Category Archives: Physical Support

Happy Labor Day and Happy Laboring!

I have been to all-day-long births during labor day in previous years. This year I am on-call for a birth. Today is her due date. It reminds me that while many people celebrate labor unions and how important the labor movement is for this country, I always celebrate the movement to allow mothers to labor how they like. It hasn’t always been so in this country. We used to disregard a mother’s wishes about how she wanted to give birth. We have made big strides since then. So a toast to labor day! And to women who can labor as they please! I call that happy laboring!

Yoga for Birth

from Siren-Com, Bodhisattva seated in yoga position.

I have had a number of clients whose birth benefited from taking prenatal yoga classes. Prenatal yoga helps them get ready for active labor and helps with strength and flexibility during pushing. I haven’t had personal experience with yoga, but I will soon. Starting in September, I will be attending beginning yoga classes and finding out more about the benefits of yoga. I will not be taking prenatal yoga, but I will find out more about it. If you are in Pittsburgh and can, join me at Yoga Matrika. (photo licensing.)

What New Moms Need Most

Giving birth is a big event in any mother’s life. You prepare for birth and take breastfeeding classes. Now your baby is here in your arms. What do you need most? I asked this question of mothers that I know. These are their frank answers:

Selena’s top priority: “sleep and nourishment.”

Everyone knows how to get sleep and as an adult, you can get food for yourself. But as a new mother, your baby will be nursing around the clock. You are probably not used to that schedule. When you are home for the first couple of weeks (or longer with a cesarean birth — 6 to 8 weeks) you need to recover from birth. The support you need is making sure you get some sleep and that you don’t need to worry where your meals come from.

Karen writes: “Sleep. Accept help. Adjust expectations. Accept and embrace that what you are able to do is what you need to be doing — resting, healing, feeding your baby, and bonding.

“And for heaven’s sake, if those things don’t help, please don’t be embarrassed to get help above and beyond that. One of my most dire regrets in life is that I didn’t ask for help, and I totally cheated myself and my children out of an irreplaceable time!”

Karen’s point is very valid. We feel that we should be capable of ┬átaking care of ourselves and a tiny baby. We shouldn’t need any help. This is wrong! All new mothers need support! Why do you think we live in communities and not in separate caves? Being a new mother is a unique time. All women need support and so do you!

Adia adds her voice: “Sleep. A great support system. Accept and adjust to your new lifestyle and body. If you are having real problems, you will need to seek help.”

These mothers have all been through it themselves. Listen to their wisdom. Then you can look forward to a peaceful postpartum!