Sometimes labor is slow and pokey or it starts and stops multiple times with prodromal labor. I occasionally see this in my practice. If baby and birthing parent are fine, water is intact and there are no risk factors the best thing to do is just roll with it.
A dear friend who was also a lactation consultant shared this recipe when my youngest was born. She said it wasn’t necessarily going to help with milk production but would help nourish me in the postpartum. Now as a midwife this is my favorite cookie recipe. It’s flexible to sub things in/out of it and can be made vegan but subbing in a flax egg and subbing dairy free butter.
More Milk Cookies
1 1/4 sticks butter OR 4T butter and 1 cup peanut butter (or almond, sunbutter etc)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup almond meal or whole wheat flour (or 3/4 cup GF sub flour )
1 cup dark choc chips or chopped walnuts or sundrops (whatever!)
Cream together sugars and fats. Add in eggs and vanilla. Stir in oats (i sometimes pause here for an hour or more so the oats can soften), flour/meal, and baking soda. Stir in add-ins. 375 oven, one-inch balls on ungreased sheet to bake 8-10 minutes (until golden brown). They will be a bit soft as you transfer to cooling rack, then firm up. Can also roll into log, freeze, and cut off slices to bake as needed.
In late 2009 I attended a Birthing From Within training in Austin. I was just dipping my toes into the birth world and loved everything I read in Pam England’s book, Birthing From Within and wanted to dig deeper into birth preparation using this method. I was interested in learning the process of birth as a heroes journey, labyrinths, storytelling and pain coping techniques. When my youngest kiddo came along a couple years later I spent time focused on meeting his needs and knitting our new family of 4 together. A year ago I started a mentorship program with Birthing From Within to finish my certification and am proud to say I’m a Certified Birthing From Within mentor!
I collected these a few years ago and have found them helpful for clients who are needing positive mantras during their pregnancy. Some people will write them on paper to hang around their birth space. Some will put them on their mirror as a reminder in preparation for their upcoming birth. Some will make art to go with each. Hope you enjoy! Would love to see any you would like to have added.
Babies know how to be born.
This is worth it! My little one is almost here!
My body is made for this!
Focus on power not pain!
Labor pain is purposeful and temporary.
My body knows how to birth my baby.
Loose lips, loose hips!
My body is open...my mind is strong....my body is strong...my mind is open...
It’s a wave, it’s a wave…. Let it flow.
I can do this, I am strong!
This is an interesting sensation that requires my full attention.
I trust my instincts to know what I need in labor.
I accept this labor as my labor and believe it is the right one for me.
I love and accept my body completely.
I accept all my feelings as part of myself.
I feel the love of others around me.
My heart knows what my baby needs, my mind is learning.
Good strong contractions help my baby come into the world.
My body contains all the knowledge necessary to give birth to my baby.
My baby will be born healthy and at the perfect time.
I will have an uncomplicated, peaceful, joyous and pleasurable birth.
I will breathe deeply and slowly to relax my muscles making it easier for my uterus
All I need to do is relax and breathe- nothing else.
My body knows how to grow this baby as it knows how to birth this baby.
I love my baby and am doing all that is necessary to bring about a healthy birth.
The power and intensity of my contractions cannot be stronger than me, because it
My job is to simply relax and allow the birth to happen.
300,000 women will be giving birth with you today. Relax and breathe and do
nothing else. Labor is hard work and you can do it.
Soften around the pain, relax into it.
I am ready and prepared to welcome my baby