THE HAPPY MAMA PLACE

Wouldn't it be great if birth came with a personal guide
Did you Know…
Studies have shown adding a Doula as a member of your birth team decreases:

The overall cesearean rate by 50 percent

Labor times with complication by 25 percent

The use of Pitocin by 40 percent

The request for epidural by 60 percent

Negative feeling about your birthing experience

Building confidence in your partner
The Happy Mama Place will help you create a birth vision that is tailored to your individual needs

Having a Certified professional to hold your space with no judgment will help navigating through the unknows of pregnancy and birth a lot easier. Having the continuous support of a doula, will make you feel confident, informed and safe for the arrival of your baby. The doulas of The Happy Mama Place have the gained experience from supporting birthing families in different environments varying from homes to hospitals, medicated and unmediated, VBACs and Cesareans.

We are on call for you around the clock and are more than happy to answer any question no matter how little or silly you may feel the question may be. We encourage such questions as “How can I tell that I am in labor?” How am I going to be able to know the difference between Braxton Hicks and contractions?” “When should I call you?” and “How will I know when to go to the hospital?” Having a Certified Professional on speed dial will help take out all the guess work and put your mind at ease.

Your Doula will join you and your partner at home from onset of labor to guide you through labor allowing you to feel safe until you decide it’s time to depart to the hospital. She will remain with you and your partner throughout your entire labor guiding your partner in comfort measures, massage, anticipating your needs and lending an extra pair of hands when needed. We are here to ensure you have evidenced based information to provide you with an informed understanding of what is happening during your birthing experience.

The Happy Mama Place does not take the role of your partner rather we are here to help them feel confident and equipped in knowing how to attend to your birthing needs. This knowledge is gain from the time we spent together during our prenatal appointments and implemented during birth. We are here to guide you to an empowering birthing experience.

assisting your body in the art of healing
Nature’s remedy for postpartum recovery

Traditional Chinese Medicine holds the placenta as a ‘full of life force’ organ offering those who consume it ‘jing’ energy only obtainable at birth and consuming placenta is comparable to ‘drinking from the fountain of youth’.  Placenta remedies are an important part of birthing history. (placenta remedies network)

Even though there is no scientific research displaying human benefits in regards to placenta consumption, our society since 1980’s has been reverting to this lost art. (placenta remedies network) The belief is after a woman delivery of the placenta her body will encounter issues; such as, iron deficiency causing you to lose a lot of blood during deliver and have problems with lactation, and hormonal imbalances hormones which was once provided and regulated by the placenta is longer available. This disruption can lead to baby blues and postpartum depression; therefore raising CRH (stress levels).

By consuming your placenta you are putting back the nutrients and hormones you and your baby created during pregnancy. Bringing your body into harmony by aiding with postpartum bleeding, hormone regulation to help with baby bonding, postpartum depression, menopause, production of milk, and increase iron levels.

The Happy Mama Place is certified as placenta specialist prosses certifications in blood borne pathogens and food handling following all health and safety measurements ensuring your placenta is process in the highest safety standards protecting you and your family. Your specialist will come to you to pickup the placenta after its birthed and returned within 24 to 48 hours so you can immediately start taking your postpartum remedy.

Gaining a better understanding of your little one’s cues
Developing a deeper bond
The first sensation of touch is experiencedat 6 weeks in utero. Our skin is the largest part of the body accounting for about 60%. An area of skin equivalent to the size of a quarter contains 3 million cells, around 100 to 340 sweat glands, 50 nerve endings, blood vessels and sensory fibers. Human touch is essential for a newborn survival, mental and social growth. Studies have shown massage stimulates the nerves in the brain responsible for triggering food absorption increasing healthy weight gain, lowers the levels of stress hormones(cortisol), and increasing the hormone oxytocin (the bonding/love hormone).
What Causes Stress in Newborns

Entering the world can be a scary for a baby and very stressful. For the past ten months, their home was a dark warm cozy place filled with the sounds of amniotic fluid and your heart beat having all their basic needs for survival met. Now there are bright lights, loud sounds, images new sensations and they must communicate to have their basic needs met which can at times be over stimulating. We can make this transition more comfort through infant massage. The soft warm touch of our hands with moisturizing oils is a sensory pathway we can share with our little ones as we introduced them to the world.
Nature has design a newborn to be born helpless only allowing the brain to grow to a limited capacity for a baby’s head to fit through a mother’s pelvis leaving them with a neural network that is incomplete, immature and sensitive. To compensate for this altricial the first 3 months outside the womb is a period of rapid growth and is often referred to as the 4th trimester of development. As your baby’s nervous, respiratory and digestive systems starts to mature you may notice prolong periods of crying, fussiness and sleepless nights leaving you with the feeling of frustration, helplessness, and doubting your parenting skills.

Psychological & Social Benefits of Infant Massage

Infant massage, a form of touch therapy, has been view by many experts as one of the most effective techniques in improving the health, relieving stress, discomforts, and development of cognitive and motor skills of a newborn. It provides positive communication among baby and parents endorsing quality time, bonding and relaxation. The act of massage serves as a physiological food source for your baby.
Our little ones gain the skills to relax, cope with stress, and increase thresholds to stimulation as they adjust into their new environment through routine infant massage. It creates an awareness between a baby and their body parts resulting in a connection with the mind, body, and spirit building a higher level of self-esteem. Leaving baby with the foundation of interpreting the sense of love, trust and acceptance.
Babies are not the only one who benefit from an infant massage. Parenting confidence levels increase as they develop a deeper understanding baby’s needs. Spending quality time massaging a baby reduces our stress levels and enhances a parent-infant bonding relationship. This relationship formed will shape how a baby will establish and interact with people they encounter throughout their lives.

Physical Benefits of Infant Massage

As a baby is massage levels of serotonin in the body increases. This neurotransmitter is responsible for mood regulation. Higher levels of serotonin allows for a feeling of well-being creating a deeper restful sleep.  Our cells are rejunivated as we sleep and this is the time our body grows.
It’s common for our little one’s to have periods of crying or fussiness.  This can be stressful for both baby and mother.  But it is a baby’s only way to communicate to tell us if they are experiencing discomforts assoicated with respiratory, colic, constipation, or just from being over tired.  When your little one is about to experience a milestone you may notice more frequent crying or fussines spouts.  Offering an infant massage can help ease these discomforts.

creating harmony among your mind and body

Preparing muscles for an easy labor and quick recovery!

Prenatal Massage
As your baby is growing it is common for your body to move out of alignment causing backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema. Massage therapy is a great resource to help reduce these stressors. During your massage you will be sideline, with tons of pillows it will feel like heaven, to take pressure off your lower back, pelvic area, and increase blood flow. Your massage therapist is certified in prenatal massage and is update on new research allowing for a therapeutic grade massage to work out a common issue called sciatica, causing pain in your glute area and typically penerates down your leg to the achile tendon
Induction Massage
At 37 weeks you are considered full-term.  At this point it is safe for you and baby to receive and induction massage.  Combining specialized essential oils designated to contract your uterus with acupressure applied to specific pressure points to help elevate your natural levels of oxytocin. The stimulation of acupressure points during the massage assists in supporting the natural body processes; such as, encouraging the decent of the baby, helping the cervix to dilate and facilitating uterine contractions. A prenatal massage also helps release your sacrum and pelvic area. Creating more space for your baby to move down into your pelvic area
Postpartum Massage
The stress from childbirth and the time you spend caring for your newborn is on hard on your body. Postpartum massage not only gives you the nurturing and emotional support you need to gain back your lost energy, but helps you return to you pre-body state. Relieving muscles pain, tension, and stress reducing the need for medication. Postpartum massage helps with toning of the belly while assisting in weight loss by aiding with complete placenta release, shrinking of the uterus, moving fluid and flushing toxins out of the body. Most importantly supports healthy lactation. As well as, healing of cesarean scar, episiotomy soreness providing relief from anxiety, and postpartum depression.
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