Top 5 Powerful Essential Oils To Help You Birth

Top 5 Powerful Essential Oils To Help You Birth

Do you have your essential oils for birth? Essential oils are an important part of my daily life and have been for many years now. I love the positive effects they can have and the benefits that my family and I see when using them. We diffuse them in our home to create different moods and treat our daughters when they are sick. I also use them religiously in my practice as a birth doula and postpartum doula. Essential oils are very potent remedies and require precise knowledge when using them. I am happy to report that this month I will be finishing my certification to become a licensed Aromatherapist! What are Essential Oils? Essential oils are the fragrant, highly concentrated and natural, yet volatile, constituents that have the ability to move us. They are found in plants and are extracted in various ways. They can be used alone, or with others, or diluted in many types of carriers. People around the world use essential oils for various reasons, including physical and emotional healing, to develop skin care products, and to create safe home and work environments. Aromatherapy in Birth Aromatherapy can be a wonderful tool to use during your labour. It can enrich the experience, ease pains and even nurture the mother. There are some essentials oils for birth that can strengthen contractions while also reducing pain. As well, the right essential oil can help create the right mood, reducing stress and anxiety. Some women have not only reported quicker labour when using essential oils but also a lower rate of medical interventions. How To Choose Essential Oils For Birth As a birth doula, finding out what smells you...
Top 3 Things To Know About Ab Separation

Top 3 Things To Know About Ab Separation

Do you have an ab separation / diastasis recti? I found out I had an ab separation (aka diastasis recti) when I was in a Pilates class and the teacher went around to check us all out. We were all new moms, and four out of five of us had an ab separation and we didn’t know it! How come no one told me? Why are caregivers not checking to see if new moms have diastasis recti so they can treat it before it causes more issues? What is an ab separation or diastasis recti?   This is when your left and right abdominal muscles separate creating a space larger than two fingers widths between your “6-pack” muscles. What you need to know about diastasis recti Here are a few things I’ve learned in my time as a Yoga Therapist helping new moms to heal this area. 1) Diastasis is especially common for women who have been pregnant more than once.  It is, however, possible to end up with a separation during or after a first pregnancy. Sometimes men and newborns even have a diastasis. Reasons that may increase your chances of diastasis include having twins or a very large baby, or doing too many exercises on hands and knees with a heavy belly!  2) Diastasis is one reason many moms feel like they can’t lose their tummy.  I’m not talking about three weeks postpartum, but you do eventually need to start to find strength in your core to properly support your entire body. Your lower back and abs are directly related and many moms have back pain or even an umbilical hernia. So when...
Meet Yvonne Pelling, Montreal birth doula and woman extraordinaire

Meet Yvonne Pelling, Montreal birth doula and woman extraordinaire

Yvonne Pelling, Montreal birth doula and postpartum doula I have been working with Yvonne, a certified Montreal birth doula and a postpartum doula, for over a year and a half now. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure and honour of serving dozens of families and helping them settle into their new roles as parents. So who is Yvonne? What better way to get to know her than to sit and chat about her passion for birth and serving the families in our community! You often say that you became a doula because of LOVE! What do you mean?    Yes, that’s true! My path to being a doula started on my way to motherhood. I was pregnant for the first time, I was scared. I had never journeyed with anyone through a pregnancy, I had never even seen a birth. This was a completely new territory for me and my husband. A friend of ours suggested to us that we get a doula and we both thought, “What’s a doula?” We found a doula that we connected with and she showed me how to be my best self. She guided my husband to be the best hands on support I could have ever asked for. She also educated the both of us so that we could make informed decisions about my care. Hands down, my first birth was nothing short of awesome. I then had an equally amazing birth at home with my second daughter. LOVE brought me and my husband together, LOVE made our babies and LOVE brought them into the world. I chose this profession so that...