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Self Care Is Not Selfish, It Is a Necessity.

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With Mother's Day quickly approaching, The Birth Haven has been focusing on health and self care.

When we do not take care of ourselves, we cannot adequately care for those around us!

Self care is NOT selfish, it is a necessity. Mother's often  have an overwhelming amount of responsibility on their plate, being pulled in a million directions and not getting very much sleep. Self care becomes a means of survival and The Birth Haven knows just the things you need in order to begin taking time for yourself.

Motherhood begins 9 months prior to that bouncing bundle of joy joining the outside world and continues as a lifelong journey. Although different for everyone, the physical and emotional impacts of pregnancy and post baby affect all women. Whether you are feeling worn down, out of shape or some sort of crazy, The Birth Haven recommends beginning a prenatal fitness routine. 

Exercise is proven to have several benefits to a person's mental health as well as physical. 

When you exercise, your body releases serotonin, the happy stuff. Not only will your mental state benefit from a regular fitness plan, but keeping your body in great health keeps your baby in great health too. You may even be able to fight off some sickness and fatigue as well! 

Although it  may sound a little intimidating, there are vast amount of fitness routines and exercises you can do throughout your entire pregnancy and after your baby arrives.

If you are in the Lexington area, our top choice for a prenatal fitness class is Baby Moon.

Baby Moon offers Prenatal Yoga which focuses on strength, centering and preparing a mother for birth as well as Mom and Baby Yoga classes for after your baby arrives. Connecting mothers to one another, strengthening the body and giving unconditional support are all common themes with Baby Moon classes.

Need a massage to melt away the aches of pregnancy or the stress of new parenthood? Be sure to book a Belly Bliss massage from specially trained Prenatal Massage therapists, Tatsiana and Caitlin. Pain will melt away and worries will fade as tension and stress are eliminated through massage suited to your individual needs. Massage appointments and gift certificates can be booked through Baby Moon and make the perfect gift for mothers to be as well as Grandma, if you're  still looking for that perfect last minute gift!

Whether you are pregnant, have your first baby at home or parent multiple children, The Rhythm Within could be the perfect gift to yourself. The Rhythm Within is a 2 disc set that was made for active and transitional labor but can also be used for so much more. This birth music mimics the sound of a woman's heartbeat at 80 bpm creating a calm, soothing atmosphere. The greatest thing about this cd is that you can use it for your yoga routines, meditation, putting the kids down for a nap or to even help you get much needed rest at night. 

The Rhythm Within is available for purchase on the ProDoula website. 

 

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Do you have plans for Mother's Day already? Do you want to drop your spouse a hint for fun things to do this Mother's Day? The Birth Haven did a little research to help plan your day.

Brunch at Brasserie Provence featuring a 3 course menu, seating from 11am to 2pm so call and make a reservation today or book online here

If French isn't quite your taste, try Le Moo in Louisville for steak and several special dietary options or visit the Village Anchor right here in Lexington for brunch or dinner. Again as a reminder, reservations will fill up quickly so you better grab an open table while they're still available!

After dining, sit back and enjoy the view on the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad as you wander through the countryside house farms. This is a great way to spend Mother's Day with the kids. They are offering half price admission for Mom's on May 8th. 

If you are expecting or a new mother looking for some nurturing support, please contact The Birth Haven to find out what our professional doulas can do for you. We offer a wide array of services for birth, postpartum and much more.  Need a good night sleep? Our postpartum doulas can do just that and more! Whether you care for yourself through fitness, massage, music, food or postpartum doula care, let us help make this a Mother's day you will never forget! For weekly updates follow us on Instagram and Pinterest and like us on Facebook.  

 

 

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The Birth Haven Easter Guide: Hoppin' Around Lexington!

Easter came early this year and you're running around trying to throw together a quick and fun activity for the family with little to no time left to waste. The Birth Haven decided to step in and help you out!

We have a composed a list of great ways to spend Easter with friends and family in and around Lexington

If you want to brave the crowds, you have til Sunday to get your pictures with the Easter Bunny at the Fayette Mall . You can skip the lines with a Fast Pass and you also have the option to preorder your photo packages. If you are closer to Lexington Green, hop upstairs to Travis Clark Photography studio, visit their live bunnies while you wait for your turn with the Easter Bunny. 

As parents we tend to put immense pressure on ourselves to cover all the bases when it comes to celebrations and holiday events. This Easter there are so many options all weekend long in the Lexington area that you'll have plenty to keep your little ones busy and take part in the fun with them. 

On Saturday March 26th at 2:00pm, take the family for a ride on the Bluegrass Railway Easter Bunny Train. 

The Easter Bunny will come around the aisles to pass out hugs and take pictures with all the children and you can enjoy the views of Lexington in bloom along the way.

Depending on where you are located, there are Easter egg hunts spread out around the neighborhoods on Saturday morning into the early afternoon. 

Get an early start Saturday at 9am at the South Elkhorn Christian Church for crafts with the kids, an easter egg hunt and games. 

Hill n Dale Christian Church will be hosting a pancake breakfast followed by an easter egg hunt at 9am.

The Birth Haven suggests heading over to Lakeview Park in Frankfort for the Easter Egg Roll tomorrow morning at 10:00am. 

Enjoy the day with face painting, photos and games! Dye Easter eggs with the kids and enter the whole family into the Easter Egg Roll contest! The admission for this event is a suggested donation of a new or gently used book which will be passed along to the Reach Out and Read Program to promote literacy in Franklin County.  

If you are in Richmond, Richmond Parks and Rec are hosting their 36th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza. This is a free event, open to the public and there are back to back egg hunt time slots for different age groups. 

We understand that sometimes it's difficult to get the family up and out of the house early in the day and that means missing out on some of the fun. If this sounds like you, don't worry! From 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, join Keeneland Entertainment Center for face painting, cookie decorating, a petting zoo, pony rides and an Easter egg hunt at 2:30pm. RSVP to this event here

From all of us at The Birth Haven, have a very Happy Easter!

For updates and latest news you can find The Birth Haven on Facebook , follow us on Instagram and check out our Pinterest

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The Birth Super-Hero

My children think I have laser vision and a small implanted device within my ear canal that allow me to know their every move and thought process. They hear me yell through walls, correcting them for things they know I can't possibly know about. It's not true—I don’t have laser vision or super-hearing—but I'll never share my little secret!

I can give you a hint, though: As a doula, listening is a huge part of my job.  Not just listening with my ears, but listening with my eyes, my hands, and whatever special sixth sense tunes us in to the emotional states of the people around us.  That “super-listening” is a special doula skill that gives us a wealth of information about what our clients, their partners, and their care providers need and want.

As doulas, we support women in their decisions for birth and parenting, provide non-judgmental support, rub backs for hours, encourage birth partners if needed, and ensure that parents understand their options and are able to communicate with their care providers with greater ease. We are many things, but not super-human. We're not built with an ability to know our clients’ exact needs, thought processes, or desires in any given moment. But we are trained to LISTEN—even to what’s not being said, to assess, to do our best, and to follow the lead of each individual client to the best of our abilities.

As doulas, we need your feedback throughout your pregnancy and birth in order to give you the best experience possible. “Is the massage too firm? Let me adjust that for you! Is the juice too tart? How about some water instead?”  There will be times you may feel we are complete mind readers with laser focus and determination, but behind it all, we are also humans—skilled professionals, yes, but humans.   

Doulas are there to help you along your path to parenthood. We are there to listen to your needs and to act on them with grace and confidence.  We aren’t super-human or super-heroes.

No, if anyone deserves the title of super-hero, it's you and only you! You have grown a new human being, and are bringing that new little person out into the world, where you will nurture and grow him or her for a long time to come.  There is no super-power quite like that.  Wear your title proudly!

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