Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Jennifer Aniston Covers Glamour Magazine

Jennifer Aniston looks as gorgeous as ever on the September cover of Glamour Magazine. She is interviewed by her We're the Millers (due out August 7) co-star Jason Sudeikis where she opens up about her fiance, Justin Thoroux, family, and her tips for happiness.  

Jennifer on Happiness: “[But] you can undo a lot of things. If you’re not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice. That’s the thing I really feel. Like with friends who refuse to get happy, who refuse to rise above the discomfort of where they’re at. You actually deserve to have a family. And once you meet yourself, and truly love yourself, then you attract that. And look—I mean, [Jason and I] found these two, beautiful, loving, open people.”

Jennifer on Justin Thoroux: Justin has extremely amazing paternal instincts. Because [growing up] he had to sort of become the parent. I think when you have to become a parent when you're a younger person, you learn those instincts."

On what she would tell herself if she could relive her 30's: Thirties. Thirties. Go to therapy. Clean up all of the sh-t. Clean up all of the toxins and the noise. Understand who you are. Educate yourself on the self. 

On her 20's: Not to fret so much.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Lady Gaga Announces ARTPOP Release Date

Image Credit: Lady Gaga/Interscope
We haven't heard much from Mother Monster lately, but shes been hard at work on a new album! Lady Gaga announced that her third album, ARTPOP, will be released on November 11 and the first single, the title track, will debut on August 19. Gaga also announced on her Facebook page that she will be returning to the stage at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards for the world premier performance of the first single from ARTPOP.  

We're excited, are you? 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Confident Birthing With Shining Light Prenatal Education: Ina May Gaskin's "Sphincter Law" & Childbirth

by Sarah Davis

I had never heard of Ina May Gaskin before taking the four week birthing class I've been blogging about with Shining Light Prenatal Education, taught by Deena Blumenfeld so it has been interesting to learn about her views about natural childbirth.  

In her book, Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth, she speaks of the "Sphincter Law" and why it is important for the mother to feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed in order to have an easier birth.  Fear causes us to tense up and as a result, our sphincters, in this case, the cervix, is less likely to open with ease. This is most easily understood when thinking about relieving yourself in the bathroom- would you feel comfortable with bright lights on you, a plethora of people you don't know surrounding you encouraging you to hurry up (with talks of "inducing labor" if you don't speed things up), or even shouting at you to, "push"? Deena brought up the Sphincter Law briefly in class, but I found it to be interesting, so I did a little more research and I thought I'd share.  

What is the Sphincter Law?

Ina May says that sphincters are the "circular muscles surrounding the opening of organs which are called upon to open themselves at appropriate times. These openings ordinarily remained closed but have the ability to open as widely as needed when necessary" 

Ina May says that sphincters open best in conditions of privacy and intimacy and during childbirth, in these circumstances, the cervix will open with less pain involved.

Ina May says that sphincters are shy and may suddenly close if the owner is frightened or embarrassed.  

She says that the ability to open sphincters with ease is directly related to how relaxed the mouth & jaw are.

She says that sphincters open easier if the owner is laughing or smiling.  

Sphincters respond well to praise from people you are close to. 

How can we apply this to childbirth? 

The mother should be as relaxed as possible and in a private environment.

The number of people in the room should be kept to the absolute bare minimum.  No large crowds. 

The mother should not be aware of any time limits or concerns in order to prevent her from feeling rushed.  

The mother should only hear positive affirmations from her partner, to ease her of any fears she may be having. The partner shouldn't encourage fear, rather praise the mother to give her confidence.  

When I learned about this, the first thing I thought was: how many women, when giving birth in a hospital, give birth in the exact environment Ina May advises against? An environment that causes a woman to be scared.  I also couldn't help but relate this (almost exactly) to A Course in Miracles, which says fear is a blockage WE create that prevents miracles from happening (which are meant to be naturally occurring). Childbirth, the miracle, can be slowed down by fear, so we should do everything we can to keep fear out of the equation when giving birth.  We may control fear with our minds, but we see the damage it does in how our bodies behave.  Environment plays a HUGE role in how relaxed and calm we are (rather than being in a state of fear or anxiety), which is why I was so interested in the Sphincter Law.  Think about trying to pee in the middle of a haunted house, with adrenaline pumping through your veins and feeling as though you have no control of what might enter into your environment. (Editor's Note: I know that sounds like a hellish place to pee, but for some women, the thought of childbirth can be that scary.) Could you do it? Now picture trying to get something so intense as a baby, and placenta, out.  

This is where it becomes important to really plan out ways to make a hospital room, if you are giving birth in a hospital, comfortable for you with things like a playlist of music you love, pillows from home, scents that soothe you. I even wrote myself an empowering note that I plan to keep in my hospital bag of reasons why I know I can get through birth. It also shows the importance of taking the the time to tour your hospital ahead of giving birth and thinking about who you want in the room with you.  

From Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Kate Middleton Gives Birth to a Boy!

Image Credit: via NY Daily News, Max Numby/Getty Images
The Royal Palace announced on Twitter that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth to a baby boy at 4:24 pm today at St. Mary's Hospital, the same hospital where Princess Diana gave birth to William.  According to the official press release, the baby was born weighing 8 lbs 6 oz and "both her Royal Highness and the child are doing well and will remain in the hospital overnight."

Outside Buckingham Palace, the official announcement of the birth sits on a wooden easel. Will & Kate are scheduled to pose for photos with the future heir once they leave the hospital, but have not decided on a name. It is said that the couple "will need a few days" to pick out a name since they did not know the gender of their child prior to giving birth.  

Image Credit: via US Weekly, John Stillwell/Getty Images

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Jenny McCarthy Joins "The View" as New Co-Host

by Sarah

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is out (finally!), Jenny McCarthy is in! 
Image Credit: Getty

When the news broke that Jenny McCarthy was joining the show, I couldn’t have been happier.  There are many critics who are against McCarthy joining the show because of her extreme opinions on vaccines and their link to autism and some are even boycotting the show, but I support Jenny.  She is just the voice this show has been needing.  Although, if it were up to me, I would throw Chelsea Handler in the ring with the ladies of The View, but I am pretty sure she is banned from the table.  But, the fact that Jenny McCarthy and Chelsea Handler are close friends makes this that much better.  

Barbara Walters said on Monday when announcing the new co-host, that “Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for 'The View.'"

Let me say, that I read Jenny’s books and I love her honesty. Belly Laughs is, in my opinion, one of the best pregnancy books around. I also read her column in the Chicago Sun Times and I love it. She is very open and hilarious and has been through enough in life (even if it includes tripping on E with Playboy pals back in the day-- a story she shared on Chelsea Lately) to have something to say about today’s hot topics.  

I don’t mind The View, but I couldn’t even watch it because of Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Any time anyone said anything about anything, she had to speak up with a pretentious comment that sounded too Republican, too religious, or too self-righteous (especially when she would talk about her children or her fitness routine).  Even her farewell speech last week was annoying and mute-worthy. I had to turn it off once she made a diva comment about Sherri Shephard.

Confident Birthing with Shining Light Prenatal Education: Making Mindful Decisions Regarding Labor Induction

by Sarah Davis

Having a baby soon? Wondering about what prenatal classes you should be taking and where? In this blog, I share some highlights from the second class of Deena Blumenfeld's"Confident Birthing"workshop at Shining Light Prenatal Education, which I highly recommend if you live in Pittsburgh. In this particular class, we covered the topic of labor induction. 

Last week, I attended the second of the four classes of Confident Birthing at Shining Light Prenatal Education with Deena Blumenfeld.  The main focus of the second class is whether or not you should get induced and the correct and incorrect times to do so.  Deena points out that while there are valid and very serious medical reasons behind the situations when you should get induced, often times, mothers opt to be induced for other reasons, like scheduling issues or convenience. One of the main lessons that I took from this class was: let your baby choose his due date, unless of course, there are serious medical concerns.  The more time they have to "cook" in the womb- the healthier they will be at birth.  

One of the first topics that we jumped into during class that I found to be extremely interesting is that there are other factors that determine the progress of your labor, other than dilation, which is the main factor everyone always talks about.  In fact there are four total factors to consider: dilation, station (location of the baby's head in relation to your pelvis), position (of your baby), and effacement (how thin the edge of the cervix is). She goes over each of these in detail and how if any of these change, you are progressing, but it is common to only think you're progressing if you are dilating! I encourage you, if you aren't familiar with these terms (like I was at the beginning of the class), to look them up and do some research. Asking questions about these topics will help you to decide if you should get medically induced.  

Deena also goes over, in great detail, the many ways doctors can medically induce you (as well as at-home-remedies you can do yourself) which I loved to hear about.  The only "induction" medicine I was really aware of before this class was Pitocin, but there are other medications doctors use.

This class is great because it teaches you things you can do to get your labor progressing on your own (and with your partner, of course). And, these things are easy and simple! These are simple things like walking and doing lunge exercises.  I know that for me, personally, I feel the most comfortable giving birth in a hospital because it comforts me knowing doctors are around to jump in, but I also don't like to take medication unless I absolutely have to. With that being said, learning about what I can do on my own before I make any decisions on medical interventions is very important to me and a big part of why I wanted to share what I learn throughout my pregnancy journey on the blog.

Overall, I am so grateful to have this knowledge because as a first time mother, I didn't know a lot about labor inductions before hand. I also didn't really know where to jump in with researching on my own and exactly what to study because it is so new to me. There is so much contradicting research out there about childbirth that goes back and forth between hospitals trying to push Pitocin on expectant mothers and natural birth, so it is so important to study up on the terms your doctor will use and the potential medications he might mention as options for you. Knowing about what is happening in a situation that will be so new to me gives me a little more confidence for the day I deliver, too, because there are times when you should be saying YES to a labor induction. It is just a matter of knowing beforehand when those times would be.

I want to leave you with a few facts from the class that I found to be beneficial to learn:

-The average first time mother gives birth around 40 weeks and 5 days! (So, doesn't that mean Kate Middleton should be due by now?!)

-At 35 weeks, your baby’s brain is only ⅔ the size it will be at full term. Doesn’t this put things into perspective much better when thinking about the final weeks and days of pregnancy?

-45% of Pitocin-induced labors end up in C-sections.  Pitocin increases stress on your baby and makes contractions harder to manage.  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends “cautious decision making” when considering this drug.  

These are just a few highlights from the second class of Deena Blumenfeld’s “Confident Birthing” workshop. If you are pregnant and interested in this class, you can sign up for this class with Shining Light Prenatal Education.  Each class is 3 hours long and packed with so much valuable information that when the class is over, you’ll be surprised three hours have already passed.  I highly recommend this to all of you, for right now or in the future if you plan to have a baby.   

Monday, July 15, 2013

Learning How To Be Grateful All The Time, Not Just When Things are Perfect

by Sarah

Yesterday, my sister threw me a baby shower and it reminded me exactly how truly blessed I am.  It was one of those days where you wake up and your heart is absolutely full of love and comfort and then it turns into a memory that you will always remember as being one of the best days of your life.  My heart is constantly full of love and comfort when it comes to this baby and I am so grateful for everyone in my life. Feeling so grateful makes me think about all of the times I questioned if I would ever feel this happy and how silly I was to question God’s plans for me. It also is such a strange thing because after this big event was over, the feeling was still there. The joy was still there when I had to drive to work the next day with a broken AC, even though I could have chose to perceive that situation as a nightmare. These grand moments don't happen ALL the time, yet you can still feel the same joy. It's all about learning how to be grateful in every moment.

Gratitude is really easy when everything is going well for you, but sometimes, we forget about it when it doesn’t look like things are going our way. If I could go back to all of the rough patches of my life (breakups, being depressed about stuttering, etc.) I wish I could rewrite so much gratitude and happiness into those moments because it was shaping me to be able to teach another human what life is all about- my baby.  And it was also shaping me to be able to write this blog and hopefully many, many books to come.  There is a saying, “When you are down to nothing, God is up to something.” This is so true.  You just have to trust in those moments where you feel the need to question that what you want is coming for you, so you better get up, get dressed, and get ready for it.  

In my own life, especially since I dealt with anxiety for many years, this was so hard for me to learn.  Let go of my anxiety and just be happy? It seemed impossible.  But, over time, working on something I truly love (Style & Wisdom) and learning to forgive and let go of anyone who didn’t value me, my life fell into place and I woke up one day, and my anxiety was gone.  It was like I didn’t get the ad-ons I really wanted because I thought they would make me happy until I learned how to be happy right smack dab where I was.  Once you can figure that out, you’ll see that your life picks up and starts progressing.  It’s like you fish and fish, and you wait and wait, and then you start catching every fish you want, but you have to find peace with not catching anything first.   

I am so grateful for so many things right now: my blog, my family, and this baby.  I often felt like I was floating around in life because I refused to settle with certain jobs, certain relationships, etc. And, I always wondered if it was the right thing to be doing. At first, I was always failing and always struggling, but I knew I couldn’t stop not settling until I became a writer. It wasn’t easy. I would focus on what failed in life and dwell on these things.  If these things had worked out, I could be happy, I would think.  But, guess what? That is never the case! I wish I would have not even been sad about those failed situations because they truly don’t matter when things start coming together. All that they are are little signs on the road that say, “This is not the path you need to be on to get to your ideal destination!” When things just aren’t working out, you gotta let go.  

Trusting when things aren’t working out is so hard to do, but in hindsight, we all wish we would have just eased up on ourselves for failing because something better was coming.  So, starting today, no matter where you are, if you are at a great place in life, or if you think you could use some change, just take a breath and find comfort knowing that God has plans for you.  You probably won’t ever guess how things will end up turning out (it could be something or someone that pops up out of nowhere), but it will get you to the place you want to be.  You just have to get up, put your makeup on, let go of the things that aren’t working out and figure out how to be happy right here, right now. If you are latched on to to all of the things that didn't work out or aren't working out, you aren't going to get onto the path that you need to be on. 

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Obsessed: Ellie Goulding's "Burn"

Do you ever need an uplifting song to blast in your car or when you’re doing your makeup in the morning? We have just the song for you. We have had "Burn" by Ellie Goulding playing on repeat all week in the Style & Wisdom office (and anywhere else we go) because it is THAT good.  Have a listen and don’t say we didn’t warn you on how addicting it is.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Confident Birthing with Shining Light Prenatal Education: What is a Birth Plan?!

by Sarah Davis

One of the first topics Deena Blumenfeld covers in the “Confident Birthing” class how to write a birth plan.  If you are like me, you have heard of birth plans, but you have no idea what to write on them.  The only line I had written mentally was, “Do not give me a C-section just to make money or to save yourself some time.”

What is a birth plan?
A birth plan is a written document that goes over how you want your labor and delivery to go.

Topics to consider when writing your birth plan:
Is there anything about yourself that you feel the doctor should know?
Do you want music playing during your labor, delivery, or even a C-section?
Who do you want in the room with you?
If you are giving birth in a hospital, do you want to make fully informed decisions when it comes to what is done to you?
Do you want pain medication?
Do you want to eat during labor? (See a few of the tips we learned below for this topic. Most hospitals do not allow anything other than clear liquids, so what will you eat before you leave to go to the hospital?)
Do you want skin-to-skin contact with your baby immediately after you give birth?

Do you plan on breastfeeding?

Why you should really research your options before writing your birth plan:
One of the topics on my mind about giving birth in a hospital is eating. I know you aren't allowed to eat during labor in the hospital but I watched a Youtube video of a pregnant woman in Ireland eating a hospital meal during labor and I wondered why it was such a big no-no in the US.

One of the best parts of the class was when Deena said, “You are pregnant, you are not sick.” This gave me a better perspective of going to the hospital to give birth. I thought about how I did want to eat. Childbirth is a natural process and it seems like it will be hard work! I know I am going to want a few bites of food in my belly. This was a topic for me to consider writing into my birth plan. The class goes over why eating during labor in the hospital was banned because of the anesthesia given during a c-section, but how since you are kept awake for this procedure in recent years, it isn’t medically proven to be dangerous. (Don't quote me on that medical info, but know that research exists that goes against eating during labor!) If you are adamant about eating during labor, should you consider giving birth at a midwife center? Topics like these are something for a pregnant woman to consider, which is why I recommend taking a class like this, which explores not just the hospital’s approach to childbirth.  

(***Although Deena was sure to point out that you should never lie about eating in a hospital setting to your medical team because your health comes first.)

TIP: Write your birth plan after taking a class like "Confident Birthing" to ensure you know what you're talking about and that you know what your options actually are!

Will the hospital staff take my birth plan seriously?
I have a great doctor, but when I asked her how I could prevent a C-section, it somehow came up that the nurses love to poke fun at women who bring birth plans to the hospital, which turned me off when it came to writing one for myself.  

I was glad to attend a childbirth class that not only covered this topic (I’m assuming hospital childbirth classes wouldn’t go over something like this), but also covered if nurses, who are the main people you deal with, would take your birth plan seriously.

Deena gives many insider-tips for handling nurses, but I don’t want to give all of them away. Basically, if your nurse is on your side, you are much better off than if your nurse doesn’t like you.  Nurses are people, too.  Pull your nurse aside and tell her to sit with you at some point to discuss your birth plan.  Never push your birth plan on anyone, or it for sure, will be a joke at the nurse’s station.  

Plan on discussing each item on your list with your health care provider, as simply writing something down on paper, especially in a medical environment, doesn't mean it will happen.
Some other valuable tools the first class of the Confident Birthing class that correspond with writing your birth plan:
-What are some signs to look forward to figure out if you are in early labor?
-What is a contraction and what are some tips for getting through them at home without medication?
-When should you leave for the hospital?
-What are your legal rights as a pregnant woman when giving birth in a hospital?
-How do you know you are making a fully informed decision when the doctors want to do something to you- like administer Pitocin? Are you allowed to challenge their medical advice?
If you are curious as to how to write your own birth plan, you can sign up for this class with Shining Light Prenatal Education or you can contact Deena.  The class provides you with a birth plan template, which in my opinion, is a lifesaver.  

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Holly Madison Opens Up About Her Latest Role: Hot Mama

E!'s favorite blonde bombshell shares her tips for getting her figure back after giving birth, how placenta encapsulation worked for her, and what it was like to have E! film her birth for the special, "Holly Has a Baby." 

by Sarah Davis

Image Credit: Raquel Rischard
You might know Holly Madison from the E! reality show, Girls Next Door, which took place at the Playboy Mansion or "Holly's World", a reality show that followed her life in Las Vegas as she starred in Peep Show. These days, however, the blonde bombshell has taken on a new role: she is recently engaged to Pasquale Rotella and she is a new mother to baby, Rainbow Aurora. The couple had Rainbow just this past March and allowed E! to follow her journey, and delivery, in the special that aired in May, "Holly Has a Baby." Holly was kind enough to stop by Style & Wisdom for an interview about her pregnancy, some of the projects she is working on, including her line of pet products, and how she slimmed down post-baby.

First off, congrats on Baby Rainbow! We love the name-- how did you come up with it?
Holly Madison: There was a girl in my school growing up named Rainbow and I was always envious of that name. My fiancĂ© is kind of  a hippie, so I thought he would like the name as well.

Dressing a baby bump can be difficult, but you rocked it! Not only did you wear heels and party dresses, but you maintained your figure-- what are three style tips for looking fabulous during pregnancy?
Holly Madison: 1. Cover most things but you can show off your legs. The legs are the last to go.                          
2. Don't be afraid of bright colors, but prints can make you look like you are wearing a bed sheet.          
3. Go with stretchy fabrics over muumuus
Some of our favorite characters on GND and Holly’s World were your dogs! You have a great line of eco-friendly pet products called Lucky Pet Products--can you tell us a little bit about that and where people can buy them?
Holly Madison: The line includes all-natural pet toys and woolies. They are super cute and extremely durable-my dogs put each one through the ringer during the approval process! The products can be found at fine pet boutiques and at Luckypetproducts.com.

Holly Madison promotes her line of eco-friendly pet products,
Lucky Pet Products.

Image Credit: Denise Truscello

Okay, back to pregnancy! A lot of people are dying to know- did placenta encapsulation work for you? You were very open about your decision to eat your placenta; would you suggest it to other women?
Holly Madison: I decided to do placenta encapsulation because I heard it helps prevent postpartum depression. It seems to have worked for me! After the 2 weeks of taking the pills, I had some left over that I was advised to freeze. I've taken some over the past few months as my cycle has gone back to normal-your hormones go crazy!

You seem happier than ever than we’ve ever seen you. Are you planning on having more babies?
Holly Madison: Yes, my fiancée and I can't wait to have siblings for Rainbow. She needs a partner in crime!

You recently worked with E! on a special called “Holly Has a Baby.” What was it like allowing cameras into your pregnancy and the birth of your daughter?
Holly Madison: It was actually really fun! The crew was great-really supportive and they really looked out for me. They were all sharing their stories with me about the day their own babies arrived. I think having all of that on camera will be a really cool thing for Rainbow to look at when she's older!

What are your top tricks for slimming down post-baby?
Holly Madison: Breastfeeding helps as well as eating healthy and drinking a lot of water! If I could do things over, I would have started exercising sooner and wearing corsets sooner.

We are all about inspiration here at Style & Wisdom-- what advice would you give you women who are struggling with “haters”? How do you personally stay so positive?
Holly Madison: You have to develop a thick skin and ignore it. People are miserable and will find a way to tear down anyone. And... Don't Google yourself!

Any last tips for brand new mothers like yourself that you wish you had been told? (I’m partially asking because I am almost 7 months pregnant myself!)
Holly Madison: Stock up on hats, gloves and socks for newborns-you can never have enough!

Holly Madison with finance Pasquale Rotella and daughter, Rainbow,
snap a family photo while having a picnic.

Image Credit: Holly Madison

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Posh Mama, Zen Baby: Why You Should Sign Up for a Couple's Prenatal Yoga Class

by Sarah Davis

Prenatal Yoga for Couple's can be a great way to bond over a very serious topic, LABOR.
Shining Light Prenatal Education offers this class if you live in Pittsburgh.

Image Credit: Fit Pregnancy
On Sunday, Dan & I went to Couple’s Prenatal Yoga, or “Couple’s Connection”, taught by Deena Blumenfeld, at Shining Light Prenatal Education in Lawrenceville here in Pittsburgh and we LOVED it.  

Just as a non-preggy gal might expect, prenatal education classes can sometimes boring and can cover pretty intense topics but Couple’s Prenatal Yoga is simply a fun way to prepare for labor...together. It's a way to lighten the mood a little when it comes to something that might seem scary and serious while pretty easy and simple, in my opinion, learning techniques for getting through labor.  

Will men like this class? Ladies, you know this question pops up in your mind.  It did for me.  

First off, I just want to say that it's 2013, not everyone will have a male partner-- some might have a best friend, a mom, or a sister.  But, if you do have the father of your baby as your labor partner, you might wonder if he will have fun at a prenatal yoga class. I worried about Dan because he is a high-intensity (think Insanity or weight-lifting-combined-with-cardio) work-out kind of guy. So, I wondered if dragging him to a class full of pregnant women doing yoga poses might not be his “cup of tea.”

However, he loved it. He got right in the zone and went along with the meditations and routines.  He even said he felt more peaceful and relaxed after the class.  The class really did live up to its description of being a great way to bond, even if you aren’t familiar with all of the yoga poses. From attending this class myself, I can say that everyone was very engaged and everyone had fun. There are parts of the class that seem silly, like singing "Row Row Row Your Boat," while maintaining eye contact with your partner, but it's also amazing to see how much doing something like that, even if you are laughing, takes your mind off everything happening around you (like say, labor.)

Shouldn't I be taking more serious prenatal classes to prepare? From what I gathered from the class, fear can hold childbirth because it makes you tighten up your body and can make the natural process of birth harder. Think about how paralyzing fear and tension can be in every day life. So, it's very important to get comfortable with techniques that can lighten your spirit and relax you. If you have a partner who will be with you in the delivery room with you, it is important to know how to do this together.  So, alongside your educational prenatal courses, I think practicing specific ways of relaxing during labor ahead of time is extremely important. If there is a class available that builds a bond between you and someone who will be right by your side during labor, why not take it?

Some of the best ways to get rid of fear can be done with breathing techniques and laughter.  This class focuses on both. Deena even throws in a Kundalini Yoga exercise to release fear and tension.

Also, on a personal note, Dan & I start our four-week series, "Confident Birthing" on Wednesday night of this week, so I also am grateful to have had him attend a class ahead of the more intense classes.  The birthing classes are also taught by Deena, so it was nice for Dan to meet her and really get comfortable in the yoga studio before the information-rich courses.  In this respect, this was another reason why this class was so important to take. Whenever you’re comfortable, you’re able to soak up more information when learning.  

On a final note: if you have a man, or even a mother or friend, who will go to prenatal yoga with you, this is a great reminder that you and your baby have a great support system in place.

To schedule this course with Shining Light Prenatal Education, you can visit their website by clicking here. Deena's class is set to run again on August 25, 2013.

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