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Your body was designed for this.
You are born with the natural ability to birth. That’s right. Your body was designed for this. Birth is a physiological process just like breathing. We are programmed with the innate wisdom to give birth to our young because we are mammals. We are programmed to breathe because we need to in order to survive. Do we doubt our ability to breathe? No. So why should we doubt our ability to give birth in a physiological and natural way? I believe that many more mamas-to-be would choose to birth their babies “naturally” (without medication or interventions) if they understood the physiology of birth, knew the benefits for both mom and baby, and realized that their care provider and place of birth maximizes the chances of having a safe and positive birth experience.
Why Natural Birth?
Birth was designed this way for all mammals to ensure the smoothest possible transition from gestation to lactation (for mamas) and from womb to world (for babies).
Mamas that choose to have a physiological natural birth will experience:
✔️ Easier postpartum recovery
✔️ Improved breastfeeding and bonding
✔️ The natural flow of birth hormones that create an overall
positive and euphoric birth experience
Benefits for baby include:
✔️Beneficial microbiomes and crucial bacteria for healthy gut development and digestion
✔️ Effective respiratory transition- you’ll squeeze fluid out of your baby’s lungs when baby passes through the birth canal
✔️ Enhances baby’s brain development
✔️ Helps support baby’s immune system
✔️Senses more alert (no possible side effects from medications or epidural)
✔️More likely to engage in early breastfeeding
✔️Promotes mother-baby bonding
“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.”
-Virginia DiOrio, Birth Worker
Included in This Book
✔️ Imperative questions to ask your provider
✔️ A list of important topics to research during pregnancy
✔️ The Conditions That Support Birth
✔️ What You Need to Know About Epidurals
✔️ Creating Your Birth Nest
✔️ Understanding the Models of Care
✔️ What You Need to Know About Hospital Birth
✔️ Procedures After Birth
✔️ Things I Wished I Had Known as a New Mama
✔️ The Inner Work for Pregnancy and Birth
✔️ 5 Best Tips for Preparing Mentally for Birth
✔️ 5 Incredibly Helpful Techniques for Labor
✔️ Birth Affirmations
✔️ An introduction to Home Birth
✔️ Best tips if you choose to birth in the hospital
✔️ Must-haves for Birth + Natural Postpartum Care
✔️ New Mama’s Supply List
Also included: an additional resource...New Mama's Guide to Yoga!
Sarah here 👋 your new friend, mentor, and guide ready to support you on your journey of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.
I'm the author of "New Mama's Guide to Natural Birth," a mother of three, and a prenatal/postpartum yoga and fitness specialist with a passion in teaching mamas how to trust their body and birth with confidence.
I am not a certified childbirth educator. Just a mama who went down the rabbit hole researching physiological birth and decided to write a book that combines my knowledge, research, and personal experience into an essential guide for mothers-to-be. Over the years, I've worked with hundreds of expecting mamas; teaching yoga, facilitating new mom groups, guiding mother/baby classes and have a background in Early Childhood Education and Human Development. But the most important credential of all is that I've experienced three natural births myself (one hospital birth and two home births) and understand what it takes.
The birth of my first baby was a beautiful experience that I very much enjoyed. But looking back, I realized there was so much I did not know or prepare for as a first-time mom planning for a natural birth experience. Although I had a natural birth (intervention free) in the hospital, there was so much out of my control (i.e., the environment) that disrupted the flow of birth hormones. So, when I became pregnant with my second baby, I knew I wanted something different. I completely immersed myself in birth education and began researching and educating myself on all things birth. This opened up my eyes to home birth and all of the glorious benefits of physiological birth. I went on to have not one, but two of the most wonderful home birth experiences and felt compelled to share what I have learned over the years.
“New Mama’s Guide to Natural Birth” was born with the intention of supporting first-time moms on a natural journey into motherhood. It is now my passion to help other women understand their birth choices and learn how to advocate for themselves so they can begin motherhood feeling empowered through their birth experiences.
© 2023 by New Natural Mama.