Your Fourth Trimester – going gently as you heal after childbirth

By Julie Bell, Doula © 2008 In our culture, new mothers are often expected to bounce back after giving birth and carry on as normal. We can have a competitive or impatient drive to do this ourselves. But your ‘fourth trimester” is an important and precious part of your birthing journey. This is your “Babymoon” time – a time for milky snuggles with this soft-skinned little person who will never be so little again, a time of healing and rest for your body, and a time for nurturing your breast-feeding relationship with your little boob-mate. It’s a time to for going gently. So often we can be...

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Pregnancy and Birth Affirmations

Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth. ~ Virginia Di Orio The mind is the greatest tool you have during labor. For many women, the biggest challenge of giving birth is “moving out of the way” of their bodies, and allowing them to do their work. Giving up control in our mind and letting our bodies take over a process is not a muscle that we exercise very often. A few examples might be running a marathon, meditating, or powering through a challenging yoga class. Birth...

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