May 1 - June 5
Watch half of Module 3 video material, until 1:57
TUESDAY, June 5, 5-6:30PM PACIFIC / 8-9:30PM EASTERN
Video call #3a
June 5 - July 3
Watch the rest of of Module 3 video material
TUESDAY, July 3, 5-6:30PM PACIFIC / 8-9:30PM EASTERN
Video call #3b
Home Practice, Part 1
- Check in with your buddy 2 times during May
- Schedule your second personal session if you haven't already, if you have, schedule your third
- Choose one thing from the Resources page to practice, such as: Mother Earth Father Sky meditation, Self-Touch Sequence to Regulate Your Nervous System, Good Parent Messages
Home Practice, Part 2
- Practice creative opposition, you can do this when you feel parasympathetic and want to bring up tone, or sympathetic and want to meet the energy, or just as a grounding experience, play with it and see what you notice
- Check in with your buddy 2 times during June
- share some about your birth story and talk about your gestational parent's pelvic shape, your lie side or presentation position, and any other relevant new information, take pauses throughout
- what you're discovering about your own birth experience and structural patterns in your body
- go over the notes together (link at bottom of the page)
- talk about the supplemental videos
- check in on how creative opposition practicing is going
- If you can, ask older people in your family how many generations do you need to go back to when your family gave birth at home with midwives? 1 generations? 2? 3?
- Schedule your third personal session if you haven't already
Catch up on the videos if you’re behind
Progressive Relaxation Guided Meditation — HypnoBirthing® for Birth Professionals Workshop, Chanti Smith
Allow your eyes to close gently. Feel how comfortable it is to just allow your eyes to remain gently closed. Now, focus on your breathing.
Notice how the air enters through your nose and how it moves it’s way through your body. Notice how gentle each breath is. Feel yourself breathing easily. Feel yourself breathing fully. Feel your face beginning to soften as you breathe. Feel your jaw relaxing and your lips releasing. Feel all the muscles of your face loosening as you breathe easily.
Let your breath flow into your body with ease. Let your breath move all the way down through your body. Feel your shoulders begin to relax as you exhale. Feel your elbows relaxing. Feel the relaxation moving gently down your arms, wrists and hands. Feel the entire arm completely loose, limp, and relaxed. Your face, chest, shoulders, arms and hands are totally relaxed. Feel your upper body releasing and all the muscles of your back softening. Each breath softens all the muscles of your back as you allow yourself to drift deeper and deeper into relaxation. Completely supported. Totally held. Fully relaxed.
And now allow your breath to carry the relaxation down to your pelvis and haunches. Resting deeply into the support that you’re being given. Your legs begin to release. All tension in the groins and thighs drifts away. Your knees, your lower legs, your ankles, and feet… all loosening, softening, surrendering to the relaxation that each exhalation brings. Your entire body is relaxed. Your mind is relaxed. Your body is quiet. Your mind is quiet. Enjoy this comfort and peace. Enjoy the calm rhythm of your breath.
Feel yourself go deep into relaxation, entering into a place of deep knowingness. A place where you have everything you need to bring your baby into the world in the way that is best for both of you. Feel yourself go deeper into relaxation, entering into a place of deeper knowing. A place where you are everything you need to bring your baby into the world in the way that is best for both of you.
Insert affirmations... Write your own or choose a few from the list below.
Affirmations — HypnoBirthing® for Birth Professionals Workshop, Chanti Smith
I put all my fear aside as I prepare for the birth of my baby.
I am relaxed and happy that my baby is finally coming to me.
I am focused on a smooth, easy birth.
I trust my body, and I follow its lead.
My mind is relaxed; my body is relaxed.
I feel confident; I feel safe; I feel secure; I am grounded and calm.
I am comfortable and relaxed in front of my support team.
My body is made for birth: I birth at a perfect pace for me and my baby.
My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier.
I feel natural tranquility flowing through my body.
I relax as we move quickly and easily through each stage of birth.
My cervix opens outward and allows my baby to ease down.
I fully relax and turn my baby over to Nature.
I see my baby coming smoothly from my womb.
My baby’s birth will be easy because I am so relaxed.
I breathe correctly and eliminate tension.
I feel my body gently sway with relaxation.
I turn my birthing over to my body and my baby.
I see my breath filling a magnificent balloon.
I am prepared to meet whatever turn my birthing takes.
My baby moves gently along its journey.
My baby is positioned perfectly for a smooth easy birth.
Each surge of my body brings my baby closer to me.
I fill my belly with slow, deep inhales and long, smooth exhales.
I deepen my relaxation as I move further into labor.
As my labor advances, I go more deeply to where my baby is.
My body remains still , loose, and limp.
I meet each surge only with my breath; my body is at ease.
I know that good, nutritious food is essential to my baby’s well-being.
I bring myself into deeper relaxation.
I slowly breathe up with each surge.
I welcome my baby with happiness and joy.
I see my baby descending through tissues that are pink and healthy.
My body opens with each expansion.
My baby’s size is perfect for my body.
As my baby is born, my blood vessels close to the appropriate degree.
I fall in love with my baby; my baby and I breast/chestfeed with ease.
This exercise is an exercise in mutual cooperation and support, healthy contact, and a way that both people can end up feeling good, even with a place where differences may exist. This is a somatic/emotional way to communicate that is essential for secure attachment. Most of us as young children, even newborns, were not allowed to assert ourselves in a healthy way, in a spirit of cooperation this exercise is designed to help us develop a felt sense within us of what this is like.
One of the necessary places for secure attachment is that people in the attachment relationship are willing to be with each other and with ‘what is’. That includes angry feelings, frustrated feelings, unhappy, distressed feelings and difficulties and conflicts, and to not go into isolation or withdraw... when the support is there regulation can be optimized and the person will be able to live within a range that they can work through life experiences in the moment. This is powerful to teach to couples prenatally and to practice with a mom preparing for labor.
Ways to practice Creative Opposition
- pushing your two hands together
- pushing against a tree or the earth
- with another person (one person pushes and one person receives the push)
- shoulder to shoulder
- feet to feet
- pushing hands from a standing or sitting position
- pushing with just little finger
Movement: each movement has five phases: intention: set intention and wait; preparation: building potency, the presence will move you into the action, (very often building potency can be coupled with anxiety); action; follow through; integration.
The key is building potency, not to move into action too soon and then collapse, or to start out in a collapsed place and not allow the potency to build first. Wait until you actually feel the impulse to push before you move into action.
Watch for breaks in continuity, these are breaks with connection to the midline (your center) and in the sequence could be places of shock/trauma in our very early experience... with creative opposition is a process of discovering where you are in each part of the sequence, most of us skip over somewhere in the sequence, as the turn person the intention is to move through the other person, as the person receiving the push the intention is to offer just enough resistance so that potency builds and turn person is empowered.
This exercise works with the very mechanism that makes it possible to go beyond what we think is possible. If children have this experience they grow up knowing they can meet their life. Optimally this happens from implantation through 3 years old so many times children have a very strong felt sense of potency, not avoiding the hard stuff, access to a resourced way of meeting the challenges.
This is essential for secure attachment; attachment is created more in the places of pain and difficulty than in the places of ease. This is the baseline - if we are not here we are all compensating to the imprint of not being met. This exercise is about building potency at the leading edge, listening at the somatic and emotional levels, and getting a felt sense of what the other person is communicating. This supports integration of the exercise. Creative opposition can be done in a very gentle way with a finger, or very physical, very noisy and vigorous. The point is potency building and empowerment.
Language — HypnoBirthing® for Birth Professionals Workshop, Chanti Smith
We aren't saying you should use the alternative language, we are just offering it as an idea. Be curious about how language shapes experience, and discover what language you want to use in various contexts, to honor the people you are supporting and yourself.
False Labor, Braxton-Hicks
Breathing for Contractions
Stalled or Stuck Labor
Uterine Surge, Wave, Rush
Birthing Time or Month
Pressure, Tingling, Sensation, Tightening
Membranes or Waters Releasing
Breathing Down, Birth Breathing
Near Completion, Nearly Complete
Practice Labor, Pre-Labor Warm Up
Calm Breathing, Calm Breaths
Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding & Oxytocin
Babies are hardwired to breastfeed. The feeding parent is the baby’s natural habitat. Better feel and flow happen in the comfort zone. More breastfeeding at first means more milk later. Every breastfeeding dyad has it’s own rhythm. More milk out equals more milk made.
Role of Oxytocin:
controls the expulsion of milk
stimulates milk production
redistributes heat in the parent’s body to warm the nursing young
helps the body release stored nutrients
increases the mother’s ability to extract nutrition in the digestive process
reduces blood pressure and stress hormones in the parent
creates calm in most nursing parents in proportion to the oxytocin levels in their blood
makes the parent more interested in close relationships, the more spikes in oxytocin content in their blood, the more open to attachment and bonding they become
induces social memory and calmness in the infant
For more information on oxytocin, see The Oxytocin Factor by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg
Slides from video module