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View of the Womb Natural Ultrasound Illustration

View of the Womb Illustration offers mothers the opportunity to become more in-tune with learning the position of their baby throughout pregnancy with an enchanting drawing as a sort of "Natural Ultrasound" (as coined by Naoli Vinaver).  By palpating, measuring, and listening to fetal heart rate and placenta sounds through a fetoscope, your baby's position will be located and artistically depicted on your abdomen.  Older siblings, partners, friends, or family can all join in illuminizing for a joy-filled bonding experience, if desired.

While babies are moving often within the uterus, you will learn how to interpret these movements so you can positively influence the position of your baby for a joyful birth.

View of the Womb Natural Ultrasound Illustration Includes:

  • Alignment Assessment
  • Abdominal Palpation
  • Fundal Height Measurement
  • Fetal Heart Tone Location (with fetoscope)
  • Belly Mapping Education
  • View of the Womb Illustration

Along with my four-year design degree from an art college, I have been palpating babies and bellies regularly since 2018 helping mothers to learn how their daily choices influence their baby's position and guiding decisions for Happier Healthier Birth.

View of the womb is ideal after 24 weeks when baby is most easily palpated and fetal heart tones can usually be heard by fetoscope.  However, VoW can be shared anytime throughout the childbearing years in a conceptualized way for pre-conception to envision the child to come, prior to 24 weeks to help visualize your growing baby, or during or after a miscarriage of any gestation to support through healing.

Add-On VoW

$25 - Add-On

View of the Womb for current Full-Package MOV Birth, Perinatal Mentor, or Labor Doula Clients to be scheduled during one of the prenatal visits included within these packages.

VoW Prenatal

$50 - 1 Hour

Full View of the Womb package for all clients not receiving full doula or home birth support.  This can be scheduled at any time prior to, during, or after pregnancy, but is ideal between 24 and 36 weeks to accommodate audibility of heart tones and accurate palpation of baby's position.

Centered VoW

$75

View of the Womb session following a relaxing 30-minute full-body Rebozo Relaxation session.

How View of the Womb Works

Scheduling & Prep

I will, typically, need at least two weeks to prepare material for a View of the Womb Session.  We will need approximately 1 hour for the session and you'll want to wear clothes that you are comfortable remaining in for some time and that might get makeup on during or after the session.  Thin and stretchy clothes are ideal.

I make every effort to use naturally-derived makeup for these sessions.  Some of these I make myself with my own herbal oils and earth pigments.  If you have sensitive skin or a preference for the materials being used.  Please contact me to discuss what cosmetic items I will need, and $5 will be deducted from the total.

Due to the nature of my on-call schedule, there are times where I may have to reschedule sessions, and possible stop in the middle of a session to serve a laboring mother.  Refunds will be provided for any session that cannot be rescheduled.  For these reasons, I encourage mothers to schedule closer to their 30 week date so they have some flexibility with rescheduling.

For women planning a home birth since early in their pregnancy, or through a desire late in pregnancy to be in the comfort of their own home, planning for a home birth can seem exciting.  However, for families that might need to make a quick change of plans due to fear of their desired birth location, changing your birth team and environment might feel overwhelming.  Here are some tips to guide you through preparing for a home birth no matter which path led you here.

GET HEALTHY TO PREPARE FOR HOME BIRTH

Being healthy for home birth is quite ideal.  Birth at home is safe when the woman birthing at home is healthy.  There is no technique, skill, knowledge, or care provider that can make birth safer than the woman herself.  Home birth is statistically so safe because the women birthing at home have been, by default, some of the healthiest women in the population as someone unhealthy to birth at home is risked out if their lifestyle cannot change to improve their overall wellness.  Even the medications used to treat complications only buy time for the body to do what it was designed to do, and the nutrients and environment provided throughout and after the birth are at the base of healing.  This is up to women to eat well balanced, eliminate non-nourishing foods and other chemicals, and to live a movement-based lifestyle with reduced fear.

  • Eat an ample portion of dark leafy greens at every meal
  • Eat a rainbow of vegetables and fruits throughout the day
  • Drink at least 2-3 quarts of water and/or herbal tea (such as red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, and nettles) daily along with hydrating foods
  • Take supplements where you’re lacking, and be sure they’re bioavailable to your body
  • Walk an average of 3-5 miles daily (throughout the day, even if this is through your daily chores)
  • Stretch throughout the day, change positions, and get bodywork (even if this is a basic massage by someone in your family)

KNOW HOW TO DO A BASIC PRENATAL ASSESSMENT

Knowing signs and symptoms to watch for through pregnancy and birth can help you know when it is truly necessary to seek additional care.  For a detailed explanation of how to perform these basic prenatal care assessments and normal ranges, read THIS POST.

  • Your blood pressure should be balanced. You will likely feel off if it is not.
  • Your pulse should be calm. Hydrate if it is not, seek additional support if this does not balance it.
  • Your temperature should be normal during pregnancy.
  • Your baby should grow about a centimeter each week. Sometimes, baby’s position changes this measurement, but the measurement should be within 2 weeks +/- of the week of pregnancy you are currently.
  • Your urine should be clear to pale yellow.
  • Your bowel movements should be easy and smooth and a minimum of once daily.
  • You should not have swelling that doesn’t subside with rest or a change of activity.
  • Your baby should be moving well after you’ve started feeling movements and reacting to you stimulating them if you palpate your belly.

REDUCE FEAR TO PREPARE FOR HOME BIRTH

Fear causes tension.  Tensions causes pain.  Pain causes fear.  Fear increases blood pressure and pulse.  Fear increases adrenaline and stresses mom and baby.  Explore your fears and find the information that helps to allay them.  If you are preparing for home birth that you are not fully desiring, this is especially important.  (This approach is the same for preparing for any birth anywhere, as fear is one of the biggest factors outside of wellness that contribute to complications in birth).

  • Practice relaxation techniques that help you to stabilize your breathing
  • Read positive birth stories and remind yourself that birth is normally safe (even when moms are not at their ideal health)
  • Most birth variations have multiple approaches that a few basic skills, or herbs, can remedy – learn them DOWNLOAD BIRTH COMPLICATION BASIC MANAGEMENT.
  • The less we rely on others to “take care of us” or have the answers, the more confident we become. Learn – no matter where you’re planning to birth – so your fear is a non-issue
  • Learn comfort techniques like walking, swaying, rhythmic movements, birth balls, hip squeezes, how to move baby’s position, and so much more. These can be learned through Birth Classes, or in-home prenatal care.  These options are available virtually, as well.
  • Take the Esali Birth Labor & Birth Overview course for a quick run-through of expectations of labor progression and tips for pregnancy and postpartum, or the complete Esali Birth Online Birth Class for more thorough information

 

GATHER SUPPLIES TO PREPARE FOR HOME BIRTH

Basic home birth supplies can help your home birth be more comfortable and provide you with tools in case labor doesn’t take a straight forward path.  Most of the supplies you’ll need are around the house, and a few a midwife can provide.  It is helpful to have all your supplies together in one location no later than 36 weeks.

  • Prenatal Records (lab results, prenatal care notes, vital sign baselines, list of allergies, back-up provider information, and any other details about your desires that would be beneficial to anyone supporting you – including a birth guide for your desires of how to be cared for)
  • Towels & Wash Cloths
  • Package of Underpads or absorbent material to place wherever you are during labor and birth
  • Sturdy Plastic Sheet to cover and protect your bed in case you birth there
  • Nettles & Red Raspberry Leaf tea (or chlorophyll), High-Quality Grape Juice, and anti-hemorrhage herbs if you can get them (though nipple stimulation and your placenta/cord/membranes can be used in lieu of these herbs)
  • A long clean string, clean crocheted cord tie, or sterile cord clamp. DON’T cut the cord routinely after birth.  Wait until the cord is white and the placenta has been birthed!  This is only for if the cord snaps or in a rare case the cord has to be cut early.
  • Nourishing, easily-digested, foods. Fruits, soups, dark leafy greens, protein, broths.  For you and anyone that might be supporting you.

For a full list of supplies for optimal comfort, DOWNLOAD HOME BIRTH SUPPLY LIST

KNOW YOUR BIRTH SUPPORTERS FOR HOME BIRTH

There are so many people throughout our communities with wide ranges of knowledge about natural childbirth.  Many mothers that have planned home births in the past.  Doulas that have supported home birth (which is a bit different than supporting birth in the hospital).  Midwives and their assistants that have cared for women from pregnancy, birth, and postpartum – as well as provided routine checks on baby.  Have a list of people you can call for phone or video support if you plan (or need) to be alone.  Find a provider – the sooner the better.  If you wait too long in your pregnancy, a provider may not be available.  Likewise, a large part of the support a provider gives during labor is from learning about you and your baby during pregnancy.  The more time they have to do this, the more care they can provide.  If you’re considering home birth because of world changes like COVID19, waiting until the last days of your pregnancy to make a decision might decrease the safety of preparing to birth at home.  You can start receiving in-home prenatal care, learn techniques for self-prenatal care in case the home birth caseload for providers significantly increases, and learn techniques for birthing unassisted should the worst-case scenario occur.

SMILE, LOVE, & LIVE LIFE

While planning for a less-than-ideal birth might increase panic, once you become comfortable with your knowledge, these fears will subside.  Make the majority of your day focused on positivity, centering yourself, prayer, meditation, a walk in the woods, spending time with family, and going about your daily routine.  Women have birthed babies in far worse circumstances with joy and love and health over many centuries.  The health and happiness of birth is on your side.  Use the last weeks of your pregnancy to be amazed by your incredible body and how wonderfully it has been created.

 

If you would like more guidance on home birth, self-prenatal care, birth classes, education on birthing unassisted, reach out!  My virtual office is open to those outside my radius and support for my local community is available.

COVID-19 in Pregnancy

The COVID, or coronavirus, pandemic is a hot-top no matter where you look.  While toilet paper might be a big concern for many families, and at-risk populations may fear the severity of the disease, let’s talk about some practical things you can do to when pregnant to prevent COVID from stressing your pregnancy and birth.

NOURISH YOUR BODY TO PREVENT COVID IN PREGNANCY

As with all things, your healthy balanced food is what
provides your body with the necessary nutrients for full body function (and
nourishing your baby), and prevent illness.

Stock your kitchen with nutrient-rich, immune-boosting foods
like:

  • Organic Orange & Yellow Fruits &
    Vegetables: Lemons, Oranges, Squash, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit, Peppers, Starfruit,
    Papaya, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin and similar

These foods are rich in Vitamins A and C, the natural kind
which means they aren’t taxing to the liver and are more bioavailable.  Organic fruits help you avoid toxic
pesticides that make your immune system work harder.  These foods also help strengthen your amniotic
sac to help prevent early rupture of the membranes, and prevent bacterial growth. 

A reminder about sweet fruits and vegetables… as long as
they’re balanced with plenty of healthy fat and protein, you can eat until your
hearts content. 

  • Nettles & Dark Leafy Greens

Nettles are a powerful wild food rich with vitamins and
minerals which not only help to eliminate toxins and build a healthy blood
supply, but also helps your liver to process toxins more easily.  Other dark leafy greens have similar effects,
though not as rich in nutrients as nettles. 
Nettles also has a decent amount of plant-based protein when added to
soups or omelets in whole-food form.

  • Garlic & Onion

Garlic and onion are super tasty, and also help to balance bacteria in the body and rid the body of toxins to build an overall balanced immune system.  Cook with them, cook just them, or pickle them and change up the flavor a bit.  I love sautéed onions, and the field garlic and wild onions are becoming abundant right now.  So tasty with a little bit of day lily greens or chickweed pesto.

KNOW HERBS TO REMEDY SIGNS OF ILLNESS FROM COVID IN PREGNANCY

First, I want to say in this section that what I'm listing here are only commonly questioned herbs, ones that are easily accessible, and some that are sometimes over-used. I'm listing these just as a simple informational sharing opportunity, but working with an herbalist will provide you with many more medicinal plant options that can soothe symptoms and relieve time length of illness.

  • Violets

Viola odorata, the purple violet you see in spring, is starting to pop up in most places. This plant is a wonderful healing remedy for flu, fever, and cold. It is high in Vitamin C. The flower has a sweet and spicy flavor that makes a beautiful spring salad or quiet flavor in a smoothie. The leaves can be used to make a healing tea wonderful for all ages. If you have access to any grassy space, you might be able to easily pick your own violets, just be sure you're picking in a pesticide/unwanted chemical and animal feces-free space.

  • Elderberry

Elderberry is a well-known flu-remedy. It is known to reduce symptoms and overall length of the flu. It is a waste to take this as a preventative, really. It's expensive, somewhat hard to get a hold of at this time, and better utilized once you start feeling signs of the flu. Some are concerned about its possible effects on stimulating the immune system so much it creates a cytocine storm; however, elderberry is actually an immunomodulator that balances the immune system and very nutritive to boost the body's nutritional stores. I would recommend staying away from highly-sweetened elderberry products, however, because sweeteners are inflammatory and you lose a lot of benefits by overloading with added sugar at a time of illness. This time of year, if you have an elderberry plant of your own, the flowers can be used to support the system in respiratory illness and flu, and to stimulate sweating to release toxins. Don't use the stems or bark of this plant, of course, and as always, be wise about the amount of medicinal herbs you consume.

  • Echinacea

Echinacea is another well-known immune-boosting remedy. However, I want to point out that studies show it is really only valuable at the first signs of illness such as fatigue and sniffling. As soon as it progresses beyond this, switch to something else. Likewise, it is wasteful to use this over-used plant as a preventative. Native plots are practically non-existent due to its overuse, and cultivated plants aren't as highly medicinal as wild ones. It is also important to AVOID echinacea when it is blended with goldenseal. Goldenseal is a very strong antibacterial. It has many wonderful uses, but it is very hard on the bacterial balance in the body and is not practical for viruses. This is also an at-risk plant that should be used wisely only as needed.

PRACTICE COMMON SENSE HYGIENE TO PREVENT COVID IN PREGNANCY

  • Don’t touch your face
  • Wash your hands often.  Even if it’s just water because the act of rubbing does so much more than any antibacterial soap.
  • Use barriers to open doors, like a hand towel
  • Wear a cute (or simple) face mask to help reduce the chance of breathing in particles that may linger on for hours

GO DIGITAL TO PREVENT COVID IN PREGNANCY

  • Avoid crowded places
  • Reduce the events you’re attending in-person and opt-in for web-based interaction when needed for things like Online Birth Classes, Breastfeeding Support, or even church, friend socializing, or family get-togethers
  • Shop online for groceries.  Utilize “ugly-produce” markets, online pantries, and your local grocery pick-up or delivery options.

CONSIDER A HOME BIRTH TO PREVENT COVID IN PREGNANCY

A hospital is a place filled with germs, even without a pandemic.  Driving to and from appointments, sitting in waiting rooms, and getting out of the house with more siblings at home can be taxing on the system. Many home birth midwives will provide in-home prenatal care, and some will even offer web-based visits while educating you on how to provide your own self-prenatal care.

Many hospitals are restricting their maternity units to online one support person at a time, making mothers choose between their significant other, and their doula, or opting out of their desired birth team in some way.  At home, you get to choose who enters your space.

Not sure if home birth is right for you?  The Why Not Home? documentary is a conservative look at the safety of home birth and why many medical providers are choosing to birth at home for the health and happiness of their family.

Be prepared for birth when it doesn’t go as planned, which includes birthing unassisted at home.  Even if this isn’t a choice you would make, having this knowledge helps to dispel a tremendous amount of fear which improves the health of your birth no matter where that happens.

RELEASE STRESS TO PREVENT COVID IN PREGNANCY

Stress makes pregnancy hormones bounce all over the place. Stress makes it more difficult for your body to release toxins and fight off viruses and bacteria. Be sure you're receiving plenty of rest, as-needed, throughout the day as well as opportunities for self-care. A walk in the woods is an excellent option to be in the fresh air, sunshine, and away from the crowds.

Take a deep breath.

Remind yourself that your body is made to be protective and to heal.

Smile at the sunshine and wrap love around your womb.

Blessings on a beautiful birth, and reach out if you'd like to chat about more options for a happy healthy birth.

Spinning Babies is quickly becoming a household name when it comes to birth support.  While many of the techniques aren't new, Spinning Babies Training helps to blend ancient wisdom with modern childbirth knowledge to create a paradigm of maternity care that decreases prenatal discomfort, improves baby's position, and increases natural progression of labor which ultimately assists in avoiding unnecessary interventions due to physical complications of birth.

Spinning Babies Trainer, Lorenza Holt, will be leading a two-day Spinning Babies workshop in Parkersburg,WV

  • December 14th and 15th 2019
  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
  • Judge Black Annex - Ft. Boreman Meeting Room
  • Continental Breakfast + Healthy Lunch included daily

This two-day Spinning Babies training is for professionals who work with birthing families in both the prenatal and intrapartum periods. Specialties include: doulas, midwives, nurses, nurse practitioners, obstetricians, family medicine doctors, childbirth educators, prenatal yoga instructors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, myo-fascia release practitioners, perinatal case managers, and community health workers.

One full scholarship will be provided to an expecting mother that will be at least 24 weeks during the workshop that is interested in having techniques demonstrated on and participants working with this mother.  Two more partial scholarships are being offered by the trainer to people of color who will provide labor support services where health inequities are most prevalent. Cost to these participants will be $125 for the two day training. Applications will be considered and approved on a first come-first served basis.  Please contact Danielle at mdbergum@esalibirth.com to apply.

Lorenza Holt has a masters in public health with a concentration in maternal and child health. She is a Spinning Babies® Approved Trainer and an approved birth doula trainer with DONA International. Lorenza comes to this workshop with more than 20 years of experience as a hospital-based doula program director, childbirth educator, birth doula, and trainer in a variety of women’s health topics.

Spinning Babies will teach you about:

  • The anatomy and physiology of the pregnant uterus and the soft tissues that support the pelvic structures
  • The Three Sisters of Balance
  • What parents can do in pregnancy to have less discomfort and greater suppleness in their bodies
  • For labor, you will explore the effects of an occiput posterior labor, assess what a stalled labor pattern is telling us, what techniques we can apply to ease labor progress through the three levels of the pelvis
  • For doulas, we will discuss how within a doula’s scope of practice, you can use the Spinning Babies approach.

CEU's PROVIDED

  • 13 CEUs for ACNM (DONA Accepted)
  • WV RN CEU's *may* be available - please contact Danielle at mdbergum@esalibirth.com for this request

For any questions about this event, scholarships, or providing Massage Tables & Yoga Mats, please contact the host, Danielle Bergum, at mdbergum@esalibirth.com.

Hydration during labor is very important.  Hydration in labor feels good.  Hydration in labor keeps us safe.  Hydration in labor nourishes baby.  Hydration in labor prevents complications.  Hydration in the form of commercial sports drinks...  meh, not so good.

So, what's the alternative?  Fortunately, there are a lot of natural commercial drinks available, but they can be pricey.  Furthermore, the key is to go into labor already well hydrated, with a little bit of puffiness that you've been building up for the last weeks.  No, of course we don't want excessive swelling, but our ability to retain water at the end of pregnancy is a very good thing.  We basically build up our own IV fluids so we don't have to have actual IV fluids during labor.

Getting moms to actually be as hydrated as they should be is a different story.  Nevermind the scorching hot environments many women experience where no matter how much fluids we built up during pregnancy, we're going to need to replenish them a whole lot more and may add a little extra elecrolyte balance in with nutrients and added natural salts.  An herbal laboraide drink is super inexpensive to make, fun, and if you get some really cute silicon molds, you can make absolutely gorgeous ice cubes that you simply want to use just because they make you happy. Score for #TheOxytocinMethod.

I love this drink so much my kids and I make it as a summer picnic tea.  It is gentle like that.  This labor herbal electrolyte tea packs a powerful nutritive punch full of natural Vitamin C, but gentle enough to soothe cramps and calm a laboring mother.

HIBISCUS

Hibiscus is the beauty in this blend.  This is what gives the breathtaking wine color that few herbal plants can create, which also has a lovely tang when unsweetened.  It can also resemble a nice herbal fruity drink with a smidge of whole leaf stevia or honey added.  Oh my YUM.

Nutritionally, hibiscus is an excellent source of Vitamin C and antioxidants including anthocyanins (the flavonoid that gives blueberries their brain-boosting benefits).   Evidence also suggests it is beneficial at lowering blood pressure, making it a wonderful drink for the immune system and perinatal health.

RED RASPBERRY LEAF

We all know Red Raspberry Leaf.  It has been used for centuries during the childbearing years.  Red Raspberry Leaf has a mild herbal flavor and provides many nutrients required for muscle function including iron, magnesium, Vitamin C, and other minerals that make uterine contractions efficient (as do all nutritive foods).

STRAWBERRY LEAF

Strawberry leaf, like Red Raspberry Leaf and all the other plants in the rose family, is high in fragarine.  This is the chemical thought to provide Red Raspberry Leaf with its labor-supportive abilities.  As herbalists, we know it is so much more than one constituent.  Strawberry leaf is high in Vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and other minerals and flavonoids.

NETTLES

Nettles, like all dark leafy greens, packs a powerful nutritive punch.  While nettles is normally my go-to, because of its strong herbal flavor, we can use a little less of it in this blend and let the other herbs shine through.  A little goes a long way with nettles and it is wonderful for supporting anemic mothers, and is high in Vitamin K, so a wonderful herb to have on hand in case of hemorrhage.

LEMON BALM

Lemon balm is very gently calming.  It is a common child's-herb, and as such, works beautifully for a laboring mom to calm the muscles without slowing anything down unnecessarily.  We know a tight cramped muscles doesn't contract well, even though it is in a somewhat constant state of flexion.  A muscle needs to be smooth and flexible to remain strong, and lemon balm gives us just that.  It can help to balance the emotions of a laboring mom and has a very slight lemon flavor that blends well with these other laboring herbs.

 

These herbs are blended up along with either whole leaf stevia (yes, the whole leaf, not the extracted white stuff or drops) or good raw honey.  The sweetness makes this really enjoyable to sip on without being distracting.  The whole blend is light, just a touch of flavor is all we need.  Alternatively, honey makes a great energy boost when mom just needs to keep on going but its not really a great time to nap.  A pinch of Pink Himalayan sea salt helps with hydration as a well rounded electrolyte drink.

 

Transformaide Herbal Electrolyte Drink

2 Parts Hibiscus Flower

1 Part Red Raspberry Leaf

1 Part Strawberry Leaf

1 Part Nettle Leaf

1 Part Lemon Balm

Whole Leaf Stevia or Honey to taste (optional)

Pinch of Pink Himalaya Sea Salt per cup of water

Blend all the dried herbs together.  Use 1 tablespoon per cup of water, or 1/4 cup of the herb per quart of water.  Pour just-simmering water over the herbs, cover, and let steep at least 10 minutes.  I recommend making this in a 1 quart jar with a drinking lid screwed on top.  Once this is steeped it can be drank as is, or poured into silicon ice cube trays and frozen.  They can be eaten as ice cubes, or ice pops, or popped into a glass of water for a light flavor.

The ice cubes make a great addition to your labor bag no matter where you're birthing.  You can freeze them days (weeks) in advance and seal them up in a really good insulated carrier and just pop them in your labor bag when you're off to the hospital (or for doulas, when you go to meet a client).

So, grab a cup... or a quart jar... and let's have a drink!

Motivational Tea Scrolls can be printed free, clipped, and added to each cup of herbal tea (or your favorite relaxing drink) for daily inspiration.  Various formats from quotes, tip, scripture...etc., plus new additions regularly, will keep your daily cuppa inspirational for pregnancy, motherhood, and beyond.

Add motivational tea scrolls to gifted tea blends for blessingways, baby showers, and postpartum gift boxes.  Print these out for your loved one (scrolls for mom and dad) to give them a surprise moment with every glass.

 

Rights in Birth

What are your rights in birth?  What choices can you make in any birth setting to support the birth you want?  This podcast discusses human rights in childbirth and many questions you may be asking yourself during pregnancy, such as:

  • Do I have to be in the wheelchair, or can I walk?
  • Am I allowed to eat in labor?
  • Am I allowed to drink during labor?
  • Am I allowed to wear my own clothes?
  • Am I allowed to leave the hospital after I am admitted?
  • Am I allowed to go to the hospital if I'm planning a home birth?
  • Do I have to be induced?
  • Do I have to have IV fluids?
  • Do I have to be augmented?
  • Can I birth on hands and knees, squatting, or in the water?
  • They're telling me I'm going to kill my baby; is this allowed?
  • They're making me feel like I'm a bad mother; is that OK?
  • Do I have to give my baby supplements?
  • Do I have to be induced to have a VBAC?
  • Am I allowed to VBAC?
  • Am I allowed to have a vaginal breech birth?
  • Am I allowed to have a vaginal twin birth?
  • Can I VBAC at home?
  • What if my hospital has a VBAC ban?
  • What if a provider tells me their policy doesn't allow eating or drinking during labor?

This rights in birth podcast explores the concepts behind being healthy during pregnancy and birth to increase your birth choices, choosing a birth location and care provider that supports your desires for birth and right to respectful maternity care, as well as the rights you have to accept or refuse recommendations and routines.

Join the FREE Esali Birth community to access the the Esali Birth Rights in Birth audio and learn how asking permission might not be the best approach to enjoying your labor, and tips on setting yourself up, and using your birth rights, for a Happy Healthy Birth.


The Prenatal Wellness Tracker helps you track your food intake, movement, and self-care routines during pregnancy for a happy health birth.  This prenatal health guide is available in both Excel and App form and helps you to document your food intake, movement routines, and relaxation routines daily and see a visual graph to easily see where you might be lacking in nutrition or other prenatal wellness routines.

Prenatal Wellness Tracker Includes

  • Due Date Calculator
  • Food Group Recommendations based on Simple Portions prenatal nutrition
  • Movement Recommendations
  • Self-Care Recommendations
  • Weekly/Daily Wellness Tracking
  • Visual Chart of Wellness Routines
  • Indicators of High Wellness, Medium Wellness, and Improvement Areas
  • Printable format for daily and weekly averages to communicate with care providers

Prenatal Wellness Tracker - EXCEL

The Prenatal Wellness Tracker Excel version is the traditional robust version of the prenatal wellness guide.  This version provides mothers that want a look at their average weekly health with a way of daily input and savings and a more accurate way of determining your balance of wellness as well as options to print off weekly charts for communicating with your care provider and for your reflection journal.

Prenatal Wellness Tracker APP

The Prenatal Wellness Tracker App provides a simple quick overview of your daily input for nutrition and lifestyle routines for great on-the-go monitoring of your wellness habits and routines.

Belly mapping helps you understand the position of your baby so you can build awareness and confidence for a happy healthy birth.  The Esali Birth Belly Mapping guide will take you step by step through this simple process, beginning around 20-24 weeks and continued through to birth.  Learn your baby's position so you can help cater your daily routine to your body and your baby's needs.

Belly Mapping Guide Includes:

  • How to Belly Map
  • Benefits of Belly Mapping
  • Understanding the Position of Your Baby
  • Visual reference for matching your belly map with baby's position

For more information on how to use the belly mapping information, download the free Perinatal Pocket Guide.

Join the Free Birth Community!

mans guide to birth esali birth

Man's Guide to Birth is member's only resource; a guide for dads and birth partners through pregnancy, birth, and the first months of parenting. This short and to the point guide for men will help you to better support a pregnant and laboring woman and understanding your needs as a birth partner and father.  The Man's Guide to Birth is easy to navigate on your phone and makes a great bathroom reader for pregnancy.

Man's Guide to Birth Includes:

  • Fertility and Conception Tips
  • Nutrition and Wellness Tips
  • Pregnancy Discomfort Relief Tips
  • Emotional Guidance for Dads
  • Emotional Guidance for Dads supporting Moms
  • Birth Partner Tips
  • Labor Comfort Tips
  • Unassisted Emergency Birth Tips
  • Breastfeeding Tips
  • Newborn Health Tips

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