I graduated the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1997 and was soon introduced to yoga through a choreographer who uses asana practice as a warm up for dance rehearsals. In 2001, received my Prenatal Yoga certification with Colette Crawford from the Seattle Holistic Center. I opened the doors to the Prenatal Yoga Center in 2002. In 2004, I completed the Advanced Yoga Teacher certification with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga as well as received a vinyasa certification from Shiva Rea at Exhale in NYC. I became a certified labor support doula through DONA in 2003 and my Lamaze certification in 2006. In 2007, I completed a Midwife Assistant Program at The Farm Midwifery Center. I am the proud mother to Shay & Sage.
The time between Premature Rupture Of the Membranes (water breaking) during pregnancy and childbirth can vary between few hours to weeks. Knowing what to expect from the care provider, observing the color and odor of the water and minimizing vaginal examinations greatly help. The status of the baby and the mother help the doctor decide if induction is imminent.
The prenatal yoga moves offers healthy and safe ways for moms-to-be to stretch their muscles and strengthen their bodies for the birthing process. It boosts their confidence and helps them minimize anxiety over labor by honing active relaxation skills. It also interweaves childbirth education to assist newly expectant mums in making empowered birth choices.
The model of care followed by midwives involves personal care and reflects the idea that the events of pregnancy and labor should be allowed to unfold naturally before moving to medical interventions, while the OB/GYN approach is from the medical model which focuses on the pathologic potential of pregnancy and birth and may move to medical interventions more quickly.
Expectant couples must take time to discuss the emotional side of labor. Try and understand behavioral patterns during stress and establish some ground rules. Women must discuss what calms them, what fears and concerns they possess during labor. Discuss issues such as who you want in the delivery room and what kind of matters help with bad situations.
A laboring woman’s opinion is often dismissed by orthodox doctors who believe they know what is best for her. While this may be true, a woman’s primal instinct must not be overlooked as her body prompts her to react naturally. As a birthing woman, listen to your body. Deviate from regular procedures by seeking health professionals who support women-centered births.