Nurturing a Mother's Intuition

The Powerful Benefits of Nurturing a Mother's Intuition

 

A Mothers intuition can indeed spark an energetic exchange between her and her care providers

Imagine creating such a synergy with your birthing team that they know your every need and sense and trust you to flow with your instinctive body needs.  They are there to provide a protective force, finely tuned to your every need.   By developing and nurturing a birthing mother to be deeply connected to her intuition will energetically invite this type of synergy and connectedness.

If you have a Doula she will help develop this during her visits prior to birth day. By listening and asking a mother how she is feeling, she is encouraging her to tap into her intuition. She will encourage her to practise listening to her body and her baby. She will teach her about her instinctive nature, about her body that is hard wired to birth.  A mother will then know what is her ‘felt sense’ of what needs to happen during labour.

During birth if a mother’s perception is firstly acknowledged by all her care providers and secondly she is invited to trust it, then she will feel free to express her intuition freely. So we all listen we wait we connect with what she needs.

It is a beautiful thing to experience.

This is the Most Important thing to know about Birthing

What do you think is the most important thing?  Deciding where to give birth? Choosing your caregiver? Or is it your education and knowledge of birth? Sure, these are important things but did you know that the most important element in birth by far - is YOU.  Your mindset and your belief in your powerful, natural instinct to birth.  Yes - the most powerful tool you have when it comes to birth is your MIND.

It’s TRUE! Don’t you find it surprising that it is not where you choose to give birth that matters, BUT it is HOW a mother approaches birth that really MATTERS?.

So first ask yourself the question How will I approach my birth? Then ask yourself who will be there supporting my belief in my instincts to birth? Because it is in this moment of your life that you, as a birthing mother, are the most open and the most vulnerable. This is WHY your attitude along with your caregivers and your birth partners, need to have a single-minded approach to support you and your powerful instincts and ability to birth. They should be there with you every moment – this is the stuff that really counts during birth.

Be warned though that fear has no role to play at birth. It is unfortunate that the perceived fear and risk surrounding birth and the medicalising of birth does nothing to help create a very positive and empowering image of birth, particularly for first time mothers.

So HOW do you make the WHERE you give birth not adversely affect the HOW you give birth and your overall birthing experience?

Firstly, you can do this by choosing to empower yourself. You can create a positive experience, no matter where your birthing location is, or what the situation brings with it on the day.  You can do this by shifting your own mind from birth as a painful experience that you endure in a hospital or in a medicalised setting. You make a shift to instead choosing the best birth experience possible. How - you say?  Well the amazing thing is this can happen very easily when you train yourself to be a ‘Hypnobirthing Mum‘

Because your Mindset is the single most important aspect of birthing. A Positive mindset, releases fear, which releases pain/tension/anxiety. Imagine if everyone really understood just how simple this is!  And nothing external has to change! Of course, we would love to see better maternity options, affordable access to midwife care and more birth centres across the city and regions but all we truly need - is a shift of mindset.  If you look you will find that this just happens to be easily available to all.  So my hope is that techniques like Hypnobirthing, is one day the most commonly used approach to birth and creates a permanent shift towards supporting a positive, empowered mindset during birth.  Then we would truly see much better health outcomes for YOU and all our birthing mothers. Now that sounds like an attitude worth cultivating! Here’s to the possibility of many happy birthing days ahead for all!

Positive empowered birth creates a future towards healthy, happy mothers. Pass it on.

Contact www.hypnobirthingaustralia.com.au   to find your nearest practitioners.  

 

EAT Well - why this is so important in early breast feeding

Eat Well -   your breast milk is just like bee's honey!

You may ask in what way?

 “A mothers’ milk is like bees to honey.  An example of this is if the bees make honey from the ilang-ilang flower, such honey will have an ilang-ilang smell and we eat too much of it  it will cause our skins to itch. So it is with mother’s milk, each mother must know what food is good for her and what is bad for her”

 Negritos

 

Your baby's digestive system is delicate and very sensitve in the first 6 weeks particularly.  While there are certainly many women who can eat whatever they like  and their babies seemingly are unaffected, it is a very good idea to be concious of what may upset your baby.

The most well know foods to avoid during early breast feeding  are the brassicas – cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli.

 I have included a list of  ‘ food for early breast feeding ' here on this site .

 In general  you should can keep you diet highly nutritious, simple and bland. 

You should remember some simple guide lines  and  please  AVOID these below

SUGARS

PROCESSED FOODS

 HEAVY MIXES OF SPICE

 CAFFEINE

 RICH SAUCES OR FLAVOURINGS

 DRIED FUITS

 

ANY LARGE SERVES OF ACIDIC FRUIT AND VEGIES

 

Recommended FOODS List for early breastfeeding

This list is quite extensive :

 

Rice, buckwheat, rye, millet, quinoa,  barley

Rolled oats

Bread sourdough and whole grain flour best

Biscuits- plain rice, rye or corn

Pasta and noodles

Potatoes, sweet potato

Apples, papaw, bananas, pears, custard apples, persimmons, loquats, tamarillos

Celery, silverbeet, pumpkin, carrots, eggplants,

Corn, choko, alfalfa sprouts, mushrooms, asparagus, beetroot, zucchini

Onion, garlic, ginger, small amount of well cooked

 Tomato - small amount well cooked

Nuts cashews, coconut

Sunflower, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds

Coconut cream/milk

Whey powder

Miso tamari, soy sauce, tempeh

Soya milk and tofu

 Milk (raw) cream, yoghurt, butter

 Eggs

 White cheese, mild yellow cheese in moderation

Seaweeds, nori, dulse

Honey, malt, molasses, maple syrup

Cold pressed oils, tahini

Herbs:  parsley and dill, fennel, cardamom

 Brewers yeast and nutritional yeast flakes

Sea salt

Breathing for Birth

 

Many women already know that one of the most effective ways of dealing with your labour is working with breath as your focus.  The truth is that with minimal effort you can have a massive amount of effect in relaxing tension and anxiety in your body during labour.  We begin with the idea that fundamentally a mother needs to keep breathing in order to stay alive and to keep functioning. We also know that when we are tense, anxious or afraid we tend to breath in a shallow way. We don’t have to - we just do. It is an instinctive response to help our body prepare for fight or flight scenarios.  We then become adrenalised.  This is generally not helpful to modern mamas in labour – until that is in the final stages when you feel a massive urge to push your baby out, but clearly this could be after a long, exhausting labour. That is why our bodies are so pumped generally after birth. We have worked so hard and may think we are exhausted and at the end of our tether one minute, next we are full of adrenaline, we create a powerful surge of energy as we birth our babies. We feel alive and elated and with a natural birth we get a bonus rush of love hormones to boot!

But back to the breath. Deep breathing helps you stay relaxed. We use it to its best effect when our body is tense. If any area in our body is tense, it becomes tight and rigid. We know that feeling. Deep breathing is useful in childbirth for that very reason. It is very useful when the potential for tension and anxiety are at their peak – when you think you are not doing ok.  Learning to ’breath into’ areas of your body, oxygenating and helping those areas to become more resilient, more accommodating will in turn open them up to relax.  It is with practise that you will learn to direct your breath to your pelvic area, your sacrum, your perineum. In fact, any part of your body that needs release. Directed breathing takes the power of the breath into every part of the body. Circulation is enhanced and tension is reduced helping to maintain a more relaxed focus.

Did you know that pregnant mothers find this form of directed breathing easier to do than most people?  This is because they have a natural ability to accommodate and integrate change. They have a developed communication with their bodies. 

This is so easy to do.   I can teach you directed breathing, so that you get to practise it well before birth and you can be assured of the benefit of Maximum effect with Minimal effort.

 


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