Why practice relaxation techniques during my pregnancy?

Unfortunately, overwhelming stress has become an increasingly common characteristic of contemporary life. When an internal or external stressor throws your nervous system out of balance, relaxation techniques can bring it back into a balanced state. There's compelling evidence from epidemiological studies that babies who experience stress in utero are more likely to develop chronic health problems as adults. Increased hormones and chemicals caused by stress and anxiety can cross the placenta and reach the baby. More recent studies are suggesting that stress in the womb can affect a baby's temperament and neurobehavioral development as well.

Benefits during pregnancy.

  • Improves your feelings of well being.
  • Reduces anxiety and stress.
  • Reduces the effects of fatigue and tiredness caused by stress.
  • Blood pressure may be reduced by practicing relaxation.
  • Visual imagery helps you to use your imagination in a positive way. Sometimes we imagine things that increase tension and cause stress and anxiety. Using your mind in a different way on a regular basis can help to overcome these or change your mind's focus.
  • Your baby will gain a more relaxed mama and enjoy the benefits of less physical tension within the body during pregnancy.
  • Regular practice creates a neurological pathway which allows you to reach a deep state of relaxation with very little effort.
  • After pregnancy your baby can sense extra tension in mom or dad - relaxation can help to reduce this, and therefore help to settle both you and your baby more easily.

Benefits during labor.

  • Helps to save energy so that you have more to use for labor.
  • Reduces the pain and the intensity of the surges (contractions).
  • Allows labor to progress more easily.
  • Can help you to rest between contractions.

Benefits after giving birth to your baby.

  • Encourages the 'let down reflex' during breast feeding.
  • Can give you the opportunity for a rest when you don't have time to sleep.
  • Easier to settle your baby when you are more relaxed. 

Fee: $65.00 (non-client) $10.00 reduction for all MDC clients $50.00 (current-client) 

Private guided relaxation session

We are so appreciative of all Tammy did to make our birthing a wonderful experience. From changing my mind from fear and negativity to an optimistic, hopeful more educated outlook, to eventually having the birth experience of my dreams!
-Jen & Tom

In the comfort of your own home I will teach you about effective breathing, explore relaxation and other techniques that help reduce stress, and guide you toward types of music that are geared to optimize your relaxation. I will also provide tips and guidance for your partner so that they understand your needs and feel comfortable supporting you. I will then guide you into a deep relaxed state, and provide your birth partner with a script so that you can practice together on your own after the session is over. This session helps you to understand the benefits of proper breathing and experience what deep relaxation feels like while helping your birth partner feel confident in supporting you through it. The techniques you will learn will not only be beneficial through your pregnancy and birth, they will continue to be a valuable tool in your day to day life. I will then leave you to practice nightly on your own and check back with you after One week to see how practice is going, answer questions, and offer suggestions if needed.

For questions or to set up an interview contact ~Tammy Soderling or call (608) 220-8836

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