mypregnancyjourney #pregolife #fearlessbirtb

Homemade Play

Gaia Midwifery and Women's Health

Jersey wrap carriers (Moby, or cheap from amazon like mine!) are great for more than just toting around a snuggly newborn. I love using them for belly/back/pelvic support as well as encouraging optimal fetal engagement. Wrapping your belly can help tuck babe into the pelvis, which allows downward pressure on the cervix. This pressure is was encourages cervical dilation. This technique is also great for those suffering with SPD pain (symphasis pubis dysfunction ouch!), as well as the discomfort associated with muscle stretching during pregnancy. What am I using it for now that I’m #38weekspregnant ? All of the above. 🤰🏼Have you ever wrapped your belly?

#pregnancy #thirdtrimester #midwifery #fetalengagement #bellywrapping #babywearing #spd #pelvicgirdlepain #gaiamidwiferyandwomenshealth

Two Hands Birth Services

Yes!! As doulas we all have stories of how cervixes surprise everyone. They have a mind of their own and do NOT follow a predictable pattern (EVER). #dilation #dontwatchtheclock @handwavesbirth @empoweredbirthpgh

The VBAC Link

What would happen if we re-framed how we talk about uterine rupture?
When preparing for VBAC, a lot of providers put a HUGE emphasis on uterine rupture risk and don't focus on your REAL chances of success or the escalating risks that come with repeat Cesarean. Take away the risk for uterine rupture and VBAC is just like any other birth.
With a 99.5% (VBAC) - 98.5% (VBAMC) chance of NOT having a uterine rupture, those are pretty amazing odds and in any other medical procedure, would be considered a no-brainier.
- Brain surgery with a 99% chance that things will go perfectly, YES, please!
- Heart valve repair with a 99% success rate? AMAZING!
- Prescription drugs with a 99% chance you will have zero side effects? I'd TOTALLY but it!
Do you see what I mean? Why do we rush so quickly to a surgery that has a HIGHER chance than that of major complications when the odds of NOT having a uterine rupture uterine rupture are so high?
Your odds of NOT having a major complication due to a Cesarean are 96.7%, by the time you are on your 3rd Cesarean it drops to 92.5% (which are still good odds, arguably).
Let's put it all together.

- Your odds of NOT having a uterine rupture: 98.5%-99.5%
- Your odds of NOT having major complications due to a repeat Cesarean: 92.5% -96.7%.
How does that make you feel??
Find out more about uterine rupture at https://www.thevbaclink.com/post/uterine-rupture
Dig more into the facts about VBAC in our How to VBAC Prep Course for Parents: thevbaclink.com/vbac-class

***Statistics taken from the National Vital Records Database Birth Reports Data from 2016.

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