Hypnobirthing. Giving birth while under hypnosis? That doesn’t sound right. So what is it?

Hypnobirthing is a technique that helps mom focus intently on the labor process and understand how the birthing muscles work in harmony. According to, this method “teaches you that, in the absence of fear and tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor.”

Celebrities, most recently Jessica Alba, have embraced this trend in natural birth. Completely awake, it helps you relax and be aware and totally in control of your body. Birthing centers and hospitals have classes that teach these self-hypnosis techniques.

Relaxed and calm. Isn’t that how it should be?


Supermodel, businesswoman, wife, mom of two and advocate.

Since becoming a mother, Christy Turlington Burns has devoted her time to raising awareness for healthy pregnancies around the globe and advocating for women that do not have access to the proper health care and support. Turlington Burns had an unpredictable complication during her first childbirth experience, postpartum hemorrhage. Since, she has developed a passion for improving maternal health and lowering the rate (15% of all pregnancies) of complications.

Realizing that not every woman has the luxury of regular checkups, multiple birthing options, and shopping for the latest trends, Turlington Burns has set out to give a voice to women with diverse pregnancy experiences. Her latest documentary, “No Woman, No Cry”, follows the condition of maternal health all over the world. Her foundation, Every Mother Counts, encourages people to understand the challenges of pregnancy and help improve the lives of expecting moms and their children.

Find out how you can help  make a change!

Did you know that every day,  1,000 girls and women die in pregnancy and childbirth around the world? The White Ribbon Alliance, an international group bringing awareness and change to this number, works tirelessly to help make pregnancy safer for women around the globe.

The coalition advocates for women to have a healthier pregnancy and a safer childbirth to help bring an end to maternal mortality. They are present in 152 countries and are not slowing down. Their site features the stories of many of the women they have directly affected and saved. It is inspiring to see the adversity they have overcome and the families they have supported.

There are so many unique ways to support an organization like this. Ethical fashion designers Henrietta Ludgate and Minna Hepburn were so touched by the efforts of the White Ribbon Alliance that they decided to do something different to give back. They desigend a special, organic cotton and lace top to sell that will benefit WRA. All the proceeds from their design will go to the WRA. There truly is no limit to the ways you can give back!

By Corazon

My cousin (MamaSandoval) is expecting the first baby of our generation so you can imagine the excitement running in my family. At Christmas, we were catching up and she told me about a breastfeeding conversation she had with one of our uncles. You know, the cool, youngest uncle that had the cool car and was kinda known as the rebel. Exactly the last person you would think to have a conversation about breastfeeding with. He has two young sons so he had some recent experience on the topic. My cousin said he told her about all her options and that it is an important bonding time. She said he made her supported and it was strangely not an awkward conversation, but a reassuring, helpful one.


The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services and the Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium are bringing awareness to the importance of breastfeeding. They want family members and friends to understand that they have a huge role in supporting breastfeeding mothers, just as my uncle showed support for my cousin. On March 11-12 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, they are presenting the “Reframing Birth and Breastfeeding: Moving Forward” conference as a way to educate. Some of the topics include breastfeeding and the media, and newborn physical and emotional health. If you have a chance, make a trip to North Carolina and educate yourself.

By MamaSandoval

One thing that I knew for sure before my husband and I even conceived was that a baby would change our relationship forever. When people learn that we’re having our first child, the reaction we get is either a look of pity, along with a comment along the lines of “enjoy being alone while you can” or a smile and something like “the baby is going to make you both so happy.” I find that I tend to agree with the latter. Bella hasn’t even arrived yet, and already she has drawn my husband, Rafa, and I closer. We’re kinder, more affectionate, and more in love with each other than before we knew we were expecting. While our relationship was great before, now it has become even more wonderful. Part of this great change is due in part to the childbirth class that we started taking.

Focused on natural childbirth, the class goes through not only the anatomy and physiology of childbirth, but the best ways to help deal with the pain, tension, and worry that accompany childbirth. All of the coping techniques require a partner who can provide the mother with strength, compassion, and unconditional support. From joint breathing and massage, to supportive positions and verbal cuing the class has given both Rafa and I not only the tools to help us experience childbirth together, but to help us prepare for it in a way that draws us closer together and makes us a stronger couple. Each week we learn different massage techniques for the partners to use on the mothers during labor, and when Rafa can’t wait to practice at home, it makes me realize just what a loving husband and father to be he is. Perhaps the biggest thing we’re learning from the class is the art of communication. As the instructor says, “if you can communicate together openly, honestly, and in a loving way during labor; one of the hardest things you will go through together; then you’ll definitely be able to do it outside of the delivery room”.

Not only has our childbirth class given us an idea of what birth will be like (taking away some of the worry, and leaving more room for excitement) but it has also given us tools to help nurture our relationship through birth and beyond. For that alone, I would recommend a childbirth class to expecting couples.


Amy Adams, who starred in  Julie & Julia and Junebug, has welcomed her first child.  Aviana Oleo was born on Saturday to Adams and her fiance Darren Legallo.  Congratulations, and welcome Aviana!

Most of us tend to have a little soft spot for a newborn baby – the newborn baby smell (wish they could bottle that!), the innocence – makes us all wish the the world was a little kinder and more gentle.  Now, instead of just wishing for it, you can actually DO something about it – the idea behind a new non-profit:  The Baby Effect.

We love the motto:  Every Birth Can Spark a World of Change.  The Baby Effect offers new parents an opportunity to encourage friends & relatives to donate to a child-related charitable organization in celebration of the birth of their child. Charities are pre-screened so you can feel good about giving.

It’s taking the “no gifts, please” trend for children’s birthday parties to a new level – celebrating the birth day with a little ‘pay it forward’ good will.  Studies show that doing good deeds does wonders for your health and makes you feel good too!

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