Here are the top four objections from moms before they enroll:
(1)I’m already healthy, informed, and experienced. Don’t I already know most of what you’re teaching?
Surprisingly enough, the women who seem to be the most vocal about the changes from mamabirthing are those who can compare it to their previous pregnancies, births and postpartums. I sense the efficacy of mamabirthing lies in the deeply awake feminine power platform from which the course is taught.
“What I got most out of this course was compassion for myself and my body following birth. Acknowledgement of the profundity of the first 6 months after birth. Due to the course I experienced expanded joy, and increased pleasure in having a child. Another benefit I never would have predicted was the expanded strength resulting in willingness to advocate for changes at work that allowed for increased bonding time between me and my child during the first 6 months following birth.” Kate Maguire, mom and PhD of PT
How has mamabirthing impacted the mom’s enrolled? They
- Integrated more living foods and best baby building diet for their constitution
- Became centered in home practices of meditation and yoga
- Refined specific daily rhythms
- Developed strategies to create their ultimate postpartum experience
- Cut out the crap (foods and habits disintegrate their vitality)
“The course was great for me – especially the reminder to slow down, enjoy growing a baby, feed it well, and ask for help! I tried no wheat/sugar for a while and kept up with yoga, some meditation (still a challenge for me to fit that in), and exercise. I felt very mobile, light, and energized throughout most of my pregnancy – even did the swim leg of a triathlon at 30 weeks. I think the third was the easiest pregnancy, birth, and recovery…” Cindy Riegel, mother of 3, prenatal yoga teacher
(2) I’m already spending more on my health. How do I know this will make a difference?
Let’s look at how mamas in our culture spend money:
- bodywork (massages) ($70-150 session)
- hypnotherapy for birth ($70-150 session)
- lotions, potions, creams, etc. ($20/ bottle)
- pregnancy clothes (new outfit, $100)
- baby stuff ($50-$500)
- avoidable epidural at the hospital ($1500)
Most of this is experience-based and not stuff that you could come by if you asked around. Education doesn’t work this way. You need to invest in your education, not just in money, but in time, to grow and deepen your potential. For example, a massage feels great…receiving education and encouragement to self-massage as a daily ritual is a life-long tool.
Health care for women after the birth of a baby typically consists of a single 6-week postpartum visit, the focus of which is a pelvic examination and pap smear.There is a gap to bridge between what professionals think mothers do, think, and want, and what mothers, in reality, do, think, and want.” Midwifery Womens Health Journal. 2006;51(4):242-248
I ask you …. where are you going to invest your awareness and your money?
(3) What can I do if I lack time or discipline or both?
Life is busy and getting busier. If you’re pregnant you know the demands on your time are going to change drastically as soon as you birth your babe. If you’re postpartum, perhaps you’re already overwhelmed and frustrated.
Mamabirthing is designed to bridge technology and women’s wisdom. You can put a class on you iPod and listen to it in the car, or practice yoga at home or while nursing. You will be infusing your blood with the vibrations of wisdom. Simply listening will affect how you make choices. As you start the course, you will learn to attune to time from a more natural place. Time will free up. You will find yourself drawn into the course from a desire to more deeply awaken your power.
“The course was great for me – especially the reminder to slow down, enjoy growing a baby, feed it well, and ask for help! I tried no wheat/sugar for a while and kept up with yoga, some meditation (still a challenge for me to fit that in), and exercise. I felt very mobile, light, and energized throughout most of my pregnancy – even did the swim leg of a triathlon at 30 weeks. I think the third was the easiest pregnancy, birth, and recovery…”
Cindy Riegel, mother of 3, prenatal yoga teacher
“Women taking this course will be better able to ask for constructive, nourishing help from their community of friends and family.” Kate Maguire
(4) But doesn’t my doctor knows best?
I’m inviting you into a relationship with yourself first, your caregiver second. Most of us receive guidance from our parents and partners from where to receive our education and our care. I’m inviting you to develop your skills to listen within to what you want, how to build your support team, and how to choose your best support care.
“It is a fact that in the last 40 years more artificial practices have been introduced which have changed labor from a physiological event into a very complicated medical procedure in which all kinds of drugs and maneuvers are done, sometimes unnecessarily. Many of them are potentially dangerous for the baby and even for the mother.”
—Dr. Roberto Caldeyro Barcia world-renowned researcher. He developed the first electronic monitoring device to study the maternal and fetal physiological process in labor. He deplored the subsequent routine application of continuous fetal monitoring in normal labor and birth.