Breastfeeding laws, state-by-state

The federal government allows protections for breastfeeding moms on public federal property. But what about breastfeeding or pumping breast milk at work? What about breastfeeding in a restaurant? How does your state protect breastfeeding moms?

Click here, the National Conference of State Legislatures to find how your state stacks up.

Business of Being Born

On the Ricki Lake show this week, Ricki discusses…The Business of Being Born.

“Home birth may not be for everybody, but certainly informed choice is for everybody.”

Audrey Pauline Elder’s Birth Story ~ 8.21.12 ~ 5:54 am ~ 7 lbs, 7 oz

Audrey’s parents, Lyra and Lee Elder, were model students of Portland Hypnobabies. I am so proud of them!

Please feel free to share their story with friends and family so the world can learn how peaceful birth can be.

Audrey Pauline Elder’s Birth Story ~ 8.21.12 ~ 5:54 am ~ 7 lbs, 7 oz

We transferred our care to Andaluz Watherbirth Center Monday morning (8.20.12) at 41 weeks and 5 days, only 2 days to 42 weeks, the day our OB wanted us to induce.  Our initial intake appointment at Birth Center was at 4 pm Monday afternoon, at that point I was having some “different” feeling pressure waves and I had been experiencing some new cramping sensations for the past few days.

After our appointment, my husband, Lee and I went out to Vietnamese downtown and had some spicy Pho soup and went for a walk along the waterfront.  At this point, I was experiencing manageable pressure waves and we noticed they seemed to be occurring a bit more consistently, about every 20-30 minutes apart.  After our walk we headed home, with a lot of excitement and anticipation of “could this really be IT? ~ finally, the day we have been waiting for these 10 long months.

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Hot or Bikram Yoga during pregnancy?

I love hot yoga. Some of my Yogi and Yogini friends dislike it for various reasons, but I really enjoy the feeling of becoming completely exhausted. I love to stretch my body when it gets a little tight from running so much and the class is the perfect length for me. I haven’t been doing it forever and generally I bounce around to different studios in North or North East Portland. I haven’t tried them all yet, but so far each one has a specific charm and I am close to making a commitment to one of them, I’m sure.

Today there was a pregnant woman in class. Nobody noticed until she started heading toward the door about 45 minutes into it and the instructor stopped instructing to ask what she was doing. All of our heads turned to her to watch what was happening, as we stood there like Flamingos in Tree Pose, balancing on one leg. (I felt for her at the time, I am sure all of us have had the urge to run for the door at one point practicing hot yoga.)

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What are my choices at the hospital?

Today’s post includes an excellent podcast from pregTASTIC!

If you, or someone you know is preparing to give birth in a hospital, knowing what to expect when you walk in and being informed about your rights will help your mental state of relaxation and confidence stay strong.

OB/GYN Dr. Robert Biter discusses your options in a hospital and answers questions from the pregTASTIC experts. Take about 20 minutes to relax while listening to this podcast and you, too will be informed and confident! Click here to listen and enjoy!

Hypno-Baby Linc Makes the Scene at Home!

The birth of Lincoln Christopher

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The birth of Lincoln Christopher

During my whole pregnancy, Chris and I had been planning to have a very natural Hospital birth. Every appointment we would ask our dr about doing it as naturally as possible and he acted like we could do this however we wanted. Slowly I would ask him specifics such as not being hooked up to monitors and fluids. As well as eating if I felt necessary.

Of course I started to realize then that his idea of a natural birth was VERY different than mine. He also told me every appointment that I should go ahead and watch the epidural video “just in case”. This told me that he wasn’t taking me seriously, and thought that I would resort to the epidural. Well at my 38 week appointment he informed my husband and I that he had read my chart wrong and I have had Gestational Diabetes the whole pregnancy.

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Run a marathon, then give birth?

Run the Chicago Marathon and then give birth? Why not? Amber Miller did.
This happy and accomplished young Mom gave birth seven hours after running 26.2 miles, while stopping shortly to grab a sandwich in between…

This was the eighth marathon for Amber Miller, and the second marathon for her new baby girl. Amber ran another marathon last May while 17 weeks pregnant with her daughter, June, pictured here with Amber and Joe, the happy new parents. Amber also ran a marathon in 4:30:27 while 18 weeks pregnant with their son Caleb, (not pictured) who is now 1 year old.

Amber played it safe with the okay from her doctor to run the marathon and by alternating two miles of running with two miles of running at a time. Read more about Amber here…

I finished the Portland Marathon on Sunday with what I call a respectable 4:36:45, almost exactly one hour faster than my first marathon, three years ago. I cannot help noticing the hypnotizing effects that running has on my mind during a marathon…the regular fall of feet on the ground like hard rain…the state of hyper-focus, the relaxed excitement, the easy, simple, state of joy, trusting that I have done my training and now my body knows exactly what to do for the big pay-off…and it does!

Although I am not pregnant, I do know a few women runners who are, and thoughts of running while pregnant cross my mind often while I’m running – especially during a marathon’s four plus hours of pure thinking time. I wonder things like, will I still run? How hard will it be? Will I want to? What will it feel like? What will the doctor say? How much will people stare? Will I still run dogs?

We’ll have to wait and see for me, but do you, or does anyone you know run pregnant? What are your thoughts about it?

First-time Mom says, “The Techniques Work, End of Story”!

(Originally posted July 5, 2011 by enjoybirth)

I cannot thank you enough for Hypnobabies!  Ever since I was a child I knew I wanted to be a mom, but was terrified of an epidural.  My mom had all 3 of us naturally, but I did not think I was strong enough as I have never really had to deal with pain.  Growing up I always hoped there would be a “better or new way” by the time I got pregnant, and there was!  It feels like an out of body experience and I cannot believe that the same person who used to be unable to get a shot or blood test without almost passing out, gave birth naturally and peacefully.  The techniques work, end of story.  We now have a neighbor planning a home water birth and going to our instructor Carole’s Hypnobabies class as well.

Read Jennifer’s whole birth story, along with pictures here.

Mom Says About Her Baby’s Birthing, “It was intense, but also kind of fun”.

Thanks to Tricia for sharing her birth story with us…

I woke up at around 1:00 a.m. on January 16, two days after our
estimated “due date” (according to my own calculations based on my
knowledge of when Baby was conceived, not the LMP date which would
have been a bit earlier). I wasn’t expecting anything to happen for
several more days, since I had gone 11 days past my “due date” with my
older daughter and then induced her with cohosh (black and blue, one
in herbal and one in homeopathic form) due to pressures from the
medical system. Also, I had experienced no pressure waves yet other
than very mild cramps occasionally (not more than once or twice a day,
and only if the day was busy) over the past 6 weeks or so. However,
when I woke up that night I was experiencing distinct and somewhat
uncomfortable pressure waves. My first thought was, “Oh, no! I do NOT
want to start working on this baby in the middle of the night!” My
ideal birth visualization had always included a daytime birthing time,
although I never could decide how long I wanted it to be. I waited to
see if the pressure waves would go away so I could go back to sleep,
but they kept coming regularly, so I put my Deepening track on, hoping
that would be put me back to sleep. It worked like a charm, and I
slept soundly until about 6:30 a.m. when I woke up to regular pressure
waves again. My 3 ½ year old daughter woke up then too, and my husband
got up with her while I stayed in bed and adjusted myself to the idea
that this just might be the day.

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