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Picking Your Birth Team

Tying together all of our Facebook Live Guests over the past few months, I wanted to spend some time putting all of their great knowledge, information, and skills in to a written form.

When you first find out you're pregnant, there are so many things to think about and consider right away. You're excited to start planning and preparing a nursery space in your home! You start thinking about things you need, maybe planning a registry, what diapers you want to start with, breastpumps, the best toys, diaper bags, and start looking at all the cute little baby clothes!

But what about your medical and birth team?
Seems like a huge list! How do you narrow it down? Let's go through the various team members.

Medical OB/GYN or Midwife?
You can first start by thinking of where you'd like to birth. Do you picture yourself in the hospital, birth center, or home birthing your baby? If at home or a birth center, you'll very likely be having a midwife as your provider. If y…

Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology tape What is it? It is an elastic, adhesive tape which is not restricting like athletic tape. A good kinesiology tape allows for multiple consecutive days of wearing (5-7 days). It is available in a variety of different colors and patterns. These colors and patterns do not indicate that the tape is different from another in any way, but purely for the wearer’s enjoyment and preference. Yes, you can wear it in the shower, pool, hot tub, and work outs without having it come off easily.

How does it work? Kinesiology tape reduces pain. It does this by alleviating discomfort and facilitating lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions (wrinkles) in the skin which increases interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation, reducing pressure while enabling a more effective flow of blood and lymphatic fluid in and out of the target area. Decreases fatigue in muscles by stimulating muscles around a rehabbing area to step i…

Massage Therapy vs Prenatal Bodywork

What is the difference? Prenatal Bodywork is a preventative style modality that works with mom using different techniques to help with potential problems that may arise during pregnancy. Brianna’s style of bodywork also focuses on making space for baby while in utero to comfortably get into proper birthing position. It works by utilizing our clinic room but also sending mom home with homework, daily techniques and exercises to do at home to help with the current problem.
Although massage is incorporated, it's not the only modality used. We use techniques from Spinning Babies, we utilize the effectiveness of Kinesiology tape, and we work with a resistance stretching called PNF. Clients remain dressed during session, depending on comfort level and how far into her pregnancy she is we have all the proper bolsters, pillows, and wedges, to keep them as comfortable as possible. We always save time within the session to work on muscles and ligaments surrounding baby to make sure the client…

Self Scar Massage

How is scar tissue different from other tissue? When viewed under a microscope, normal tissue can be organized in a couple of different fashions: dense, regular elongated fibers running in the same direction, such as tendons and ligaments; or dense and loose, irregular with fibers running in multiple directions. In either instance, when tissue is damaged, it will often heal in a fibrotic, haphazard manner and may appear radio-dense under diagnostic ultrasound. The tissue may show thickening, irregular organization or less precise margins as compared to non-injured tissues, which results in a restricted range of motion and, very often, pain and functional limitations. Cesarean scars can be painful. Some women feel pain or tightness in their scars when they are lifting, leaning, reaching or even standing up straight. If a woman cannot stand up straight without feeling pain or a “pulling” sensation, it may cause her to limit movement, change her posture, and eventually lead to pain in her …

Cesarean Recovery

A cesarean birth may not have been your desired birth, or maybe you're planning on a cesarean birth coming up. In an effort for you, mom, to feel your best after surgery and birth of your baby, here are some recommendations that you can do to improve your recovery.

Cesarean Recovery Recommendations ©Chiropractic Care; keep joints moving, reduce stress on nervous system, allows for reduced discomfort and increased healing ©Massage therapy; reduces muscle tension and tightness, allows for scar tissue to be laid down properly, and reduces adhesions ©Home support; family members, post-partum doula, neighbors, friends ©High dose Fish Oils (instead of NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation ©Vitamin C for soft & connective tissue support ©Vitamin E (stimulates the formation of collagen, which improves skin texture, strength, and flexibility), Coconut oil with Lavender essential oil (protects, hydrates, soften and heals skin, its strong antioxidant properties fight free radicals that damage connecti…

Local Resources

Photo Credit to: Miranda Mossberg Photography
We are so lucky to live in an area with phenomenal access to several birth workers!
Home, hospital, and birth center midwives; doulas; pre-and postnatal body care; yoga...the list goes on and on!
Here are just a few of our recommendations to consult with:

Southern Minnesota Midwifery
Kate Andrew, midwife

Twin Cities Midwifery
Kate Saumweber Hogan, CNM, LM

Trillium Midwives
Emme Corbeil, CPM, LM
Claire Welter, CNM

Midwife Groups
Allina Midwives
Willow Midwives at Abbott
HCMC Midwives
Methodist Midwives
Women's Health Specialists Midwives at U of MN Fairview Riverside
Midwives at Westside Clinic
Midwives or Dr Susa at Hudson

Minnesota Families for Midwifery is a great resource to look for midwives in various settings (home birth, birth center, or hospital birth).

Dr Ryan Dick at Entira
Dr Anderson at Aalfa
Dr Chestovich at Entira
Dr Hartung Or Midwives at Western WI Health in Baldwin

Birth Centers
Willow Midwives & Birth Cent…