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Rock those squats in birth 

Squatting during labor helps tilt the uterus and pelvis forward which can help get the baby into proper alignment for birth. It also strengthens the intensity of the contractions while relieving back pressure. Squatting also helps relax and stretch the pelvic floor muscles while giving your baby a straighter route through a wider passage. When you squat the leg bones act like a lever to widen your pelvic outlet by as much as 20- 30 percent. Not to mention you also use the help of gravity. All this helps encourage a more rapid decent and shorter pushing phase. Photo by Kayla Gonzales 

Jillian Michaels – YEAH BABY! –  AMAZING MUST READ BOOK FOR ALL NEW MOMS AND MOTHERS TO BE.

A few years ago I had the privilege of supporting Jillian and her partner Heidi as their doula during  pregnancy and the birth of their son. Jillian has a new book coming out that I am so  super excited about !!!! It is a must read for all mamas to be and new mothers. YEAH BABY! Is filled with so much great info to help support a healthy pregnancy as well as priceless tips and tricks from some of my dear friends and top notch experts in the pregnancy fitness , nutrition, womens and childrens health and wellness field. Jillian is a powerhouse and so incredibly knowledgable, I respect her and adore her beyond words. I asked Jillian a few questions, see our Q&A Below:  What are…

Breathe in the light breathe out the dark.

 This morning in yoga throughout the whole class I did a moving meditation linked with my breathing that was beyond transformational. First imagine a bright vibrant sun above your head. On the inhale, breathe in the light and run it throughout your body from your head down to your toes. As you exhale through your nose imagine black smoke or dust leaving your body from the depths of your being. As you do this breathing taking in the light and letting go of the dark you begin to clear and lighten your energy. While holding poses breathe the healing light into the blocked and stagnant areas of your body and as you breathe out You will start to see visions and feel emotions of the…

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEE THESE LADIES – My Q& A with the magical midwives 

 Every once and a while I get lucky and gets to do a birth with these BADASS  ladies. Shelly, Seannie and Haize are Some of my all time favorite midwives EVER ! They are super experienced, incredibly intuitive, caring , loving and supportive . All I can say is doing births with them is pure magic ! I asked them a few questions about their practice and about doing home births. See our Q&A below …    Tell me about your practice and your philosophy:  We are spiritual midwives grounded with long experience and expertise in the art of homebirthing. In our practice we recognize the profound transformational nature of conception, pregnancy, birth & parenthood. With a deep and abiding belief in the sanctity of…

Mindset Is Everything, Especially In Birth

I just left a magical birth and I wanted to write about this while its fresh in my mind. A positive mindset in birth is everything! Your body follows what your mind tells it to do. Your body doesn’t know pain. It’s your mind that says this is painful. Personalized birth affirmations and sayings are some of my favorite tools to use in birth. Everyone has a different something that works for them and often you won’t know what you need until you are in the birth space. Some of the most amazing births I have ever done the women were so in their power by chanting words of encouragement to themselves and their babies out loud. There is that saying, “You can’t stop the…

The Orange Flame Birth visualization

Here’s a visualization I have been using in labor lately 🔥 Imagine an vibrant orange flame an inch or so below your belly button (2nd chakra area). When your contraction starts breathe into the flame as if you are stoking the fire with your breath. Each breath you take the flame gets bigger and bigger, warming up your entire pelvic area, loosening up your bones, ligaments and muscles. When you exhale, visualize your cervix like wax …. melting, softening and relaxing. Happy Birthing to you all xoxo Lori B www.loribregman.com

To have or not have my mother or mother in law in the delivery room … 

 SHOULD I HAVE MY MOM OR MOTHER IN LAW IN THE BIRTH ROOM?  As a doula, this is a question that seems to come up a lot when I prep a couple for birth. I always ask- ” Do you want them there?” It always amazes me how many people answer .. NO … and then go on to saying . they feel bad and guilty. Try and stick to a YES or NO answer without over thinking it. Stay away from the But …. as everything that follows a no is often not your truth but some form of guilt that has been projected onto you. One thing I do to help with this is to have my clients get in their truth about…

Birth photography – My Q&A with Briana founder of Shoots and Giggles photography

The birth of your child is one will be one of the most special and important  days of your lives. Birth photography is a great way to capture all the magical  and tender moments. Over the years I have had the honor to do a few births where Briana was shooting it. She not only captures so much beauty but also holds amazing energetic space for the birthing parents as well. I asked Briana a few questions and wanted to share with you all some of the photos she has taken throughout the years. There are a few in the mix from one of my favorite home births I did almost a year ago. For more info check out her website Shoots and Giggles . I highly…

SAFE WORD FOR BIRTH

When I prep people for birth one of the things I always create is a “SAFE WORD”. I remember first hearing about safe words from reading and watching  “50 shades of grey”. When Christen  first brought Anastasia into his “play room”. He told her at anytime she wanted him to stop or didn’t feel safe all she had to do was say the word and he would stop immediately. I started using safe words a few years back after hearing stories from women that asked for an epidural but their  birth support team ( with best intentions) kept pushing them even though they begged and pleated for help. They  all said the same thing that  they felt unheard, unsupported and traumatized. As a birth worker…

Postbirth Sitz Bath

I have a few births this month and had some time to kill today so I made a big batch of post birth healing Sitz bath for my girls . This is amazing to help comfort and speed up the healing from birth.  RECIPE: 1/4 cup Lavender flowers  1/4 cup calendula leaves 1/4 cup comfrey leaves  10 drops liquid Vitaman E oil  1/2 cup witch hazel 1&1/2 cups Epsome salts mixed with 1&1/2 cups Himalayan sea salt HOW TO MAKE : In a mason jar mix together the herbs and salts  Add 1/2 cup of this mix to 1/2 cup of witch hazel and 10 drops of vitiamn E oil to warm bath water. Stir the water and soak in tub. Soak up to two…