Changing your Mindset about Birth

It wasn’t until my 3rd pregnancy that I realized birth could and should be different than what I’d experienced with my 1st and 2nd pregnancies.  Here I was, 40 years old and longing for a more personal experience during the birth of my 3rd and final child, but I questioned my ability to endure the pain of birth.  At my 2nd appointment with my OBGYN, I was weighed in and made to feel as though I had gained too much weight already, rushed through the exam and shuffled out the door quickly.  This was a turning point for me. I had already been wondering what I wanted to do with regard to birthing but I had never veered from the “standard” or “norm”. That day I started researching and reaching out to friends and women in the community that I knew could give me guidance on birthing and my options. It wasn’t until I talked with my husband about birthing centers that I pulled the trigger on finding the right one for me.  I was afraid he would have major concerns and want to birth at a hospital, but in reality, he was excited about bringing our last baby into the world in a more serene and natural atmosphere that was all about supporting me while in labor. After more research and some tours/interviews with various birth centers and midwives, I was convinced Jeannine was a match for us. She was warm and kind, and had many years of experience. She had also created a gorgeous birthing center with a spa-like atmosphere.  We were in!

Now to back up just a little, let me tell you what I’ve had to do to prepare myself for the differences associated with birthing in a non-hospital setting. I immediately had to change my mindset on birth. I had preconceived notions about natural birthing. Both of my other two children were born in hospital settings vaginally with epidurals and I had experienced varying levels of pain with both of them because my epidurals didn’t work fully. However, I still had some level of fear around the pain of laboring.  I decided to get educated, over-informed and consume all things natural birthing. This was key for me to overcome the fears that society had put in my mind about labor. So here I am now, awaiting the day baby Brandon decides to arrive and feeling very different than I felt 39 weeks ago. I’ve spent the last 9 months reading and studying how to prepare for natural labor and with each bit of research, my fear has changed to excitement and anticipation. I’ll keep you all posted once baby Brandon arrives! Below is a good starting list of where to begin with changing your mindset before labor.  

Tip #1: Find a Supportive Prenatal Care Provider

Interview care providers before you agree to hire them. Find someone that you connect with and that will support you in your decision to have a natural birth. The two most important factors are finding someone who genuinely shares your birth philosophy and who has a proven track record of attending natural births to back it up.

Tip #2: Read Natural Birth Books & Birth Stories

Read as many natural birth books and birth stories as you can find. There’s something about a birth story that helps us visualize our own birth experience. It could change the whole way you think about your birth.

Tip #3: Choose Your Support Team Carefully

Consider hiring a doula. Doulas are there to specifically support you through labor and birth. Consider who will be at the birth and be certain they support you and your decisions surrounding birth 100 percent. This might include your husband, mother, sister, friends or anyone else who is 100 percent on board with your birth plan and is willing to support you.

Tip #4: Choose a Positive Birth Location

Choose the birth location that is right for you. You have options! From the hospital to a birthing center and also at home you can decide where you want to give birth. Take a look at all of the options and visit some facilities before making your final decision. 

Tip #5: Make a Birth Plan

Making a birth plan can help you to be prepared and also ease your mind before birthing.  Keep in mind that most birth plans change a little depending upon how your actual birthing experience goes.  But at least having a plan and knowing it can change some, will help you to be better prepared. 

Tip #6: Stay Healthy

Natural birth is a safe option for low-risk moms, so do everything you can to stay healthy. Focusing on an exercise and nutrition regimen can go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.

Tip #7: Get Educated About Natural Birth

How much do you really know about childbirth?  Before you can experience your own natural birth, both you and your birth partner need to know what to expect. Attend a few childbirth classes, read up on natural birth and talk to friends who have had positive natural birthing experiences. 

Tip #8: Learn Natural Pain Coping Techniques

Just because you choose not to get an epidural doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. Believe it or not, there are lots of alternative pain coping methods you can use during birth. 

Tip #9: Expect the Unexpected

Even though you have a birth plan, have a mindset of flexibility.  You never know what is going to happen during your birthing experience ahead of time so you must be prepared to do what is best for you and the baby in the moment. As long as you take the time to prepare, you’ll be able to feel confident and successful, no matter what twists and turns your birth may take.

Lastly, Happy birthing preparation to all of the expectant moms out there that are seeking a natural birthing experience.  Check back to hear my birth story once baby Brandon arrives! 

-Aly Craig (Plano Birthplace Client & Blogger)


Prenatal Chiropractic Care What’s it all about?

Chiropractic care is the maintenance of the spinal column and vertebrae by way of the adjustment of misaligned joints.  It’s considered to be a type of physical therapy to reduce tension in the vertebrae and spinal nerve stress which has been shown to promote health throughout the body. During pregnancy, chiropractic care is believed to be safe and there are prenatal chiropractic providers who have been trained in the Webster technique, which is specific to pregnant patients.  To adjust pregnant women, chiropractors use adjusting tables to accommodate growing bellies and often special pillows to aid in the adjustments of a pregnant patient. Chiropractors can also show you effective stretches for relieving tension and easing discomfort.

How can chiropractic care help during pregnancy?

There are many hormonal and physical changes you’ll experience during your pregnancy. Some of these will have an impact on your posture and overall comfort. As your baby becomes heavier, your center of gravity shifts, and your posture adjusts accordingly. These physical changes during your pregnancy can lead to a misaligned spine or joints. Other uncomfortable changes during pregnancy might include:

  • an increased curve of your back due to your growing abdomen

  • changes to your pelvis as your body begins to prepare for labor

  • adaptations to your posture

  • Looseness in the joints due to hormonal shifts and the hormone called relaxin

Regular visits to a chiropractor during your pregnancy can decrease some of these common issues. Adjustments that are designed to re-establish balance and alignment to your pelvis and spine will make you feel more comfortable during pregnancy while also preparing your body for labor. 

How is chiropractic care beneficial for your baby?

A misaligned pelvis can pose issues during birth.  When the pelvis is out of alignment, it can make it hard for your baby to move into the best position to be born, which is rear-facing, head down.  In some cases, this could affect the ability to have a natural birth. An aligned pelvis also means your baby has a lower chance of moving into a breech or posterior position. When your baby is in a non-optimal birthing position, it can lead to a longer, more complicated birth.  In addition, regular chiropractic care while you’re pregnant can offer the following benefits:

  • help you maintain a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy

  • relieving pain in the back, neck, hips, and joints

  • help to control symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea, round ligament pain, and other general discomforts you might experience while pregnant. 

If you’re experiencing back, hip, or joint pain in your pregnancy, and you’re considering chiropractic care, speak to your midwife or doctor first. They can make a recommendation about a qualified chiropractor in your area. They’ll also help you decide if chiropractic care is safe for you and your baby.


Should you hire a Doula?

It’s almost time for baby's arrival and you’ve been planning your birth down to every last detail. There will be soft music playing while your partner gently supports you through each contraction. You’ve packed the tea lights and essential oils. You’ve even written out your birth plan for your midwife and you have spent months envisioning your baby’s birth and practicing all of the techniques recommended by Pinterest, Facebook, and all other mediums you could find about natural birthing. There is still one thing you’ve considered but aren’t sure of just yet, whether or not you should hire a Doula?   

Having a Doula is a personal decision much like choosing a midwife. Some mother’s say they couldn’t have done it without their Doula while others opt not to hire a Doula and feel they had an amazing birthing experience as well. It’s all about what your birthing goals are and the kind of support you feel you might need during your birthing journey.  

What does a Doula do exactly? 

A Doula’s role is to provide a continuous source of comfort and support during a laboring mother's most vulnerable time. They aren’t usually medically trained as a midwife or ob-gyn and are specifically focused on helping you be comfortable while also feeling empowered about your birth. Some Doulas may also act as advocates for you with medical personnel and they may explain medical terminology or procedures in hospital settings, making sure you understand what’s being asked of you. 

Most Doulas will also educate you about birthing before your due date. This will help it to be more familiar and help eliminate the element of fear that can inhibit the body’s natural responses to labor hormones and progression. They can generally offer many non-medical pain management techniques including aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, music, and hypnobirthing techniques until you’ve found the right one for you. They may also help your partner to be more involved and calmer during labor. 

Photo Credits & Doula Information: Kathyrn J. Birth Stories, Lane B. Photography, Doula Stacy Hutchins, Doula Mallorie Morton Hall, Doula Dana Cluff, Doula Nicole Moffitt, Best Doula Training, DFW Birth Resources, North Dallas Doula Associates

What training do Doulas have?

Doulas don't need to be certified, but many are. The largest and best-known certification program is provided by DONA International. DONA workshops provide instruction time, with an emphasis on hands-on techniques, the history of birth, benefits of doula support and the significance of doula support for families. 

What are the benefits of having a Doula?

A doula offers support during the entire length of labor and often into postpartum care They also meet with you before birth and will stay with you during the entire birthing period. Most Doulas can also help with lactation and breastfeeding as well. 

Many studies show that having a doula present during birth can shorten the length of time in labor, reduce a laboring mother’s anxiety and lower the rate of medical intervention. Their assistance has even been shown to improve your odds of breastfeeding success because many doulas are also lactation consultants.

In conclusion, hiring a Doula is a uniquely personal decision and many benefits can be helpful during labor. Having a doula or not having one, won’t predict the outcome of your birthing experience, but you should do some research and weigh the benefits as they may apply to you. Ask your friends for referrals and do some active Doula interviewing to help determine your personal needs for having a Doula with you during your birth experience. 


End of the Year - 61 new babies to Plano Birthplace

End of the Year - 61 new babies to Plano Birthplace

The end of 2018 has come and gone. Here at Plano Birthplace we are excited to share our end of the year video with you. The midwives brought 61 new babies to Plano Birthplace.  Plano Birthplace is the only birth center in Plano, Texas. We serves families from across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Plano, Frisco, Coppell, Lewisville, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Highland Park, University Park, Grapevine, Irving, McKinney, Allen, and beyond.

The Birth Story of Baby Boy Crenshaw | Plano Birthplace

The Birth Story of Baby Boy Crenshaw | Plano Birthplace

A Plano Birthplace Birth Story with Jeannine Tate MSN, RN, CNM . Plano Birthplace is the only birth center in Plano, Texas. We serve families from across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Plano, Frisco, Coppell, Lewisville, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Highland Park, University Park, Grapevine, Irving, McKinney, Allen, and beyond.

The Birth Story of Anne Therese | Plano Birthplace in Plano, Texas

The Birth Story of Anne Therese | Plano Birthplace in Plano, Texas

The Plano Birthplace Birth Story of Anne Therese with Jeannine Tate MSN, RN, CNM . Plano Birthplace is the only birth center in Plano, Texas. We serves families from across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Plano, Frisco, Coppell, Lewisville, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Highland Park, University Park, Grapevine, Irving, McKinney, Allen, and beyond.

The Plano Birthplace Birth Story of Steyr Thomas | Plano Texas

The Plano Birthplace Birth Story of Steyr Thomas | Plano Texas

The Plano Birthplace Birth Story with Jeannine Tate MSN, RN, CNM . Plano Birthplace is the only birth center in Plano, Texas. We serves families from across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Plano, Frisco, Coppell, Lewisville, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Highland Park, University Park, Grapevine, Irving, McKinney, Allen, and beyond.

Plano Birthplace & Adrienne Jones, MSN, RN, CNM are joining forces!

Plano Birthplace & Adrienne Jones, MSN, RN, CNM are joining forces!

The Plano Birthplace team is pleased to announce that Adrienne Jones, MSN, RN, CNM and Jeannine Tate MSN, RN, CNM will be working together to offer enhanced services to their clients. 

Jeannine is thrilled to announce that in addition to partnering with Adrienne, she also has privileges at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas. Families can now choose to birth at either the birth center or the hospital and continue to receive personalized exceptional continuity of care from their chosen midwife. 

Every woman deserves the midwifery model of care regardless of where they desire to give birth. Whether giving birth at the birth center or hospital Adrienne and Jeannine provide compassionate evidence-based care. Developing supportive and trusting relationships through education and shared decision making is paramount.

Let’s celebrate as Adrienne and Jeannine work to change the birth landscape in the Dallas area.

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Assembling your birth team is an incredibly important part of bringing your child into the world. Doulas are an invaluable resource and can help support you through the entire process. From helping educate you before and after baby is born, to assisting with developing the plan for your birth. Midwives and doulas frequently work together to support moms and their partners. Read more to find out how.

Birth of Baby Boy Ushers Plano Birthplace into this World

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The only licensed free-standing birth center in Plano celebrates its grand opening with the birth of a healthy baby boy on Tuesday September 5th, 2017. At seven pounds and half an ounce and 20” long, baby Christopher came into this world at 10:10 pm in softly-lit spa-like environment surrounded by family, her doula, and two certified nurse-midwives. Mother and father, Cassandra and Jason Cardwell, are thrilled with the birth of their son.

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