Visualization and Conception

Visualization plays a major role in trying to conceive. The connection between mind and body are forces that power the subconscious to send signals to perform our desired outcomes.  By using guided imagery, you can leverage this innate and powerful mind-body connection to achieve real and physical changes in your body. Pregnancy is one area where visualization is key in achieving a positive result. When a desired pregnancy does not occur it can lead to high levels of stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other changes that often cause a chemical imbalance setting off a chain of events. Many women and couples are at a loss of where to begin. Below I’ve put together a few things that helped me and hopefully that can help you get started in your own personal  visualization process:

  • Keep a journal of positive affirmations
  • Create a Vision Board
  • Guided Meditation
  • Think about your favorite form of exercise and do it!
  • Surround yourself with positive people and those who support you in your journey
  • Light a candle first thing in the morning for a short meditation or right before bed
  • Think about your baby! See it, smell it, touch your belly and visualize your baby in your womb.

Trust me, it works! This process rewarded me with two beautiful girls 🙂

 

Happy New Year!!

Are you ready to pop some bottles in 2018? Is a baby in your 2018 plans? If so, we can help. Here at Well Done Babies, we would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy New Year and thank everyone for your support in 2017. Whether it’s preconception services or assisting you through your pregnancy journey we’re here to help.

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What is a Birth Consultant and why should I hire one?

This is often the first question I’m asked when I meet women and the discussion turns into what I do for a living. After I explain it,  I’m always met with a “Wow, that’s pretty cool” ” Is that like a Doula?” or ” Where were you when I was having my kids.” I love talking to people about what I do and how I can help them or someone they know have a phenomenal birth experience.  Well, to answer the questions we birth consultants are a “jack of all trades” when it comes to birth. We come to your rescue about any and every question you may have that’s pre/post pregnancy related and beyond. Birth consultants work with an expectant woman or couple from pre-conception through post-partum recovery. Although we are NOT your primary caregiver, we ARE your advocate, support person, and friend. We will make sure your are not bullied by the medical world into making decisions you are not sure about. I truly believe a mother always knows, others make her second guess.

The before and after of the birth experience can be a scary road for some. It’s my job to make sure the fear of conceiving and giving birth becomes non-existent. Many couples have questions about the financial aspect of having a baby; this is another area I cover with clients. From arranging short and long term disability to reviewing hospital discharge bills and finding financial support for families the goal is to make sure your family is equipped to make informed decisions while having the birth experience you want.

Everything Has Its Season…

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During the last year I’ve worked with many beautiful mothers whom are overwhelmed with the process of conceiving or not conceiving when they would  like. Having had the same experience, we often have the mind set that we are on our own time and babies will come when WE want them to. In essence, spiritually, this is possible however, everything must be in sync. Mama’s vibrations must be elevated so the body can do its work. When we offer resistance we are saying to the universe the very thing we are asking for is not what we want. Being open and receptive allows for many  transformations to start to take place, when we let go we allow the season that’s supposed to take place in our lives manifest. Be open, Be True, Be You.

World Breastfeeding Week 2014

 

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Happy World Breastfeeding Week!! Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal For Life……..What an awesome slogan for this years week. August has also been recognized as National Breastfeeding Month which is even better! Please do what you can to support any breastfeeding mother(s) you know, I’m currently  breastfeeding and feel so lucky to have a team, more like a huge extended family, who have and continue to support me through breastfeeding both of our girls.

Here are this years millennium goals, as you read these please pass the information along about National Breastfeeding Week/Month and the importance of breastfeeding. Our babies deserve it 🙂

 

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Healing Essentials

 

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Childbirth is a beautiful thing but also comes with lots of pains, twinges, and ouches!! I’ve compiled a list of some remedies that can help and maybe take at least SOME of the pain away. I’m 9 months postpartum and still in the recovery process. We often hear that it takes 6 weeks for everything to go back to “normal” but what is that! Research says it takes a full year for a woman’s body to completely heal from childbirth, remember mama’s it’s not a race, take your time and heal.

Arnica- Used for bruises, muscle aches, arthritis, soreness and swelling. Arnca comes in small white pellets or as an ointment.

Olive Oil-Masssage your perineum at least once a day a month before you deliver to avoid tearing. Dap a little on your thumb and genty massage back and forth. It works!! After 2 vaginal births, I did not tear either time. 🙂

Cocoa/Shea Butter- Lather your belly up!! Not just to get rid of stretch marks but as you get further along the stomach tightens and can be really itchy. You can also use either one for sore or cracked nipples during breastfeeding. Be sure to wipe it off before nursing, and reapply after.

Shoe Ensoles- Will help support your feet, particularly your arches, I developed plantar fasciitis during both pregnancies and it is not fun. Save your feet before the aching starts.

Yoga- We are all different and like different styles but find a prenatal yoga video/dvd and do it at least once a week if not more. It will help relax you and loosen up things for labor.

Meditation- Be still, sit, and relax. Find a meditation on Pandora and let it play, my favorite is The Spirit of Reiki

Massage-Get at least one prenantal and postpartum massage, particulary from a massage therapist that specialiez in pregnancy massages. They are the bes!!!

Essential Oils- Burn your favorite il in a diffuser while you take a shower, bath or relax in bed. Lavender is always a good one.

Sleep-  As much as you want to get it all done, there is one piece of advice I always hope Mama’s  would follow, sleep, sleep and sleep some more!! You will never get another opportunity again to get pregnancy sleep, especially in the early months when your belly isn’t as big.

Water/Tea- Stay hydrated with lots of water, herbal teas such as raspberry, peppermint and ginger root tea are good ones. Based on your particular pregnancy you may want to check with your midwife or physician. 

All of these are great tools to use during pregnancy and postpartum. 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Children Choose You….

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I must give credit to Mystic Mama (www.mysticmama.com) for this beautiful poem, if you have not checked her page out please do so, she has awesome stuff!! This poem makes me so proud to be a MOTHER and to be humble and thankful that my two sweet girls chose ME to be their MAMA….Enjoy 🙂

 

Oh, to become a MOTHER

such a rite of passage

such an extraordinary experience…

like nothing else in the entire world…

your whole universe expands,

your heart grows bigger than you could ever imagine

and your existence shifts, dramatically, powerfully.

go with the force that pulls you open

and surrender to the newness that opens up in front of you.

commit to having no fear

surrender to the passage

and trust that

“all is unfolding exactly as it should”

(as it says in the desiderata)

a wonderful new world is about to open up

or perhaps already has,

and you are stronger than you ever knew!

and your coming into fUll blOOm

and this is your greatest gift!

seize it!

mmmmmmmmmmmmm yes,

pure magic.

pregnant mammas are magical!!!

two souls in one

your aura is magnified

you are glowing

enjoy it

take sweet good care of yourself

rest

sleep

sleep some more

don’t worry

nothing is more important

than what you are going through

a new life is growing inside you

a new soul has come to you!!!!

chosen YOU

as their mother

you are birthing new life

you are a divine channel

what a gift

take good care mammas

and don’t worry

let nature take it’s course

your body will know what to do

just relax and be happy

trust

trust

trust in the perfection of the universe~~~

infinite blessings

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Zen Birth

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Not only is it important to have positive support, energy, and love around you during labor, it’s also important to have some essentials in your birth environment that will give you a feeling of calmness and tranquility. Here’s a list of some things that made me feel a little more comfortable during my stay at the hospital plus several more:

* iPad, iTouch, CD player etc. something that plays music!! Be sure to have your music selection ready to go well in advance so you won’t have to fumble with it, luckily my hubby was on the job so I did’t have to worry about music 🙂

* Candles (If allowed, you probable can sneak one or two tea lights shhhh)

* Incense or Oil and burner/diffuser

* Video Camera or Cell phone (some places will not allow you to film so be sure to check, we weren’t allowed but did it anyway shhhh…lol…)

*Birth or exercise ball

* Lip Balm

* Birth/Prayer Beads

* Rice Packs (filled w/dried lavendar or whatever you choose and rice) you can use it hot or cold.

* You favorite water bottle

If you’re giving birth at a center or hospital you may want to check their policy on some of the items listed.

I’ll be doing a post soon on remedies to help soothe before, during and after labor in the next couple of days, if you have any questions about any of the items above please feel free to contact me at Yvette@welldonebabies.com

Pregnancy Changes Your Spirit…..

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“Pregnancy is a numinous and magical state. It is a time when the barrier between the conscious and unconscious realm thins. It is a time to feel the presence of another soul developing alongside your own. It is a time when inner voices offer wise counsel louder and more clearly than usual, when we become aware that life is a continuum, when a woman may experience a bodily sense that everything around her is alive.”

“Our connection to the cellular mystery of life is vibrantly stark and immediate. When you are pregnant, the polite and restrictive masks of everyday life that we have each created to survive can be stripped away, and you are immersed in the very juice of existence.”

“No matter how many pictures of fetuses you look at or how many scientific facts you ingest, pregnancy remains a stunning, not-quite-possible-to-grasp marvel, a naked connection to the enigma of life.”

“You can’t escape the awe-and why would you want to?”

~Jennifer Louden, from The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book

What Kind of Birth Do You REALLY Want?

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Now that’s something to think about! I knew right away when I was pregnant with my first child that I would have a waterbirth. It just seemed like it would be so calm and tranquil, and what better environment to bring a baby into. It was the best experience of my life, everything went exactly how we wanted, the water made labor more manageable and squatting was the best position for me as it allowed gravity to do its thing.

I really encourage you to think about what kind of birth you would like, I’ve worked with people who dreamed of having their babies outdoors in nature but were afraid to do so because of what the “naysayers” said. Listen to your inner goddess, she know’s exactly what to do and don’t forget to ask baby as well, believe it or not they speak to us a lot in the womb.