Welcome beautiful baby Azai!

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in New Babies | Comments Off on Welcome beautiful baby Azai!

Welcome beautiful baby Azai!

Baby Azai was water-born on May 26.  He gets to share his birthday with Michelle’s own mama ❤️ Welcome to the planet sweet baby.  What a beautiful birth you had.  You should know that your mama was very brave and strong giving birth to you ❤️      

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Welcome to the planet baby Lucas ❤️

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in New Babies | Comments Off on Welcome to the planet baby Lucas ❤️

Welcome to the planet baby Lucas ❤️

Lucas Ronin was born at home on May 19 into his daddy’s waiting hands!  He took his sweet time but finally decided to join his big brother earth side ❤️

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The Home Birth of Basha Maple

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Birth Stories | Comments Off on The Home Birth of Basha Maple

The Home Birth of Basha Maple

  BY NICOLE DONALD · MARCH 19, 2015 Our intention for the birth of our daughter was to have a peaceful, low-intervention, home birth on the day that our baby would choose for herself. I previously had one hospital birth and a birthing center/water birth, while my husband had experienced all three of his children’s births at a birthing center—which left us very excited to share our first home birth together. I had been having intense prodromal labor almost everyday since 36 weeks so we were anticipating our daughter might arrive early. But as the weeks went on it became clear we were going to go past our guess-date like I had with my previous children. In our state there are rules about how long home birth midwives can continue support and I was pushing it. 42 weeks came and went; thankfully measurements from our one ultrasound came up with a later guess-date which offered us some extra time, so I didn’t have to worry too much until I hit 43 weeks pregnant (according to my last menstrual period). I really did not want to induce or get unnecessary testing done; I felt confident that our baby was healthy, just not quite ready to be born. We reached a point with waiting where I was running out of options. Because of our state’s laws, I knew that I would have to compromise on certain things if I truly wanted the peaceful home birth I had been preparing for. I eventually had to choose between herbal induction or getting a biophysical profile (BPP) and non-stress test (NST) done to make sure the baby and placenta were handling everything well, in order to continue being supported by our midwife. I chose the BPP and NST to allow our daughter more time to pick her own birthday. By 43 weeks and 2 days (from my LMP) I was pretty much out of time as my midwife did not feel safe continuing on without attempting an herbal induction. I had considered an unassisted birth in the past but my husband wasn’t comfortable with the idea; I also was not prepared to take that on without careful planning and full support from him. I struggled for a while with this decision, but because my blood pressure had been rising the last couple days leading up to this and I did not want to have a hospital birth, I agreed it was a good idea to try to get things moving. We went to a well-respected acupuncturist the day before committing to the natural induction, who also gave us some chinese herbs that we hoped would stir things up. I started taking the chinese herbs the night before we were to try to naturally induce. The next morning (Friday, February 6th) I was up at 6 am having mild but steady contractions. These waves felt similar to the many Braxton Hicks I had become used to over the last several months so I didn’t take them too seriously. I drank 5 oz of castor oil first thing, as my midwife had suggested. Right away the castor oil started to work on clearing me out (not fun). I continued sipping on the chinese herbs while taking the homeopathics: cimicifuga and caulophyllum every 15 minutes. My midwife...

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Sacred Birth Summer Class Series

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Events, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Sacred Birth Summer Class Series

Here we go again! Sacred Birth proudly presents our summer childbirth class series. Classes will span over 4 weeks, meeting every Tuesday at 6pm at the Florida School of Holistic Living.                              6/2  – 6/23    $250 per couple Topics will include:  Uncovering our beliefs about birth  Fear releasing practice  Belly mapping Optimal fetal positioning  Learning the physiology of labor  Understanding our hormones during birth  Coping strategies  Breathing techniques  Partner synchronization breathing meditations  Tuning into your womb  Creating a healthy womb environment Benefits of your placenta The Sacred Hour; Postpartum Breast Crawl Breastfeeding Basics Attachment Parenting And many more great topics Contact Alyssa@sacredbirthorlando.com to register. * Class will be limited. Reserve now before space fills up!*...

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Join us in our next “Ask the Midwife”!

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Events, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Join us in our next “Ask the Midwife”!

Join us in our next “Ask the Midwife”!

  Join SACRED BIRTH for the next evening in our series of “ASK THE MIDWIFE”, an interactive night of discussion on various topics surrounding birth. Film viewing and discussion will be part of our series on some evenings and a light dinner and herbal tea will be served.Sacred Birth’s midwife, Michelle Isla, LM, CPM, will introduce our topic and facilitate discussion including Q & A on anything and everything birth-related! Women, their partners, doulas, and friends are welcome! Children may accompany you at your discretion and nursing babies are always welcome and expected. Our “ASK THE MIDWIFE” series is by donation to help offset food costs only. This evening our event will be hosted by 5th Element Healin…g Spa who will be offering chair massage and will be catered by organic nutritionist Katinka! We look forward to this opportunity to connect with you and to join the discussion on “WHAT BABIES WANT!” *Film Synopsis: This timely and heart-opening film brings together ground-breaking information about what babies truly are, what they know, and how we can support them to be their best as they develop and grow. The experiences we have at our births sets up our perceptive neurology and influences the way we perceive the events of our lives. These early interactions shape our human ability to learn, to trust, and to develop relationships as we grow older. The film is alive with captivating stories and remarkable personal experiences of infants, children, and adults. It is warmly narrated by Noah Wyle who shares with us his passion for deeper understanding and awareness of what a baby truly is. What Babies Want looks into cutting-edge science, ancient cultures and traditional customs in search of ways to keep our children’s spirits intact....

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Precious Xoe Fae Born Outdoors!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in New Babies | Comments Off on Precious Xoe Fae Born Outdoors!

Precious Xoe Fae Born Outdoors!

The breeze, the stars, the crickets, the soft belly dancing music in the background, the smell of the fire, and finally the ecstatic sounds of mama birthing her baby into her hands and precious Xoe Fae’s first sounds on the planet...

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Sweet Basha Maple…all 10lbs 6oz!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in New Babies | Comments Off on Sweet Basha Maple…all 10lbs 6oz!

Sweet Basha Maple…all 10lbs 6oz!

Sweet baby Basha Maple decided to enter the planet on her own time!  Mama, daddy, and big brothers patiently waited for her to say it was time and she finally did about 2 weeks past her “estimated due date”.  Precious chunker of a baby at 10lbs 6oz, Basha Maple was born in the water in her home surrounded by her beautiful brothers...

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Welcome earthside sweet River Hawk ❤️

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in New Babies | Comments Off on Welcome earthside sweet River Hawk ❤️

Welcome earthside sweet River Hawk ❤️

This beautiful family of 3 just became a family of 4! Big sister Pepper is adjusting to her baby brother. This darling little angel was born in the caul as his mama welcomed him earth-side in her own tub.

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Sacred Birth @ the Hospital

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Sacred Birth @ the Hospital

 During some late night research about doulas I stumbled across Alyssa’s website and emailed her for more information. I can honestly say that was one of the best decisions I ever made. Alyssa is one of the nicest, most approachable, and caring people that I have ever met and my husband and I thank our lucky stars that she was part of our birth team. This was my first pregnancy and after doing some research and talking to other moms about their birth experiences, I knew I wanted to try for a natural birth and labor at home as much as possible. When discussing these goals with Alyssa, she always listened very carefully and really helped me to feel justified in my decisions. I really liked that Alyssa was willing to meet with us more than the standard one or two meetings that most doulas incorporate into their fees. We met with Alyssa no less than four times before our delivery and each time she coached us on various topics which really allowed us to go into the final stages of my pregnancy feeling educated and prepared. When it came time for the actual labor and delivery, Alyssa was absolutely amazing, staying with my husband and me for more than 10 hours until my daughter was born. With her help and coaching, I was able to labor in the peace and quiet of my own home, arriving at the hospital fully dilated, just in time to deliver my daughter naturally which had been my goal all along. She stopped by the hospital later in the day to check on us and even brought us lunch from Whole Foods! She was also a huge help with breastfeeding and worked with me on getting my daughter to latch properly, both at the hospital and at a later postpartum visit. I highly recommend Alyssa as a doula. I honestly don’t think my birth experience would have been nearly as pleasant and memorable without Alyssa’s involvement. As I look to my future with hopes of a having a second child, I know that Alyssa will be an integral part of my plans. – Desiree Moss  ...

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Birth of Mila Ferro <3

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Birth Stories, New Babies, Testimonials | Comments Off on Birth of Mila Ferro <3

Birth of Mila Ferro

I recommend ANY expecting mama to have the assistance of a doula. We had no idea how important Alyssa was going to be during our birth experience. I met her through prenatal yoga class, as she was the instructor. I was intrigued by her expertise and gentleness. After researching her site, and shared who she was with my partner, Ryan. We agreed to do prenatal classes with her. She was wonderful, tailoring the syllabus to meet our needs. We had individualized classes for more attention, and she came to us so we could remain in the comfort of our own home. We learned valuable information that we used the very day of my labor. On March 5, I had my first true contractions at 3:30 in the morning, and by 5:30am, the contractions were about 5-7 minutes apart. We called Alyssa, and she came to our home, helped me and my family into the car so we could depart for the hospital. Upon our arrival, she followed me into the examining room, where we found that I was 7 cm dilated, and 90% effaced. My water broke, and we knew the baby was coming! I was transferred to the labor & delivery room and for several hours, I worked. With Alyssa’s assistance, I got through each contraction one breath at a time. When the baby got lodged in my pelvis I wanted an epidural, Alyssa recentered me. She reminded me of our plan and told me to stick with it just one more hour. She recommended the pelvic lift which we learned about in our prenatal class, and we all agreed on to give it a try. My partner came behind me and lifting my stomach during contractions. This technique dislodged the baby and made me a full 10cm within minutes. I began pushing shortly after and within the hour, Mila Lynne was born! If it were not for Alyssa we would not have had a sound, uncomplicated, healthy and natural birth. We owe so much to Alyssa for a beautiful birthday that we will never forget. I encourage you to make the same choice!       – Evelyn...

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