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Doula, Childbirth Classes & Placenta Encapsulation Baltimore & Maryland

Pain management for childbirth: Hypnosis

This is a very informative podcast about hypnosis and labor pain management.  Learn the facts and myths.
Knowledge is power.  Learn how to let go of fears, anxiety, tensions and release pain.

In addition, studies and researches show that it’s a efficient comfort technique.  As a result, women never loses control when in hypnosis during childbirth.

What is hypnosis and how does it work? Did you know it’s also beneficial for an healthy pregnancy?

Self-hypnosis for pain management, with Julietta Appleton

Most of all, “Mind+Body Birth is a unique, science-based system of birth hypnosis and childbirth education designed to help pregnant women achieve a calm, empowered birth. The perception of birth is reframed using specific, proven techniques which melt away negative thoughts and anxiety. The mind can refocus, and the body can follow its cellular wisdom to give birth.” Julietta Appleton – Check out her website at Click here

 

 

 

 

TENS is a safe non-drug method of pain control for labor

Doula, Childbirth Classes & Placenta Encapsulation Baltimore & Maryland 

The use of TENS unit during labor is highly and common used in European countries (mostly in the U.K) as a comfort measure during labor.

Women report that the unit provides focus and distraction and that it’s more effective it they start to use their TENS unit during early labor as it increased the endorphin level in their body.

WHAT IS TENS: 

  • A handheld battery-operated device generates the electrical impulses and transmits them via stimulating pads.
  • Mild electrical impulses are transmitted through the skin
  • Easy to use comfort measures
  • Change the conscious message (pain) from the brain and reduces awareness of pain
  • “Obstetric-type unit” is different than the unit use by chiropractor and PT: Very simple to use and it’s specially design for laboring women
  • Allow ambulation and movement

WHY 

  • Reduce of labor pain
  • Increases endorphin level
  • Postpone or avoid of request of epidural
  • Continued active participation by the woman
  • Less medical interventions
  • Especially effective for back pain (but not only) and prolonged painful pre labor (prodromal labor)
  • No loss of other sensations or contraction pain
  • Continued active participation by woman
  • Freedom to walk and move
  • No decrease of mental function

SAFETY

  • The woman controls the stimulation
  • None known side effects
  • Studies available upon request (contact me)

CONTRADICATIONS:

  • Do not use before full term (38-40 weeks)
  • Pacemaker
  • Epilepsy or seizures disorder
  • Skin rash on your back

CONCLUSION: The unit provides a safe and potentially helpful non-pharmacologic option to relieve labor pain

Odile Penet is DONA International certified in using the TENS in labor
Rental option available

TENS unit

Comfort measure for labor with TENS

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Doula services – Doula – Birth doula -Placenta encapsulation – Placenta tablets – Childbirth education classes

Baltimore & Maryland

 

Mamanatural.com has posted this wonderful video on 7 easy exercises during pregnancy that will help you to achieve an optimal fetal position Watch the video here

As a birth doula and a childbirth educator in Baltimore, MD and Washington DC, I highly recommend exercises during your pregnancy (Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care)

List of Professional Birth Workers
Maryland, Washington D.C 

Acupuncturists:
Kathy Crosland – Towson, MD
Hyeon-Jin Kwon – Towson, MD
Kristin Huza – Columbia, MD
Laura Potts – Towson, MD
Leslie Lloyd–  Towson, MD
Tiffany Houchins, Baltimore, MD
Samina Moiduddin – Washington, DC
Nikki Richman – Bethesda, MD
Acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine – Washington, DC
Devorah Joy Walder – Silver Spring, MD
Black Sheep Acupuncture  Community Acupuncture (Sliding scale fees), White Marsh, MD
Meadowhillwellness.com  Annapolis, MD
Dr Cheng – Ellicott City, MD and Baltimore, MD
Charlyn Santiago – Ellicott City, MD familyacupuncturecare@gmail.com

Baby-wearing:
Austin Rees – Baltimore, MD

Chiropractors:
Dr Bennett – Westminster, MD http://www.chiropractorwestminstermd.com/us/
Dr Laura Dover – Towson, MD  http://towsonfamilychiro.com/
Dr Dongarra – Baltimore, MD http://www.thrivechiro.org/
Dr Woodward – Baltimore, MD http://firststepbaltimore.com/
Dr Baron – Ellicott City, MD https://www.baystatechiro.com/
Dr Kadin – Rockville, MD https://kadinfamilychiro.com/
Dr Young – Rockville, MD http://drmyoung.chirodirectory.com/

Counseling:
Dr. Rupa Zimmermann, PhD – Licensed Psychologist
(Dr Judi Sprei & Associates – 4933 Auburm Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814)
Parenting Works – Sheena Hill, MAJE, CBE, CPST – Certified Parent Education Specialist
Nyle MacFarlane Pediatric and Adult Occupational Therapist – Takoma Park, MD
Emily Griffin, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C NW Washington DC
Acorn Hill – Parenting program from birth to 3 – Silver Spring, MD
Sara Nett, Psy.D 443-470-3124 or contact@drsaranett.com – Towson, MD
Alison L. Miller, Psy.D – Lutherville, MD

Birth Doulas
MaryBeth Nance  Harford County, MD
Shannon Robinson (CAPPA) – Baltimore, MD Annapolis MD and Washington, DC
Becky Rohrback – Baltimore, MD
Jenny Corbett, CD(DONA)– Silver Spring, MD
Rose Quintilian– Rockville, MD
Becky Rohrback – Baltimore, MD
Eva Street CD(DONA)– Germantown, MD
Bethany Thomas CD(DONA) – Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC
Allison Harris – Baltimore, MD
Cherie Correlli – Baltimore, MD

Postpartum Doulas 
Diane Kyle CD(DONA) – (410) 882-0109 – Baltimore, MD
Metropolitan Doulas – MD, DC, VA

Osteopathic Physician:
Crossings – Silver Spring, MD

Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC):
Katy Linda – Baltimore, MD
Ann Faust – Columbia, MD
Breastfeeding Center –  Washington, DC
Metropolitan Breastfeeding – Bethesda, MD
Carolina Pimenta – Ellicott City, MD
Austin Rees – Baltimore, MD

Massage Therapists:
Jessie Bernstein Greater Baltimore, MD
Darlene Bergener Columbia, MD
Laura Marks 301-467-8725 – serving Maryland and DC

Nutrition:
Stephanie Misanik – Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Baltimore, MD – smisanik@gmail.com

Photographers:
Stefanie Harrington– DC, VA, MD
Natalie Lane Photography – Westminster, MD
Mischa Bolton Photography – Rocksville, MD
Devon Roe – Gambrills, MD
Melanie Berkheimer Southern PA
Rebecca Wyatt Baltimore, MD

Prenatal Yoga:
Heather Brown – Baltimore, MD
Darlene Bergener – Columbia, MD
Lily Dwyer Begg – Baltimore, MD
Lorien Yoga – Baltimore, MD
NIlajah Brown – Baltimore, MD
Michelle Cohen –  Washington, DC

Prenatal and Postpartum Depression:
Dr. Sarah Chisholm-Stockard, PhD Towson, MD
Gretchen Forbes, LCMFT Padonia, MD
Valerie R. McManus, LCSW-C, Ellicott City, MD

Women’s Health Physical Therapy:
Samantha DuFlo
Baltimore, MD
Marisa Krick Baltimore, MD 

Resources websites:
Spinning Babies Easy childbirth with fetal positioning
Lamaze International for Parents
Maryland Birth Network Greater Baltimore, MD
Birth Options Alliance DC and Maryland
DONA International Doulas organization
DoulaMatch Doulas
La Leche League International Breastfeeding
KellyMom Evidence-based breastfeeding and parenting
Baby Center Pregnancy and parenting

Source: The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labor and delivery

Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan. oqba@yahoo.com
Al-Kuran O, Al-Mehaisen L, Bawadi H, Beitawi S, Amarin Z.

Abstract: “The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labor and delivery”

We set out to investigate the effect of date fruit (Phoenix dactylifera) consumption on labor parameters and delivery outcomes. Between 1 February 2007 and 31 January 2008 at Jordan University of Science and Technology, a prospective study was carried out on 69 women who consumed six date fruits per day for 4 weeks prior to their estimated date of delivery, compared with 45 women who consumed none. There was no significant difference in gestational age, age and parity between the two groups. The women who consumed date fruit had significantly higher mean cervical dilatation upon admission compared with the non-date fruit consumers (3.52 cm vs 2.02 cm, p < 0.0005), and a significantly higher proportion of intact membranes (83% vs 60%, p = 0.007). Spontaneous labor occurred in 96% of those who consumed dates, compared with 79% women in the non-date fruit consumers (p = 0.024). Use of prostin/oxytocin was significantly lower in women who consumed dates (28%), compared with the non-date fruit consumers (47%) (p = 0.036). The mean latent phase of the first stage of labor was shorter in women who consumed date fruit compared with the non-date fruit consumers (510 min vs 906 min, p = 0.044). It is concluded that the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome. The results warrant a randomised controlled trial.

Date fruit for labor

Date fruit