Ember's "Fiery" Birth Story

I had tried almost every “natural” form of induction that I had heard. I was starting to think I was stuck pregnant. My original due date was November 4th. After having an early ultrasound, my due date was pushed back to November 28th. But I felt sure I’d have this baby before then. On November 8th, I started having signs and feelings that she was coming soon. Thanksgiving came and went; my due date came and went and at 41 weeks I really started to get nervous, I really didn’t want to be induced. Finally, at one week and two days past my due date, I had my membranes swept. The plan would be to come back the next day (Thursday) for another sweep and again on Friday. Then, if still pregnant, they would do a “midwife induction” on Saturday and, lastly, a hospital induction on Sunday. Read More

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Prenatal Teacher Training weekend 3 recap

What an amazing weekend. The community this group has created is a joy to be a part of! Sara joined us to kick off our weekend with a discussion on mindfulness, using the text, The Miracle of Mindfulness, as a starting point. It was a rich, emotional and tender discussion, and it brought up ideas and concepts that we returned to throughout the weekend. Later in the weekend, we did other mindfulness exercises, including the Raisin Meditation (from Mindful Birthing, one of my all-time favorite books). Read More

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Prenatal Teacher Training weekend 2 recap

This is always my favorite weekend of the prenatal teacher training, because our main focus is birth! Throughout the weekend we talked about birth from various perspectives – historical (what influences and developments have brought us to what we have today in the US), cultural (how we tend to view pregnancy and birth), medical (what options women have in childbirth), and of course what actually happens in a woman’s body during labor and birth. Throughout the weekend we return many times to the questions of: what does this mean for our pregnant students? how does this show up in a prenatal class? And – most importantly – how can we best support our pregnant yoga students to have the most embodied, powerful, and positive experience, regardless of what unfolds during her transition to motherhood? Read More

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