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Summer 2017 Group Prenatal Classes for Surrey Langley

Prenatal Classes Surrey Langley

Summer 2017 Group Prenatal Classes for Surrey Langley have now been scheduled!

These classes are for expecting moms due August or September. Groups are kept small to ensure parents get their unique questions and concerns addressed. Prenatal Journey’s prenatal classes are specially designed for people who would prefer to have as natural a birth as possible.

The classes will empower you to understand the physical and emotional journey of childbirth and what effective strategies real life women use to get through labour and have  positive birth experience. You will also learn how to make informed decisions about your healthcare and that of your child.

Moms often start out feeling nervous about their ability to cope with labour, but end up feeling confident in themselves, their partners, and looking forward to meeting their babies and the journey that brings them.

 

Group classes for the Summer 2017 will be :

Sat July 29th  – Sun July 30th

From 9.30am – 4.30pm, with a one hour lunch break

Fees : $195 per couple

 

To Register, Call Kaurina at 604 809 3288

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For more information, check out :

Prenatal Classes for Surrey Langley

Prenatal Classes Schedules 

Doula Support

or find out more About Kaurina

 

Prenatal Classes in Surrey Langley

Space for one more doula client in Jan 2017 and one in Feb 2017 in Surrey or Langley

Live in Surrey or Langley and Expecting a Baby Soon? Thinking about having Doula Support for your Birth?

Prenatal Journey currently has space for one more client due Jan 2017, and one more due Feb 2017. If you’re due in March or later, there is still space. I provide Birth Doula Support to moms-to-be in Surrey, Langley, Delta, Vancouver and Abbotsford.

Having a doula is a great idea if you would like to have more support through your pregnancy, birth and postpartum time. It’s especially helpful if you want to have your best chance at having a natural birth. Doulas provide non-medical physical, emotional and informational support so that moms can have an easier time in labour and have an empowering, positive birth experience. Evidence proves that having a Doula reduces the need for pain meds like epidurals or narcotics, and also reduces the need for inductions and cesareans. They also increase successful breastfeeding rates, reduce postpartum depression, and make sure moms and babies start their new phase of life feeling supported, positive and capable.

At births, I often help moms cope with labour with specific techniques and tools – counterpressure, hip squeezes, massage, position changes, TENS machine, encouragement and so on. I also am a great listener, supporting moms through any emotional challenges they are dealing with in pregnancy, birth, or after their babies are born. Being there with moms right in labour and being available 24 hours a day by phone in pregnancy and postpartum to answer any questions, helps moms get the information they need to power them to make informed decisions about their well-being. Dads also LOVE having a doula to help out in labour. Dads are so important at births, and I always make sure I show dads how to effectively support their partners. Dads and doulas usually work as a team. Moms can’t have too much support in labour.

Prenatal Classes, and Birth Photography

Besides doula support, I also teach prenatal classes and provide birth photography. I offer private prenatal classes in Surrey, Langley, and surrounding areas. They are on your schedule and in the comfort of your own home. Group prenatal classes are in small groups and consist of two full Saturdays, or once a week for 8 weeks. Many clients also love having birth photography done to capture special memories of their child’s brith and the first moments of life.

You can read more at my other pages to find out about Doula Support, or if you are still wondering, “What Is A Doula?“.

You can find out more about Prenatal Classes with Prenatal Journey, or about Birth Photography.

If you’d like to register, call 604 809 3288 or email kaurina@prenataljourney.ca 

 

Here’s what a doula and prenatal class client has said,

I was determined to give my daughter Valentina a natural birth at home without the use of any pain medication. Thanks to Kaurina, I was able to physically, emotionally and mentally prepare myself to make this happen. Kaurina was very thorough and motivating during those important months of preparation, helping my husband and I shape the kind of birth that we wanted for our baby. It was through her inspiring talks that we truly shaped our home-birth plan, as she helped guide our thinking as well as presenting many options that had not occurred to us. Thanks to her we were more than prepared for the arrival of our daughter. Not only did she provide me with the support I needed, she provided my husband with extremely helpful tools, helping him become an integral part of the birthing process.
During labour, I was so deeply thankful to have Kaurina with me as my doula. She was calming and reassuring, providing me with excellent coaching, calming my mind and body, giving me the focus and direction I needed to bring Valentina into this world as calmly and quickly as naturally possible.
After the birth of Valentina, the world came into sharp focus. No matter how many nieces, nephews, or children of friends, nothing prepared us for the intimate feeling of caring for our own child. With this also came the fears of proper care, the immediacy of her needs, and the emotional roller coaster of the post-partum period. Kaurina was there for us in every way. She answered every phone call and question, as well as coming by to check on our health, well being, and techniques; such as showing me useful breastfeeding techniques, how to care for the umbilical cord, and the best way to approach a bath for a newborn.
All of this care made for a truly beautiful birth experience, as well as ensuring a positive post-partum period; Kaurina can be thanked for it all.

– C. Palencia, Vancouver, BC

Birth Doula Support and Prenatal Classes Open for Expecting Parents Again!

baby smilingWow! It’s been over a year since my daughter was born and it’s been so much fun being with her. I’ve had such a blast and it’s been a really great experience watching how much my 3 older children just love her to bits. People had asked me if it was hard having the big gap (the youngest is 8 years older than the baby) and then going back to looking after a baby again, but no, it’s been such a pleasure. I feel way more confident as a mum now than I did before, and watching the older kids interact with the baby has been such a gift.

So now that the baby is a toddler, I’m ready to start accepting clients for Birth Doula Support, as well as, Prenatal Classes.

Doula Support :

I have space for expecting parents who are due April 2016 or later and would like doula support for their birth. I only have a few spots available each month and some months are filling up fast, so call 604 809 3288 now to reserve your spot.

I provide doula support for births in Delta, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford and other parts of the Lower Mainland.

If you’re not sure if doula support is right for you, or you’re not sure what it even is, feel free to drop me a line and ask. Or go to What Is A Doula? If you wanna know what other moms are saying about doula support click here.

 

Prenatal Classes :

If you would like Prenatal Classes, I am offering private prenatal classes right now for individual couples in the convenience of their own homes.

Group Prenatal Classes will be available starting in June 2016, so if you are due in the summer or later, group prenatal classes would be perfect for you.

Group classes will be held in Clayton Heights on the Surrey Langley border, and private prenatal classes are in your own home. I travel anywhere in Delta, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, New Westminster and so on. Parents-to-be who would prefer to have a natural birth, really like my classes because they are geared especially to teaching skills to increase your chances of having a natural birth.

Private classes are available for both first-time parents and parents who already have child but want to take a Refresher course. Parents who take the Refresher course tend to be people who have had a previous cesarean and want to have a VBAC this time (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), or moms who have a new partner with the next pregnancy and would like their partners to learn how to support them in labour.

For more info on prenatal classes click here.

 

More Services :

Besides Doula Support and Prenatal Classes, you may also be interested in some of the other services I provide :

  • Birth Plan Consultation or Early Pregnancy Consultation
  • Birth Photography
  • Belly Henna
  • Belly Casting
  • Reflexology and Guided Meditation for Relaxation (prenatal or post partum)

Click here for more info on More Services.

And, for moms with kids of all ages:

  • Life Coaching for Moms – Helping moms solve their problems whether it’s career-life balance, relationships, financial, parenting, self-confidence and so on. Find out more at Free Chaos to Calm Session.

Life Coaching for Moms is by phone or Skype so it’s actually available anywhere in the world and not just the Lower Mainland, BC, Canada.

 

If you have any questions, you can contact me at 604 809 3288, or email me at kaurina @ prenatal journey .ca

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Have a wonderful day!

 

– Kaurina Danu

 

 

 

Join me on my own pregnancy journey

Hello everyone,

baby bcbaby bcSo I have some exciting news! On Mother’s Day 2014, I found out I’m expecting my fourth child. mom and baby vancouverbaby bcbaby bcbaby bc

I’d love for you to join me on my pregnancy journey. I know you’re going to learn lots along the way.

For those who don’t know me, I’m a Birth Doula and Prenatal Teacher in the Surrey, Langley area of British Columbia, Canada (near Vancouver). I had my first two kids in hospital and the third one was the most fun birth yet – it was a homebirth. So for this one, I am of course, planning another homebirth. I’ve moved neighbourhoods since my last one, so I have to find another midwife. (You can read more about my first birth, and see the slideshow of my home birth at Birth Stories

I thought today I’d provide you with some information about midwives in BC.

 

1. Midwives are covered by MSP in British Columbia

That’s right! I’m always shocked and horrified that people don’t know their options when it comes to midwives. They think they have to pay out-of-pocket. They think that they have to have a doctor.

Here are the facts in BC : there are three kinds of maternity care providers and they are all covered by MSP, which means it is free for you – Family Physicians who do maternity care, Midwives, and OBs.

2. If you have a midwife, you don’t need to have a doctor for your pregnancy

In some countries, midwives are like nurses. But in BC, midwives practice independently so if you have a midwife, you do not have to also see a doctor for your pregnancy.

If you have a high risk pregnancy, OBs are a great option for you. In fact, family physicians and midwives will refer or consult with OBs if any high risk situation occurs.  But, research shows, if you have a low-risk pregnancy, midwives are a great option for you. Midwives specialize in low-risk birth, so they have the kind of skills needed to help you have a natural birth, and yet are trained to deal with situations where more medical help is needed. OBs, specialize in high risk birth and are not skilled in helping moms have a natural birth. They resort to medical intervention much sooner than midwives would. As such, comparing all low-risk pregnancies, OBs have much higher cesarean, induction and instrumental delivery rate.

3. Midwives have much longer visits

Midwives are paid more than Family Physicians for each pregnancy mom they have, but less than OBs. This is because midwives spend 45 mins with each client at prenatal appointments as opposed to the 5 – 10 mins doctors spend. This is to build a relationship and cover more comprehensive information with women which includes, nutrition, wellness, informed decision making, choices in birth and so on.

4. Midwives are responsible for you and your baby up to 6 weeks postpartum

Midwives provide continuity of care through the whole pregnancy, birth and up to 6 weeks postpartum.

5. To find a complete list of midwives in your area of BC

Go to BC College of Midwives

Or Midwives Association of BC

6. Register ASAP

I’d suggest calling several or all the midwifery offices in your area and registering as soon as you can. Midwives fill up fast. It’s ideal if you can register as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. If you would like to close the best midwife for you, register with a few so you can have a chance to interview them and decide which ones you like best.

If you’re further along and you have decided to switch from doctor care to midwifery care, do not despair. Although it can be hard to find a midwifery office with space, it is possible. I have had many doula clients decide mere weeks before they gave birth that they wanted to switch to midwifery care. They called a couple of midwives and found them to be full but after my encouragement, they called ALL the midwives in their area until they managed to find midwives with space. Go to one of the websites above and call ALL the midwives in your area. Don’t just give up after one or two.

 

For the Crunchy Granola Mammas :

 

Now having said that, if you are of the crunchy granola sort, like me, you wouldn’t just want to stop at choosing a midwife attended birth. You would want to carefully select a midwife who aligns with the kind of birth preferences you want. All registered midwives in BC practice within a range of guidelines. But there is a wide range of what some midwives are comfortable with. There has been some criticism that some midwives practice too much like doctors, jumping to medical intervention too soon before trying natural methods. They have been termed “medwives”.

There are also a few midwives who have chosen not to be registered with the college of midwives, and do not follow their guidelines. This is an interesting point, because before 1998, all the midwives were not registered with MSP. MSP only started including midwives in 1998. So a few of those midwives did not register because they felt registering would inhibit their ability to practice in the way they had previously been practicing. So the college of midwives now refers to them as “Lay Birth Attendants”  instead of midwives. Why would they not want to be registered? Well, before the college was established, the midwives were trained in and regularly attended breech or twin births. Remember, in Europe, these are seen as variations of normal birth and not high risk situations. If the birth attendant is trained in how to properly attend breech or twin births, the risks are minimal. But in North America, breech and twin births have been considered too risky and are reason for automatic cesarean.  Over time, the doctors and midwives skilled in such births have retired and the new ones left are not skilled in such births, which really does make it risky.

So if you would like to really increase your chances of having a gentle, natural birth or even a homebirth, but you don’t want to go with a birth attendant who is not covered by MSP, what do you do?

Like all advice about choosing your caregiver, you need to interview them and choose the one who matches your expectations. Don’t assume that just because they are midwives that they will all be totally crunchy granola. Here’s an example of what I mean by that : some women really want their pregnancies to be rushed along towards the end. They don’t mind having a stretch and sweep of the membranes in hopes starting labour earlier. But some women would be insulted at the mere question of whether they want a sweep. They want labour to start on its own. Some midwives routinely offer sweeps at 39 weeks and some don’t. So figure out what you want and find the care provider who matches.

Here are some questions you can ask :

1. Are you comfortable not doing any vaginal checks for dilation?

2. Are you comfortable attending a homebirth?

3. Have you attended water births before?

4. If the water breaks before contractions start, are you comfortable waiting without inducing as long as their are no internal checks and signs of infection?

5. Are you comfortable if a mom declines all or most prenatal screening tests?

6. Are  you comfortable waiting a long time before cutting the cord, if at all?

7. Are you comfortable with a natural third stage (placenta stage)?

 

Hope that helps you in choosing the best care provider for you and your pregnancy!

 

kaurina danu doula surrey langleyBTW, if you would like to know more about any of these questions and why they might be important, leave a comment below, send me and email at kaurina @ prenatal journey. ca or call me at 604 809 3288.

 

 

Things to do while on bedrest in pregnancy

Bedrest in Pregnancy

Before taking a look at things to do while on bedrest in pregnancy, let’s get a little deeper understanding of bedrest first.

Sometimes there are risk factors in pregnancy for which pregnancy bedrest may be recommended. They include :

–  Preterm labor
–  Multiple babies
–  Low amniotic fluid
–  Unexplained bleeding
–  Hypertension (high blood pressure)
–  Preeclampsia
–  Incompetent cervix (when the cervix opens prematurely)
–  Gestational diabetes
–  Premature rupture of the membranes
–  Placenta previa (placenta covering the cervix)

With my clients, I always get them to think about things critically. I explain the difference between evidence-based practice in medicine and non-evidence based practice. While most people would assume that ALL medical practice is evidence-based, in reality this is not practical. It is impossible for everything to be evidence based simply because new evidence is being generated on a daily basis. Sometimes research can be contradictory, or new evidence can refute old practices that have been the standard practice for decades. It is difficult for medical professionals to be always changing the way they practice to keep up with all the new research. Also, what works for some people with certain conditions may not work with other people who have variations of the condition, or compounding factors. The reason I have taken the time to explain all this is because the research on bedrest may surprise you.

The assumption is that while bedrest may be uncomfortable, inconvenient, cause muscle atrophy and make moms-to-be bored out of their minds, it is all worth it as along as it helps prevent preterm labour and reduce health problems for the baby. Any pregnant mom would be willing to do whatever it takes to have better health for her baby. I was pretty shocked, to say the least, when I examined the evidence around pregnancy bedrest, that the research doesn’t quite support the common assumption.

Surprisingly, not very much research has been done on the risks vs benefits of bedrest in pregnancy. Of the studies done, they showed that bedrest either did not improve outcomes, or it caused worse outcomes.

Research on Bedrest in Pregnancy

A New York Times article questions the routine recommendation of  bedrest for pregnancy complications :

”Some benefits may be there, but they haven’t been documented,” said Dr. Judith A. Maloni of the Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, who just completed a $1.7 million study of bed rest supported by the National Institutes of Health. In fact, as Dr. Maloni’s study showed, there is good evidence that bed rest in pregnancy can cause harm, resulting in more than a dozen consequences, including babies who are smaller than normal and mothers who are too weak and tired to care for them. Their babies also tended to weigh less than normal, perhaps because there were fewer blood cells to carry oxygen and nutrients to the womb.

Dr. Robert L. Goldenberg, an expert in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in an interview: ”Most obstetricians believe bed rest will reduce the risk of preterm births and other pregnancy complications like preeclampsia, incompetent cervix and intrauterine growth retardation. But the data are mostly nonexistent.

Dr. Goldenberg noted, for example, that in two of four clinical trials of preventive bed rest in twin pregnancies, the women randomly assigned to hospital bed rest experienced a greater rate of preterm births than those who weren’t. The other two studies showed no difference.

So why do doctors persist in prescribing bed rest, not only when prematurity threatens but often preventatively, especially in pregnancies involving two or more babies? In Dr. Goldenberg’s view, ”physicians don’t have any real tools to prevent preterm birth, but they want to do something so they choose one they think is innocuous.”

After giving birth, many of the women found themselves so out of shape that they had trouble getting out of a car or using their legs to stand up, and they were so fatigued that their ability to care for their newborns was compromised.

Dr. Maloni suggested that after childbirth, women who have been on bed rest should undergo cardiovascular and physical assessments and receive a rehabilitation program.

Physical problems aside, women who have endured enforced bed rest describe themselves as bored, frustrated, depressed, irritable, guilty and scared. Many mention increased family and spousal tensions and angry young children at home. Fathers, meanwhile, have to take over all the household responsibilities while continuing to work and wait on their wives or visit them.

The economic burdens can be great, as well, especially if the women have jobs that they can’t perform in bed and young children who need care. One study estimated the cost of bed rest per woman at $1,400.So why do so many women follow prescriptions of bed rest? Mostly because they are afraid not to. As Kris explained: ”I was told that there were no concrete studies. But fear plays a big part. You’ve got to play it conservatively. After all, it’s not just about you. It’s about one or more other beings. You have to rely a lot on the experience of your providers who believe that if a woman is put on bed rest, the pregnancy will last a little longer.”

 

A study from the National Institute for Biotechnology Information reported that 

Research indicates, that bed-rest treatment is ineffective for preventing preterm birth and fetal growth restriction, and for increasing gestational age at birth and infant birthweight. Studies of women treated with pregnancy bed-rest identify numerous side effects, including muscle atrophy, bone loss, weight loss, decreased infant birthweight in singleton gestations and gestational age at birth, and psychosocial problems. Antepartum bed-rest treatment should be discontinued until evidence of effectiveness is found.

They went on to cite evidence that exercise actually improved outcomes 

Sedentary pregnant women were compared with those who participated in more than one type of leisure sports activity [22]. Active women had a significantly reduced risk of preterm birth. Women who engaged in light physical activity (walking) has a 24% reduced risk of preterm delivery and women who engaged in moderate to heavy activity (sports such as tennis, swimming or weekly running, to competitive sports several times a week) had a 66% reduced risk. The greater the intensity of the activity, the greater the reduced risk of preterm birth.

Every major organ system is rapidly affected by reduced hydrostatic gradients, and reduced loading and disuse of weight-bearing tissues during bed rest.

An Article in Babycenter.com states that

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has concluded that bedrest does “not appear to improve the rate of preterm birth and should not be routinely recommended.”

The bottom line is that more good scientific studies are desperately needed. In the meantime, caregivers disagree on when and how to prescribe bedrest. Some say that until there’s good evidence to the contrary, bedrest is worth a try. Others argue that bedrest itself can have a variety of negative effects and that women should not be subjected to it until we know that it does more good than harm.

These caregivers tend to believe that the use of complete bedrest should be curtailed, and that some women would be better off just taking it easy. That means restricting their activity level, cutting back on work, avoiding heavy lifting and prolonged standing, and resting for a few hours each day, for example.

If you’re going to be on prolonged bedrest, you may want to line up additional professional support. Ask your practitioner for a referral to a physical or occupational therapist, who can teach you simple exercises to do in bed to improve your circulation and maintain some muscle tone. The therapist may be able to suggest ways to reposition yourself in bed so that you’re more comfortable.

You may also benefit from counseling, since you’re likely to feel torn between your obligation to your unborn child and to your family or job. Counseling can be helpful for your partner as well if your bedrest is putting a strain on your relationship.

 

Why is bedrest still being recommended?

Why is bed rest still recommended despite the recent evidence that it does not prevent preterm labour? Bed rest for pregnancy problems has been a common recommendation since the early 1900’s, so it has been around a long time. If there are risks that are associated with preterm birth, most expecting mothers would expect their doctor to do be able to do something about it, and they expect bedrest to be one of those things. If a doctor went against the norm and didn’t recommend bedrest, the mom-to-be would likely find him/her to be negligent of proper care.

Furthermore, it makes logical sense that bedrest would decrease the stress put on the cervix and uterus or other systems in the body and so reduce the chance of preterm birth. It could be possible that some amount of rest, destressing and lying down could be very beneficial to high risk pregnancies.

 

Making sense of the situation

While it seems logical that rest and lying down may have some benefits, extreme amount of inactivity seems to be related to more problems than solutions. It is also logical that if mom’s circulation is severely compromised by long periods of inactivity, this will lead to poor circulation to baby. Also, because mom’s muscles atrophy with long periods of inactivity, she is less likely to be able to look after her newborn normally, and is less likely to have the stamina to do the hard work of labour. 

In some situations where mom is doing a lot of strenuous or stressful activity in her job or daily life, having the recommendation for bedrest can be a relief. In those situations bedrest may be fantastic.

Despite the current evidence, if I were a mom who was at risk for preterm birth, I may still feel the need to avoid too much activity or be upright for long periods in the day, but at the same time, make sure I did appropriate exercises to maintain muscle strength and circulation.

This is just general information. Every mom needs to discuss her unique concerns and situation with her doctor or midwife in order to come up with a plan that she can feel comfortable with. 

 

Resources for bedrest

Here are some websites and exercise videos I have found useful:

1. From the website Exercises To Do When Pregnant and on Bedrest :

Isometric Exercises

Isometric exercises focus on tightening and relaxing a muscle group, and prove helpful as a way to prepare for relaxation during labor. To carry out this type of exercise, a woman can focus on each and every muscle group beginning at her feet. Perform this exercise by clenching muscles for a brief period, such as a count of three, and then releasing them. She can squeeze a stress ball to help with hand and arm stiffness. The American Pregnancy Association also suggests simply pressing the hands and feet against the bed as a way to engage multiple muscle groups.

Core Exercises

Tightening the abdominal muscles and releasing them can help maintain some of the woman’s core strength. While sit ups and crunches may not be recommended or allowed by a doctor, a static exercise may prove sufficient. Any abdominal muscle engagement should only be done with the permission of a doctor. The health care provider may even recommend carrying these exercises out only with supervision. Static means the body remains in a position, such as reaching out from the chest at a 45 degree angle while lifting the back off the bed. Just a slight bit of resistance can help improve the abdominal strength. Squeezing and releasing the buttock muscles can help build and remain muscle tone in the core areas as well. 

Back Rest

Back aches occur frequently during pregnancy. To take some of the pressure off the back, a simple arch and relax exercise can prove helpful. To do this, the woman must lie flat and slightly arch her back for a count of three. She can then rest out flat for a count of three before repeating. Lying flat for more than a few seconds is not recommended, as it can cut off the blood circulation during pregnancy. While resting or sleeping, reduce back pain by using pillows to take the weight off the muscles.

 

2. Read more at Bedrest Guide at Storknet about :

– Kegels

– Pelivc Tilts

– Back and Abdominal Strengthening

 

3.  You Tube videos for bedrest exercises

Yoga for Bedrest

 

Upper Body Resistance Bands

 

4. Here’s a video for Bedrest Exercises at a website called Educated Pregnancy with Dr Cathy. She’s got tons of other pregnancy videos on there as well.

 

5. And lastly, Mamas On Bedrest is a website that offers a DVD that is specific to bedrest in pregnancy. Here’s some of what the website says :

Until now there was no readily available, effective exercise program a woman could do while on bedrest. Bedrest Fitness, an exercise DVD, gives women the skills and guidance they need to safely exercise while on bedrest. Without regular exercise, a pregnant woman on bedrest is at increased risk for:

  • Blood clots in her legs that can lead to strokes, heart attacks or pulmonary embolisms.
  • “Failure to progress” during labor resulting in cesarean section delivery.
  • She is less able to care for herself and her new baby post partum and requires additional time to recover from her pregnancy and birth experience.

The Bedrest Fitness exercise program is designed and performed by Darline Turner-Lee, a nationally certified physician assistant, an American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Specialist® and certified perinatal fitness instructor. The exercise DVD takes women through a series of gentle yet effective movements and also offers a brief lecture on bedrest. Women who regularly perform the exercises while on bedrest can expect the following health benefits:

  • Maintenance of muscle tone and physical strength
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduction in the risk of leg clots leading to strokes, heart attacks and pulmonary embolisms
  • Increased endurance during labor
  • More effective pushes during delivery
  • Decreased recovery time post partum
  • The emotional assurance that she is doing something great for herself and her baby

The exercise program adheres to the guidelines set forth by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for exercise during pregnancy and uses pillows for support and rubber exercise bands for resistance. A rubber resistance band comes with the exercise DVD.

So I hope you have found this information useful. I hope you realise that you don’t have to feel like the situation is out of your control if bedrest has been recommended. Complete bedrest for weeks at a time is not as useful as was previously thought, so a balanced approach seems to be more beneficial. You still have a lot of choices that you can make, and figure out how to balance resting and destressing with strategic activities for muscle strength and circulation, and still live life as normally as possible. 

Have fun, and let me know about your experience in the comments below!

 

Kaurina Danu teaches Prenatal Classes in Surrey / Langley, BC, Canada. She also provides Birth Doula Support to moms in pregnancy, birth and post-partum in the Lower Mainland area. To contact her, email kaurina @ prenataljourney.ca or call 604-809 3288.

 

Don’t fall into the trap of “The Big Baby Fear”!

When I had my second kid, who was 9 pounds at birth, I thought that was pretty big. In fact, most of the doctors and nurses at the hospital were also surprised at his size. But then I started meeting tons of women who said to me, “9 pounds! That’s nothing my baby was 10 and a half.” One woman even said, “I had my 11 pound baby naturally no problem.” My midwife told me about a 5 foot woman she had as a client who had a 12 pound baby at home with no tears on her perineum.” Recently I read about the woman who gave birth naturally to a 13 pound baby. I started to think that 9 pounds wasn’t so big after all.

After talking to hundreds of pregnant women, however, I can safely say that most expecting moms, and their doctors have a paranoid fear of “The Big Baby. They are afraid the baby will be too big to come out get stuck.  I’ve even heard some women and one doctor say that they are afraid a large baby will make contractions more painful. This makes no logical sense whatsoever. But what about the worry that the baby might be too large to fit through the pelvis? Is this fear justified? It may be, in certain situations, but I would like to point out how there are other factors that are even more important than simply the baby’s size. In this video I explain how the baby’s position, or the way it is facing is more important than it’s size.

The position the baby is in is greatly influenced by the position the mom is in during labour. So moms can help baby to get into a good position by being upright, forward leaning or lying on their left, instead of lying back. This can be a challenge if mom has an epidural or morphine. This is why avoiding epidurals or narcotic analgesia as much as possible during labour, can help speed up labour and avoid cesareans.

Some other factors that affect the baby’s ability to easily fit through the pelvis have to do with the pelvis itself. If a mom has a big pelvis, there may be no problem. If she doesn’t have a large pelvis, or if the baby is not in an optimal position, then again, mom can get into upright positions that open the pelvis more to expand the pelvic outlet and help baby pass through.

You know how you start to feel your joints getting looser and falling apart in pregnancy? That’s due to the hormone relaxin. Relaxin softens the ligaments holding joints together, so that the pelvis can move and expand a little bit during labour. For example, squatting can expand the pelvic outlet by 33%. So squatting or other pelvic opening positions can be excellent in labour of baby is coming very slowly. Please not that if things are going really fast, do not get into a squatting position, cos then things are going to go too fast.

Hope this information help! If you would like to get more useful info or to take prenatal classes in Surrey, Langley or the Lower Mainland, email info@prenataljourney.ca or call 604 809 3288.

 

 

Time to register for Spring Weekend Prenatal Classes!

The weekend classes are so popular with parents-to-be being as busy as they are these days. The Prenatal Journey is offering weekend prenatal classes in Langley, BC for the spring of 2012 on May 19th and 26th. These are great for expecting parents living in Langley or Surrey, BC. Classes consist of two Saturdays and a reunion class. Moms-to-be should ideally be in their third trimester in May to register for the classes.

If you are due before then, no problem, just sign up for our earlier classes or private classes, and if you are due in July or later, just register for our summer classes.

The May classes are for first-time parents who want to learn what they need to know to be prepared for the birth of their child. We specialize in teaching moms who want to have as natural a birth as possible. So many moms want to have a natural birth, but don’t have the knowledge or the techniques to help them. Studies show that moms who attend high quality prenatal classes have more confidence, less fear and stress approaching their birth, less interventions and feel better about their birth experiences.

Experienced parents also greatly appreciate taking the refresher course. Doesn’t matter if they are having their second child or their fifth, they still learn so much that they can take with them and make their next birth experience even nicer.

We had Kaurina as our prenatal teacher for our second child and it was a world of difference between the first and second experience. Kaurina taught my partner and I not just what to EXPECT, but what to DO! We felt way more confident the second time around because of the practical tools she taught us to relieve back pain in labour and the knowledge and encouragement to trust in our own abilities.

– Susan and John, Surrey, BC

Click on Schedules to see dates and times and Prenatal Classes to see course content.

To register, call 604 809 3288 or email info@prenataljourney.ca.

 

Prenatal Class update

January and Februrary 2012, The Prenatal Journey is only offering private prenatal classes anywhere in the Lower Mainland, BC. There are no group classes scheduled for these two months. Private prenatal classes are available for first-time parents as well as refresher courses. Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, I guarantee you will learn so much useful information that you simply can’t get elsewhere.

Private classes are in your own home and on your own schedule so it makes for an extremely convenient and popular way to get prepared with everything you need to know. And of course besides being able to offer prenatal classes in Surrey and Langley, our private class clients are all over the lower mainland, from Vancouver to Abbotsford.

Our classes are most effective for people who want to learn about tools and techniques to increase their chance of having a natural birth. There are lots of prenatal classes out there that teach the basics, but few are effective at giving parents-to-be the knowledge to understand how to keep birth as natural as possible. And when medical help is needed, how to make decisions in the moment and feel good about making the best decisions for yourself and your baby.

 

“I was so nervous this pregnancy, because I had such a hard time with the last labour. Even though I wanted as natural a birth as possible because I didn’t want any side effects for my baby, I didn’t think I could do it. Kaurina gave my husband and I a class for this second pregnancy, and it was so different than the prenatal class we took for our first pregnancy.

It was very helpful when Kaurina went through with my husband and I the whole experience of the first birth so we understood what happened and why, and more importantly, what we could do this time around. By the time she left, I was feeling totally confident about myself and I was actually looking forward to the birth.

That made all the difference when I was actually in labour. It was still hard, but my husband and I understood what to do to stay calm and focused so I didn’t freak out. The delivery was pretty much the way I wanted it. It was great.”                                – Maria and Aaron, Surrey, BC

 

Private classes are $250 for two 3 hour sessions. If you would like to get more information or register for classes, call 604 809 3288 or email info@prenataljourney.ca

 

 

 

Prenatal Classes in Langley now open for registration

The Prenatal Classes are all set and ready for expecting parents in the Langley, Surrey area. Evening classes for first-time parents will begin Tuesday October 25th 2011 in Willoughby, Langley.

Classes promise to be pretty exciting and extremely useful for parents preparing for birth and new parenthood who want to understand how to have a positive experience. A lot of people have told me they’re not sure if they should take prenatal classes because they’re not sure if they will really be useful. The media has done a good job of portraying prenatal classes as a place where round crabby women learn to breathe while saying, “hoo-hoo hee-hee.” I assure you there’s a lot more to preparing for birth and parenthood than hoo-hoo heeing. Actually hooing and heeing is not even in our syllabus.

Our classes at The Prenatal Journey are not simply a biology class either. Memorizing a bunch of facts is NOT going to help you get through labor. In fact, that will most likely stress parents-to-be out more and undermine their confidence in their own abilities.Our classes are hands-on, interactive and totally enlightening. We have never had any clients say they didn’t learn so much that was actually useful. Clients always feel that all their questions are answered, and their fears transformed into confidence.

“You didn’t just teach us what to EXPECT when expecting. You taught us what to DO!”

– Jenny and Tom, Surrey, BC.Comparing their experience in the Refresher Class for second pregnancy to previous experience in other prenatal class with first pregnancy.

You can go to Prenatal Classes for info about classes and prenatal course content.

Now is the perfect time to register for classes. Because this is the first time Kaurina Danu and Jamie Taylor are collaborating, we’re offering our Introductory price of $165 for First-time Parent evening and weekend classes, and $100 for Refresher classes. This price won’t last long. Most expecting couples attend classes in their last trimester, but even if you’re in your first or second trimester, you can place a deposit now for future classes to get the introductory price.

I’ve also had a lot of people, since learning about the classes, find out about and register for Doula Services. They can’t believe how much value they’re getting for such an affordable price. It’s been so rewarding being there for people at such an important moment in their lives, making the whole experience easier and so full of love, instead of stress.

If you have any questions feel free to call 604 809 3288 or 778 908 7636. If you have any friends who are expecting, let them know about us so they can have an easier time too!

 

Have a wonderful day!