Last Updated on March 12, 2016 by Jenny Pena
There are certain things we decided to do during pregnancy that we believe led to the incredible labor and birth we experienced. Our prenatal Care:
We can’t say that it was specifically one thing or the other, but we know for certain that it was the combination of these things that led to such a quick and beautiful birth of our precious baby Jasmin. Just to be clear, we are not doctors, these are just things we did. If you need help, you know who to look for. 🙂
We want to share our prenatal care with you. Next time we are going to share the things that we learned afterward that would have helped as well. These are listed in no particular order:
We definitely did our fair share of praying! I was feeling scared and nervous the last couple of months. We even prayed during labor! Praise the Lord for Mr.P’s prayers. Meditating on bible verses for strength, courage, hope and love was the greatest thing we could’ve done before Jasmin’s birth. We were very intentional with what we asked and our Lord was faithful!
Midwifery prenatal care:
Our midwife Sheila Simms-Watson is an incredible woman. Her wisdom, love and empathy was very much appreciated! We visited with her often and she was always a phone call away. What a beautiful spirit this woman has! Please consider a midwife for you pregnancy and birth!
By this we mean, getting rid of toxic house cleaners, shampoos, soaps, detergents, sprays, etc etc. This is definitely on ongoing process but we especially made sure that Jasmin’s things would be organic. In the following blog we will talk about some detox of my body I wish we would’ve done.
This was the only official doctor that we visited throughout my pregnancy and still do. We started going because of my coccyx problem. Then he ended up helping us when Jasmin was breech. Now we see him for wellness, even Jasmin gets adjusted. Check out Encourage Breech Baby to Turn to read about what we did when Jasmin was breech.
We didn’t look into the many options there are out there for classes. We knew we didn’t want to attend a conventional “learn-how-to-breathe” class. Our midwife suggested we purchase the book Birthing from Within early in the pregnancy. After reading it we decided it flowed with us and attended the Birthing from Within classes. Our instructor was great and really put things into perspective for me. She helped me understand and reinforce what I had read in the book. Jasmin was born before we could attend the last class but we took her to say hi to everyone!
I must admit I was not good at taking my vitamins! Especially the first trimester. I felt horribly nauseous and could not keep much down. Look for my next blog for vitamins I recommend.
Mr. P bought me some raspberry leaf tea I would drink often.
Dherbs prenatal formula
Dr. Christopher’s Birth Prep: this one I highly recommend. These are for the last couple of weeks. We believe this one helped my body really open up for Jasmin.
Birthing from Within
Unassisted Childbirth by Laura Shanley
Diaper Free by Ingrid Bauer
I read many birth stories online as well.
Business of Being Born
Conscious Parenting Summit by Matt and Angela Monarch of Raw Food World
You Tube home birth videos, unassisted birth, and even animal birth!
I have no stretch marks! I highly recommend using virgin coconut oil. This is basically all I used on my skin. If I didn’t have coconut oil for whatever reason, I used olive oil. I did not use any creams, moisturizers or lotions at all, and still don’t to this day.
Yoga (at home following a you tube video!)
Swimming! At the pool and the ocean! Jumping waves was quite a workout 🙂
This is it for now! Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Next I will post about prenatal care I would have done additional to this including essential oils, vitamins, diet, and others.
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child
is born into the world. John 16:21