Elizabeth Bennett, Certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor

I am a Childbirth Educator, teaching a curriculum that educates and empowers families during pregnancy and beyond! I aim to REMOVE the fear surrounding pregnancy and birth

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thebusinessof.life 03/30/2020

THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN | The Business Of

You can watch this for Free!! While you’re at home, you should take advantage of this opportunity to learn a little bit more about childbirth!

thebusinessof.life As we all struggle to adapt to our changing circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are looking for ways to empower and support women virtually through "The Business of..." platforms. The new hospital restrictions banning partners and doulas during labor broke our hearts. For women birthi.....

youtube.com 03/25/2020

Why Not Home? The Surprising Birth Choices of Doctors and Nurses

Did not know that some doctors are choosing homebirth?! Home birth for low risk women can be safe!! This video is free for the rest of the month!

youtube.com Dr. Michelle Minikel thought home birth was crazy, until she got pregnant. Turns out she's not alone. Through intimate footage, experience the challenges and...

03/13/2020

Are you planning a medicated or non medicated birth? Do you know when to go to the hospital? Are you wanting to avoid an unnecessary cesarean? Did you know you more than likely will not be able to eat once you get to the hospital? If you have questions about any of those questions above. TAKE THIS CLASS! #educationispower

In light of the COVID-19 virus we are offering our online childbirth classes at 50% OFF until further notice. Babies are still being born and couples still need to prepare for their births. We understand that many hospitals are cancelling their classes. You can take this class from the comfort of your own home at half the regular price.

lovewhatmatters.com 01/30/2020

‘When are you going to try again?’ I was still unable to wipe after going to the bathroom. My baby was being reduced to nothing but a ‘try.’: Couple births second daughter one year after first is stillborn, ‘I already WAS a mother’

Moms of miscarriage and stillbirth. You are still a mom.

lovewhatmatters.com “As my belly grew, I began being asked the 'Is this your first?' question by anyone, from the cashier at Target to the waitress while out for dinner. My answer was, 'No, this is my second. My first child died.' You could tell by the uncomfortable look on their faces that my response was always une...

12/30/2019

La Leche League USA

Have you worried that your newborn fell asleep hungry after breastfeeding? 🤱🏿🤱🏻🤱🏼
"When a baby is hungry, he tends to clench his fists tightly and bring them toward his face. If he falls asleep hungry, his fists usually stay clenched. But when he gets milk, he relaxes starting with his face. Then his shoulders relax, and finally those fists unclench. Eventually they're as limp as the rest of him. Think of his hands as a built-in fuel gauge." -- La Leche League's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition
#listentoyourbaby #listentoyourself #bfsupport #newbornnursing
There are exceptions to every rule and this is only one tool in your toolbox. This rule should be used for healthy, full-term newborns. If your newborn is listless and difficult to wake, consulting with your healthcare provider to rule out extenuating circumstances is recommended.
Need #breastfeeding help? Find your local LLL Leader at lllusa.org
[Image: Infant sound asleep with a relaxed hand. Text: "Is she still hungry after nursing?" Trust the hands.]
+ Turkewitz Fleische S., Moreau T., Birch H.G. & Levy L. (1966) Relationship between feeding condition and organization of flexor–extensor movements in the human neonate. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology 61, 461–463. [PubMed] has particularly relevant information.
+ Communicating hunger and satiation in the first 2 years of life: a systematic review, Janet McNally, Siobhan Hugh‐Jones, Samantha Caton, Carel Vereijken, Hugo Weenen, Marion Hetherington, Maternal & child nutrition 12 (2), 205-228, 2016

12/09/2019

Informed consent seems to be lost. Especially when it comes to labor and delivery! Ladies and gentlemen, did you know that you can “No” to a “routine” procedure? Vaginal checks during labor, can indroduce bacteria into the birth canal, it also can dishearten a mother who has been laboring hard for hours, or ultimately can lead to a cesarean because of “failure to progress”. Protect your body, protect your baby! Episiotomies are often done, but they are not often necessary! Your perineum will thank you! Ask questions, do your research, take a good birth class, and have the best labor, delivery, and recovery possible!

As a medical student I had at most, an hour of training on obtaining informed consent and only for medical procedures - not medication use. That consisted of making sure you read a patient the risks of a procedure and had them sign the form confirming this. It did not include actually explaining the risks - just reading a list of them to someone who was feeling unwell and vulnerable, but at the same time, influencing them by telling them how much they need the procedure. The implications of the risks tended to be minimized, rather than personalized - as in this is what this could really mean for you if this horrible thing happens. No breadth of alternatives were given.⁠

In the clinic, pharmaceuticals, invasive tests, and procedures were usually afforded much less informed consent time - if any. Usually a prescription is just written, it's assumed the patient will take it, and no risks are communicated. ⁠

Comments like "I'm just going to do a little snip because I don't like your baby's heartbeat" (l heard that one not too long ago; I stopped the OB from doing it; baby was born 30 seconds later, no problems), the vaginal exam someone went to do without even waking a sleeping mother (that person got stopped in their tracks, too!); the medication put in the IV without the patient being told....ALL NOT OKAY. ⁠

EVERY exam, EVERY procedure, EVERY medication REQUIRES your INFORMED consent (unless a dire emergency or you're medically unable to give consent, like you're unconscious, or delirious and it's a lifesaving intervention). That means you get to ask questions until you understand AND you can SAY NO. Or I'd like to think about that. Consent doesn't just mean someone reads a list of possible risks or tells you it's needed. It's a full explanation of RISKS and ALTERNATIVES. AND what happens if you say no or wait.⁠

Yet this is not happening!Let's take hysterectomy, for example: AT LEAST 20% are considered medically entirely unnecessary, and only 30% of women advised to have a hysterectomy, of a study of over 5,000 women, were informed of non-surgical alternatives by their doctor. Women in their 30s were the least likely to be informed!

12/06/2019

Elizabeth Bennett, Certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor

10/06/2019

MamasteFit & The Doulas of Mamaste

Just because your a 10 doesn’t mean baby is in position!

Why do some moms have an easier time pushing than others??

I’m sure you’ve heard of the mom who pushes her baby out in three pushes, and then another was 3 hours. 😳

It may have something to do with WHEN mom started pushed in relation to where baby was in her pelvis.

The other piece, may include how much mom is able to move around during pushing. The more we can move around and shift the position of the pelvis, the more baby can sort of wiggle out!

#labor #birth #childbirth #childbirtheducation #birtheducation #laborprep #laborcomfort #birthdoula #doula #prepareforbirth #empoweredbirth #cervix #activelabor #birthpartner #spinningbabies #spinningbabiesparenteducator #spinningbabiesparentclass

09/06/2019

If you want an In-depth childbirth education, TAKE THIS CLASS! It’s 10 sessions, but includes everything from healthy pregnancy and mom, to labor and delivery and then even a breastfeeding video!

For the month of September our BRAND NEW online Comprehensive Class is 10% OFF! All of our online classes have been fully updated and they are simply amazing! Check them out at www.BirthBootCamp.com.

[09/04/19]   Have you experienced birth trauma?

07/13/2019

I did not know this! Now I don’t feel so bad! Are you average?

Please give yourself permission to be average. Most breastfeeding women have 10-20oz of milk stored in their freezer by the time their baby is 2 months old. It is unrealistic to compare yourself to images on social media. Let’s be real! Do you have an average freezer stash?

07/08/2019

Have you considered this option? Some friendly VBAC FACTS!

Is VBAC right for you? We offer tours every Thursday at 12. Call for more information ☎️4692919129

06/30/2019

Telling an unmedicated woman to push can be like telling a woman to calm down! She can feel what her body needs to do!

"Cervical dilation. ⁣⁣
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It’s often believed that that once you’ve reached full dilation, your caregiver will instruct you to start pushing with all your might. But it's actually best to avoid "coached pushing" by anyone attending your birth. ⁣⁣
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During the final stages of (unmedicated) labour a birthing person will experience the Fetel Ejection Reflex. By working with your body and only pushing when YOU feel the urge, you’re able to better utilize your energy and work with your breath. Your tissues can stretch more slowly and you drastically reduce the risk of tearing.⁣⁣

⁣⁣ Birth is very intricate series of events with each one triggering the next.

Imagine if someone started screaming at you to “PUSH-PUUUSH” as soon as you sat on the toilet for a bowel movement. It wouldn’t be helpful... because sometimes you just need a moment to get things moving, right? ⁣⁣
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So even if your cervix has reached 10cms, it’s not uncommon to need a moment of rest before you “get the urge”. Only your body possesses the intrinsic wisdom of knowing when everything within you is perfectly aligned to finally push your baby into the world. ⁣⁣
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Note: the "urge' mentioned here isn't usually felt with an epidural on board.⁣”


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Photo: @jacinte

05/24/2019

Exactly! I hear this all the time with expectant mothers, “I don’t care what happens to me as long as my baby is healthy”. Ladies, you can birth a beautiful and healthy baby naturally and without being traumatized! It’s not 100% but we know it should happen more than 66%.

Yes!

05/15/2019

As a mother, I fail everyday in some way. I know I’m doing great, but I worry I’m not providing enough for my boys, It’s especially true with breastfeeding. I’m constantly worried Whit is not receiving enough because I can’t see how many ounces he’s getting, like I did with Elliott. But, at his 6 week appointment, I found out that he’s gained 5.5# since birth and is more than thriving. I guess I should have just taken a good look at him 🤣. My now at least 13#, 8 week chunk!

05/07/2019

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today.com 04/16/2019

What are the benefits and risks of a home birth?

Do you know your options?

today.com Reports that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, might give birth at home has renewed discussion on home births. NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar joins TODAY to explain the benefits and risks of a home birth.

04/09/2019

Birth Boot Camp

If you are pregnant and want to know the ins and outs of birth and want to be fully informed. Take this class! It will help you get the answers you need to have the birthing experience you want!

Did you know that April is Cesarean Awareness month? In honor of this special month, we are offering 10% off of our Comprehensive Class for the entire month! The Comprehensive Class will prepare you on all levels – physically, mentally, and emotionally for the journey ahead. Take the online class right from home or find a local instructor near you: https://birthbootcamp.com/product/comprehensive-childbirth-classes/

04/07/2019

ICAN

Many countries are seeing a rise in cesarean rates as births move from home birth and public hospitals, to private, for-profit hospitals.

#CAM2019

birthbootcamp.com 04/04/2019

Six Steps for Planning Your VBAC -you can have an amazing VBAC!

Let’s start a conversation about Vaginal Birth After Cesarean! According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you qualify for a VBAC even if you have had two cesareans as long as you are considered low risk!

birthbootcamp.com Getting ready and need six steps for planning a vbac? Here are our favorite tips. Vaginal birth after cesarean can be amazing!

03/06/2019

This is a fantastic online course to take if you are planning a hospital birth! This spring/summer I will only be offering two live birth center or home birth classes: So, if you are wanting to take a hospital class, IT’S ON SALE NOW! Take the fear out of your birth experience and become educated and empowered! 💪🏻

P.S. I recommend this for anyone who is even thinking about becoming pregnant! Knowledge is power! Spread the word!

SALE! - Our hospital class is designed for the couple who wants more. More education. More fun. More relaxation and labor practice. More information on interventions, including medicated and cesarean births. They want to be able to make informed decisions as their birth unfolds. This class is 10% off the entire month of March!

03/05/2019

What was important to you when choosing your care provider? What questions did you ask? What questions do you wish you would have asked?

02/26/2019

There are always so many questions we ask ourselves when it comes to pregnancy, labor, delivery, and parenting. Everyone is invited to comment on what their experiences have taught them!

So for week 1!
When did you start telling people you were pregnant? Feel free to post your announcement in the comments as well!

02/24/2019

Are Home Births Safe?

See the horse and the zebra! We need acceptance when it comes to birth. You can birth how you want, where you want, and with whom you want. It’s YOUR birth!

*Friends and Family, trust that your loved one has done enough research to make the decision that is right for them!

*Healthcare providers need to work together in both hospital and planned home births. Let’s improve access to care for women in the United States!

There are few things that seem to polarize people more quickly than home births. That's the topic of the week's Healthcare Triage. This was adapted from a co...

02/22/2019

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

This is the reason we need to push for midwifery care in our Nation! More people to help our mommas deliver their babies safely and still have great care postpartum!

According to the CDC, at least 700 women die every year from pregnancy or childbirth and 60% of childbirth related deaths are preventable.

02/19/2019

Mommas and Mommas-to-be need pain relief and relaxation too! Prepare your body for the coming months of pregnancy, or even for delivery! I look forward to seeing you!

P.S. I have a pregnancy bolster that allows expectant mommas to lay on their BELLIES! So lets work out that lower back and hip tension! Call to schedule! Appointments are filling up!

Call or visit our office to schedule! Our therapists look forward to helping you with your wellness goals😊
(913)232-7588
www.merriamchiro.com

02/13/2019

Bringing home a new baby can be scary! Prepare you and your partner for this life event with this “Homecoming: Life with a new recruit” online class! 10% off this month only!

This is your manual for early parenthood! Topics include breastfeeding, newborn procedures, babywearing, safe sleep, postpartum topics, and baby comfort techniques to help you and your partner get off to a great start with your new baby. This online class is 10% off this month only!

01/22/2019

Elizabeth Bennett, Certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor

01/22/2019
01/22/2019

If you are looking to have a natural or low intervention birth, taking Birth Boot Camp Comfort Measures Class is an excellent choice. I also offer an Out Of Hospital class as well! Book them together for a discount!

*!* Due to anticipating the arrival of my own sweet new bundle of joy in March, I am only teaching Private Classes at this point. If you are interested in a private class, Do not hesitate to contact me at 620.385.0563!

kxly.com 01/19/2019

Washington workers will start paying for Paid Family Leave on Tuesday

Jealous! Come on Kansas! Hurry and follow suit!

kxly.com Starting Tuesday, January 1, employees in Washington state will see a small portion of their pay taken out of their paycheck for the state's new Paid Family and Medical Leave program.

01/19/2019

Often times babies can be sonogrammed as being BIGGER than they really are! Believe in your body to grow the right baby for you!

Trust in your bodies ability to grow and to birth the baby within you.

Confíe en la capacidad de su cuerpo para crecer y dar a luz al bebé dentro de usted.
#dodgecityks #gardencityks #liberalks #greatbendks #prattks #lakinks

01/18/2019

Any mommas relate to this? 😂

#fridayfunny

01/15/2019

Not once a c-section always a c-section! You have rights in choosing how you will birth following a c-section!

Did you know? American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - ACOG clearly states in their Practice Bulletin No. 184 that having had 2 prior cesareans, carrying a suspected "big" baby, going beyond 40 weeks gestation, and having a twin pregnancy following a cesarean are not reasons to prevent someone from seeking a TOLAC (trial of labor after cesarean) or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean.)

#improvingbirth #beinformed #vbac #birthoptions

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