So Many Awesome Links!

Hey Everyone!

Fin-a-lly!

I have updated the USEFUL LINKS page on the website. Really, there’s some awesome information here! If you’re thinking about having a baby, getting ready to birth a baby, just had one, or are curious about baby and toddler development, this is your thing!

Enjoy.

Oh yeah – next class begins June 13. One space left!

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Business of Being Born

On the Ricki Lake show this week, Ricki discusses…The Business of Being Born.

“Home birth may not be for everybody, but certainly informed choice is for everybody.”

What are my choices at the hospital?

Today’s post includes an excellent podcast from pregTASTIC!

If you, or someone you know is preparing to give birth in a hospital, knowing what to expect when you walk in and being informed about your rights will help your mental state of relaxation and confidence stay strong.

OB/GYN Dr. Robert Biter discusses your options in a hospital and answers questions from the pregTASTIC experts. Take about 20 minutes to relax while listening to this podcast and you, too will be informed and confident! Click here to listen and enjoy!

A Dad’s Point of View…Be Amazed!

My wife asked me to write this so that more prospective fathers could look at Hypnobabies from a kindred point of view. I hope this helps in your decision-making process. You can contact me by leaving a comment on this post if you have any questions.

The Origin

My wife had our first son the standard way, lying in a hospital bed with an epidural, as expected. We’d attended and paid close attention during birthing class, and even memorized and rehearsed the breathing exercises. That was a fortunate decision on our part, as the epidural didn’t work. Those breathing exercises provided the only slim relief during the very long process. Throw in a large regimen of pitocin, serious back labor, and many many hours of misery and you have our wonderful baby boy exiting his wrecked mother after 34 hours. Clearly, medicine was not the way forward. We decided to find a structured alternative to what was both expensive and miserably ineffective.

The Decision

My wife is a researcher tried and true, and after weighing all the options she could find, we came down to Bradley versus Hypnobabies. My mother had seven kids using Bradley, so we didn’t doubt its efficacy. However, the schedule for the instruction programs available were probably the primary thing pushing us towards the latter, as my wife worked an odd schedule. How fortunate. Hypnobabies is designed based on clinically-developed therapeutic methods for people with allergies to anesthesia, and the program in general seem quite well presented and structured. So we ordered the packet.

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a birth plan

What is the birth of your dreams? Have you written your birth plan yet?

As you are preparing for your birthing time, imagine the possibilities…what if you could have a quiet, intimate place for your baby to be born in peace and love with caring individuals present…ahhh…you can! As a consumer, you are making important decisions that will effect your birth experience forever and quite possibly the health of your baby and you. With a simple birth plan everyone involved in your birth will be aware of your wishes and will be able to assist you in creating what you deserve – the birth of your dreams.

Here is a sample birth plan to get you started.