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How to Train for the Pushing Phase of Labor

prenatal core training

The Tummy Team works closely with pregnant women to help physically and emotionally prepare the body for labor, delivery and birth recovery. You’ll often hear us tell clients, “Giving birth is like a marathon, with a dead sprint at the end.” (Tweet This!) Labor is the marathon. The sprint at the end is the pushing phase. It is the most difficult and most intense part of birth. Everything builds up to that moment when the baby has made…
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3 Easy Ways to Improve Diastasis Recti While You Are Pregnant

  Diastasis recti – a separation of the abdominal wall at the linea alba – is very common during pregnancy for many reasons. At The Tummy Team, we’ve seen that it is most commonly caused by the pressure of the growing baby combined with an already weak core, poor alignment, and excessive pregnancy hormones. The pregnancy hormone known as relaxin is what causes ligaments and connective tissue to relax and stretch, increasing the vulnerability of…
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Birth Plans

  While brainstorming for a fresh take on childbirth classes, a fellow midwife and I were in search of a way to turn birth plans upside down and shake them so that parents could really see them for what they were and to be able to embrace their birth outcomes in a better way. What’s going to make you feel good about how your labor and birth went? What would leave you feeling really disappointed…
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What Every Mom Needs to Know About Cesarean Birth

Each and every birth is a unique, powerful, challenging and amazing experience. We live in a culture that often places a lot of importance on the route of birth rather than the experience a woman has during the birth process. My goal as a doula is to help families to have a positive experience during the birth process – regardless of the route in which the baby enters the world. When a cesarean birth becomes…
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