An Empowering Yoga Practice for Loving Your Pregnant Body (7) of 8 techniques for OFP

An Empowering Yoga Practice for Loving Your Pregnant Body (7) of 8 techniques for OFP

Ever wonder what you can do every day to love, feel good, and build confidence in your pregnant body?

Well, today I’ve created a 15 minute empowering yoga practice for you that you can do every morning to help you do just that.

Not only will this practice make you feel amazing, but it will help you get out of your head and into your body as well as aid in getting your baby in the best possible position for birth.

Sound good? That’s because it is.

I know because I’ve been doing it myself every morning for the past few days and I feel like a freaking goddess.

If you do this practice regularly, it will help you embody the feeling of love, acceptance and trust in your body as opposed to just thinking about loving, accepting and trusting your body.

Yoga is as powerful a practice as you want it to be. Here’s how you can make it make a difference.

 

Discover the empowering yoga practice here

Give yourself 15 minutes of peace and quiet to follow along with me and then let me know in the comments section below how you feel.

With so much love,

Lacey

p.s. If you’re in Lafayette, I wanna make sure you know where you can attend prenatal yoga classes – The Yoga Garden at 2513 Johnston St. holds an on-going class on Thursday evenings at 5:45. I highly recommend. I’ve attended myself and I’m not even pregnant!

(6) of 8 techniques for optimal fetal positioning series – Homeopathy

(6) of 8 techniques for optimal fetal positioning series – Homeopathy

When people think of homeopathy, most equate it with herbalism. Not the same.

Homeopathy is a medicinal system that works off the principle of similars: “Through the like, disease is produced, and through the application of the like it is cured.” – Hippocrates

So basically, toxic plants, because of how they’re prepared, can cure the aliments that they cause. So yeah, homeopathy is plant-derived like herbalism, but how it works and is prepared is quite different – many herbs you can simply ingest, while homeopaths have to go through a preparation process where hardly any trace of the original plant is left.

The homeopathic principle of similars is even common in modern-day medicine.

Like, we know that radiation kills cancer even though it causes it too, and Ritalin calms down an ADHD child even though it’s an amphetamine-like drug that normally causes hyperactivity.

What many women don’t know, though, is how homeopathy is relevant in pregnancy and birth and how it can aid in optimal fetal positioning.

So today, I’m going to show you how homeopathy can reduce your chances of needing a c-section due to fetal malpositioning or malpresentation especially if your baby is breech. Check out the video here.

If you’re just tuning in to this 8-part series on optimal fetal positioning to avoid the need for a c-section (since 90% of c-sections are due to this), you can catch up with the videos here:

(1) rebozo

(2) chiropractic care

(3) maya abdominal massage

(4) acupuncture/moxibustion

(5) spinning babies techniques

And today, we’re talking about homeopathy.

Have you used homeopathy in your midwifery practice or know of a doula client that’s used it? Or are you a homeopath-using mama and used them in pregnancy or birth before? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know your story of using homeopathy in pregnancy and birth in the comments below. Bonus if you’ve used it for optimal fetal positioning!

With so much love,

Lacey

What Tantra Taught Me About Birth

What Tantra Taught Me About Birth

Around this time last year, through an interesting series of events, I stumbled upon the practice of tantra.

Many Westerners are clueless about what tantra really is and only associate it with a particular kind of sex.

However, it’s actually an ancient set of tools, practices, and techniques that have to do with feeling the maximum amount of power, beauty, truth and pleasure inside of your body.

And it uses your sexuality to do that.

Through the play of masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) polarities, tantra empowers you to recognize the truth of who you are rather than asking you be believe someone else’s.

And, let me tell ya, since I’ve been practicing this ancient art, life has not been the same.

To be honest, after I hit my late 20’s, my sex drive went into high gear and I wanted to learn how to harness some of that energy to use for my own creative purposes.

Doing the doula thing and raising my kids required a mediocre amount of creativity, but I knew there was more creative potential I wasn’t tapping into that was available to take my life to new levels.

I wanted to create a business that allowed me financial and location independence doing what I love and having a positive impact in women’s lives by inspiring a revolution in how we do birth.

And I had no idea how to do that.

Then, tantra found me.

And now I’m overflowing with ideas.

So what does tantra have to do with birth? I’ll get to that in a minute.

First, it’s important to understand a bit about tantra before you can understand what it taught me.

One of the biggest concepts behind tantra that’s foreign to our western sex culture is that the focus is on pleasure with no agenda for orgasm or even intercourse.

Yeah, sounds totally foreign to our fast and hard, porn-initiated, focus on HIS pleasure western minds huh?!

Unfortunately, women in our culture are often expected to show up turned on and wanting, in the same way and time frame that men are.

And for a lot of us women, that’s just not how it works.

We need more time, we need eye contact, we need to feel safe and relaxed.

Seeing any similarities with birth yet?

Female turn on is still poorly understood. But, we do know that when men allow space and time to focus on our pleasure with no agenda or expectations, incredible things happen…like, we get turned on!

This is called “holding space,” – a very masculine (Shiva) thing to do.

In tantra, Shiva represents pure consciousness and feminine Shakti represents power.

When Shiva holds space through his consciousness for Shakti to step into her power, according to tantra, the two energies merge and worlds are born.

When women are given the space to use their power to create in their own unique way, amazing things like epic sex, babies, art, music, and ideas are born.

As I’ve learned, this sacred space holding is as important in birthing babies as it is to epic sex.

As a doula, I see it every time a mama is scared, anxious, and excited when her labor begins. Then, things start getting harder and she starts experiencing pain.

I show up, witness her, connect with her, hold space for her, and she calms down, feels safe again, drops her defenses, lets go, and settles into an ecstatic rhythm and ritual.

When I’m properly holding space for a laboring woman, even if she’s experiencing moments of pain, she looks like a goddess and experiences moments of pleasure and ecstasy too.

Something I had been doing in birth without even realizing it, was, in fact, one of the same techniques that men are taught in tantra to allow their woman to experience more pleasure and ecstasy than ever during love making.

This space holding is why women who are highly supported, loved, in a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment who are being witnessed experience PLEASURE in birth!

This is how orgasmic birth happens.

Unbeknownst to me, tantra taught me the importance of holding space for laboring women and that it’s just as vital to an epic and pleasurable birth experience as it is to epic and pleasurable sex.

And the ironic thing is, as a lover of divine feminine, it takes my masculine/Shiva/space holding energy to awaken the divine feminine/Shakti/power in the laboring women I serve.

What a beautiful play of polarities and balance indeed.

We’re always the last to figure out what we’re REALLY doing anyway.

With so much love,

Lacey

p.s. If you’re interested in learning more about tantra, my friend and tantrika, Layla Martin, is starting the next round of her Epic Lovers Masterclass July 20, 2016. You can check out this mind-blowing, life-altering, and upper-limits of pleasure breaking class here.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, that testimonial quote about how surprised I was at my typical jeep driving “dude’s” reaction to taking the class was…yeah, that’s me!

p.s.s The Optimal Fetal Positioning series WILL continue next week! With school being out, it’s been difficult to shoot videos with a house full of kids…I’m sure you can relate 🙂

(5) of 8 techniques for optimal fetal positioning series – spinning babies techniques

(5) of 8 techniques for optimal fetal positioning series – spinning babies techniques

Ever hear those stories of being in labor for 46 hours or stuck at 8 centimeters and had a c-section for failure to progress? Yeah, I know you have. Thankfully, spinning babies techniques are here to help.

Spinning babies is a project of recorded techniques for optimal fetal positioning founded by midwife, Gail Tully, on her website, spinningbabies.com

This website and it’s accompanying techniques are unique because it comprises thousands of years’ worth of midwifery wisdom and physical therapy for pregnancy/birth nearly lost to obstetrics – when epidurals became a standard of care and c-sections were easily performed.

Nowadays, because women are mostly drugged during birth, the need for these techniques has become nearly obsolete in the hospital setting, leaving the knowledge about them to the midwives and alternative health practitioners.

The doctors can offer little to help if you can’t move and plus, they make a boatload more money when they do a c-section, so why bother with techniques?

If having a non-surgical birth is important to you and your clients, definitely check out today’s video to learn about which spinning babies techniques I use most often on my clients during labor.

For the past week, I’ve been telling you about various techniques to aid in optimal fetal positioning so you or your clients have shorter labors and avoid the need for a c-section due to fetal malpositioning or malpresentation (as 90% of c-sections are due to this reason). If you missed the previous 4 techniques, you can find them here:

(1) rebozo

(2) chiropractic care

(3) Arvigo techniques of maya abdominal massage

(4) acupuncture/moxibustion

and today, we’re talking about spinning babies techniques I use with my clients most often during labor.

Have you used the spinning babies techniques on your clients or looked them up and done them for yourself? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what magic and miracles you’ve witnessed using spinning babies techniques for optimal fetal positioning by writing in to lacey@laceybroussard.com or leaving a comment hear on the blog!

With so much love,

Lacey

(4) of 8 techniques for optimal fetal positioning – acupuncture and moxibustion

(4) of 8 techniques for optimal fetal positioning – acupuncture and moxibustion

If you’ve never heard of using acupuncture / moxibustion as a technique for optimal fetal positioning, you have to check this out.

It’s by far the most interesting technique I’ve come across and has over a 75% success rate in turning breech babies vertex and probably an even higher success rate for turning posterior babies anterior.

Today, you get to join me from my 4th story patio up in the palm trees in Key West as I show you the skyline and talk to you about acupuncture/moxibustion as a technique for OFP and how it works.

It’s beautiful here! Key West will definitely be on my list of places to revisit. Even with a tropical storm blowing through, Key West has been very familiar yet new and has gifted me a connection back to my sense of adventure – a feeling often left behind in the throws of motherhood to school-aged children.

I’m having so much fun exploring and going on new adventures, join me in the video here to see what I’ve been up to and learn about this interesting yet ancient technique for optimal fetal positioning.

If you missed the previous days’ videos on this topic, you can check them out here:

And today’s technique (4) Acupuncture/Moxibustion

Thanks so much for joining me on this journey. If you’re loving these videos, forward them to a fellow birth keeper or mama.  So many mama’s have no idea what optimal fetal positioning is. Yet, so many of them end up with c-sections because they aren’t educated on the topic and even if they are, many don’t know about the 8 techniques I’m telling you about over this 8-day journey or how they can help. Help spread the word and empower women to have better births by forwarding away!

With so much love,

Lacey

(3) of 8 techniques for optimal fetal positioning – the arvigo techniques of maya abdominal massage

(3) of 8 techniques for optimal fetal positioning – the arvigo techniques of maya abdominal massage

Everyone loves a relaxation massage, especially if you’re pregnant. But, the arvigo techniques of maya abdominal massage are the crème de la crème when it comes to message techniques for pregnancy and optimal fetal positioning.

The Arvigo techniques of Maya abdominal massage were developed by naturopathic doctor, Rosita Arvigo after spending 30 years learning from a Mayan Shaman in Belize.

These holistic techniques just so happen to be of enormous benefit to promote fertility, facilitate ease and optimal fetal positioning in pregnancy and labor, and to aid in women’s pelvic and womb health and wellness in general.

Join me this week as we journey through this 8-day discussion on optimal fetal positioning while I take you on vacation with me to the Florida Keys.

Watch today’s video here to learn more about how this technique can help you and/or your clients’ reduce their chances of a needed c-section due to fetal malpresentation or malpositioning.

If you missed the discussion and videos on techniques 1 and 2, you can check them out here:

And today’s technique (3) The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage

Thanks so much for joining me! If you’re enjoying these videos, be sure to forward them to your fellow doula friends, childbirth educators, and pregnant mama’s.

With so much love,

Lacey

p.s. Are you a midwife, doula or childbirth educator struggling to get clients and start your business? Are you tired of forking out money on your website and business and still not getting clients? I’m now offering 1:1 private coaching sessions to help you get clear on your desires for your birth-related business and help you map out a strategy to achieve your business goals. If you’re interested, write in to lacey@laceybroussard.com to set up a free 30 minute chat to see how I can help you.