Maternity

Prenatal Yoga

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Attending a prenatal yoga class is a special  experience, distinct from attending open level yoga classes.  Prenatal yoga addresses the unique needs of your pregnant body, and it's a practice which helps prepare you both mentally and physically for the process of labor.  It's also an opportunity to meet women who are going through the same stage in their lives.  I've been touched over the years to see strong friendships form in my prenatal classes.  Students learn from each other's stories and experiences as much as they learn from what I have to offer. 


Baby & Me Yoga

Bring your baby (ages 6 weeks to a year) to yoga class!  Fathers, grandmothers, and other family members are welcome to join also.   My "baby and me" class is mother-centric but also recognizes that half of the population in the room is infantile.   Songs with movement entertain the little ones.   Learn about your infant's developmental patterns as you emulate his or her movement in your own body.   Meanwhile, we'll focus on the particular needs of new mothers:   through core strength/pelvic floor work, diastis recti recovery excercises, and relief for sore backs and shoulders.

photo credit:  Stephanie de Rouge, 2011


Stuff To Read and Explore

If you are interested in any of these books, ask me.  I loan them out.  Also, you can click on their corresponding links to get them through Amazon.

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (Wise Woman Herbal Series, Book 1) (Wise Woman Herbal Series : No. 1)

Susun S. Weed

My copy of this book is well loved and often loaned out. An essential for pregnant women and an essential for those who wish to concieve.

Spiritual Midwifery 4th (fourth) edition Text Only

Ina May Gaskin

Ina May is considered the mother of modern midwifery. This is her classic book. The first half is filled with empowering natural birth stories, and the second half takes you through the more technical side of the birth process.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May Gaskin

This is a great companion book to Spiritual Midwifery, with a more updated second section, but set up in much the same way as her first book.

The Birth Partner - Revised 3rd Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions (Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, &)

Penny Simkin

This book embraces both natural birth techniques and potential medical options. It is addressed to the father, clearly explaining his potential role through each stage of labor, and it has a great easy-reference thumb guide to help find various sections of the book. A top read for both mom and dad.

Active Birth : The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, Revised Edition (Non)

Janet Balaskas

Balaskas approaches birth largely from a yoga asana standpoint. Much of the book focuses on labor preparation through prenatal yoga and fitness, and the labor section also has a strong emphasis on positions that are helpful for each stage.

Amazing Babies: Essential Movement for Your Baby in the First Year

Beverly Stokes

An embodied look at infant development. Beverly's book illuminates the movement patterns that your baby will learn and manifest, shows adult exercises that you can do to explore the patterns in your own body, and recommends structured ways to encourage healthy development.

Physiomat Belt Comfort

Physiomat

I discovered this belt through instructor Lara Kohn Thompson. It's a great way to help support the pelvis and ease lower back pain in both pregnant women and postpartum. Also helpful for recovery of diastisis recti. There are other SI belts on the market that are helpful also, but this one is particularly comfortable because of it's flexibility. If you are interested in trying it on before investing, contact me.

Starwest Botanicals Organic Nettle Leaf Cut and Sifted -- 1 lb

Starwest Botanicals

If you read Herbal for the Childbearing Year, you should know to drink your nettles! They are good for pregnancy, during menstruation, and, also for allergies.

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