It's not that I think these stories are any less sacred and special. It's not that I believe unmedicated vaginal births are the only way to birth. It's not that I see myself as the gatekeeper to "good" births.
Not at all.
Instead, there are simply times where the anticipated journey veers off course, and everyone on the birth team has to take a step back and figure out "now what?".
In response to these feelings, I was deeply curious about ways to better support these journeys. I wanted to bring more to the birthing setting, supporting the laboring mother with suggestions, information, encouragement. I was thrilled when the opportunity arose, and I started to learn more about the "bigger picture".
Melissa Larimer, Certified Massage Therapist (along with many other trainings and certifications) offered the birth community the opportunity to expand our knowledge base in order to better support the families with whom we work. She spent hours in afternoon trainings, helping us understand the different ways birth unfolds and ways we can support the birth process.
One of the resources she referenced was the work by Gail Tully, of Spinning Babies. Spinning Babies looks at the mother's anatomy, the baby's positioning, the mother's movements and positions during pregnancy and labor, and the birth process and provides techniques and information to support healthy birth.
Talking with Melissa and learning from her gifted me more "tools" to use during births. And I'm thrilled Melissa will be joining Mothers' Circle on Sunday, November 8, 3:30-5pm to share her expertise. This Circle is appropriate for expectant moms, moms healing from birth in the last year (vaginal or cesarean), and moms thinking about another pregnancy, regardless of age of older child(ren).
Did you have a birth that maybe didn't unfold as anticipated, one where Baby was posterior, a rim of cervix remained for many hours, or you had a cesarean birth? Are you healing from birth and interested in learning ways to support your pelvic health? Or maybe you're just a little uncertain about what pelvic health entails and want to learn more about your body?
Maybe you're a mom and interested in community, and Mothers' Circle calls out to you?
Whatever the reason, register today for Mothers' Circle with Melissa Larimer. We'll have snacks, you'll meet other women, and you will spend time in a comfortable, supportive environment as you journey along in pregnancy or motherhood.
Call or email to register. You can see more details in the "Other Services" section of this site.