Free Birth Support Groups In Cleveland

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Pregnancy and birth is quite possibly the most transformative time in a family’s life. Finding and connecting to a supportive network during this joyous, but uncertain time is so important! The Nurturing Root believes that all families deserve access to education and valuable community resources during pregnancy and birth. It is an honor to help connect you with perinatal experts and peers. We have gathered information about several free pregnancy and birth support groups in the greater Cleveland area, to help you find your tribe!

Circle of Life Home Birth Services Birth Group
Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at Circle of Life in Lakewood.
Circle of Life Co-Founders and Homebirth Midwives, Colleen Kennedy-Schroeder and Rosie Messina facilitate this birth group. Pregnant women, partners, and birth professionals come together, once per month to listen and engage one another, in a supportive and inclusive environment. Some evenings feature a formal birth-related topic to discuss, and other months offer an open-forum style. If you are considering home birth or want to connect to families and birth professionals involved in the homebirth community, this birth group is a great place to start.

Cleveland Birth Village
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights.
Cleveland Birth Village is facilitated by Alayna Spratley, Ohio Director for The Nurturing Root. This group is a welcoming and inclusive community for Cleveland-area parents interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics. Cleveland Birth Village also has a FREE Facebook group. This support group exists to educate and empower families during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood! Cleveland Birth Village believes the following:

    • Pregnancy, birth, and parenthood is a transformational experience for families.
    • Birth is a sacred event, and all families deserve honor and respect during this special time.
    • Pregnancy and birth should be a joyous and empowering experience.
    • Education and support are crucial components to a satisfying birth and blissful postpartum recovery experience.
    • Your heart is a powerful source of wisdom, especially during the journey to parenthood.

If you are interested in learning more about a variety of natural pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, this group is a perfect fit.

ICAN of Greater Cleveland
Meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the North Royalton branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.
Sunday Tortelli, a childbirth educator, doula, and doula trainer, and Pam Kolanz, a homebirth midwife facilitate monthly meetings for the greater Cleveland chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). ICAN provides information and support to women planning for a vaginal birth and wishing to avoid unnecessary cesareans – whether they are healing from cesarean surgery, planning a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or preparing for their first birth experience. ICAN of greater Cleveland has been offering monthly meetings and consumer outreach since 1984! They advocate for women’s rights in childbirth and for babies’ rights to healthy birth experiences, while providing the best evidence on safe maternity care practices. If you are looking for more information about the benefits of vaginal birth, or want to avoid a c-section, this group can provide you with valuable resources and information.

Positive Birth Movement – Cleveland Chapter
Meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at Our Other Living Room, 7405 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland.
Susan Greene, a Certified Nurse Midwife facilitates monthly meetings for the Cleveland chapter of Positive Birth Movement. This group is a place for all pregnant women to come together and share experiences, thoughts, feelings, and insight about childbirth. In Positive Birth Movement groups, women listen to each other, rather than to a teacher. There is usually a theme for discussion, and it is up to the group to talk, share, and learn from each other. This group offers a warm and welcoming place to hear stories and ideas, to consider what you really want from your childbirth experience, and to challenge any fears or negative expectations you might have. This group is a fantastic resource for women looking to engage in collaborative discussion about childbirth.

Home Birth Option of Cleveland Birth Group
Meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.
Kim French, a Certified Professional Midwife, facilitates monthly meetings for Home Birth Option of Cleveland. Founded in 1988, the Home Birth Option of Cleveland is an advocacy group whose purpose is to support, encourage, and educate women and their families about gentle birth alternatives. This group is devoted to helping women achieve the optimal experience of a safe, empowering birth. If you are interested in learning more about natural birthing options, especially at home, this group is a wonderful resource.

Mother Rising Women’s Studio Birth Story Circle
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at Mother Rising in Chardon.
Mother Rising Co-Founders Danielle Breach and Shauna Rich facilitate this monthly meeting, at their studio. Birth Circle is a place for families to share and listen to birth stories! Sharing birth stories is educational, fun and healing. Listening to, and supporting mothers without judgement, is a simple yet powerful gift we can offer to one another. This respectful and inclusive community is an absolutely wonderful resource, especially for families looking to process their births.

The Nurturing Root loves to support and educate families in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation, and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant person, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. Stay updated about all of our events, meetings, and workshops, by signing up for our newsletter!

Upcoming Childbirth Education Classes

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Autumn is a time of fruitful abundance! The Nurturing Root is excited to host several childbirth education classes this October and November. Please join us!

It is no secret that we LOVE to support and educate expectant and new Cleveland families! We offer an amazing array of Birth Boot Camp childbirth education classes, newborn care workshops, and community-based events to help couples plan their ideal birth and parenting experience. We invite you to learn more about our upcoming childbirth education classes.

FREE CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm at She COLLECTIVE in Lakewood

Pregnancy is a transformative time in a person’s life. But this abundant experience is often filled with many questions. Please join us for an engaging, community-based childbirth education workshop, designed to help you understand your options during pregnancy and birth. We will discuss important steps you should take to prepare for your birth, including finding a provider and birth place, caring for your body and mind, your choices in childbirth, educating yourself and your partner, and finding a support network. You will also gain insight on how to evaluate, prevent, and heal Diastasis Recti, and learn several functional exercises to help keep your body healthy and strong throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum recovery period. You will leave this mini workshop with tangible information, resources, and tips to help you confidently navigate pregnancy and birth. Making time to tend to the mind, body, and spirit, as you prepare to welcome your baby, is so important! Please join us for this fun childbirth education workshop. Tickets are free, but we ask that you pre-register for this program. If you are expecting a baby, planning a pregnancy, or are a holistic wellness professional looking to connect, we would love to see you at this awesome event! This workshop is co-facilitated by The Nurturing Root and BIRTHFIT Cleveland.

We are thrilled to present this program at She COLLECTIVE’s lovely new space in Lakewood! She Collective is a meeting place for women and girls to learn about themselves in new ways, so they become the presiding geniuses of their own bodies! She COLLECTIVE was founded by Samantha Walters, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, doula, and sexual health educator. Learn more about She COLLECTIVE!

NATURAL PAIN RELIEF STRATEGIES FOR LABOR WORKSHOP 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 – 8:30pm at Partners to Empowerment Wellness Center in Beachwood. ($50 per couple)

This workshop is designed for couples that want to know more about how natural pain relief options and labor comfort measures can help them confidently navigate birth! Maybe you are looking to have a natural birth experience? Or perhaps, you plan on getting that epidural as soon as you get to the hospital! No matter what your ideal birth looks like, the majority of families will benefit from learning about natural pain relief options!

During this hands-on class, we explore valuable tools and techniques that can help mom AND her birth partner stay relaxed, comfortable, and positive during labor. We will also address a variety of labor positions and their benefits. Birth partners will leave this class with a deep understanding about how touch and intimacy can impact a person in labor. We will conclude this class with a discussion on the importance of relaxation in labor, and a guided visualization exercise. Partners will approach their baby’s due date with confidence, knowing how to support mom throughout labor and birth. We highly encourage expectant persons to attend with their partner, husband, wife, or other birth support person, but individuals will also benefit from this workshop.

We are thrilled to facilitate this workshop at Partners To Empowerment Wellness Center, in Beachwood. The Partners To Empowerment studio features a wonderfully serene and nurturing space and offers a variety of holistic services for the mind, body, and spirit. Learn more about Partners To Empowerment Wellness Center.

HOLISTIC NEWBORN CARE WORKSHOP
Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00am – 2:00pm at Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Lyndhurst. ($75 per couple)

The Holistic Newborn Care Workshop will help you welcome your baby home, with confidence! We are thrilled to offer Cleveland families the very best childbirth education and parenting classes. BIRTH BOOT CAMP is thoughtfully designed for couples planning an empowering pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding experience! This holistic newborn care workshop, aptly named ‘Homecoming’, is your amazing manual to parenthood! This workshop includes a thoughtfully designed, comprehensive workbook, nearly 4 hours of in-person instruction, a 3.5 hour breastfeeding masterclass download, taught by an esteemed IBCLC, and healthy, light refreshments. Parents leave this training excited, confident, and prepared to meet and care for their sweet newborn.

You will LOVE this Birth Boot Camp class + leave confidently knowing:

  • All about common newborn tests + procedures
  • Normal newborn behaviors + infant characteristics
  • How to comfort + soothe baby
  • Infant sleep habits + safe sleep practices
  • Baby-wearing options and techniques
  • Postpartum planning and recovery strategies
  • How chiropractic care supports mother + baby
  • Essential breastfeeding information + resources

We are thrilled to facilitate this workshop at Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Lyndhurst. Drs. Valerie and LaMar Hunter have a wonderful, family-centered chiropractic practice, and are thrilled to serve men, women, and children. They have a wealth of experience, are Webster Technique certified, and are exceptionally passionate about caring for the whole person. Learn more about Hunter Chiropractic and Wellness Center.

The Nurturing Root loves to support and educate families in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation, and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant person, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. We have an active and engaged Facebook group and host free monthly gatherings to discuss all things birth! We are so very excited to facilitate these awesome events this Autumn! Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

Natural Pain Relief Options For Birth

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Maybe you are looking to have a natural birth experience? Or perhaps, you plan on getting that epidural as soon as you get to the hospital! No matter what your ideal birth looks like, the majority of women will benefit from some great natural pain relief options and techniques to help them get through contractions!

Labor is so aptly named, as it is the purposeful hard work you do, on the final journey to meet your baby! During labor your body goes through incredible physical, emotional, and hormonal changes. This transformation of birth is often accompanied by a substantial degree of discomfort. Of course laboring women want to mitigate pain, but short of using pharmacological interventions, how do you really reduce pain in labor and birth? You support your body’s own natural pain relieving abilities! Here is the key to natural pain relief: During birth you want to reduce cortisol levels, the hormone produced in response to stress, and catecholamines, the ‘fight or flight’ hormones, produced in response of fear. And you want to increase oxytocin and beta-endorphin levels, to help facilitate labor, provide a sense of euphoria, and alleviate pain. The following seven natural pain relief options for birth help your body balance specific hormones, to ease labor discomforts.

Education
Educating yourself about pregnancy, labor, and birth will help build your knowledge, prepare you emotionally and mentally, and give you the necessary tools and techniques to navigate the modern birth landscape. Education serves as an important natural pain relief tool, because you are replacing fear of the unknown with information and excitement about your birth. When you know what to expect from the birth process, it becomes much easier to cope with the pain of labor. You can educate yourself by taking a comprehensive childbirth course, read birth stories, and find informational and supportive books about the birth process. Knowing what to expect will build your confidence and prove to be a powerful pain relief tool!

Relaxation
There are several facets to relaxation that you should consider. You want to create a relaxing birth environment and learn to relax, both physically and emotionally. Employing this trifecta will serve as exceptional natural pain relief during labor. First, you want to create a relaxing birth environment. Curating a serene atmosphere with dim lighting, candles, aromatherapy, and calming music can get the oxytocin flowing, and ease tension to help you enjoy labor.

It is also important to relax both physically and emotionally. A recent study suggests engaging in relaxation exercises, through a mindfulness-based practice during pregnancy, can help reduce anxiety and facilitate an easier and more satisfying birth experience. Mindfulness is simply a state of awareness, that arises from paying attention to the present moment. This mindfulness app, specifically created for pregnancy, birth, and parenthood, is a fantastic training tool to help you engage in relaxation wherever you are. There are also several simple, but effective exercises that will teach you how to relax your muscles during times of tension and stress. To benefit most from these physical and emotional relaxation exercises, set aside time once or twice per day during your pregnancy. Relaxation training can truly help you have an amazing birth experience.

Movement
Your baby must navigate down and out through your pelvis during labor and birth. Movement is key in facilitating this, and serves as an important pain relief strategy for you. Getting into a more upright position, or even just changing positions regularly can really help you manage even the most intense contractions. Movement can speed up a slow labor, help a posterior baby turn into a more optimal (and less painful!) position, and help you get a little more comfortable. Consider taking a walk, spending time on a birth ball, or use the support of your partner’s body to sway through contractions. Finding rhythm and ritual through movement is a fantastic pain coping mechanism.

Water
Hydrotherapy is a scientifically proven natural, stress reducing and pain relief technique. Laboring in a warm bath can provide an incredible level of pain reduction. Taking a hot shower can be exceptionally relaxing, while helping you get upright, which helps baby move down and through your pelvis.

Acupressure
Acupressure is based on principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient and holistically focused wellness practice. Utilizing and applying direct pressure to specific points on the body during labor, may provide you with phenomenal pain relief. Acupressure is a wonderfully convenient and cost-effective pain relief tool. You can take advantage of the benefits almost anywhere, and without any special equipment. When direct and appropriate pressure is applied to this area of the back and on the feet, relief from uncomfortable back labor may be alleviated, almost effortlessly.

Massage
The demonstrated pain relief benefits of massage during labor are extensive. There are both physical and emotional advantages to massage therapy during labor and birth. It can relax tense muscles, easing the pain of contractions, shorten labor, facilitate rest, ease anxiety, and promote a sense of serenity. Your partner or birth support person can help you access the amazing pain relief options of massage by following these techniques.

Emotional Support
Having a supportive birth team is one of the most effective natural pain relief tools available! It is crucial to find a provider you trust, who encourages your birth philosophy, educate your birth partner, and hire a birth doula! A doula is a trained maternal support practitioner who provides emotional, physical, and educational assistance to a laboring mother and her birth partner. Evidence overwhelmingly supports having a doula as a powerful natural pain relief option. With dedicated labor support, women are more likely to have a satisfying and positive birth experience and require less medical pain management. Doulas can provide comfort with numerous pain-relief techniques that help reduce anxiety and fear, support physical and emotional relaxation, promote an uncomplicated physiological birth, and facilitate a positive birth environment.

Birth can be a joyous occasion for the the entire family. With the right preparation, support, and natural pain relief options, you can absolutely have the best (and possibly pain-free) birth experience. If you would like more natural pain relief tips, tools, and techniques, enroll in our Natural Pain Relief Strategies For Labor Workshop. This incredible class helps couples gain an amazing sense of self-reliance, so they can cope with labor beautifully.

The Nurturing Root loves to support and educate families in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation, and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant mother, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. We have an active and engaged Facebook group and host free monthly gatherings to discuss all things birth! We are also very excited to facilitate several events this Autumn and Winter. Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

We are also thrilled to announce, that our blog was just featured in Feedspot blog reader’s Top 100 Parenting Blogs. Subscribe to The Nurturing Root’s blog via feedspot, for free, and receive weekly updates from our posts and other amazing pregnancy, birth, and parenting sites!

Help Us Support Babies Need Boxes Ohio

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Please help us honor all mothers and babies in Cleveland, by supporting our Babies Need Boxes donation drive!  Babies Need Boxes Ohio is a non-profit organization that provides expectant and new families with a high-quality maternity package, based off the Finnish Baby Box tradition.

Babies Need Boxes Ohio supplies expectant and new families with a safe sleep space (baby box), newborn and postpartum essentials, perinatal education, and community resources. Babies Need Boxes wants to equip families for parenthood with tangible resources and education, honor women during their transition to motherhood, and help all babies thrive. With the universal distribution of baby boxes in Ohio, including the perinatal education and access to community resources, Babies Need Boxes hopes to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, and help people understand racial disparities related to infant mortality.  Celina Cunanan-Kelly, Division Chief of Nurse Midwifery at University Hospitals, and Babies Need Boxes board member, says “We don’t really think that [the box] itself is going to stop infant sleep-related deaths, but it’s a way for us to give parents the education and tools to make that less likely, [and to] help them succeed!” The goal with this universal distribution approach, and scope of education that Babies Need Boxes provides, will not only help families better access a safe sleep space and essential items, but will ultimately engage the greater Cleveland community in conversations regarding racial inequity in childbirth, and help build the commitment needed to lower our infant mortality rates.  

The Nurturing Root is thrilled to team up with Nurtured Foundation Doula Services to coordinate an autumn donation drive that benefits Babies Need Boxes Ohio. Throughout September and October, we are gathering newborn essential and postpartum care items to include in the baby boxes. We are striving to collect high-quality, natural care items, that are made with sustainable, non-toxic ingredients.

We need your help to collect the following new items:

  • 100% Cotton Prefold Cloth Diapers  
  • Waterproof Cloth Diaper Covers
  • Hypoallergenic Diaper Rash Cream
  • Newborn Caps, Socks, + Mittens
  • Unscented Lip Balm
  • Organic Nipple Salve

We welcome your donations either in-person or online. If you reside on the westside of Cleveland and want to donate, please contact Lisa Falkenstein, with Nurtured Foundation. If you are interested in donating items on the eastside, please contact Alayna Spratley, with The Nurturing Root. Additionally, you can easily donate supplies directly to Babies Need Boxes Ohio via THIS Amazon Wish List. Online donations ship directly to the local chapter’s office in Shaker Heights. Babies Need Boxes also welcomes monetary donations, here. Your gifts to Babies Need Boxes are tax deductible, and their 501(C)(3) tax ID number is, 47-3926384. Please share THIS informational flier about the donation drive, with friends, family, businesses, and organizations that want to help, as well.

It is truly an honor to support Northeast Ohio families as a volunteer board member with Babies Need Boxes Ohio, and as the Ohio Director with The Nurturing Root. Please help us support the amazing work of Babies Need Boxes Ohio. Donate items here!   

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If you would like a baby box, register with Baby Box University, select the ‘Ohio Syllabus’ and complete the watchlist and quiz. The videos discuss various topics, including: the prenatal and postpartum period, safe-sleep practices, breastfeeding, child-spacing, and perinatal mental health. Once you correctly complete the quiz, you can print your certificate and pick-up a baby box at participating locations, or have it mailed to your home.

You can also receive a baby box, with essential items, by attending the Babies Need Boxes October education series, at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Lee Road location. After attending all three sessions, families are eligible for a baby box. Please see the session descriptions, below:

Session 1: Baby Care: Come learn how to read baby’s cues and how to soothe baby with movement, rituals, and songs. During baby’s active state we will share how to engage baby in playful, brain building activities. This session is facilitated by Elizabeth Dreyfuss, Executive Director of Babies Need Boxes Ohio, and early childhood educator with Hathaway Brown, and Alayna Spratley, volunteer Assistant Director of Babies Need Boxes Ohio and the Ohio Director of The Nurturing Root. Saturday October 7, 2017 at 11:00am

Session 2: Safe Sleep Come learn about the most recent research on how to keep baby safe while sleeping soundly. This session is facilitated by Celina Cunanan-Kelly, Certified Nurse Midwife and Division Chief of Nurse Midwifery for University Hospitals, and Da’Na Langford, Certified Nurse Midwife with University Hospitals. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:00am

Session 3: Postpartum Health for Mom and Baby After baby is born there are two people to care for, baby and mom. Learn ways to incorporate self–care rituals into your daily routine. Also, come hear the best ways to feed baby and how to prepare nutritious snacks for busy families. This session is facilitated by Lisa Falkenstein, certified postpartum doula, breastfeeding educator, and owner of Nurtured Foundation Doula Services, and Chauntia Williams, Babies Need Boxes board member and dedicated family advocate, committed to improving the community through education and awareness.

We are truly grateful for the work that Babies Need Boxes is doing to help families throughout Cleveland, and hope you feel as compelled as we do, to support this amazing non-profit organization. Make sure to share THIS INFORMATION about the Babies Need Boxes Donation Drive with friends, family, colleagues, and organizations that would like to help, as well!

The Nurturing Root loves to support and educate families in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes, in-home placenta encapsulation, and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant mother, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. We have an active and engaged facebook group and host free monthly gatherings to discuss all things birth! We are also very excited to facilitate several events this autumn. Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

We are also thrilled to announce, that our blog was just featured in Feedspot blog reader’s Top 100 Parenting Blogs. Subscribe to The Nurturing Root’s blog via feedspot, for free, and receive weekly updates from our posts and other amazing pregnancy, birth, and parenting sites!

7 Tips To Prepare For A Natural Birth

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Did you know that 85% of pregnant women are able to have a safe natural childbirth experience? But, only about 2% of American women give birth without any interventions. What is the disconnect? Certainly choice plays a role. Some women aren’t necessarily interested in unmedicated childbirth. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control National Vital Statistics Report, over 60% of women use an epidural for pain relief in labor. Also our culture and institutions impact a mother’s ability to birth naturally. Since one in three women welcome their babies via surgery, desiring a natural childbirth can feel somewhat unattainable. Know that if you are considering natural childbirth, it is so crucial to properly prepare yourself. With commitment and support, you can have an awesome, unmedicated birth experience! Follow these 7 tips, and you will be on target to have the best natural birth!

Be thoughtful when selecting a birth location!
In most places throughout the United States, you have access to three different birth locations. Mothers can give birth in a hospital setting, at a freestanding birth center, or at home. There are benefits and risks to all of these locations. You also need to decide where you feel most comfortable having your baby. If you really want an unmedicated natural birth experience in a hospital setting, find out what the c-section rate is for the facility you are considering. Individual hospital c-section rates vary widely, even within the same community. If you are thinking about having your baby at a freestanding birth center, this study presents great evidence to support safe and satisfying birth outcomes for mom and baby in a center environment. The study explains that if you have a low-risk, healthy pregnancy, your chances of having a c-section (via hospital transfer) is only 6% at a birth center, versus a 25% chance of c-section if you birth at a hospital. Your risk of interventions and c-section are lowest if you are planning a home birth. In this significant study, which analyzed nearly 17,000 planned home births, nearly 96% of women delivered their babies vaginally, and only 4.5% required pitocin to start or augment their labor. Compare this to a 30% induction rate in a hospital setting for first-time, low-risk mothers. Where you decide to birth matters! Understand the risks and benefits of different birth locations, and choose wisely.

Select a midwife as your prenatal provider!
Just like birth location, the provider you choose to see during pregnancy, and to attend your birth, has huge implications in your ability to have a natural birth experience. If you are having a healthy, normal pregnancy absolutely choose a midwife over an OB/GYN. The midwifery model of care sees pregnancy as a normal life event, that almost always results in a healthy mother and child. Midwives view pregnancy and birth through a holistic lens, and support women with more individualized care and minimize technological interventions. They also will identify and refer expectant mothers to obstetrical care, when truly necessary. There are several types of midwives, including Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Professional Midwives, licensed midwives, and direct-entry midwives. The majority of pregnant women are able to access midwifery care in a hospital, birth center, and/or home environment. Research midwives in your area, find out if they attend births in your desired setting, and select a midwife that encourages your wishes for an unmedicated birth!

Take a comprehensive natural childbirth course!
Everyone knows that knowledge is power! Simply wishing for a natural birth will almost certainly not get you there. Educating yourself about birth will help build your knowledge, prepare you emotionally and mentally, and give you the necessary tools and techniques to navigate the modern birth landscape. Invest in a thoughtful, comprehensive childbirth education program that prepares both you and your partner for natural birth. Look for natural childbirth classes that covers staying low-risk in pregnancy, nutrition, exercise, relaxation techniques, choosing a care provider and birth location, anatomy and physiology of labor, birth-partner preparations, common policies and procedures, breastfeeding, newborn care, and possible complications, interventions, and alternatives. A great childbirth education course will really build your natural birthing confidence and abilities!

Take exceptional care of your body!
Preparing your body for birth is crucial. Having a healthy, nutrient rich diet and exercising regularly and appropriately, provides a strong foundation for natural birth. Caring for your body and baby with proper nutrition and exercise will help keep you low-risk, and may alleviate common pregnancy related ailments. Also consider chiropractic care during pregnancy. Find and visit a chiropractor certified in the Webster Technique. A chiropractor can help balance your pelvis and spine, so your baby can find the best position for birth. A review of studies found that women who received regular chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy had 39% shorter labors. Achieving optimal wellness with diet, exercise, and chiropractic will pay off big time!

Practice mindfulness!
Training your mind and heart for natural birth is just as important as preparing your body. A recent study suggests engaging in a mindfulness-based practice during pregnancy can help reduce anxiety and facilitate an easier and more satisfying birth experience. Mindfulness is simply a state of awareness, that arises from paying attention to the present moment. A prenatal mindfulness practice can be applied in a variety of ways. You may choose to facilitate your own quiet meditative practice, choose visualization exercises, engage in progressive relaxation, or even use a mindfulness app, specifically created for pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Whatever you choose, mindfulness is a practice, so set aside time once or twice per day, and focus on the moment, to help you achieve an amazing natural birth.

Find your tribe!
Connect to other pregnant and new mothers that are interested in natural birth. It is so bizarre, but culturally normal, for veteran moms to share pregnancy and birth horror stories with expectant mothers. Disregard this negativity, and find your natural birth tribe. You can, of course, find a community of like-minded natural mothers everywhere online. If available, search for and attend a birth group or mama’s circle in your area. Cleveland mothers interested in natural pregnancy, birth, and parenting should join Cleveland Birth Village. Cleveland Birth Village has a FREE facebook group and hosts FREE monthly gatherings for families interested in natural birth and parenting topics.

Hire a doula!
Regardless of the type of birth you want or ultimately have, you should hire a birth doula! A doula is a trained maternal support practitioner who provides emotional, physical, and educational assistance to a laboring mother and her birth partner. Doulas help families have a safe, memorable, and empowering birth experience. Evidence overwhelmingly supports having a doula present during labor. With continuous labor support, women are more likely to have a satisfying and positive birth experience, less likely to have surgical interventions, and require less medical pain management. Birthing women with doulas also have shorter labors and fewer birth-related complications for mom and baby.

Having a natural birth is biologically normal, and most often physically and emotionally ideal, for mom and baby. It can prove to be a positive experience for the entire family, as well. With the right preparation, support, and education, you can absolutely achieve the best natural birth.

The Nurturing Root loves to support families that desire an unmedicated birth. We offer an exceptional array of Birth Boot Camp natural childbirth courses and holistic newborn care classes to support you during this exciting time of transition. Additionally, we support Cleveland families with in-home placenta encapsulation and family-centered postpartum doula and infant care support. We are honored to serve your family. Please contact us for more information, today!

If you are an expectant mother, a parent, or wellness professional interested in holistic pregnancy, birth, and parenting topics, we encourage you to join our FREE Cleveland Birth Village Community. We have an active facebook group and host monthly gatherings to discuss all things birth! We are also very excited to facilitate several events this autumn. Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

New Childbirth Education And Baby Care Classes From Birth Boot Camp

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It is no secret that we LOVE teaching Birth Boot Camp childbirth education and newborn care classes, to Cleveland families. Birth Boot Camp is the most comprehensive childbirth education curriculum. It presents modern, evidenced-based information from midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, chiropractors, nutritionists, physical therapists, and a community of perinatal experts. Birth Boot Camp courses are designed for couples planning an informed and empowering pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding experience. We are thrilled to announce that Birth Boot Camp has just released three new classes, so more families can experience an amazing birth and parenting journey! Here are the new programs available to Cleveland families:

Comprehensive Home Birth Series
The Birth Boot Camp Out-Of-Hospital Childbirth Education program is designed, specifically for families planning to have their baby at a freestanding birth center or at home. This 4-session course covers anatomy and physiology of labor, normal variations of labor and birth, natural pain relief strategies, comfort measure techniques, and discusses the practice of mindfulness with relaxation and visualization exercises. Couples leave this course feeling exceptionally confident, excited, and prepared for their transformative birth center or home birth experience! 4, 2-hour sessions. Preview the Out-of-Hospital curriculum.

Nutrition and Exercise Program
This Food and Fitness workshop provides a rich foundation, so expectant mothers can remain healthy and strong during the entire childbearing year. This program offers exceptional nutritional information, discusses pelvic floor health, presents beneficial prenatal and postpartum exercises, introduces chiropractic, answers several first trimester ‘FAQs’, and presents the concept of mindfulness and relaxation. You will leave this program with a greater sense of self-reliance, as you journey to achieve optimal wellness for both you and baby. 3 hours.  Preview the Food and Fitness workbook.

Holistic Newborn Care Workshop
This class, aptly named ‘Homecoming’, is an amazing manual to parenthood! This course discusses routine newborn tests and procedures, infant characteristics, normal newborn behaviors, baby comfort and soothing techniques, safe sleep practices, breastfeeding, babywearing, and infant grooming. In addition to the Homecoming manual, students also receive a 3.5 hour breastfeeding masterclass download, taught by an esteemed IBCLC. You will leave this training excited, confident, and prepared to meet and care for your sweet newborn. 4 hours. Preview the Homecoming course.

You can take Birth Boot Camp classes in a group setting, as a private class, or online! We are currently teaching Birth Boot Camp classes at Circle of Life Birth Services, in Lakewood and at Mother Rising Women’s Studio, in Chardon. We are also happy to offer families private in-home instruction. View our full class listings and schedule HERE!

We are so excited about these new classes! Please enjoy this FREE Pregnancy Nutrition ebook, courtesy of Birth Boot Camp. Additionally, we welcome you to join our FREE Facebook community, Cleveland Holistic Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting. This is a great community for families and professionals interested in a variety of natural birth and parenting topics. We are also very excited to facilitate several events, in the Cleveland area, this autumn. Stay updated, by signing up for our newsletter!

If you are a wellness professional, interested in hosting Birth Boot Camp classes at your practice, please contact us.