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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Breastfeeding laws, state-by-state

The federal government allows protections for breastfeeding moms on public federal property. But what about breastfeeding or pumping breast milk at work? What about breastfeeding in a restaurant? How does your state protect breastfeeding moms?

Click here, the National Conference of State Legislatures to find how your state stacks up.

Run a marathon, then give birth?

Run the Chicago Marathon and then give birth? Why not? Amber Miller did.
This happy and accomplished young Mom gave birth seven hours after running 26.2 miles, while stopping shortly to grab a sandwich in between…

This was the eighth marathon for Amber Miller, and the second marathon for her new baby girl. Amber ran another marathon last May while 17 weeks pregnant with her daughter, June, pictured here with Amber and Joe, the happy new parents. Amber also ran a marathon in 4:30:27 while 18 weeks pregnant with their son Caleb, (not pictured) who is now 1 year old.

Amber played it safe with the okay from her doctor to run the marathon and by alternating two miles of running with two miles of running at a time. Read more about Amber here…

I finished the Portland Marathon on Sunday with what I call a respectable 4:36:45, almost exactly one hour faster than my first marathon, three years ago. I cannot help noticing the hypnotizing effects that running has on my mind during a marathon…the regular fall of feet on the ground like hard rain…the state of hyper-focus, the relaxed excitement, the easy, simple, state of joy, trusting that I have done my training and now my body knows exactly what to do for the big pay-off…and it does!

Although I am not pregnant, I do know a few women runners who are, and thoughts of running while pregnant cross my mind often while I’m running – especially during a marathon’s four plus hours of pure thinking time. I wonder things like, will I still run? How hard will it be? Will I want to? What will it feel like? What will the doctor say? How much will people stare? Will I still run dogs?

We’ll have to wait and see for me, but do you, or does anyone you know run pregnant? What are your thoughts about it?

Hypnobabies Parents Tell Their Story

Scot & Gia tell their story!

Mom Says About Her Baby’s Birthing, “It was intense, but also kind of fun”.

Thanks to Tricia for sharing her birth story with us…

I woke up at around 1:00 a.m. on January 16, two days after our
estimated “due date” (according to my own calculations based on my
knowledge of when Baby was conceived, not the LMP date which would
have been a bit earlier). I wasn’t expecting anything to happen for
several more days, since I had gone 11 days past my “due date” with my
older daughter and then induced her with cohosh (black and blue, one
in herbal and one in homeopathic form) due to pressures from the
medical system. Also, I had experienced no pressure waves yet other
than very mild cramps occasionally (not more than once or twice a day,
and only if the day was busy) over the past 6 weeks or so. However,
when I woke up that night I was experiencing distinct and somewhat
uncomfortable pressure waves. My first thought was, “Oh, no! I do NOT
want to start working on this baby in the middle of the night!” My
ideal birth visualization had always included a daytime birthing time,
although I never could decide how long I wanted it to be. I waited to
see if the pressure waves would go away so I could go back to sleep,
but they kept coming regularly, so I put my Deepening track on, hoping
that would be put me back to sleep. It worked like a charm, and I
slept soundly until about 6:30 a.m. when I woke up to regular pressure
waves again. My 3 ½ year old daughter woke up then too, and my husband
got up with her while I stayed in bed and adjusted myself to the idea
that this just might be the day.

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Relaxed Mom Sleeps Through First Half of Her Baby’s Birth!

Thanks to Meghan from the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group for sharing her birth story with us…

I have not posted here since my first pregnancy when my 1st daughter was born in 2009 and I was using Hypnobabies but wanted to share the birth story of my second daughter because I found the power of Hypnobabies so helpful both times and especially with this birth.  And hope that it encourages all of you mamas in waiting to stick with the Hypnobabies program.

I was due on February 26th but towards the end of my pregnancy I was feeling like this baby might be coming sooner than that- I was having regular contractions during the night most nights from 37 weeks on- nothing painful or even very uncomfortable but definitely noticeable.

This inspired me to focus on my Hypnobabies scripts even more.  I started listening to at least two per day and also listening to all the affirmations.  I even listened to the “Easy First Stage”  and “Birthing Day Affirmations” from 38 weeks on so that I had those ideas in my head.  I might say that I became a little obsessed with having a easy, fast and comfortable birthing.  I am thinking that this is my last pregnancy and birth and while the first hypnobirth with my older daughter was a really wonderful, fairly comfortable and natural, I knew I could be even MORE comfortable, relaxed etc.

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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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