Making Your Birthplace Like Home & Why It Matters

Often when we head to our birthplace we are walking away from all of the things that bring us comfort. What if we told you that there was a way to create more of an at-home experience in whatever setting you're birthing in AND that it will even help your labor to progress more comfortably? Oxytocin and adrenaline have an interesting relationship and when oxytocin is flowing it's generally due in part to mom feeling safe and being able to relax. Hint: Oxytocin is the hormone that causes contractions and the same hormone that flows during intercourse. Naturally, if you can find a way to be more relaxed and feel safe, your body will react positively to those feelings.

Show Notes

3:30 - Everything in the hospital is so generic and wipedown-able (yuuup, that's a word now). Literally from the walls, to the pillows, to the waterproof covered bed to the linoleum floor, most of it screams, "This is not home."

11:40 - Hospital gowns. They're uncomfortable, drafty, there are buttons and...

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Transition & the Beauty of Surrender During Birth

 

The most intense, shortest, and possibly the most important part of the birth process, Transition not only moves you into the next stage of birth but also the transition into motherhood. This episode takes you through the mechanics of what's happening inside of the body during this stage, the spiritual side of transition, why surrendering is SO necessary, and what your partner must do to prepare.

Show Notes

2:00 - We go over what your body is physically doing during transition inside of your body (the mechanics!).

5:18 - How long does transition last??

6:48 - The spiritual side of transition. Yes, it may be the toughest part of birth but it's also stretching and spiritual too.

8:14 - Surrendering is necessary as we move into this part of labor. If you're wondering what this really means though, tune in here. + What surrendering doesn't look like.

21:24 - Preparation by the partner and with mom is so important before the birth, especially during this time of birth. Have your...

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BONUS episode with Relaxation Practice

 
If you want to put your knowledge to the test and practice for the big day...this episode is 100% for you! We'll walk you through this relaxation exercise and give you an opportunity to practice with relaxing music at the end. Grab your pen and paper, take notes, and then get ready to teach your body to relax better than you ever have before. Remember, practice makes permanent, so practicing the right way will you set you up for birthing success!
 
[1:01] The physical & mental aspects of relaxation + why consistency is key
[1:31] Tips for successful relaxation (how-to)
[2:18] How often to practice and for how long
[3:14] Tips for practicing solo & how to create triggers for when people in your birth space are making relaxation suggestions during labor
[4:00] When & where to practice
[4:45] Breathing - how to do it correctly
[5:30] Setting up for relaxation practice
[6:06] Practice HERE 🙂
 
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How Senses Influence Your Birth

 

How often does your body just melt at someone's request for you to "relax?" (No, YOU relax! lol) Anyone else feel the tension forming in their jaw and forehead when you hear that? In this episode, we'll give you and your partner some guidance on how to prep for a relaxing birth by tapping into the power of your senses! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @myessentialbirth AND for even more great info head over to www.myessentialbirth.com to check out our FREE Pregnancy Guide & other incredible downloads. 

 
[2:19] Why drawing on your senses and creating muscle memory is important.
[4:08] How to use external visual senses helps create a relaxed, comfortable environment.
[7:38] Internal visuals that help moms go deeper during relaxation and birth.
[11:34] Re-framing discomfort with the power of your mind and how to re-program your thoughts.
[12:42] The importance of the sounds, music, words, meditations that you're putting in your head and the right ones...
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5 Things Essential Oils Do For Pregnancy & Birth That You Don't Know About

 
The entire point of the My Essential Birth Course is to empower women to create their best birth experience...and to do that, we train you with ALL the things that help make that possible. Essential oils are one of those tools! Not only can they address common pregnancy ailments safely & effectively (goodbye low energy!), but they also play an important role in creating muscle memory for birth. Not sure what that is? No worries, mama! We'll cover allll that in this episode.
 
[1:21] Essential Oils are integrated throughout the birth course
[1:48] Essential Oils are one of the many tools to use for pregnancy & birth
[3:16] There are so many things you can't take during pregnancy
[5:56] We love and use doTERRA oils because of their quality, safety, and efficacy.
[7:28] We see essential oils in hospitals & birth centers
[8:12] The 5 areas that every pregnant mama/new mamas deal with constantly
[8:49] FIRST UP: Immune Support!
[9:57] Stephanie's...
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