birth preparation

Carol Gray on Epidurals at MamaSpace Yoga

More About Epidurals

By Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200 I have been thinking a lot about epidural anesthesia for childbirth. Among those who have experienced it, birth is almost universally described as painful. Who wouldn’t want a drug or procedure that takes away the pain? Clearly, most pregnant people in America want this. It is by far the mainstream way to give birth. When Did It All Begin? What I’m wondering about

How Fetal Constraint Adversely Affects Babies: Things We Notice After Birth by Carol Gray at MamaSpace Yoga

How Fetal Constraint Affects Babies: Things We Notice After Birth

By Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200 This is part six of the six-part Stuck Baby Series. In part one, My Baby Dropped!, I explain why engagement is pathology. In part two, Why Did My Baby Get Stuck?, I describe the maternal factors that cause babies to get stuck. Part three is Fetal Factors: How Babies Get Themselves Stuck. Part four explores Fetal Constraint: How Culture Immobilizes Babies. Last week,

Fetal Constraint: How Culture Immobilizes Babies by Carol Gray at MamaSpace Yoga

Fetal Constraint: How Culture Immobilizes Babies

By Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200 This is the fourth installment of the stuck baby series. Last week I described the fetal factors (ways babies get themselves stuck). The week before I discussed maternal factors. Three weeks ago I covered engagement and explained why it’s pathology. Next week I’ll go over how fetal constraint affects labor and birth. Stay tuned! Today I’m going to discuss cultural factors that reduce

Fetal Factors: How Babies Get Themselves Stuck by Carol Gray at MamaSpace Yoga

Fetal Factors: How Babies Get Themselves Stuck

By Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200 There are many things that contribute to fetal constraint (stuck babies). Any one of them can operate independently, but usually there are multiple causes that have synergistic or additive effects. As I continue to explore the multiple causes, I will provide examples of how these things can work in concert to prevent babies from moving into more ideal positions for their continued gestation,

Why Did My Baby Get Stuck? By Carol Gray at MamaSpace Yoga

Why Did My Baby Get Stuck?

It’s not because your pelvis is too small… By Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200 When I consider how babies fit into — and through — a maternal pelvis I view it from three perspectives: midwifery, bodywork and yoga. As a midwife I generally know more about birth than many bodyworkers. As a bodyworker I know more about how, anatomically and bio-mechanically, a baby fits into and ultimately through a

My Baby Dropped by Carol Gray at MamaSpace Yoga

My Baby Dropped!

By Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200 “My baby dropped!!” People usually say this with great enthusiasm when it happens. I’ve never really understood why people rejoice about their babies dropping. Why Do They Think This Is So Cool? Do they think that this is proof they won’t be pregnant until the end of time after all? Do they think that their labors will be shorter because the baby is

Carol Gray Writes About Plagiocephaly and CST at MamaSpace Yoga

Flat Spots

By Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200 I see lots of babies who have flat spots on their heads (plagiocephaly) in my Craniosacral Therapy practice. Container-Baby Culture and Flat Heads The most common garden variety is the broad flat spot on the back of the head – an artifact of the Back to Sleep Program, swaddling for sleep and time spent in car seats, baby seats and swings that have

CST for the Perinatal Period by Carol Gray at MamaSpace Yoga

Craniosacral Therapy for the Perinatal Period

By Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200 In my other life I’m a bodyworker and bodywork teacher. When I taught in-person prenatal yoga classes, my students often asked me about the benefits of bodywork during pregnancy. They wanted to know more about Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and how it can help. Today I’ll explain it. Why Should People Get Bodywork During Pregnancy and Postpartum? Studies show that people who receive loving

What We Leave Behind by Carol Gray at MamaSpace Yoga

What We Leave Behind

By Carol Gray, LMT, CST, RPYT, ERYT-200 Our Physical Space We are packing. We are preparing to leave what, for the last five years, has been the MamaSpace Yoga studio. For four of those five years this beautiful brick building with the huge light-filled windows was our sanctuary. It was the sacred space where pregnant and postpartum people came to practice and find community. Our Video Filming Location For the