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Your Doula's Thoughts on Birth Affirmations

Do Affirmations WORK?
Your Doula Shares Her Thoughts!

The body and the mind... the are crazily interconnected. I can't stress it enough. It may sound super lame and cliche, but if you believe you will - you will, if you believe you won't - you won't. 

So, this doula believes that it is of UTMOST importance to wash yourself in positive thinking during your pregnancy and during the labor birthing process to prime your mind, body, and soul for a beautiful birth experience.

doula birth affirmations

If you don't believe that your mind and body are connected, just try doing something intimate (like using the bathroom) in situation that makes you nervous or anxious (maybe out in the open in front of 10 people?). How easily do you think your body would perform? See... I told you... Your body and mind ARE connected!

Some of my doula clients choose to write their own affirmations, while some ask for suggestions from me. You're just a Pinterest search away from finding affirmations that appeal to you. 

Here are some examples of birth affirmations that I use with my clients:


You are enough.
Your body was made to do this.
You are strong.
You are doing this.
Your baby is working with your body.
You are calm, peaceful, and strong.
Slow Down. Calm Down. Don't Worry. Don't Hurry. Trust the Process.
You can and You WILL.

To get the most "benefit" from birth affirmations, I highly recommend that you repeat these DAILY during your pregnancy. 

  • Set a reminder on your phone that pops up with an affirmation at a certain time each day.
  • Post them on your bathroom mirror.
  • Make a recording of you saying them and listen to them in the car or while you're drifting off to sleep.
  • Share them with your partner and have him repeat them to you.
  • Tell your doula which affirmations resonate the most with you and have her remind you of them during your labor.
  • Focus on saying them during contractions.

All of the ways you utilize your birth affirmations will ultimately create a mindset that will strengthen and encourage you in order to make your birth experience the best experience possible.

What affirmations did you use? Did your doula suggest any? Share below!

<3 Your Knoxville Doula & Chattanooga Doula,
Martha Howell

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Double Hip Squeeze in Labor :: Pressure & the Pelvis

Having your partner or doula perform a double hip squeeze during your labor can provide extreme comfort for a baby who is posterior (and help in rotating) and in moms experiencing back pain during labor. But, as always, it may not be magic for you --- I recently had a laboring mama who couldn't even stand for me to touch the area where one does a double hip squeeze!!

So, why a double hip squeeze?

(according to http://www.birthingnaturally.net/cn/technique/hipsqueeze.html)

A laboring mother’s pelvis is stretched by the pressure of the baby’s head bearing down.3 The baby can also put uncomfortable pressure on the sacrum.4 “The hip squeeze pushes the pelvis back into a relaxed position,” which both “relieves the pressure of the stretch” and causes the “pelvis to flare out slightly, allowing the baby room to move around and down.”

How to do it? 

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Keep one hand on each bone and your thumbs pointed toward the spine forming a "W". Push the hipbones "in and up" towards the mother's body, and at the same time towards the mother's shoulders as if you needed to press on the bones and slide them up her back.

As your doula, I'll be glad to show your partner how to do it, or I can do it myself -- or we can take turns! It can be a great technique to have in our toolbox!

<3 Your Chattanooga & Knoxville Doula,
Martha Howell

Knoxville Birth & Child Resources (Your Doula's Favs)

As a doula, I get asked all the time for my favorite pediatricians, midwives, and more. So, here's a list of my favs in the Knoxville area. 

BIRTH CARE PROVIDERS

Lisa Ross Birth & Women’s Center
1925 Ailor Ave # B
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 524-4422

Debi Church, CPM
148 Co Rd 654, Athens, TN 37303

OB/GYN Leonard Brabson
939 Emerald Avenue, Suite 806, Knoxville, TN, 37917
(Tennova Physicians Center)

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES:

HypnoBirthing (The Mongan Method) (Knoxville)
Marva Salt
ph: 865.705.4467
marvasolt@yahoo.com

Bradley Method (Knoxville)
Crystal Shields
crittle.shields@gmail.com 

PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION:

East Tennessee Placenta Medicine
Holly Stewart
Knoxville, Tennessee Area
hollymstewartpes@yahoo.com
(865)318-1890

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BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT:

The Breastfeeding Center at Lisa Ross
1925 Ailor Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
Office: (865)246-1940
Fax: (865)523-3687

 

NATURAL-MINDED PEDIATRICIANS:

Jaime DavisPediatric Nurse Practitioner @ Lisa Ross Birth & Women’s Center
1925 Ailor Ave # B
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 524-4422

Dr. Rhea Russell, Pediatric Consultants West
125 Huxley Rd
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 691-3335

OTHER SUPPORT:

ICAN of Knoxville
PostPartum Mood Disorders Support Group of Knoxville