Mindset education is a huge part of the GentleBirth Workshop!  Here is a great  1 minute video montage of affirmations.  Watch, listen and bookmark!
 
 
It is easy to lose your positive vibe when you have a screaming baby in the wee hours of the morning!  Here is a great video montage to help you regain your composure and feed a little more oxytocin into your day.
 
 
We teach you how to ask the right questions, and empower you to communicate your concerns to your provider.  You don't need more fear in your childbirth education, you need more tools and infomation.  

An emergency cesarean was not part of Ellen and Dan's plans for birth. Dan describes how empowered he felt leaving the workshop with the tools to facilitate for Ellen before and after her emergency cesarean birth.
 
 
Sadly it is very common for woman to have traumatic and disappointing birth experiences with their first birth.  Let us help you change your expectations and prepare for a beautiful and positive birth this time.

GentleBirth Mom Clare describes how GentleBirth helped her overcome her fears after a difficult first birth experience.
 
 
GentleBirth Childbirth Classes include a huge focus on mindfulness.  Here are 5 min mindful minutes at the beach
 
 
Dear Younger Jill,

Things you need to know before you turn 30…

You are going to have babies, don’t believe the doctors.  You are not infertile!  I repeat, you are not infertile!  Don’t believe anything they tell you about advanced maternal age, either.  It's all a bunch of hooey.

Once you have those babies your life will be COMPLETELY altered.  You are not mentally prepared for this, because you think you cannot have babies.  Stupid doctors. You will no longer be able to "up and go as you please" or "live your life as you see fit".  You will spend all of your time balancing work, family and your social life.  This will always be out of balance.  It’s ok!  They all adapt perfectly well.

Don’t listen to your judgmental mother after they turn 5.  You will wonder if you are permanently damaging your children.  You are not.  They are fantastic.  You will also enjoy being with them when they get older.  Don’t listen to the “terrible teenager” stories.  Also a lot of hooey.

Oh yeah.  One other thing.  Your ass is going to go south at age 43.  Wear the thong bikini in your 30’s.  This is not hooey!  The good news, eyesight starts failing around age 40, so your husband will not notice the slow progression.  Just make sure he takes his glasses off.

Tons more to tell you, but all I will say is, you will enjoy the ride.

Your grown-up self,
Jill

 
 
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Supporting mothers in establishing a successful breastfeeding relationship is one of our most important roles as doulas.  

When we talk about the first hours after birth we often tell expectant mothers to trust the baby, they know exactly what to do and the less we mess with the process, the better it goes.





The following YouTube videos show how the slow, gradual process occurs.  We all just need to be patient and let nature take its course.  You and your baby are amazing magical creatures.  If anyone tells you otherwise, come back and watch these.  

The first is a quick highlight reel video by Entrust.  
The second video is from Raising Children Network and has interviews with two mothers.
This third video posted by Jennifer Pitkin is the whole process.  This mom and baby have had immediate skin-to-skin and it seems there has been no interference.  Oh the suspense!!
 
 
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I taught myself to knit and crochet in high school.  MANY moons ago!  My favorite time spent knitting and crocheting was during my pregnancies.  There is something special about knitting baby outfits for your little one.  Each of my littles had a wardrobe by the time they were born.

I also made a blanket for each of my babies while I was pregnant. It kept my mind occupied when I was nervous about giving birth.  It helped keep me sane when I was still pregnant at 42 weeks.  It helped me connect with my baby before the birth.  While I crocheted, I imagined what their personalities would be and what they would look like wrapped in my creation.

Being pregnant in New Jersey during the winter made me feel isolated.  I found a little knitting group that met at the Barnes & Noble so I would have actual human interaction.  I kept up with them after the baby was born, too. It helped pick me up during the baby blues. They were a great postpartum support group of wise, experienced grandmothers.

As a doula, I continued knitting to occupy the "waiting time".  I always have a baby hat in progress in my doula bag, sometimes finishing them in time for the birth.  Clients sent me pictures of those babies wearing their doula hats.  My creation on their creation.  Nothing better than that.

My Stained Glass Blanket above is a version of the Granny Square found here.  It was a stash buster project and I love how it turned out.  It isn't quite a beginner project though, so this link will take you to the Yarnspirations site for an easy Beginner Baby Blanket Pattern.  I hope it inspires you to try yarn crafting!

 
 
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Today's recipe was submitted by the amazing Chiropractor, Dr Kyle Klim of Integrative Wellness Group in Belmar, NJ. We hear some rumors about a pregnancy cookbook.....We will post once we confirm;)

Ingredients:

4 to 6 chicken thighs or breasts, depending on how many servings you need
2 heads of broccoli, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley or dried Italian seasoning
2 cap fulls of Braggs apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Equipment:

2 baking sheets

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On one baking sheet, place coconut oil and broccoli. Season with salt, pepper, and apple cider vinegar. On the other sheet, place the chicken, and season with olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper. Bake broccoli for 15 minutes, until tender. Bake chicken for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of each piece. When finished, plate them up and enjoy!

You can easily substitute lots of different veggies for this recipe such as asparagus, sprouts, zucchini, or anything your family enjoys. 


Dr.Kyle Klim, DC, BS
Doctor of Chiropractic specializing in Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Gymnasts, Webster Technique Certified, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Member 

Dr. Kyle grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania and has been under Chiropractic care his entire life. Dr. Kyle decided as a teenager that he wanted to become a Chiropractor in order to help people achieve the level of total wellness he had been experiencing as a result of being under consistent care. With Dr. Kyle's experience as a competitive gymnast, college cheerleader, and tumbling coach, he understands the needs of the athlete in competition, balance, strength, flexibility, recovery, and performance. Dr. Kyle is also a member of the a international Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and focuses on keeping the body balanced and aligned during the pregnancy for the best possible outcome during labor and delivery. He is also Webster Technique certified which is a specific Chiropractic analysis, soft tissue release, and adjustment to properly align the pelvis to allow for the best bio mechanical and neurological function giving the growing baby the best amount of room and positioning for the birthing process. Dr. Kyle is dedicated to taking care of the family as a whole in order for everyone to be their best every day.

You can reach Dr Kyle Klim at (732) 359-8263 or visit the office located at 
800 Main Street #109 Belmar, NJ 07719

 
 
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I love making these little pizzas for my family. They are fast and versatile. Bocconcini are small morsels of mozzarella - but you can also cut up whatever mozzarella you have at home or use shredded. 

Today's recipe comes from Delish.com

Ingredients
  • 4 small 3 inch whole wheat pitas
  • 1/2 c. part skim ricotta
  • 1/2 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 package of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 pt. bocconcini

Instructions
1. Heat broiler with rack set 4 inches from heat. Line a large baking sheet with foil and arrange pitas cut side up.
2. In a bowl, combine ricotta, oregano, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Divide evenly onto the pitas and top with spinach and bocconcini. Season again.
3. Brown until cheese is melted and starts to brown (4 - 6 minutes) rotating sheet from front to back halfway through baking. Serve immediately.

Today's recipe was submitted by the fabulous Renee Hennings. Renee can be reached at renee@wisebirthchoices.com. She found this recipe at http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a15528/mini-spinach-cheese-pizzas-recipe-mslo0511/