Birth is Beautiful, Poop is Progress, Early Labor – video

My next video in the Birth is Beautiful series is about poop. Yeah, I know… but when we don’t talk about the yucky stuff it’s that much worse. This is part one of three. Who knew there was so much to talk about regarding poop and childbirth?

Remember that Birth is Beautiful and Poop is Progress!

Please do share this video. It’ll help others to know more about what to expect during early labor.


Lock in the 2015 class prices! Prices go up Jan 1st

January 2016 marks Shining Light’s fourth anniversary in Lawrenceville. I’ve always considered my business to be my 3rd baby (my other babies are 10 and 6). As all babies grow, the way we parent and tend to them evolves.

“I wanted to thank you again for the amazing classes!
I cannot stress how impressed both Matt and I were with the quality of these classes, the interactive style in which they are taught, and your abundant knowledge on all things baby/pregnancy.”

Our classes are comprehensive, evidence-based and supportive. Our service is unparalleled. We work with families of all types and structures. As a small business, we have the flexibility to be more accommodating than does a larger institution. Whether you are looking for a natural birth, choose an epidural or schedule your c-section, we support you.

I love having this Center in Lawrenceville. The community has always been very welcoming. Many of our students walk to class. Our bright, open space always elicits a joyous response from students as they walk in. The natural sunlight we get during the day enlivens not just the space itself, but our collective moods.

Beyond the physical space, there is an emotional connection. Our students connect with one another and with our teachers here. This is a long lasting community, not just of students, but of friends.

“Thank you so much for your support, the classes were tremendously helpful and my husband and I definitely referred back to that information dozens of times during this wild journey. I hope you are doing well, I definitely miss the community that Shining Light has gathered together!”

So, I wanted to give you the heads up that come Jan 1st, our rent goes up. To ensure we can continue to offer you the same high-quality classes, workshops and support groups in our much-loved location, prices will go up on Jan 1, 2016.

Lock in your 2015 prices by purchasing your classes, workshops or packages before Jan 1st. You will be able to get the 2015 prices for 2016 classes.

“Hands down the best class (Confident Birthing) I took before my baby. It prepares you for every kind of birth situation and gave me confidence to pursue my natural birth.”
~ Sarah

See you at the Center!

Birth is Beautiful, Your Mucus Plug – video

I’ve been meaning to get started on this new video series, Birth is Beautiful, for quite some time. This is the series where I discuss all of the gross, yucky and otherwise unmentionable things about childbirth. Today’s topic is, Your Mucus Plug.

Happy viewing!

Oh, and if you’d like to have your question answered via video, do email me.

On the Transformative Power of Pain During Childbirth

Pre-Columbian collection, Dumbarton OaksDSCF7954" by Johnbod - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Pre-Columbian collection, Dumbarton OaksDSCF7954″ by Johnbod – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Pain is a part of human existence. We experience physical pain or discomfort and mental or emotional pain or discomfort on a fairly regular basis. How we choose to deal with that pain is entirely up to us.

Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. 

This is true of the pain of labor as well as pain we might experience in the rest of our lives.

But why then, is pain a necessary component of labor? Why does childbirth hurt for the vast majority of women?
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One choice affects your whole birth experience

There is one choice that affects your whole birth experience. It sets the tone for your prenatal visits and affects all further choices you have during pregnancy, labor and birth. Choosing your care provider is the most important choice you can make. Do you choose an Obstetrician, Family Practice physician, Maternal Fetal Medicine or a Midwife?

If you are unhappy with your care provider, remember, you can change providers at any point during your pregnancy.

Need a suggestion or a referral? Contact us and we can help you out. Choosing your care provider for Birth Infographic

From Lamaze International