Creative Childbirth Concepts

Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth. Doula Services. It's Your Birth. Be Creative


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Preparing your child for the birth of a sibling: 4 creative tips to encourage family bonding.

Girl Holding PlantSo you have a toddler, maybe a school aged child and now you’re pregnant again.  The first time around you and your partner took all the steps to prepare everything just in time for baby’s arrival:

The nursery – coordinated to perfection.

The birth plan – printed (with copies to spare).

So now that your estimated due date for THIS baby has been discussed and you feel it closing in week by week, what are your plans for getting ready to birth again?  Continue reading


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Can the evidence for music therapy change birth policies at local hospitals?

I had a huge opportunity this week.  I was asked to speak to members of the OB Shared Governance Committee (basically the hands on policy makers) at a local area hospital.  When I prepared for my talk, I planned to just talk about music for all the stages of labor and delivery.  After all,  I only had 20 minutes and could easily speak on the topic for 20 hours.   But I quickly realized after hearing from the postpartum nurses, surgical nurses, educators and lactation consultants in the room that they wanted more information about the applications of music therapy for the whole spectrum of the childbirth experiences.   Continue reading


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How to get creative while giving birth.

When  you’re pregnant, everyone has seems to have advice for you:

“You’ve got to get this stroller.”

“You’re going to want the epidural!”

“Don’t eat deli meat or sushi.”

“You’d better hire a doula.”

Well, what advice works for some, does not always work for everyone. There are seemingly 7 billion different ways to learn about and prepare for childbirth too.  There are birth prep classes that help you focus on breathing, childbirth models that help your partner learn to support you, and there are even birthing techniques that encourage hypnosis or ask you to travel inward to explore your fears before giving birth.

At Creative Childbirth Concepts we believe that as humans we are inherently creative.  We are designed to express ourselves through art, music, movement.  This does not change when we are pregnant.    We can relate to others through these same types of creative expressions.   Even eye contact and body language are part of our creative expression.  So,  our classes are designed to encourage you to get creative before, during and after birth.

Move your body. Don’t take labor lying down!  Research the best out-of-bed labor positions and in-bed labor positions so that no matter what type of birth you have (medicated or un-medicated) you have options to move.  Moving your body during birth helps create more space within the pelvis and allows you to work with your baby and help your baby navigate through as he or she descends for birth.

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Walk, move, dance and sway during labor.

 

Use Music.  Using music during gentle movement practices makes moving your body that much easier.  You see, when music plays and there is a gentle steady tempo, your brain will be activated to plan motor movement that coordinates, or synchronizes with that musical tempo.  Ever find yourself tapping your toes without meaning to?  ipodWhile in labor, any music you’ve practiced to during prenatal relaxation or movement routines will trigger or cue your body to return to that state of mind:  relaxed, moving gently and encouraging your baby to come down.   Not sure what type of music to use, check out Tips from a board certified music therapist.

Bring Inspiration into your birthing space.  We’ve covered moving and bringing music to change up your birth space but what about meaningful visual art and items of significance?  Maybe you had a mother’s blessing, baby shower or special day to honor your baby.  Look at the items used for that day that made you feel special.  Maybe a banner or a decoration, a small token or favor from the shower.  Bring those items with you as a “art installation” if you will.  Not to just “decorate” but to bring meaning into the birthing space for you.  Perhaps you created a special piece of art for the baby’s nursery  with your partner or turned your birth plan into a “vision board.”   Don’t be afraid to bring your belongings, those things that make you feel like you belong or baby belongs, into your birthing environment.DB mandala crop.jpeg  If that is at home, create a nest or a room that you will go to and labor when you need time to reflect or be motivated.  If your birth plan involves moving to a birth center or hospital for delivery, pack the most important items on top so you can put up your flags, banners or art as soon as you arrive to help comfort your space.

Classes with Kate Taylor of Creative Childbirth Concepts® help expecting couples learn to use these and many other creative ideas during birth prep and birthing time.   Creative Childbirth classes give birth teams time to connect, express and make their birth vision into something tangible to take with.  For some that is a playlist, for others sculpture and art, flags and inspirational mantras.

What does being creative for birth mean to you?  Let us know what you did or plan to do to make your birth creative.  You never know, you may inspire someone else.   It’s your Birth.  Be Creative.

Learn more by visiting www.creativechildbirthconcepts.com and register for our upcoming three part birth class series at Premier Wellness and Chiropractic in Crystal Lake, IL. Class start October 14th, running Friday nights 7:00-8:30 for three weeks.  Classes conclude October 28th!

Register today because space is limited!

 

 


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Music Therapists can now earn continuing education credits through Creative Childbirth Concepts®. Sign up Today!

They’re called CMTEs and for many music therapists these letters are the gold standard for continuing education.  100 CMTEs are required to renew  board certification status every five years.  After re-certifying three times now, I’ll tell you those five years pass too quickly! As a growing field of allied health professionals, music therapists are constantly seeking innovative ways to earn credits while learning about the newest, most effective applications of music therapy.

Now there is a new choice.
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I have been SO inspired over the last few days!  music art growth love

All of these amazing birth workers and doulas from around the world are celebrating the work of birth support.  More and more individuals and institutions are starting to recognize the value of continuous labor support and it’s incredible to see.

 

In fact, I was asked by the nursing honors society of DePaul University to speak to their nursing students and professional RN’s next month about my work as a music therapist in childbirth.  Today they asked me for a short biography and some speaking points.  Well for someone like me who wants to passionately share every detail about my work and experience, the term “short biography” is an oxymoron.

So today, as a challenge to myself, I’m sharing my short biography for World Doula Week.

To be fair, I have written some that are 50 words or less for many conference brochures, but this one feels really good to me and is inspiring some major copy changes across my current website and my new projects too.  I had to really stop critiquing myself and write this from a place of celebrating my unique business and all of the amazing experiences I’ve been privileged to have as a professional doula and board certified music therapist.  I also had to let go of the idea of putting every little detail in it and instead just paint an overall picture of well-rounded and authentic experience.    Either way, it’s done and here it is:

Kate Taylor, MA, MT-BC is the owner of Creative Childbirth ConceptsⓇ which provides full spectrum pre and perinatal music therapy and birth services to all Chicago area families.   Through this unique music therapy practice Kate also assists women in labor and delivery as a birth doula.  Kate has advanced clinical training in providing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) support, as well as applications of guided imagery, neurologic music therapy and end of life care.  Kate draws upon her experience of the creative arts to deliver innovative childbirth education classes, music therapy assisted childbirth and unmatched personalized support for all families.  Kate enjoys using creative writing, movement, music and art in birth preparation to help families be ready for birth and beyond.  Kate also uses these creative tools to train and supervise other music therapists and birth workers including fellow birth, postpartum and bereavement doulas.   Kate has presented her research at regional and national conferences of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), the Online Music Therapy Conference (OCMT) and the prestigious Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health.  Kate Taylor has also had the honor of speaking at the World Congress of Breastfeeding through La Leche League International and on behalf of organizations like the Holistic Moms Network.  More information about Kate can be found at www.birthmusic.net.   Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CreativeChildbirthConcepts, on twitter:  @musictherapy4me or on instagram @birthmusictherapy.


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What puts the “YOU” in DOULA? A few unique things about me as a doula.

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For today’s blog in honor of #worlddoulaweek I’d like to share a list of things about me that I feel make me unique as a doula. You know why I became a doula but now it’s time to see how I use my special gifts and talents to provide the highest standard of support for you (my clients) and for all my fellow birth workers reading this who trust me as your mentor.

  • I am an excellent listener.
  • I am patient.
  • I am intuitive.
  • I accept your feelings, physical and emotional.
  • I support all of your feelings.
  • I want the best possible outcome for you and your family.
  • I can help you understand your choices.
  • I will present you with all the facts and options.
  • I can help you weigh the risks and benefits.
  • I will not make a choice for you or attempt to sway you with my beliefs.
  • I know when to let you be alone so you can do it on your own.
  • I can help you understand yourself so you’re more aware.
  • I bring out your creative side.
  • I love music but know when to enjoy the silence.
  • I see you not as mother, father, colleague, or friend but as human.
  • I have the highest regard for your life and dignity.
  • My continuous support can improve your outcomes.
  • I will make every attempt to help you achieve your goals.
  • My knowledge as a music therapist can greatly enhance your relationship with music and help you more fully embrace your experience.
  • I am professional and trustworthy.
  • I am authentic and kind.
  • I am here for you.
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Happy #WorldDoulaWeek!

Let me know how I can serve you! Email today mymusictherapist@gmail.com or visit www.birthmusic.net

 

 


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5 reasons why I became a DOULA

It’s #worlddoulaweek and today I’m counting down the top 5 reasons why I became a doula.

Reason #5:  Support

I knew I owed it to myself to hire someone dedicated to supporting me.

Just a few years before becoming pregnant with my first child, I trained in a method of using music therapy for birth.  During the final day of training I was diagnosed with an abscess that required surgery the very next day.   Continue reading