Our warmest Mother's Day wishes to all of the expecting, new and experienced mamas we are honored to work with each day! Your compassion, love and devotion for yourselves and your families drive us all toward success. We are grateful for your trust!
In honor of Mother's Day this year, we are holding a Benefit Yard Sale this Saturday May 10th at 401 Gracie Road in Nevada City from 8:30-1:00. All of the proceeds will go toward supporting our ongoing programs and classes that support local families. We hope to see you there!
Preventing and Healing Birth Traumas by Anyes Cartry, CCT
I wish to start this article by honoring Dr. David Chamberlain, who left his physical body on May 1st, 2014. David was a psychologist, author, and pioneer in the field of pre- and perinatal psychology. He was also the co-founder of BirthPsychology.com, the website for APPPAH – The Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health.
Ominously, the month of May owes its name to Maia, the goddess of spring and fertility.
May women are presently seeking counsel around fertility; this is a vast topic, involving among others environmental, nutritional and psychological factors, and the subject of another article to come.
David referred some clinical hypnotherapy clients to me in the last couple of years as he was getting sick and couldn’t see them himself.
I see numerous clients of all ages tackling psychological and physical issues connected with birth traumas. As David says, “we need people who come out of the womb smiling... if we torture babies, how can we expect them to turn into peaceful, loving people? If we disturb the relation between mom and babies at the start, how can we expect a harmonious relationship, bonding, respect and honor to grow? If we trash the birth process, if we ruin birth how can we get a reward in civilization? As we treat the babies, the babies will treat the world. Smiling babies have the chance of creating a smiling society.”
As David discovered long ago, hypnotherapy has proven with sufficient evidence that babies can remember their lives in the womb, and their birth. There are numerous case studies in both of his wonderful books, The mind of your newborn baby and Windows to the womb.
The good news is that Transformational hypnotherapy enables you not only to recall your life in the womb or your birth, but also to change the memory stored in your cells associated with a trauma. Some call it rebirthing, others repatterning. The name is less important than the transformation. The reason our memories have such an imprint on our present lives is that there is a link in our neurotransmitters to an event, and until we repattern, it has become in our subconscious a fixed path. For example, I see numerous adults who experienced the trauma of forceps, feel “forced” into things and rebel against orders and authority. Numerous adults who were born through caesarians being afraid of being invaded by others, and also not feeling grounded and feeling airy. I, having been born premature, used to consistently respond to uncomfortable situations by “I am out of here!” Believe me, this is not by chance.
Whether you are an adult aiming at changing patterns in your life, a parent with a child labeled with a growing number of disorders created to prescribe them yet another pill, or an expecting mother, have hope: we can restore our world one adult at a time, one child at a time, one baby at a time, for an harmonious, loving bonded society. Through healing what happened and protecting what is to come.
I work with children, women, couples on healing traumas, conscious conception, fertility issues, preparation for birth and healing birth traumas and all other traumas.
Anyes Cartry, CCT www.2healyourself.com
Pelvic Organ Prolapse: When It All Falls Down
By Chelsea Lynch, PT, DPT
If you’ve had a child, there is a 50% chance that you are experiencing pelvic organ prolapse (POP). POP is the descent of the vaginal wall and is often described as a feeling of heaviness or pressure in the pelvis. Some women describe the feeling of “everything falling out.” Incontinence, difficulty emptying the bladder and bowel, and discomfort during intercourse can be associated with POP. POP is an extremely common condition that should not be a source of shame or embarrassment.
POP is caused by weakening of the connective tissues that hold the pelvic organs in place. Women who have had multiple vaginally deliveries, are obese, or have chronic cough or constipation are more likely to have pelvic organ prolapse. If you look at the opening of the vagina, you may see what looks like a bubble of pink gum. It is often thought that this is the bladder falling out but it is actually the vaginal tissue being pushed downwards.
Many women rush to the surgeon when they see this “pink balloon” but this should not be the first step. A pelvic physical therapist can help you strengthen the muscles that support your organs to reduce POP. There are additional interventions such as pessaries (an internal support device) or external support garments that can also play a role in reducing symptoms.
If you feel like you may be experiencing POP, contact your provider to get a referral to physical therapy to begin treatment. POP is not “just a normal part of aging.” Take charge of your health and address your POP today.
Body Logic Physical Therapy 155 Spring Hill Dr. Suite 205 Grass Valley, CA 95945 530-272-7306
A warm welcome to Sierra Childbirth Institute! "Janine Maitri, Founding Director of Sierra Childbirth Institute, is a DONA Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula, DONA Doula Trainer, Counselor, Life & Health Coach, Educator and Lecturer. She is founder of the Bay Area's Peninsula Birth Connection and past Director of The Birth Place Childbirth Center. Janine has been in the childbirth field since 1980 and has been training doulas since 1987. Her many years of experience as a Doula and teacher prepares students thoroughly for a career in the childbirth field."
Janine and Sierra Childbirth Institute have recently returned to Nevada City and we are thrilled to announce that Sierra Childbirth Institute will share our Nest spaces. Welcome Home!
Learn more about Janine at sierrachildbirth.com
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW PRENATAL SUPPORT GROUP If you're a Momma-to-be in Nevada County, The Nest Prenatal Support group is the place for you! Come join us as you journey through your pregnancy experience. These groups offer an opportunity to meet other expecting mommas, gather information, form friendships and build a network of resources and support that will positively impact you, your child and family! New on-going group forming Thursday, June 26th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm and will meet every Thursday evening. After your baby is born, you can join any of the postnatal groups, Milk and Honey, La Leche League and our Breastfeeding Circle. Facilitated by Janine Maitri, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Doula Trainer, Prenatal & Postpartum Counselor and Life Coach. Janine has been facilitating support groups for expecting and new Momma’s for over 25 years. There is no cost, but advanced registration is required. Please call 530.NEST.411