PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION IN DFW? WE GOT YOU!

DFW PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

Looking for Placenta Encapsulation in DFW? Look no further! This service has become an increasingly popular way of regulating hormones after birth. It’s been noted to increase milk supply and energy levels while also decreasing feelings related to the “baby blues.” We’re happy to offer this service from south of Ft. Worth, all the way to Oklahoma! Take advantage of nature’s solution for a happier and healthier postpartum! Check out all theses goodies included!

THE PLACENTA IS FULL OF BENEFICIAL HORMONES, CHEMICALS, IRON, AND PROTEINS.

These healing substances include:

Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping.

Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.

Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.

Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy.

Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.

Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.

Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection.

Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size.

Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression.

Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.

Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.

Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Antibody molecules which support the immune system.

Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lactation in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels.

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HOW TO AFFORD A DOULA, THE MODERN WAY

DFW HOW TO AFFORD A DOULA

If you’ve found yourself on this page then you’ve more than likely already made up your mind that you want a doula, but you’re not sure how you’re going to afford to have a doula as part of your birth plan on top of all other expenses that come along with planning for a baby. We get it! It can be a bit overwhelming when you’re thinking about co-pays, midwife fees, and everything you will need for when baby is here. We’re here to tell you it can be done, you can afford to have a doula!! We are so lucky to live in a time where making a bit of extra money can be quick and convenient with a bit of creativity. We’ve listed some of those ways here!

  • Refinance your home
  • Apply for a personal line of credit
  • Take out a loan from your 401k
  • Donate plasma. Your partner, not you.

……By now we hope you know we’re joking! The point is, you don’t have to take extreme measures to save for your doula fee. Most doulas offer flexible payment plans, so little changes to your lifestyle can make all the difference. The team at DFW Birth Resource has made a realistic list of ways to do just that:

  • Ask your prospective doula is she offers gift certificates to add to your baby registry.
  • Ask your insurance. Depending on your coverage you may be eligible for partial reimbursement for labor support.
  • Deliver orders for Uber EatsInstacartDoor Dash, or Amazon Now. Availability to these options will vary on location.
  • Offer housesitting for friends and family.
  • Are you a pet lover? Sign up for pet sitting or dog walking services. There are online websites that make it easy for you to create a profile and find nearby jobs. Trusted House SittersSitterCity and Rover are some good sites to start.
  • Have a lot of stuff you want to sell but don’t have time to organize a garage sale? Apps like Offerup, 5 miles, and Facebook Marketplace make it easy to sell your unwanted items on your own time.
  • Have you heard of Ibotta? It’s a super easy app that lets you gain cash-back from your in-store purchases. Kind of like coupons but there’s no clipping involved, and you can use this cash anywhere else!
  • And finally, get back to the basics by cutting back on non-essential spending like eating out and $5 coffee. Maybe switch to a smaller cable package or call your phone service provider to see about any plan promotions.

We hope you found this list super helpful! DFW Birth Resource is here to support you very step of the way. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Having the birth team of your dreams is doable and worth it!

BIRTH IS LIKE BUYING A CAR

DFW BIRTH IS LIKE BUYING A CAR

How much research and time did you put into choosing your last car? If you’re anything like me, you painstakingly researched safety ratings, cargo space, upgrade options and probably test drove multiple options. This is consumerism at its best. We have the information at our finger-tips and the ability to make choices for ourselves based on our needs and wants. Birth is the SAME WAY. Everything from your provider all the way down to what you wear while you birth is your choice.

“I don’t care what kind of birth you have…a homebirth, scheduled cesarean, an epidural hospital birth or if you give birth alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices and that you were respected.” – January Harshe

Typically the first choice made is regarding primary care provider and birth facility. Obviously prenatal care is important and because of the “urgency” many moms settle with the provider they’ve seen for wellness visits or they feel intimidated to switch later in pregnancy. Unfortunately, many women also don’t know that different providers can have varied birth philosophies or specialties (i.e. a midwife is an expert in natural birth or some OBs have higher c-section rates than others.) Basically, if you’re wanting a Honda, don’t go to a Kia dealership. Make sure your wants and needs match what they offer. Begin your search by deciding what type of birth you are preparing for: homebirth, birth center or hospital? After making this choice, begin researching those facilities and the providers who service them. Sometimes traveling an extra 15 minutes is well worth it to find a facility with a significantly lower cesarean rate and more up to date policies. Additionally, hospitals with very outdated routines and procedures might find go against your birth wishes (eating during labor, movement allowed, doulas welcomed.) Finding the facility that matches up with your philosophy is such an important thing. PLEASE don’t choose your provider or facility based on how stylish their office is, the size of the labor rooms or the steak and lobster dinner promised after birth. Evidence based care is so much more important! You can look up providers and hospital statistics on amino.comleapfrog.com,  and cesareanrates.com.

After you find your provider, it’s time to turn your attention to preparing for your birth. This is the “education and research” aspect of this experience. Birth is a transformational event that you can either choose to “go all in” and become fully invested and empowered or “wing it” potentially leaving you feeling lost and out of control. Think about how much time you put into choosing the car I mentioned above. How long would you realistically drive that car? Most people are trading them in before their 6 year loan is even paid off! And yet, we spend the time researching and learning about the car as though we’re making a decision that’s affecting the rest of our lives. Birth really does affect the rest of your life! Ask any woman who has given birth and she will be able to recount her entire labor and birth detail for detail, whether she’s 25 or 90. It transforms your mind, your life, your thoughts, your priorities, your body, your family, your world. Spending the time to prepare yourself through childbirth education classes or methods, such as HypnoBirthing, is never a waste. Learning about the choices and procedures you can expect means that you’re insuring those decisions are in YOUR control, not someone else’s.

Finally, choosing your support system is a key part of creating the birth experience you want. Labor is an intense journey. Statistics show that labor support significantly reduces cesarean and induction rates, Pitocin use and increases the likelihood of feeling satisfied with your birth experience. These are some MAJOR players in the labor room. When women feel supported, safe and secure they’re much more likely to find their “labor land” and progress quicker. Hormones and endorphins are easily released. In addition, couples find that they can experience birth together with the help of a doula. Partners are calmer and quickly find their role as hip squeezer, back massager or hand holder instead of sitting on the sidelines because they’re unsure what to do. Partners have never had to support you through an experience like this before and it can be unfair to put such a huge job on a person who probably hasn’t seen a birth since sex-ed in high-school (Knocked Up doesn’t count!) Build a team of people you connect with, who hold the same birth philosophy and you trust to be your strength, your faith and sometimes your voice. To read more about the evidence for doulas, go here.

Sure, buying a car and giving birth are two things you’ve probably never discussed in the same conversation over dinner, but keep in mind birth is just as much of a consumer experience as the car lot is. You have choices- lots of them. Upgrade to a provider you trust, birth at an evidence based facility and make informed choices you believe in to protect this transformational experience you’ll remember longer than your current car (you’ll be getting a minivan soon anyway!)

Katie

P.S…..I chose my car based on cargo space, how #adult is that!

MOVEMENT – A FRIEND OF LABOR

DFW MOVEMENT

Birth doesn’t have to be a dramatic movie depiction of a woman laying on her back with her legs in stirrups!  This version of labor, known as the lithotomy position, has been widely used for the last 200 years. Prior to this time, the recorded history of birthing indicates upright birth postures were used across the world, regardless of culture or economic development. What if you combined that upright birth posture with movement?  Here are a few suggestions for aiding labor progression by utilizing one key tool: MOVEMENT!

As a Birth Doula and Dancing For Birth™ instructor, I have found utilizing movement, through dancing and upright positions to have overwhelmingly positive effects for the laboring mother.

When a mother is allowed to move into the surges she is experiencing, she becomes in-tune to her body’s needs.  Dancing during pregnancy and birth has many benefits, including the reduction of stress and tension, the true enemy of an easy labor and birth.  Low impact exercise also helps increase the body’s release of  pain killing endorphins and the flow of Oxytocin, the hormone that brings about labor naturally.

During Dancing For Birth™ classes, you will learn exercises to keep you moving during pregnancy, as well as prepare you for labor.  These classes can help shorten the length of labor, reduce your risk of interventions and aid in optimal fetal positioning.  While attending DFB classes, your pelvic outlet opens wider and your comfort level increase.  Ultimately, you are helping your baby rotate and descend into a better position with each class.

Movement keeps you in an upright position allowing you to benefit from gravity. When laboring, keep in mind, that the bed is not the FOCUS of the room.  The bed is a tool for labor!  Try utilizing this tool by resting over it while making use of a birth ball. It may also help you balance while doing a birth preparation position, such as squats or lunges.  When a laboring mom is confined to the bed, her pelvic outlet is restricted and her sacrum is compressed.  In order to create more space for  baby in your pelvis, get up on your feet and use gravity to your birthing advantage.

The discomfort of labor can be intensified by being on your back consistently.  Other tools to consider utilizing are walking, swaying, or even hip circles on your birth ball to help you through those labor pains and contractions.  These movement tools can stimulate mechanoreceptors. Essentially, pleasurable sensations reach the brain  much quicker than uncomfortable labor pains.  In some cases, the movement tool can be a distraction to overcome contractions.  Get your partner to help support you in the upright movements and listen to your bodies natural cues to move. Movement can be an instinctual coping method.

Lastly, movement can help your baby descend down and help you progress in labor. The upright labor position combined with movement creates more productive contractions  by placing  pressure on your cervix.  As you move your hips instinctively, asymmetric space is created in the pelvis.  This allows more room for your baby to navigate through and could lead to an easier labor and birth.  As you create your own language of movement during this life changing experience, you are allowing your body to open up to its most optimal potential.

Overall, being able to move about freely during labor could help shorten the duration of your labor.  Only you will know what feels right in the moment.  Begin practicing movement now (dancing, walking, swaying, birth ball techniques) and build your stamina for labor.  Surround yourself with an exceptional birth team, rest when needed, and bust a move when your body cues it.  Dance through labor like no one is watching!

Nicole Moffitt

12 DAYS OF DOULA CHRISTMAS

DFW DOULA CHRISTMAS

Ever wonder how a doula supports their clients? Well in honor of the holidays our group decided to put together a new rendition of  12 Days of Christmas, packed full of gifts doulas can give to each of the families they support! Of course we wished it was more like 100 days of Christmas because 12 just barely scratches the surface. If you’re interested in learning more about what a Doula can do for you, we’re always happy to chat. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

4 check in texts
3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

5 hypnosis scripts 
4 check in texts
3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

6 oils diffusing
5 hypnosis scripts 
4 check in texts
3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

7 bellies dancing 
6 oils diffusing
5 hypnosis scripts 
4 check in texts
3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

8 positions for pushing 
7 bellies dancing 
6 oils diffusing
5 hypnosis scripts 
4 check in texts
3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

9 curbs a walking 
8 positions for pushing 
7 bellies dancing 
6 oils diffusing
5 hypnosis scripts 
4 check in texts
3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

10 legs a lunging
9 curbs a walking 
8 positions for pushing 
7 bellies dancing 
6 oils diffusing
5 hypnosis scripts 
4 check in texts
3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

11 studies for reading 
10 legs a lunging
9 curbs a walking 
8 positions for pushing 
7 bellies dancing 
6 oils diffusing
5 hypnosis scripts 
4 check in texts
3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and 1 fully supported birth

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Doula gave to me

12 hips a squeezing
11 studies for reading 
10 legs a lunging
9 curbs a walking 
8 positions for pushing 
7 bellies dancing 
6 oils diffusing
5 hypnosis scripts 
4 check in texts
3 belly lifts
2 back rubs
and
 1 FULLY SUPPORTED BIRTH!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Katie, Nicole, Amber and Sarah