Monday, 29 April 2013

MOTHERS DAY GIVEAWAY {CLOSED}

Theres not doubt about it, WE LOVE MUMS! They are the ones that pick us up when we are down, they teach us the good, the bad and how to give the best cuddles. They smother us with love, confidence and pride! Let's celebrate mums... Because they are the best! I want to give a beautiful mum the chance to be spoilt with all these amazing gifts on mothers day so if you are a mum, a mum to be, have a mum or know a mum you would like to gift this amazing bunch of prizes to, then go get entering down the bottom... Its a good one you don't want to miss!!!! 

1. Pana Chocolate I Love You Mum 4 pack Gift Box - I Love You Mum gift box is the perfect present for a Pana Chocolate loving mum with four 45g bars (Mint, Rose, Coconut & Goji and Raw Cacao) and a cute gift card to write your own personal message. Not exclusive to Mother’s Day, a perfect gift for Mum on any occasion. (Value $28.95)

2. Handmade Geo Cube Necklace in Teal Green/ Blue and Glitter Silver by Danidot designsThe danidots on this necklace have been lovingly formed entirely by hand. Each cube measures approx. 8mm on each side. The necklace features seven danidots in teal and glitter silver and are strung on 70mm tan leather cord. (Value $45)

3. Signed copy of EAT FAT BE THIN by the lovely Andi Lew and Dr Natalie Kringoudis - Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist Dr. Natalie Kringoudis, and wellness centre owner, health writer, TV presenter and author of 7 Things Your Doctor Forgot to Tell You and The Modern Day Mother Andi Lew explain why eating fat doesn’t make you fat. Their easy-to-understand approach and scientific know-how will give you light bulb moments and have you laughing all the way to the fridge. (Value $24.95)

4. Planet eve organics Mother's Day Luxe Pack - Planet Eve Organic's Luxe Body Pack features the deliciously nourishing, velvet textured Luxe Body Creme (200ml) for complete all over body care. The Gift Set also includes a full sized antioxidant Luxe Hand Creme (50ml), enriched with the Amazonian Acai super berry, Lingonberry from the Arctic, vitamin and mineral rich Rosehip, Bulgarian Rose, Shea Butter, Macadamia and Sweet Almond Oil. All Planet Eve Organics products are Australian Certified Organic, cruelty free and 95% MINIMUM Certified Organic ingredients. This percentage excludes water and salt to bulk up to reach the minimum requirement.  No synthetic chemicals, pesticides or fertilisers; no artificial colours or perfumes and no GMO or animal ingredients.
(Value $78)

5. 2 x MummaBubba teething bangles in turquoise and pearly white from the awesome Aussie Bubs online store - MummaBubba's Jewellery offers the ideal combination of form and function, so mum can sit back and relax in the latest fashion accessories with the peace of mind that they are providing safe, much needed relief to their babies tender little gums. (Value $30)

6. INDAH Virgin Coconut Oil - Comes to you in its raw form. Free from all chemical processing, with no added preservatives and artificial flavours. Unlike other plant-based cooking oils, Virgin Coconut Oil doesn't break down and go rancid at high temperatures. Hand pressed using fresh coconut flesh from wild-organic and sustainable fair-trade farms in Bali. (Value $15)

 7. Witjuti Bamboo Wrap Cardigan by Witjuti This long-sleeved wrap cardigan is made from a blend of 95% rayon/viscose from organic bamboo and 5% spandex. It is superbly soft and versatile, waterfall wrap cardigan, with lengths that wrap around your middle for a firmer fit or leave them long and flowing for a more relaxed fit. Although not specifically a nursing garment, it can easily be used as a modesty cover when breastfeeding and, as you can choose and adjust the fit, perfect for a growing bump. The winner can pick between XS-XL, and in Taupe, Black or the new colours coming out in May are Blue, Teal and Charcoal. (Value $74.95)

8. Jelly fish family by Libby Watkins art - WOW! This is a beautiful piece of art work by the very talented Libby Watkins. She has some amazing pieces so be sure to check out her website here. (Value $120)

9. Organic baby change mat cover by eco nino nursery - They are unique and beautiful in design, made with the softest organic jersey cotton which is manufactured under GOTS Control Union certification. This fabric has been specifically designed and manufactured for the eco nino label. (Value $29.95) 

10. 'Toucan Sam' Bird feeder by TIMBERMILL DESIGNS - Timbermill Designs is a Sydney based company, creating handmade furniture and homewares from recycled and reclaimed timber. They pride themselves on creating sustainable products using materials with unique character and charm. Their pieces are absolutely divine and they can do custom orders for anything you desire! (Value $75)

11.1 year subscription to Nurture Parenting magazine - This is a quarterly publication which is aimed at parents who are looking for an alternative to mainstream parenting information. It is Australia's only owned and printed natural parenting magazine! Nurture Magazine has been created to provide thought-provoking, evidence-based articles on the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements of child-rearing from a natural parenting perspective. (Value $31.80)
To enter simply be a follower of Choose life, live it do it blog and leave a comment below telling me why you love being a mum or what you love about your mum!

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THE WINNER IS SARAH CROSSLEY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! 

Enjoy this amazing prize! x

Terms: This giveaway is open to all Australian followers of Choose life, live it, do it. All entrants must provide a first name along with your comment entry and ensure I can contact you via your blog/social media or email  (you can subscribe via email if you don't want to list your contact details publicly) . Once the giveaway has ended and winner is chosen they will be contacted via email and put in touch with the sponsors. Giveaway items are not distributed by Choose life, live it, do it, alot of them are directly distributed to the winners by the sponsors themselves. 

RECIPE: Over night Date and Walnut Muffins


DELICIOUS! Whilst on my pregnancy baking journey... YES, I love baking way too much and being home, tired and loving food I have been baking alot! I definitely think its my way of nesting! A friend bought these yummy muffins to playgroup, they are so yummy and a great snack. So I asked her for her mums amazing recipe and then next day I made a double batch, just quietly, they didn't last long... My husband isnt a big sweet eater and he was devouring them and the guys at his work were loving them too. So all in all, I think they are a super easy, super safe, delicious muffin that everyone will love. Get into them!

Ingredients:


Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to the one bowl, mix mix mix until all combined.
  2. Cover and Leave in fridge overnight. U must do this, otherwise they turn out really dry!!!
  3. In the morning, Bake at 180 degrees for 20-30 mins.


WOW! YUMMO!
Enjoy warm out of the oven or snacking on the go!!!

KEEP POSTED FOR A YUMMY BAKERS GIVEAWAY FROM HONEST TO GOODNESS ON THE BLOG REALLY SOON!!! 



Sunday, 28 April 2013

WEARING: A pretty necklace @ 38 weeks!

Babies all around! I have four amazing friends all due with second babies within a couple of weeks of each other. Today I got to go out to a fabulous high tea for one of my bump buddies and it was lovely! 
Yes, I have a teething toddler, I am tired, round faced, full of fluid retention, back and hip pains but it was nice to get out of my pj's and enjoy a ladies afternoon of yummy treats! Not long now before our baby number 2 shows its face and I am getting more excited to meet him or her every day! 

Wearing:

View more wearing posts and fun maternity finds here.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

My hospital bag essentials

My Bag is packed, yes it is! I am ready to have a baby! WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
I understand hospital births are not for everyone, but for me, its the way to go. I like to know there are resources if anything were to happen during birth and I like the support.  In saying that, I'm not a huge fan of hospitals. It's the last place I would go if any of us were really sick; the food is far from healthy, the care isn't always good and it can be too focused on what medication to prescribe next instead of nourishing the body with what it really needs. When I gave birth to little P, I was out of there within 24 hours. I just wanted to get home and enjoy our new little family. Her birth was wonderful though and I had an amazing midwife that stayed with us from the moment my labour began, she was amazing support for both my husband and I and her birth was great! This time, things will be different and we are ok with that but my stay in hospital may be longer and I wont get down about it, I am just planning to see it as my little holiday with my new baby! This means I want to make my stay comfortable so these are my favourites, my hospital essentials that are ready to go and packed in my hospital bag. And yes, top of the list is a heap of coconut water... Why? Well, why not? Its the best isn't it? It is amazing for hydration so it will be my number one saviour when it comes to energy and kicking off breastfeeding on the right track. I have some great little things for both baby and I as well as a whole heap of huge granny undies and hoop size maternity bras that I will spare you the pictures. The plan is that with these things below, I will try to relax and enjoy my little holiday away from home with my new baby before I head back to reality and am fighting off an over eager big sister that wants to poke and prod and pick up the new addition and get used to becoming a family of 4.
Cass xo
RAW C 100% Natural COCONUT WATER, Everescents Berry blonde shampoo and conditioner travel tubes. 
For baby: Natural Rubber Soother's, WOTNOT BABY WIPESVM Baby Bum Bum Balm, and VM Nip Nip Nipple Balm

Juniper Wilde ORGANIC "HELLO" Baby Blanket - Swaddle (This is gorgeous!!!) 

Mod mum Maternity Hospital gown, Singing Slowly custom made Bath robe, Witjuti Organic Bamboo lounge pants and singlet top. 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Sample Birth Plan


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GUEST POST BY DENBY SHEATHER

Birth Plans are not set in stone, they are really just intended as a guide to help you get your head around the impending birth of your baby, and perhaps get you thinking about some things that hadn’t occurred to you before about the whole birth process. Discuss details with your partner but be flexible, and be prepared to throw it out the window at the last minute as well! I had a wonderful plan for my birth, all very holistic and esoteric!, but at the eleventh hour I didn’t even think about it. I got so into the birth zone and focused on delivering my baby that I didn’t worry about sticking to an agenda - and I had a beautiful four hour labor and gave birth in the bath with no drugs. I was in trust and everything flowed from that space. Give yourself permission to surrender and be in the moment and you will find the strength you need and make the decisions you need to, with empowerment and grace.

Even the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry.  It's good to have your plan a,b or c organized before your due date (mainly so your mind can relax), but on the day, if things change, try to be calm, stay in trust and remain open to the wisdom of mother nature and the universe.  You ARE protected.  Even if you don't understand or feel your thoughts taking over, ALL WILL BE WELL if you stay in your breath, in your heart space and ground yourself with the skills you have learnt in your yoga and birth zone sessions. This is an incredible journey you are making, blossoming from woman to mother, and YOU HAVE the power to create whatever you desire.  Listen to, and be guided by, your babies, for they KNOW.  Blessed be.

* Labor
  • I wish to be able to move around and change position at will throughout labor.
  • I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labor.
  • I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal exams to a minimum.
* Monitoring
  • I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is absolutely necessary.
* Labor Induction
  • I do not wish to have the amniotic membrane ruptured artificially unless signs of fetal distress require internal monitoring.
  • I would prefer to be allowed to try changing position, nipple stimulation, massage, acu-pressure, enema, shiatsu, tens machine or homeopathy before Prostaglandin gel or a Syntocinon drip are administered.
* Anesthesia
  • I do not want any kind of anesthesia offered to me during labor, though I would like it available if I specifically request it.  My partner is to decide when that will be, if I am unable to voice the need myself.
  • No IV fluids unless they are necessary antibiotics as per doctor's instructions.
  • I would like an epidural only in the event that it is absolutely necessary.
* Caesarean
  • If my primary care provider determines that a Cesarean delivery is necessary, I would like to obtain a second opinion from another physician if time allows.
  • I would like my husband and my doula present at all times if I require a Cesarean delivery.
  • I wish to have an epidural as anesthesia.
  • If my baby is not in distress, he/she should be placed on my chest or if not possible, given to my partner immediately after birth.  I would like the cord to remain attached to us both for as long as possible ie until it stops pulsing, and then my partner is to cut the cord and the afterbirth to be kept for us.
* Episiotomy
  • I would prefer not to have an episiotomy unless absolutely required for the baby's safety.  If needed, I would prefer to be cut, and stitched afterwards with anaesthetic.
* Delivery
  • I would like my husband and/or doula/midwife to support me and my legs as necessary during the pushing stage.
  • I would like to birth in a bath and my partner to be allowed into the bath with me.
  • I would like a mirror available so I can see my baby's head when it crowns.
  • Even if I am fully dilated, and assuming my baby is not in distress, I would like to try to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase.
  • I would like my doula to receive the appropriate respect from hospital staff and to be allowed the space and time to assist me as planned. 
  • I would like to have my baby placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery.
* After Delivery
  • I would like myself and/or my partner to cut the cord, when it has finished pulsing.
  • I would like to have my baby examined and bathed in my presence.
  • If my baby must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my partner, doula or a family member I designate, will accompany my baby at all times.
  • I would like a private room in the birthing suite if available.
  • After the birth, I would prefer to be given a few moments of privacy to urinate on my own before being catheterized if that is necessary.
  • I would like to use my own witch hazel solution to soothe myself after an episiotomy.
  • I would like to donate the umbilical cord blood and to keep the afterbirth.
  • I would like to take the placenta home with me to have it encapsulated privately.
  • I do/do not wish for my baby to be given the Vitamin K injection.
* Breastfeeding
  • Unless medically necessary, I do not wish to have any bottles given to my baby     (including glucose water or plain water).
  • I do not want my baby to be given a pacifier/dummy.
  • I would like privacy with my baby, partner and doula to establish breastfeeding.
* Photos
  • I would like to make a video-recording of my labor and/or the birth.
  • My family and support people are permitted to take photos during my labor/birth.
* Support People
  • My support people are my partner, my doula, my (family members etc) and I would like them to be present during labor and/or delivery.

namaste,
Denby

About Denby: When Denby discovered yoga in 2000, she felt the universe had finally revealed her true purpose in this lifetime. She felt blessed and inspired and left behind a successful career in the Film and Television industry to be in service to others as a yogi and teacher.
She started her yoga journey by completing an intensive 2 year Ki Yoga Diploma teacher training course in 2002 with Master teachers Jack Marshall and Richard Paton and simultaneously began studying a variety of natural therapies at Nature Care College, including Energetic and Spiritual Healing, Kinergetics, Bowen Therapy and Massage. Since then she has completed Pre natal and Mother and Baby Yoga training with Suzanne Swann, (inspired by the teachings of Active Birth pioneer Janet Balaskas); the Hatha/Purna Yoga Diploma with John Ogilvie at Byron Bay Yoga; advanced workshops with Donna Farhi, Tara Judelle, Kathryn Budrig, Lisa Masters, Simon Borg-Olivier and Duncan Peak and birthed a beautiful son, Max, who is her greatest teacher and friend.

She continues to hone her skills as a therapist specialising in pre and post natal yoga; is a certified and registered Level 3/Senior teacher (Hatha and Ki) with YA, a Reiki Master and an Alumni Ambassador with lululemon athletica. Ever the perpetual student, Denby is inspired by leading yogis including Shiva Rea, Donna Farhi, John Ogilvie, Simon Borg-Olivier, Tara Judelle and Francesco Garri Garripoli and guided by the teachings of Gangaji, her husband Eli and the luminosity of healer Caterina Pellegrino-Estrich. Denby is currently studying Cranio-sacral therapy and distributes the incredible DoTERRA organic essential oils through the studio.
Denby is now one of the most sought after yoga therapists on the Northern Beaches, well known for her insightful, compassionate and natural affinity with teaching and healing.
All of Denby’s classes incorporate remedial yoga sequences and seasonal insights that build physical structure, emotional foundation & energetic integrity. The more subtle and energetic aspects of Ki and Hatha yoga are woven within these sequences designed to open the heart and encourage a deep exploration of habits, behaviours and memories. Shifting weakness into strength through this system of corrective yoga helps restore balance on all levels and helps awaken the complete Self.
With over a decade of teaching experience and exploring this relationship between the seasonal cycles, the five element theory and body/mind/spirit, Denby has founded the innovative vinyasa-style practice that she calls ‘Ki FUSION Yoga’, a unique style that reflects her own personal journey with yoga, energy and motherhood.


She encourages students to let go of the physical and mental struggle connected with trying to find the ‘perfect pose’ and instead, to find and feel the energies within each pose, with ease, attention and a sense of adventure. Their practice then follows the path of self-inquiry and self-expression, rather than just being a physical activity. Students come away from classes feeling that they have been ‘held’, opened up and safely challenged, at their own level.

“I am humbled to witness the amazing commitments my students make to themselves, each time they step onto their mats. They are all my brave yogi warriors!”
Denby’s other calling in life is writing and she is currently working on two pioneering books, “AWAKENING SHAKTI: HEALING THE WOUNDED FEMININE THROUGH YOGA, RITUAL & SEASONAL WISDOMS”, and “KI FUSION YOGA: DISCOVERING YOUR YOGANATURE”, both to be published and available as ebooks in the new year. (*Both titles/concepts subject to copyright and trademarked.)
Her popular Ki Yoga Active Birth poster, the first of its kind, is now available for sale and the 5 seasonal Ki FUSION posters and DVD’s will be released later in 2012.


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Am I really ready???

As days pass and we make our way closer to baby birth-day I am becoming a total wreck!! I get excited, I cry, I get tired, I cry, I look at my gorgeous little 2 year old, I do a few jobs to get things organised and then I cry some more... It's the way things are going and I am riding it.

I am just so emotional and its all a bit like; wow! I look at little P and I have so much love for her, it makes me think how is it that their can be more love for the next treasure that will be entering out lives in such a short time? Am I ready to go from being a couple with a baby to becoming a family of 4? Am I ready for sleepless nights of breastfeeding? Am I ready to face the next challenge? Am I really ready???

Well, I better be... This baby will be here before we know it and I will have to be ready and if I'm not, well, everyone else around me will have to help to pick up the pieces. That's what being a mum is, isn't it? It's hard work, it's emotional, it's hormonal, its tiring, it's exciting, it's amazing, it's fun and I love it! I am truly so excited for this new addition to enter the world so bring it on... I will be ready!

How did you feel in your last weeks of your pregnancy?



Friday, 19 April 2013

RECIPE: SPELT PIZZA


When it comes to friday nights, I'll be honest with you, all we feel like eating is crap! My husband gets home from a hard week at work and we just want to sit on the couch and snack on. He sips on his home brew and me with my sparkling water and lime and we chat about stuff. It's nice.

One thing we love to add to the mix is pizza, Who doesn't like pizza??? And its hard to get a good one. Tonight, we made a good one... WOW! It was so delicious I just cant wait to share the recipe with you! It is made with spelt flour so its easier for our bodies to digest as well as a choice to be moo cow* cheese free. But the taste is not compromised one bit, it tastes even better... if I do say so myself. We had so much fun making these together as a family, and they are so easy you will wonder why you would ever bother buying a pre-made one that is filled with crap. 

Get your family together and get in the kitchen and make some super yummy pizza's TOGETHER, because all it all, thats the best part! 

Ingredients:
Method:

  1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  2. Add in oil and water and mix mix mix. 
  3. Once mixture starts forming a dough, throw some extra flour on the bench and start kneading your dough on the bench. The dough should become quite firm and stretchy, not moist.
  4. Separate mixture into 4 portions and roll into balls. 
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll flat each ball as thin or as thick as you prefer (I like them thin) to make your bases. 
  6. Lay base onto pizza tray or baking tray and pop all your toppings on.
  7. Cook on preheated 200 degree oven for 15-30 mins. 
  8. ENJOY!

MAKES 4 YUMMY PIZZA's

Tonights Topping - Olive, mushroom and Goats fetta ( SO SO SO GOOD!)

  • 1 Tbs Organic tomato paste, spread first on the base
  • Clove of galic, crushed
  • Tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Olives, pitted and halved
  • Mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Goats Fetta
  • Sprinkle of oregano

*Little P now calls dairy cheese "moo cow cheese" as thats where it comes from right? A moo cow? 

Thursday, 18 April 2013

WEARING: The babe and I in the park!


HAPPY FRIDAY! I am finally getting into some nesting... I think! I just cleaned out my office, did 3 loads of washing and opened some wedding presents that I found from 3 years ago (haha, I know!!! I just wanted to save them for a special occasion and I think this is it.... I have some energy!)... 
Today little P and I are sorting stuff around the house and starting to get organised for this baby that will be here before we know it! YIPPEE!!

We are in our PJ's* so these photos are from a couple of weeks ago in the park... Isnt my big girl just so cute??? Note; the photo at the bottom is her perfecting the "PEACE AND POUT" look that her aunty has drilled into her*...

Have a fabulous weekend! 

Wearing:

Little P Wears:
View more wearing posts and fun maternity finds here.

Cass xoxo

* Thats a given these days.
* ARRRRRHHHHHHHH!!!! I guess thats what good young Aunts are for hey?

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

NATURAL BEAUTY: Why Jojoba oil

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Jojoba oil has so many wonderful uses!!!! I would have to say, that it is my must have oil. Do you want to know way? Well let me tell you.

1. Jojoba is the only plant known to produce wax esters similar to those in our skin.
2. Jojoba is naturally hypoallergenic and contains powerful antioxidants, Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids, and Vitamins A, D and E.
3. Skin recognizes jojoba as its own and lets it in to deliver active ingredients into the deeper layers of our skin.
4. Jojoba oil can be used all over the body!! amazing for the scalp taking off make-up , oil cleansers, nourishing your cuticles and an all over body treatment..
5. For me I can't live without the product it has really conditions my eyelashes. And a wonderful product for people who have problem skin this will nourish and Anti- bacterial
6. Penetrates intercellular skin structure retaining moisture , smoothness & elasticity.
7. stimulates scalp & hair
8. Massage oil
9. Nourishes hands & nails.

Here are some DIY treatments in using Jojoba oil at home.

~Eye make- up remover~
· 2 cotton pads damp
· 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
apply the jojoba oil onto the cotton pads wipe over eyes not rubbing this will break the lashes. Repeat.

I also massage before bed a small amount of jojoba oil into my fingertips, than massing lightly into the lashes.

~body oil scrub~
· 1 tablespoons of jojoba oil
· 1 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
· 2 drops of lavender oil
· 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Mix all ingredients together and scrub over body and don’t forget the feet!!!

~Hot hair oil treatment~
Does your hair feel dry, brittle and damaged I really love using jojoba oil. This well really help condition spilt ends making your hair soft and help prevent those nasty fly way's!!!

· 2 Tablespoons of jojoba oil
· 1 Teaspoon olive oil

place ingredients into a pouring jug and gently pour into hair, having your head upside down. Then massage into the scalp and through to the ends. Wrap your hair up into a warm towel.
leave in your hair as long as possible.. Rinse your hair, than shampoo & condition as normal.

Do this treatment once a week.

Yvette x


About Yvette: Yvette is a qualified beauty therapist that has worked in day spas and with big brands such as lancĂ´me, channel, Clarins. Over the past few years, Yvette has gravitated towards a more holistic approach.


She wants to do the very best for her body by leading the most toxic free lifestyle that she can. Being a beauty therapist; Yvette knows how to treat peoples skin, she has experienced how toxic so many products on the market are and she wants everyone of us to be absolutely gorgeous... NATURALLY!  Yvette makes incorporating natural beauty remedies, skin care and an organic approach to make up affordable and easy. 
You can find Yvette @

Email yvette1@live.com
www.wellnessholisticbeauty.com
I also run a skin coaching program email me for details


Planning for an empowering birth in an unnatural situation (A gentle family centred C-Section Birth Plan)

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This is one topic I never thought I would be writing about on my blog. Not because I am against caesarians (even though I kinda was), but just because I thought I would never need to even think about having one. Why? Because have a c-section is major surgery that isn't always necessary and we know that a baby entering the world naturally through the birth canal is the best thing for it! It gives its lungs a good squeeze, its first gut bacteria, it lets off such great natural hormones and endorphins to the mother, the list is endless and all in all, it is how birth is meant to be.

To tell you the truth, in the situation I am currently in, I am scared! I am really scared! I am scared about them cutting me open and I am scared for all the drugs that go with it. But as time passes and gets closer to my due date I am coming to acceptance that any birth will be beautiful, western medicine is here for a reason and safety needs to come first for myself and my family. No decisions have been set in stone for us yet, and they wont be until closer to our due date, that's our decision but we are going to be prepared for what ever nature will throw at us.

So the more I think about it, the more I believe that everyone should have a Caesarian birth plan. Because in the end, the birth plan we choose may not be and anything can happen. And as a mother, birth should be empowering and amazing, what ever way your little blessing enters the world! This is why we should do our research and be prepared with questions for any situation that may be thrown at our tired, aching, fluid filled, huge bodies when birth time comes for us!

I did a bit googling around about gentle caesarians and also found a great post on birth without fear blog and this is what I came up with...

My C- section Birth Plan (if it were to come about)

Wait until as close to ‘due date‘ as possible.

During Surgery

Make the experience as family centred as possible! Talk about this with your doctor!

Talk to your doctor about what kind of incision they are doing. Horizontal is best if possible. Double layer suture close. Disposable stitches, NO STAPLES!

Please ensure all medications are suitable for breastfeeding!!!
Also, talk to your doctor about different pain medication options.
No calmatives or sedatives before or after birth; I want to be fully with-it during birth and first moment of baby’s life!

Lowered lighting in theatre if possible

Please explain the surgery to me as it happens

Please lower sheet as baby is born

Calm birthing music

If my baby is not in distress, he/she should be placed on my chest or if not possible, given to my partner immediately after birth.

Please leave placenta attached until it stops beating. My Husband will then cut the cord.

Please try to leave placenta fully in tact and bag it ready for our placenta encapsulator to pick up.

If my baby must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my husband will accompany my baby at all times.

Recovery

We would like to keep Baby with us at all times!
I would like my baby and husband to come to Recovery with me. As long as baby is healthy, I would like skin to skin and breastfeeding immediately after surgery! If emergency, then my husband will – NO NURSERY!

I am willing to be up and walking as soon as possible

I would like my Catheter out as soon as possible after surgery

I do not wish to have any bottles given to my baby, unless medically necessary.

I would to have IV removed as soon as possible after surgery

Buy and use post birth recovery pants for your incision.

I will wean yourself off pain medication as soon as I can.

Rest, nurse and bond with your baby. DONT OVERDO IT!

Have arnica and placenta salve for wound healing

Drink lots of coconut water for hydration, have it on tap!!!

 Start taking Supplements including:
- Placenta pills
- Naturopathic prescribed prenatal multi vitamin x 2 a day
- Naturopathic prescribed probiotic x 2 a day

Husband is to bring in green smoothie everyday

Do NOT feel like a failure! You are a mother and just created a beautiful life!

Anything I should add??

Cass xox


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