What Is A Rebozo And How Can It Help Me During Labor?

A Rebozo is a hand woven fabric that is traditionally used as a shawl and has been found to be very useful in labor with certain techniques applied. The Rebozo has been known to help laboring mothers save energy, push effectively, and reduce pain and discomfort.

Rebozo For Labor

While there are creative ways your Rebozo Certified Doula can use the Rebozo, we’ll go over the three most popular techniques here. You may want to ask your Rebozo Certified Doula to practice these methods during a prenatal visit.

1.       Rebozo Sifting

Have you ever panned for gold? Jiggled a cup of Jello? Similar concept; except what your jiggling is a lot more valuable than gold. This movement helps a laboring mom reduce the stress on her muscles and ligaments. It can also reduce the pain felt during contractions as the added pressure can be very comforting.

So how do you Rebozo Sift?

rebozo sifting

Simple; you’ll need a partner, like dad, your Doula, or your Midwife. If you’re using one person, they’ll wrap the Rebozo around your belly, while not crossing the ends. Think of a shoe shine rag. Then with both ends in your partner’s hand, you can get on all fours, or on your knees while leaning over a squat bar/birth ball. Your partner then, gently sifts/jiggles your belly side to side.

If you’re using two people, such as a Doula and your partner, each one of them will hold an end of the Rebozo while they sift your belly.

2.       Rebozo Anchor

A Rebozo Anchor can help you push more effectively. How? When your Doula has placed you in the proper position for the Rebozo Anchor you will feel the correct muscles activate for more efficient pushing.

What’s the proper position for a Rebozo Anchor?

rebozo for labor

Good question! Your Rebozo Certified Doula will wrap the Rebozo around her back while sitting, then she will instruct you to sit in front of her will holding one end in each hand. Then, as you feel a contraction and the urge to push you should pull on the Rebozo ends while your doula counters the movement (kind of like tug of war). The resistance you feel when pulling the Rebozo, will help you push down and help push your baby out.

This technique can be practiced very carefully, but should be reserved to the pushing stage of labor as you do not want to accidently create an onset of early labor. I would recommend only practicing this with a Certified Rebozo Doula.

3.       Rebozo Squat

A proper Rebozo Squat can help you gain all the benefits of squatting during labor, with the added bonus of saving you more energy! Let’s get right into how to Rebozo Squat.

Rebozo Squat

Your Certified Rebozo Doula will wrap the Rebozo around your back, while she holds one end in each hand. You will then start to squat when she tells you it’s okay. Your Doula will act as a counterbalance for you, effectively balancing some of the kinetic energy needed. This will result in an assisted squat that will reduce muscle fatigue to you.

So there you have it, three of the most popular ways to use a Rebozo during childbirth. If youre still unsure of how to use a Rebozo, ask your Doula if she is a Certified Rebozo Doula; if so, she will be able to help.

You can visit our Doula Page Here for more information on how I use a Rebozo during labor for my clients.

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I'm Pregnant! Now What?!

All the excitement, fear (lets be real), and confusion is swirling in you, and making you double think everything you need to get done.

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 Aside from jumping for joy, there are a few things that you should probably do. The following helps you get some of those things scheduled.

1.       Get In The Healthy Mindset

If you already have a healthy lifestyle, make sure you’re continuing your good habits, but don’t neglect a second look at your exercise and diet as you may be missing some key supplements such as folate or extra iron.

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If you’re new to a healthy lifestyle, that’s okay too. It’s never too late to start making good choices. Some things you can do easily is reducing the amount of caffeine you drink, adding more water, eating extra protein, light exercise (see your midwife or obstetrician for advice), and even getting better (sometimes more) sleep.

You’re going to want to practice relaxation too, as a calm and centered you now, is a warrior when it’s time to push later.

2.       Choose a Midwife or Obstetrician

Midwife

Now; we are biased and do love the culture midwives bring to your birth, but there are many great obstetricians we know and love. Our advice; do your research!

You can start by calling your insurance company or visiting their “provider finder” site and making a list of the providers you’d like to interview. You can also check out Yelp and Google for the top midwife or obstetrician in your area.

3.       Find A Doula!

Read these articles if you have questions such as;

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In the meantime, here is a simple way to answer this. Every expecting mother should hire a Birth Doula if possible. Birth Doulas provide necessary support during your pregnancy, and labor, and sometimes postpartum. Your Birth Doula experience is one you won’t regret, and their services can sometimes be covered by your insurance, HAS, or FSA.

To Find A Childbirth Doula Click Here. You can also use Yelp and/or Google to find Doulas in your area. The best Doulas are the ones who you feel a great connection with and are willing to grow their relationship with you… Like A Bradley Method Doula!

4.       Get Your Childbirth Education Classes Scheduled

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You’re probably reading this because it’s your first go around in the baby making business. Don’t worry, there are plenty of caring people who make it their business to teach you anything and everything you need to know.

Best Childbirth Class In Orange County

 

A well rounded class like The Bradley Method Of Husband Coached Childbirth will give you the best education on what to expect, healthy diet, labor practice, contraction timing, relaxation, mental and emotional preparedness, and partner (coach) involvement, and much, much more!

Consider booking early, as it gives you more time to practice the skills you’ll learn. If you’d like more information on Childbirth Classes, Click Here.

 

5.       Prepare To Announce The News

Don’t forget to tell dad first! Ha!

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Some moms like to tell their family and friends right away! Making a phone call, sending a text, or posting on social media are great ways to announce. But don’t forget, you only get to share the news for the first time, one time. So think about a cute way you’d like to do it too. You can hire a photographer to shoot some announcement photos, or create a clever card for mailing (Checkout Pinterest For More Ideas).

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You can also wait to announce the news until later. There are many moms that like to wait until their second trimester, and that’s okay too. It’s you and your baby, do what’s right for you.

There are plenty of other things you should also do, but we like to keep things simple here. Some other things we won’t go into detail are, talking about finances, going to the dentist, abstaining from foods or drugs that can negatively affect your baby, buying a car seat, etc.. This article was meant to help you get some of the basic things on your to do list.

If You have any questions about this topic or would like to learn more about natural childbirth, Doulas, Diet, etc., please contact us here, or DM/comment on our Instagram page via @babylovencp.com.

How To Prevent Tearing: The Easy Way!

There’s a pain out there (more like down there) that can rival that of a 100mph toe stub on a cold winter night. They call it the Perineum Tear! DUN DUN DUN!

But there’s a way to defeat this foe before you even have to push, and it’s actually pretty easy. The following is a list of three easy ways to prevent a Perineum Tear.

1.       Kegel:

This isn’t one of those exercises that requires you to get up at 5am, and lace up a pair of running shoes. You can actually do Kegels sitting, at the office, during breakfast, at a park, during a movie, buying groceries, you can pretty much Kegel anywhere, and we highly recommend you do. No spotter needed! Kegels is a real exercise to strengthen the muscles in your Vagina. But how to I perform such a move? Is it like twerking? Both great questions. Your midwife can show you how to do a Kegel, and possibly even how to do a twerk. You can also learn how to Kegel while taking your natural childbirth class; The Bradley Method! You can learn more about the Bradley Method Class by clicking the link!

How To Kegel While Pregnant

 

2.       Relax:

how to relax while pregnant

Do whatever gets you chilled out as often as you can. Learning to relax, can be useful, especially during a stressful time. The more relaxed you are the more in tune you are with your body and thus the more control you’ll have during labor. Having this control during labor can help you get through it quicker and thus reduce the risk of a tear. If you’re new at relaxing, or you want to pretend you’re new, employ your partner to practice relaxation techniques, and relaxation massages on you. If you’re gutsy, hand your partner a palm leaf and some grapes. Great tools for relaxing include essential oils, music (anything that calms you), ottomans, meditation, exercise, etc.

 

3.       Squat:

pregnancy squat

Every day is squat day. Squats can help you become more flexible, allowing you to get into better labor positions (see below), and can also help you strengthen the muscles necessary to help you push more efficiently. Why is pushing efficiently so important? Well aside from a short labor, knowing when and how to push helps you avoid unnecessary stress to the perineum. If you’re wondering how to properly squat while pregnant, click this link for a great video.

 

4.       Get In The Right Position:

Like satisfying a hard to reach itch, getting in the right position can sometimes be tricky. Lucky for you there are plenty of bears scratching their backs on YouTube. But for that person more interested in learning the right labor positions, you can learn plenty of creative and proven positions to labor while reducing stress to your Perineum. One way to learn these positions is by taking a natural childbirth class like this one! Or by researching labor positions that keep you from laying on your back with legs in the air. Gravity and baby weight aren’t the best combo when trying to avoid Perineum tears. One position that helps reduce Perineum Tears is the side position (see below).

labor positions

Last, but not least, avoid any interventions during labor if possible. Interventions such as Pitocin, vacuums, and even certain physical exams can increase the risk of a Perineum Tear. Your goal should be to have an as natural and intervention free labor as possible. You may want to hire a Birth Doula to help ensure you have the type of birth you want. Click the Doula link here to learn more.

If you have any questions about this topic or would like to learn more about natural childbirth, please contact us here, or DM/Comment on our Instagram page via @babylovencp.com

How To Naturally Reduce Pain During Labor

Obviously childbirth is painful. Contractions can be powerful, the “ring of fire”—although momentary—does hurt, and back labor is more than uncomfortable.

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But! Don’t rush to an epidural right away. There are plenty of safe, and natural ways to reduce pain. Using one of these natural alternatives can reduce the amount of “drugs” that enters your newborn’s body, help you better understand what is happening to your body during labor, and help your coach become more involved in your labor and reducing your pain.

The following are three easy ways to reduce pain during labor the natural way;

Childbirth Preparation Classes:

Yep! Getting your schooling on! Knowing what your body is going through as it transitions into pushing, or why you feel pain from a posterior baby is a great way to take control of how you feel during pain.

Classes like The Bradley Method cover how to eat for a faster labor, exercises to strengthen your body for labor, and relaxation techniques to calm you and help you push through the pain.

In the Bradley Method, the belief is that childbirth shouldn’t solely be a mom thing. Instead, Husband/partner coached childbirth is the foundation of the course. Knowing that you’re Husband/partner will be involved in every aspect of your prenatal, labor, and postnatal journey will help you reduce stress and relax. The education you both receive will help you better manage the pain of childbirth.

If you’re interested in Childbirth Classes to help reduce labor pain, click our Class Link Here to learn more.

reduce labor pain with a doula

Aroma Therapy:

With a rise in popularity, Diffusers and Essential oils are a great way to reduce pain during childbirth. You may be asking; “How does aroma therapy work for labor?”, well easy… actually it’s pretty technical, but lucky for you we’ve condensed the info into an easy to understand explanation.

During Aroma Therapy, essential oil molecules are disbursed through a diffuser and inhaled. These molecules enter your body, reach the brain and affect the limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for emotions, stress, and hormone balance—all things that affect how you process pain in a good way.

If you’re still unsure how to diffuse, or which type of oils to use, research and experiment at home before going into labor. If you have a Doula, you can also ask if she provides aromatherapy. If you still have questions, click the DOULA LINK HERE to learn how we use essential oils during your labor.

Essential Oil Diffuser During Labor

Massage Therapy:

Specifically massage therapy that is performed by your partner. Whether your partner is an all-star foot therapist, or alternatively has sand paper hands that do more damage than you began with, all partners can learn how to give better massage during labor.

“How exactly does massage reduce labor pain?” I’m so glad you asked! Labor Massage therapy relaxes muscle tissue which helps reduce painful contractions and spasms. Reducing muscle spasms will also reduce nerve compression which in turn relieves pain signals going to your brain.

“What if my partner doesn’t know safe and effective labor massage?”, you’re in luck. Click the Bradley Method Class Link HERE to enroll and start training today! We’ll have that husband/partner of yours giving you the best massages and relaxation techniques on earth. There is also a class where your partner gets to feel a massage first hand (for learning purposes of course) ;)

Massage During Labor

Your Doula is also prepared to step in and use her massage skills to help you reduce pain during labor. If you still need to find a Doula, click this DOULA LINK HERE or click the BLOG to learn more.

As always, if you have any questions on this topic or any other topics we haven’t covered please feel free to contact us HERE or comment/DM us on Instagram via @babylovencp.

Your Childbirth Support and Doula,

Christy Gochez

Can I Eat During Labor?

Do I currently have a craving? Is water wet? Do I perform better when I eat? Yes, gosh darn it, yes!

eating during labor

Eat! Acquire sustenance and fuel your body for the marathon that is labor!

Studies show that eating during labor can help stabilize what your body uses as energy sources (fat, protein, sugar) and can reduce the level of acidity in both your blood and baby’s blood, which WILL lead to more contractions (this is good) and a shorter labor (this is double chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream good!)

So now you’re probably thinking what you can eat, and how you can sneak double chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream into your delivery room. Let’s get serious though.

If you’re room or hospital provides you should at least pack a microwave meal or two, but most importantly you should pack snacks that are easy to digest, nutritious, and easy to pack. After all, you might have to be discreet as some Labor and Delivery staffs don’t like mom eating during labor (we’ll get into this on another blog later)

The following is a list of foods you may want to eat during labor:

healthy food during labor

 

Banana: comes with nature’s wrapper and can stay out for long periods of time. Great for increasing blood sugar too!

Berries: they’re tasty, and can be packed in a snack size Ziploc for easy access and disposal.

Baby carrots: they can sometimes come prepackaged and make for a crunchy snack that gets some vitamin A into you too!

Snack bars: Our favorite are the Larabar because they’re whole food based, and pack 28grams of carbs and 4 grams of protein.

Protein bars: Lenny and Larrys cookies are good pick but any easily digestible protein is a sure win.

Popsicles: bring a cooler with an icepack! A great way to hydrate and cool down too.

Peanut Butter: We like Laura Scudder’s Smooth and Unsalted variety, because there is only one ingredient; PEANUTS. Great with the carrot sticks or in a PB&J sandwich.

Trail mix: Whatever your heart desires.

Honey Sticks: easy to open and turns into energy very quickly!

 

DON’T FORGET TO HYDRATE!

Drink plenty of fluids, and have a sippy cup handy. You can fill the cup with water or a sports drink or with ice chips. I recommend going to 7eleven and buying a big gulp (what you fill it with is your choice) and using that as your water or ice chip cup. If you’re in a hospital; your Doula or your partner can ask for it to be filled for them so the staff can’t deny!

And we also can’t forget the postpartum food

snacks during labor

Orange juice (Bradley Method students get this one) and a nutritious high protein, good fat and carb meal such as oatmeal, grilled cheese, or ALT (Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato). After all, you’re going to need the nutrients to recover and as preparation for breast feeding.

As always, if you have questions about what to eat, how to deal with hospital staff, our Doula Services, The Bradley Method, or anything else, please feel free to ask us via contact button or our Instagram: @babylovencp.com

What is a Birth Doula? Bradley Doula? Natural Doula?

For many expecting mothers, the shear thought of going through labor for the first time (or again) induces an ominous fear of the unknown. What if it hurts? What if I can’t do it? What if I’m not strong enough? And for many expecting mothers, that’s it—the questions don’t get answered. Fortunately for you the word(s), Doula, birth coach, birth companion, and Birth Doula were thrown your way.

So what is a Birth Doula? Or Bradley Doula? Or Natural Doula?

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A Birth Doula is (aside from being the best person ever) an inspirer; your Doula will give you the support you need during labor to push through the pain, keep you motivated, and unlock a strength you didn’t know existed in you. All of this awesomeness is part of a Doulas job, but the true objective is to help you meet your little one as soon as possible in a healthy, and safe way.

A Birth Doula is a professional who has been trained and is certified to support you during a hospital birth, birth center birth, home birth, and water birth.

The best Doulas are typically ones that also have formal training in childbirth education such as The Bradley Method. Bradley Method Doulas are advantageous because they are with you during your three months of childbirth education, which gives you and your partner an opportunity to bond, and collaborate for the birth you want.

Let’s learn about the history of Doulas

The word Doula was first used in the 1960s to describe a woman who would tend and assist to a laboring mother’s needs during childbirth. The word comes from an old Greek word, Doule, which means female servant and was modernized and used in a study by Dana Raphael. In modern times; a Doula takes pride in serving her laboring mother.

However, Doulas have been around in many cultures for many years. Sometimes they go by the name Doula, other times they are a wise grandmother, a village expert, or a best friend. Whatever the case, they’re main focus is to serve the laboring mother. If you can imagine a mother consoling her daughter during labor, then it’s just as easy to imagine Doulas being around since the beginning of time.

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You may be asking yourself; “What does Doula support look like?”, “What does a Doula do during labor/childbirth and maybe even after?”

Your Doula can support in various specific, and general ways. The following are examples. Sometimes your Doula will offer physical support in the form of holding you up while you’re laboring in different positions, or massaging your back in an attempt to turn a posterior baby. Sometimes your Doula will offer emotional support in the form of birth affirmations, or calming and directing your husband/partner down during a trying moment. Sometimes your Doula will offer educational support such as being your Bradley Method Educator, or helping you question/challenge a medical intervention through facts and logic. Your Doula will also be an advocate for you—it’s your birth, and your Doula will make sure it goes your way! Your Doula will also help you settle down and settle in when the baby is born, by helping you breastfeed, clean, gather items, prep your meal, or take some snapshots of mom, dad, and baby.

This all sounds great, but now you’re probably wondering “what is dad going to do?”, “how does my partner fit into this?”

Simple, Your Doula isn’t going to take your husband’s or partner’s place. Instead, your Doula will support your partner and husband to be a better coach for you during labor. A great and experienced Doula knows what her role is and everyone else’s role too. Your Doula will never overstep a boundary.

Doulas can be used in all types of birth, whether it’s a natural birth, water birth, conventional birth, un-medicated birth, vbac birth, medicated birth, hospital birth, roadside birth, placenta birth, etc.. Your Doula is prepared to help you in any and all situations.

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The word Doula evokes a proud and honorable feeling for moms and for the Doula herself. Your experience working with a Doula will leave a lasting happy impression.

If you’re interested in learning more about Doulas  and our Doula services we offer, please contact us at christygochez@babylovencp.com or DM us on Instagram via @babylovencp. We’re always excited to answer any questions you have.

3 Easy Games For Your Newborn Baby

Playtime! It isn’t just because it’s fun; playtime is also found to be beneficial for promoting healthy development in your newborn’s social skills, reasoning, motor skills, and parent-child bonds. In this day and age, most people think playtime involves an app on as phone--which may have its’ benefits--but let’s keep it real, direct play with a parent is way better. Here are three games that you can play with your newborn.

 

peek a boo with Newborn

Peek-A-Boo: Showing your newborn that your face can change will allow her to start to recognize you better. Practice those cross-eyed, tongue out, nostril flared faces and watch your baby be mesmerized by your odd beauty.

 

Sing to Newborn

Singing: Your newborn wants to imprint, he wants to know who it was talking to him in the belly for the last nine months. So give them a performance that is sure to leave a good impression—even if you’re not the best vocalist, your baby won’t know. Some song ideas are; Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and if you’re feeling it… “I said a hip hop, hippie to the hippie, the hip hip a hop and you don’t stop a, rock it out, bubba to the bang bang boogie, boogie to the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie the beat” then drop that Fisher Price mic!

 

Pets and Newborns

Exploring: Let her feel new things like a washcloth, teething toy, rattle, spoon, sensory ball, etc.. Keep it safe and gentle, and you’re sure to kick start her brain development. Remember that everyday items to you are new and wondrous to her! Point to the trees outside, introduce your family and friends, or let them stare at the dog and cat playing in front of them. It will be fun for you to watch her eyes try and make sense of it all.

 

As you’re both enjoying each other and playing these games remember that your newborn can become overstimulated and playing gently and patiently will always give the best result. So have fun, and make a moment.

As always, if you have questions about any of our services, please contact us!

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