Bottoms, Breasts and Babies…Oh My!

Bottoms Cabbage leaves to relieve engorged breasts

Last night’s SF childbirth class was packed with lovely, socially graceful pregnant women who are in denial about the physical aftermath awaiting them…they thought pregnancy took it’s toll – my response is: “hang on for postpartum!”

Expectant moms are typically so focused on the birth, that they don’t stop to consider the rest of the story. All new families should be prepared for some degree of discomfort as the body heals from delivery and adjusts to caring for a newborn.

The only good news is that postpartum is a temporary state that can include:

  • Hemorrhoids, “skid marks” and/or an incision or tear in the perineum
  • Swollen, sore breasts, twice their normal size; cracked and bleeding nipples
  • Fussiness or babies who will not wake to feed – both baffling and frustrating

Images courtesy of Classic Kids Photography and Nurse Myra blog

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When the time came to have our baby, my wife and I had to make a lot of decisions under pressure. Sarah’s help was invaluable; she had us simulate different scenarios before the birth which helped potentially confusing and overwhelming situations seem familiar. The techniques used in her programs reminded me of the ways my Olympic coaches used to prepare us for the big event.

Jonny Moseley, Olympic Gold Medalist

The Best Birth is unique and magical. My patients who have attended their classes are prepared for all eventualities and uniformly joyous over their birth experience. The partners are comfortable in the delivery suite and fully engaged too.

Laurie Green, M.D. – founding partner

Sarah McMoyler is a teacher’s teacher. Knowledgeable and compassionate … her approach is highly recommended.

Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D. – bestselling author

Sarah McMoyler leads the industry in her ability to bring the basics back to birthing with a welcomed combination of accessible practicality and judgement-free advice about today’s options. I applaud her refreshingly modern commitment to the ultimate goal – healthy mom, healthy baby.

Alison Wing – CEO and Founder,

Pierre and I worked with Sarah before the birth of our first child, and her lessons have continued to benefit us through all of our pregnancies and births. The McMoyler Method prepared us for labor and delivery, reduced our anxieties, and strengthened our connection to each other during the birth. We recommend her approach to anyone who wants to be more engaged and prepared for the wonderful journey of childbirth.

Pam and Pierre Omidyar – Founder of eBay