Sunday, December 24, 2017

Become a birth worker!

Natural BirthWorks, your birth community and birthing center, is offering another wonderful Birth Assistant training workshop!

~I am so thankful I took this workshop, I had been working with a Midwife but didn't understand everything I needed to be ready for until now. When I completed the workshop I went back to do a birth and had a situation present at the birth that made want to call you all and THANK YOU! -AH 2017

The birth assistant workshop is aimed at women who want to work as midwifery assistants in homebirth or out-of-hospital settings. Birth Assistants can work in home birth or free-standing birth centers throughout the U.S. under the supervision of a certified or licensed midwife.
Areas covered are:
*Performing and recording maternal and newborn vital signs
*Blood pressure, Fetal Heart tones, temperature,
*Learning how to use medical equipment
*Understanding Labor & Delivery
. Drawing up injectable medications for administration;
Administering herbal tinctures and homeopathic remedies per midwife’s order;
* Labor support, providing comfort needs;
*Assisting the midwife with suturing, handling of sterile equipment;
* Understanding and Assigning APGARS;
*Care and coordination of placenta
*Basics to herbs and methods to a smooth birth
*Universal precautions
Practice with equipment and technique will be done and a final exam given at the end of the last day.

Attending 5 births post workshop, 25 clinical hours and NRP & CPR is required to receive final certification.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Support Florida Midwives

Midwifery Care is empowering, and necessary for woman and families. Please help us keep the art alive by supporting the organization that protects our laws. Not only do we as midwives and birth center owners make our donations to our organizations but we need you, those that benefit from our care, to show your support! Please share with everyone you know and keep Midwifery alive ;) https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/foundation-for-florida-midwives-lobbyist-fund
I made a donation, can you?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A beautiful birth story....


It was about 2pm on October 10th 2017 when I started feeling kinda lousy, even though feeling lousy was pretty much my entire pregnancy. Between the swelling everywhere at the end, all day sickness from week 7 to 17, bleeding gums, oily hair, none of my clothes fitting the last few weeks except oversized men's pajamas, and working full time on my feet until a week before she arrived. I wasn't sure if what I was feeling were true contractions or not, but I filled up the bath tub with hot water and laid there for some comfort. Eventually Gabe came home from work and we were pretty sure I had been in labor since 2pm. I was contracting about every 10-15 minutes for 30 seconds at a time around 4:30pm on October 10th. I was tracking every contraction with an app on my phone because I needed to send it to Gelena, my amazing midwife, to confirm if I was in real labor or not. Around 11pm, we made our way to the birthing center. The contractions were very intense and we were expectant to meet the baby soon. Once we arrived and Gelena checked me, I was 2 centimeters dilated. WHAT! Only 2 centimeters?!?! I thought to myself, "Oh boy, this is going to be extremely hard.. I may wimp out." We headed back home and I was told to try to sleep so that I'm not exhausted during the more intense labor. Sleep? That was nearly impossible. I would shut my eyes and 5 minutes later end up squatting next to the bed in pain. My husband was such a trooper through the entire process. He kept telling me I was so strong and that he was there for me. That up and down nonsense continued until about 2am and we again made our way to the birth center because I felt like she was about to be here. When we arrived, she checked me again and I was only 4-5 centimeters dilated. Alright, now I'm worried. Now I'm considering a hospital birth. Can I handle hours more of this? Can I handle even more intensity and pain? 
I worked up the courage to suck it up and stay put and work through the pain. I started encouraging myself mentally and verbally. Since I was not progressing much between 2pm October 10th to late afternoon on October 11th, they had me begin walking more, lunging, squatting, doing laying exercises, using the tension ropes, getting in the birthing tub, taking herbs and diffusing essential oils. I felt true exhaustion at that point. I had never in my life been so tired and worn down. I was discouraged, tired, irritated and beginning to become sad that my birth plan was going out the window. Gabriel kept encouraging me that I could do it and that going to the hospital wasn't an option unless medically necessary. I was trying not to get frustrated with him because I knew he was just trying to be supportive, wise and logical. By 7pm, the baby wasn't moving down any and they were concerned because I had done everything I possibly could to try to get her to move. The last and final option was to break my water. So that's exactly what we did. Almost immediately things became more intense and the pressure was very real. I knew she would be here very soon. I didn't know when to push so I asked Gelena, and she said to start pushing when I felt like I needed to push. So with each contraction that's what I did. With a midwife holding each leg, a wonderful doula holding my head and encouraging me, and my husband gripping tightly to a rope that I was tugging on the other side, I pushed with all my might to meet our little girl. I was told I pushed for two hours, and eventually she was in my arms, and Gabe and I were both weeping with joy. She was perfect. Beautiful and everything I could have hoped for.  It was worth it all. The months and months of disliking pregnancy and what it was doing to me, and the 32 hours of labor. I couldn't have done any of this without my incredible, supportive, loving husband, my amazing and knowledgable midwives, my super helpful and kind student doula, and Jesus. They aren't joking when they say it will all be worth it. It absolutely is. 






Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Meet the Doula night


Meet the Doula night is our monthly get-together so any and all expectant families can meet the Doula that’s right for them! Join us next month!





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pictures tell a story

Sometimes all you need is a picture and the story unfolds...Thanks to the amazing Bianca Valentim for her beatuiful photography, check out the full "story" on her blog View this moms amazing natural birth journey of her first baby at Natural BirthWorks birthing center. She had a supportive family, Midwives, Doula, and husband for her beautiful birth.













Thursday, September 14, 2017

Natural BirthWorks Maternity Package Enchancement!

We are SO excited to be enchancing our Maternity Package to include a student doula for ALL Natural BirthWorks clients!!! http://naturalbirthworks.com/

When a woman has a doula it increases the birth plan outcome greatly! We have teamed up with student doulas who need to attend births to complete their certification and/or to get their 10 post certification births to become a junior doula.
What does this mean? This means that when you go into labor, we contact one of our student doulas, based on availability, and they will come to support you and your birth plan. Since they are students we work off of who is available (and IF they are available). There is no prior meeting, up to 24hrs for birth (meaning if your birth extends past 24hrs they are able to go home to situate their families and return if possible), and they do not provide prenatal or postpartum visit.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Birth Assistant Workshop in Hawaii!

The birth assistant workshop is aimed at women who want to work as midwifery assistants in homebirth or out-of-hospital settings. Birth Assistants can work in home birth or free-standing birth centers throughout the U.S. under the supervision of a certified or licensed midwife.
Areas covered are:
*Performing and recording maternal and newborn vital signs
*Blood pressure, Fetal Heart tones, temperature,
*Learning how to use medical equipment
*Understanding Labor & Delivery
. Drawing up injectable medications for administration;
Administering herbal tinctures and homeopathic remedies per midwife’s order;
* Labor support, providing comfort needs;
*Assisting the midwife with suturing, handling of sterile equipment;
* Understanding and Assigning APGARS;
*Care and coordination of placenta
*Basics to herbs and methods to a smooth birth
*Universal precautions
Practice with equipment and technique will be done and a final exam given at the end of the last day.
Attending 3 births post workshop, 20 clinical hours and NRP & CPR is required to receive final certification.

Fee for workshop; $600
Registration deadline is 10/30/2017


The instructors:

Pics of past workshops





Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cloth Diaper Workshop

Interested in cloth diapering? Don't know where to start? Join us for a FREE workshop on all aspects of cloth diapering. Are you already cloth diapering and are looking for like minded mamas - Join us too -- share your experiences and bring your favorite diapers to share! 
We will detail the benefits of cloth diapering, the difference between the different types of diapers available, what you need to get started, how to wash and care for your diapers, and details on cloth diaper services. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please be sure to sign up (even though it is free) so we can get an accurate head count and plan accordingly.

www.naturalbirthworks.com to register or email us at info@naturalbirthworks.com 



Monday, July 24, 2017

Natural Childbirth Classes

Our childbirth classes are a 3 class series. We focus on natural childbirth and allowing your body to progress the way it is intended. As midwives we teach how the woman’s body is made for pregnancy and childbirth, rarely allowing for any complications when allowed to progress naturally. The course allows you to see birth as a rite of passage that should be embraced and welcomed, not a painful experience to fear. We believe it is incredibly important for women and their partners to be educated about the process of labor & birth so they can enter with confidence.
1st Class – Our first class focuses on the anatomy and physiology of labor and birth. This includes how women’s bodies are made and how they work throughout the labor process. The babies are not forgotten when we teach of labor and delivery, as they are working just as hard in there to succeed at this huge task! Coping mechanisms during contractions are also taught, including visualization techniques and breathing.
2nd Class – The second class teaches about nutrition, exercise and possible complications that may arise. This is also the time we address any fears you may have of childbirth so you can release them before birth time. During this class we will also go over myths of childbirth, breathing techniques and pushing techniques. We also discuss what to expect when labor begins, whether you chose a homebirth, birth center, or hospital birth, we touch on what to expect at each.
3rd Class – The third and final class we will teach about breastfeeding basics, newborn care including bathing, caring for the umbical cord, changing diapers, etc. This class is taught by our IBCLC Sandra Lobaina.

contact us at info@naturalbirthworks.com 

Babywearing 101

Know you want to wear your baby (or toddler, or preschooler) but unsure which carrier would be best for you? 
Prefer not to carry your baby in the heavy car seat? 
Planning an outing where a stroller is not convenient?
Just want to have two hands free to get some housework done? 
With so many carriers on the market....how do I choose what's right for me? 

This class is for those who have little to no babywearing knowledge, and would like an up close and personal environment in which to discover and understand the different types and workings of carriers, as well as learn how to use each of them safely. The carriers used in the class will include ring slings, woven wraps, stretchy wraps, mei tais, and soft-structured carriers. We will cover which type is best for different ages and stages, learn the pros and cons of each type of carrier, and see how each one is put on from start to finish. You will also learn where you can get each type of carrier, and why big box stores are not always the best option for buying a carrier.

Our goal is for you to feel comfortable and informed with all of your options, and to make the best decision for your family.
The class ends with a question and answer session as well as hands on "get up and feel/try on/play" with various types of carriers so you leave with a better understanding of which carrier will suit your family best.

The class will be taught by Martha Lerner of zenmamalove.
Cost: $30 for individuals, $40 for couple.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER at the email below to secure a spot!

FOR QUESTIONS & PRE-REGISTRATION EMAIL: info@naturalbirthworks.com





Sunday, July 2, 2017

Big Latch On 2017 at Natural BirthWorks!

Big Latch On 2017

We are so excited to be hosting, for the 5th year, the Big Latch On! This year is special as we will be hosting 2 locations, one in Broward and one in Miami. This event is for the homebase, Natural BirthWorks.

Global Big Latch On events aim to protect, promote & support breastfeeding families by:
Provide support for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide on-going breastfeeding support and promotion in local communities.
Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available locally and globally.
Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places.
Make breastfeeding as normal part of day-to-day life at a local community level.
Increase support for women who breastfeed – women are supported by their partners, family and their communities.
Ensure communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.
Global Big Latch On events are highly successful, targeted community development initiatives that raise awareness of breastfeeding, encourage the formation of support networks between breastfeeding persons, and aim to normalize breastfeeding as a part of daily life.



Friday, June 16, 2017

The Birth Of A Baby Brother

The phone rang at 1am.. The voice on the other end said, "I think my water broke"? So after a few over the phone test and definite leaking it was confirmed. No contractions just yet, so mom was advised to get some sleep and we would check in in a few hours if nothing had changed. Mom later told me she was having light contractions throughout the night. We checked in around 6am and at that point mom was getting stronger contractions and things seemed to be moving along. Told her to have a big breakfast and we would meet at the center. As soon as she walked in, I immediately knew labor was definitely getting intense. Dad was with her and seemed to be shocked, nervous and happy all at the same time. Once it was confirmed she was about 6-7 cm we got the room ready and she settled in to relax and focus on her breathing. A short while after resting on the bed she decided she definitely wanted to get into the tub. At this point contractions where coming very close together and we all knew we where getting close. Her mom was quietly sitting and watching her daughter with such a look of love on her face. Grandma stepped out of the room to talk to the big brother who was coincidentally enough being released early from school. I knew mom had mentioned that she wanted him to be there and he really wanted to be there too. Mom was feeling pressure and was asking if she would know when to push. As I reminded her that her body would tell her, she let out the first sounds of deep pressure. Grandma nervously came in and out of the room waiting for big brother to arrive. Mom was starting to find her way into pushing at this point and was moving into a few positions to see which one felt best. Dad looked on in pure amazement as his beautiful woman, the mother of his child found the strength and force to push through each contraction. Mom was focused and in tuned wither her body as we stood hands off at her request. She pushed hard and babies head started to emerge. Just then, the chime of the front door rang and big brother rushed in just as she pushed the head out. One more push and mom reached down and pulled her baby up to her chest. She looked up and told her older son he made it just in time as he stood crying with tears of joy. Such a beautiful moment for the whole family, especially for that big brother to witness the birth of his baby brother. Mom was overcome with joy and emotion and said, "I did it"... Yes you did momma, and you totally rocked it!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Birth of Baby Lincoln

The first text came in around 6pm that contractions had started coming every 5 minutes apart and lasting about 30 seconds. All day mom was resting and spending time with dad that was supposed to be at work but decided to stay home. Coincidentally enough it was the perfect day to call out of work since it was to be "birth day".. An hour after the first message, contractions where getting stronger and mom had been in her tub trying to relax but it seemed like things where intensifying. We wanted her to eat well so that when it became even stronger she would have her energy and strength for the stronger part of labor. During this time, we where hosting a VBAC workshop to educate mothers on the benefits of having a VBAC and the options they had. It was a great workshop with lots of information, support and empowering words. A few of our wonderful colleagues came out to speak and the room was filled with such positive energy. Just as the workshop wrapped up, it was almost as if it was perfect timing when mom was asking to come in and get checked because her contractions where much stronger longer and definitely more intense. So, once the announcement had been made that a mother was coming in, the group of almost 35 women began to clear out. Mom & Dad arrived within minutes of everyone leaving (literally perfect timing) I could tell she was in labor but was so focused and controlled that it was very hard to gauge what stage. She was smiling an laughing in between and to my surprise and delight was definitely in active labor. She was so relieved to be checked into the birth center because she thought I was going to send her home. By now its about 10pm.. She settled into the water room, hubby put her music on, we dimmed the lights and let her labor on. The in laws arrived as things became more intense. I could here her sounds change to deeper and longer. I could here her breathing become stronger and she definitely wanted to be in the tub. Grandpa set up his professional camera equipment and started capturing every contraction and every move. Little by little, the waves got closer and a little bit more intense then the last. Dad decided to get in the tub with mom to help her get through the contractions. He rubbed her back, kissed her softly and held her hand. A beautiful connection to bring life into the world. We could hear her sounds get louder and could feel the energy intensifying. She wanted to push but wasn't sure if she should. I told her to go with her body and let the pressure build. Once your ready you'll know because your body will tell you. She changed positions and couldn't find the one that felt right. Each contraction was stronger, each sound deeper and full. Dad quiete but in the moment, as if in awe of his wife. Closer and closer, stronger and stronger.. Your almost there.. Your doing amazing.. He'll be in your arms soon.. A few of the encouraging words spoken to mom. Checking to see how much progress she made her water broke and that's when pushing began. Each push filled the room with such a force. She was doing it and he was coming but just a little slower then she thought, and that was OK. A few tough ones and "look your baby has hair"! Slowly his head began to show. She pushed with all her might and yelled out with such power. He was crowning. Again she pushed and out came his head. Before I could tell her one more push she curled down and out came his hand (which he decided to have near his face) shoulder and then body. His dad watching in amazement from in front as mommy put her hands down and reached for her baby to pull him up on to her chest. A little rubbing and out came a strong loud cry! Baby Lincoln had arrived! The emotions, the joy, the amazement filled the room. Mom & Dad where overjoyed and elated with this beautiful moment. Soon mom and baby where resting and nursing while Dad was making his calls to announce the birth of his baby boy. 5/24/17 2:39 am 


Thursday, May 25, 2017

High C/Section rates possibly linked to provider you choose

We were so excited to have been contacted by NBC 6 and Telemundo to be interviewed regarding a topic that is so passionate to us.
A new Consumer Report came out about the high c/section rates in the nation and saw that here in South Florida was the highest with Hialeah Hospital coming in at 64%!
They interviewed Midwife Sandra Lobaina, one of our VBAC clients, and the hospital about why this is. They also touched on how out of hospital care with a Midwife is what women are going back to for a beautiful vaginal birth. Here's a link to the interview:


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cloth Diapering class

Interested in cloth diapering? Don't know where to start? Join us for a FREE workshop on all aspects of cloth diapering. Are you already cloth diapering and are looking for like minded mamas - Join us too -- share your experiences and bring your favorite diapers to share! 
We will detail the benefits of cloth diapering, the difference between the different types of diapers available, what you need to get started, how to wash and care for your diapers, and details on cloth diaper services. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please be sure to sign up (even though it is free) so we can get an accurate head count and plan accordingly. Sign up by emailing us at info@motherearthdiapers.com


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

VBACs: Educate, Empower, Succeed!

If you live in South Florida, then you'll want to come to this free educational workshop. Midwives Gelena Hinkley, Sandra Lobaina, and Dr. Delisa Skeete will be talking VBAC.
The workshop is designed to educate moms, bust myths on VBACs, and help provide tips to ensure you succeed at your VBAC.

Here's the link with the details of the event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/253198238486465/

Monday, April 17, 2017

Relay Race Fundraiser for South Florida Midwives

This is going to be a fun day for a good cause!! Join us for our Relay Race as we raise money for a lobbyist to help support South Florida Midwives.
Get ready! Diaper pass, hula hoop run, plank off, and egg on a spoon are some of the relay runs!! Make sure your partner can keep up because the winner will get a prize!!Even if your not apart of the race come watch the Midwives and families run around like crazy!Goodie bag for those who participate, food & drinks will be available for sale. We have some AMAZING prizes for our Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners!!!ALL proceeds go straight to the MAF (Midwives Association of Florida) organization to help pay for the lobbyist to protect our law.Participants in the race: $30 for couple and $45 for Sponsor Business teams (up to 4, business get flyers in bags and shout out on social media)Email us to register info@naturalbirthworks.com

Prizes:~Pro surfer Garrett McNamara, Guinness World Recorder Holder, will donate a signed copy of his memoirs Hound of the Sea and a one on one 1- hour surf or SUP lesson Garrett McNamara @mcnamara_s

~1 custom essential oil blend from Essence Unearthed @mammaunearthed and 1 fresh produce CSA box from Nicoya Farms

~http://www.familyspinalcare.com/ Dr. Justin Brown $200 gift certificate