Imagine your birth as the pinnacle, spirit-led experience you know it is meant to be. Amazing, right? But, in a culture that almost totally excludes the spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth, what are LDS parents-to-be to do?
Let's not forget the real, safety aspects of birth as well, though. Why is it that North America is an embarrassingly and frighteningly dangerous country to give birth in? And how can you tip the safety scale in your favor?
You want to know all the details of how to make your birth safe AND spiritual,but there are the little issues of limited time, not being my next door neighbor, and maybe you're not a millionaire. Does this mean that a safe AND spiritually minded birth are out of your reach? No way!
You're in luck, sisters and brothers! Your Yaya Guru has taken all her knowledge and experience as a holistic LDS birth professional since 1997 and.... BAM! She's made one rockin online childbirth education series that you attend live, in person.
All that and more is at your fingertips when you attend the Yaya Guru Childbirth Education workshop .
The Yaya Guru is excited to bring you 2 days entirely devoted to your family-to-be's upcoming birth experience and shift into a new family.
You deserve this and in reality - with the way our collective health and politics are moving - you can't afford NOT to do it.
See what 3 time client, Julianne says!
“Amy Jones has been instrumental in the education and advocacy of women since 1997. She is knowledgeable, caring, and strives to provide the most current and up to date information in her classes and workshops. She not only brings her experience as a mother with her, but has also attended births as a doula so she has a wide span of skills as well as familiarity with all types of labor and birth. You will learn everything you wanted to know and more from Amy’s classes.”
Kim Trower, CPM
Mother to Mother Midwifery Care
Be All That You Can Be
achieving a healthy, low-risk birth and beyond
“And so great were the blessings of the Lord upon us, that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness, our women did give plenty of suck for their children, and were strong, yea, even like unto the men; and they began to bear their journeyings without murmurings.“
1 Nephi 17:2
What one choice can you make that will have the biggest impact on the health of your pregnancy, your birth outcome, your postpartum recovery and your baby's health? The answer is simple and right at your fingertips. And imagine if virtually all complications of pregnancy and birth were in 100% your control - does that overwhelm you or empower you? Whether you feel empowered or overwhelmed, this module will take you out of fear into empowerment, and from empowerment to manifestation. EASILY. Wouldn't you like that?I and my family have been living the nutritional principles of the Word of Wisdom since the year 2000, through the last 4 of my pregnancies and through a myriad of different circumstances. I've been so committed that my personal copy of my cookbook, 'A World of Wisdom' is all but on it's last leg. Let me show you how to receive health in your navel and marrow to your bones, find wisdom and great hidden treasures of knowledge, run and not be weary, walk and not faint, and have the destroying angel shall pass by you during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. And guess what - I've simplified the process and made it completely doable.
We will cover a number of critical items that will show you:
Why being healthy is so vitally important to you, your baby, and your spirits.
How God has clearly given the blueprint for health and how you can easily eat 'clean' during pregnancy.
How to avoid toxemia or reverse it during pregnancy—even though your caregiver will likely tell you it’s impossible.
How some women feel better pregnant than they ever have before….learn how this woman can be you!
How what you’re doing now will help you to feel like a new woman only hours after birth.
How to reduce postpartum bleeding to less than two weeks and how what you’re doing now can impact your breastfeeding success, or lack thereof.
The Savvy Parent-to-Be
if you don't know your options, you don't have any
“… all things unto me are spiritual...." D&C 29:34
Does God care where, with whom, and how you have your baby? Considering that birth has the potential to be the most physically and spiritually intimate of all human experiences, wouldn't you agree that it's obvious that He does? Imagine yourself surrounded by all the love, support, and safety during your birth experience - don't you want that? Is that even possible? All evidence on the subject says that satisfaction about your birth experience has everything to do with your environment and behavior of your birth team. And believe me, you have more than one choice when it comes to both.This class module will give you all the tools you need to make empowered decisions about your choices in birthplace and caregiver, and asserting yourself spiritually in making these choices. Your choices will make a huge difference in not only your spiritual health, but also how your birth turns out as well as the safety of both you and your baby. Be that new parents who only has wonderful things to say about their experience!No horror birth stories here! We will address the following topics:
According to scripture, who has primary stewardship over birth?
Did you know that the USA has higher infant and maternal mortality rates than most other industrialized countries? Learn what these other countries are doing right so you can mirror their keys to success.
The critical questions that you need to ask when selecting your caregiver, and how this critical decision will impact your birth experience.
Trying to decide between a certiﬁed midwife versus a lay midwife? Learn the differences between them and considerations for both.
Choosing your place of birth—Important questions for evaluating your place of birth, whether a hospital, birthing center, or even your home.
A Shot in the Dark
understanding birth interventions
"....know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"1 Corinthians 6:19
Are parents-to-be merely existing to be passive participants in their child's birth? So long as the baby escapes the experience alive, isn't that all the matters? HARDLY. And instinctively, you know that there are spiritual implications to your decisions on birth interventions for this most physical of all experiences, right? When I was a young 21 year old first time mom in the making, right off the bat God made it clear that I was to make choices that may be out of the mainstream. Imagine what it felt like being that young, away from family, with virtually no guide or support besides her loving but equally inexperienced husband, but knowing that God was there every step of the way? It was pivotal to the incredible outcome that followed and was priceless. And I know He is there for you, too...no doubt. I've helped hundreds of couples - believers and non believers alike - access the Spirit to navigate successfully through the complex and confusing U.S. maternity care system. It's more simple than you think! Whether you are planning a home birth or hospital birth, it is essential that you understand the risks, beneﬁts and alternatives to all your options regarding interventions and how to avoid the “domino theory of interventions.”
Learn the positive spiritual 'interventions' that will help strengthen you and make your birth the experience God means it to be.
Learn about the different types of birth interventions, risks and beneﬁts associated with each, their alternatives and why “benign interventions” aren’t so benign.
Understand how to tactfully navigate around the routines in many hospitals and even among some homebirth midwives may actually sabotage your efforts to birth the way you intend, and exactly what you can do about it.
Discover how to avoid the snowball of one intervention can lead to another, and another, until you lose control of your labor and your birth.
See What Worked for Others!
“Amy is a wonderful source of knowledge and insight. Her childbirth education class was a huge awakening for me and helped me understand the things I needed to know in order to have the birth I wanted.
The Yaya Guru site is amazing! Now all that knowledge is at my fingertips. The site is easy to navigate to find all the information you want or need. I also love pointing expectant women to this site. I know they will be able to find answers to their questions and come away from it feeling educated and empowered.”
Mother of 3
1 cm, 2 cm, I Think I'm Pushing!
The Stages of Labor and Process of Birth
"...how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman intravail!"Jeremiah 22:23
Are you worried that you won't know when you're in labor or when to call for your birth team? Imagine not having any doubts about answering not only these questions, but other labor and birth practices that can really be the difference between a positive outcome or not. Guess what - it's not that complicated to learn AND remember during labor and birth. Knowing this information will make a huge difference in your confidence level going into and throughout labor. Serving as the foundation of understanding for your own birth plan, your eyes will be opened as you come to understand the anatomy of labor and birth as well as the different states of labor and any variations that can occur. Here are just a few of the things you will learn:
The spiritually symbolic nature of the labor and birth process.
The little known secrets of how to tell when you’re REALLY in labor.
Not sure how to tell when it’s time to call your birth team or go to your birthplace? Learn exactly how to know, and eliminate the stress of false labor.
Learn the emotional and external signposts of labor, and why they are better indicator than an exam of how far dilated you are.
Understand why the typical “purple pushing” encouraged by the birth industry is dangerous and ineffective.
Discover optimal birthing positions and techniques, and how they can make your labor and delivery easier and safer, AND signiﬁcantly reduce the pain of labor.
The Great (birth) Plan of Happiness
if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there
"And the Gods saw that they would be obeyed, and that their plan was good."Abraham 4:21
What would it feel like to reach the end of your pregnancy, completely confident of your abilities and the choices you've made? Really, close your eyes and tap into that feeling......That's what the enabling power of the Spirit feels like. When knowledge and preparation meet opportunity, it's an amazing tool.Even though no one can predict the course of any birth experience and that very few labors and births are 'textbook', a birth plan can shed light on your goals and priorities for your birth, not only for you but also your birth team. And what if I told you that birth planning can be quite fun to do? If you've listened to all the other class modules, birth planning is a piece of cake. Whether you're making it up for your own reference or plan on also presenting it to your caregivers, there is no downside to defining your wish list for this birth. Anyone that tells you different has their own agenda and fears they are projecting on to you. Trust me....simply 'winging it' will leave you feeling like you were cheated and increases your odds of your birth outcome being less than optimal. You will begin the process of planning the speciﬁc details from your birthplace and route of birth to determining who will be present at the birth and their various roles. Home birth couples will beneﬁt from a back up birth plan in the rare case of transport. Hospital birth couples will also learn how to focus on advocacy with hospital staff.
What is an early labor plan? Discover how it can greatly reduce your risk of an unnecessary interventions and cesarean section.
Learn how to draw up a birth plan that will be listened to and respected.
Increase your odds that you baby will be treated safely and appropriately after the birth.
Address all the back up plans and be prepared for any eventuality.
Handle Birth Like a Pro
comfort measures and tricks of the trade
"Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever."Alma 37:36
What if I told you that the most effective tool for increasing comfort and efficiency during labor and birth was all in your head, heart, and spirit? No matter what, you and your labor supporters can know you have the primary tool for getting through labor and birth within you. But aren't there other tools that can play a crucial role in curbing pain during labor and birth? How can you relieve back labor? What can you do to jump start a stalled labor? What role does the Spirit play in finding out what works for you during labor and birth? You will learn support techniques, comfort measures, exercise positions and “tricks of the trade” to aid you in different scenarios that may arise during labor.
Learn and apply easy-to-understand skills for labor supporters
Establish in-depth, empowering techniques that will help you to enjoy your labor
Find out how to reduce the odds that you will have a long or very painful labor and birth
Realize what your brain does during labor and how to use it to your advantage
It's (almost) All In Your Head
manifesting your ideal birth experience
"....treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man."D&C 84:85
Getting your spirit and mind in the right place and accessing the power of visualization is probably the single reason why those people, who think they have prepared, still aren’t successful in achieving the birth experience they are looking for. New emerging information on the brain is incorporated into this module to help you understand why this module is an essential tool to put in your “birth bag.”
Understand the science behind why visualization works.
Take a beautiful, powerful journey though what is possible for your birth.
Come away feeling energized, recharged and conﬁdent in realizing your birth plans.
See what others are saying...
“I have finished reviewing the whole Yaya Guru program and I have to say I love it. Amy has done such a great job touching on everything a new mom needs to know to create the best birth for her, her baby, and her family. This course is very comprehensive and easy to listen to. I love it.”
Dr. Nancy Salgueiro
No 'What If's' or 'If Only's'
avoiding and navigating the unexpected
"And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come."Ether 2:25"I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."1 Nephi 3:7
Even with all the knowledge and preparation in the world, there are no guarantees for your birth outcome, right? God has a customized plan for this particular experience for your family, so can you still have a spiritually empowered, beautiful birth experience if unexpected situations arise? Yes! The key is being prepared for these uneventualities. Learn ways to avoid difficult situations and know what your choices are if a difﬁcult situation does arise.
Learn how to “Belly Map” to increase your odds of an optimally positioned baby and decrease your chance of a cesarean birth.
Recognize that ﬁne line of when to intervene and when not to intervene.
Examine why cesareans, vacuum extractor and induction may not be all that your caregiver is cracking them up to be.
Grasp onto the tools you will need to shape your birth into a peaceful one, even if intervention becomes necessary.
Fears, Beliefs, and Grief
releasing all baggage that can get in the way of your dream birth
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."Matthew 11:29"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."2 Timothy 1:7
Those two scriptures couldn't be more true or more applicable to how you need to enter into your birth! Even after becoming the smartest, most prepared parent-to-be on the planet because you took Yaya Guru's course (wink), is it possible that you still might be holding onto fears and anxiety that run deeper? I've got news for you - even midwives, doctors, doulas, and nurses experience fears, beliefs, and grief that can put a damper on a birth experience. So, let's diffuse the power that these feelings are having over you! You will also learn ﬁrst-hand from the experiences of Yaya Guru graduates.
What was the graduates best resources during labor? What do they wish they would have known. beforehand? Find out what helped them and what will they do differently next time.
Address and resolve those little fears still gnawing at you in a graceful, easy way.
Create powerful labor tools that are personal to you and will help guide you through “Laborland.”
All Things Postpartum
your baby, your body, your new life
"Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."Luke 1:42
The 4th trimester! Ah...the bliss, the contentment, the utter lies and misrepresentation, right? I remember feeling completely duped for the first few weeks after my first baby. How is it that postpartum was turning out to be more difficult than the actual pregnancy and birth? Oh yeah, because I didn't think I had to learn about it before it came. DUMB! Do you want that bliss? The contentment? Then let's get to it. Rock your postpartum! It CAN be amazing, but not without some serious planning and preparation. We will address important issues that will come after your baby is born such as immediate postpartum, general care of mother and baby, vaccination, circumcision, and parenting.
Experience that 'birth high' and thinning of the veil that you may have heard can happen right after the birth and make sure this “forgotten phase of birth” goes off without a hitch.
What is a babymoon and why do you NEED one?
Discover how to bounce back in record time through tried and true secrets of midwives and doulas.
Understand how you can prevent postpartum depression and treat if effectively without pharmaceuticals.
Learn gospel tools to help you become a peaceful, centered parent and address controversial topics like vaccines, circumcision and “crying it out” with conﬁdence.
"Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord."1 Corinthians 11:11
Hey Guys (and Gals)......Do you fear that your intimate life with your mate is about to turn into a hot mess - and not in a good way? When I was pregnant with my first baby, I heard all the horror stories of how after our baby was born, our life in the bedroom was about to take a dramatic turn for the worse. So imagine the confusion when it was BETTER. That's right! BETTER. Forget all those horror postpartum bedroom stories you hear, those are coming from people who don't have a clue.Don't be one of those people. Get a clue. I recommend you take this class module before all others because almost every decision you will make in pregnancy - individually and as a couple - will impact your postpartum intimacy.
Learn the 6 P's to Amazing Postpartum Intimacy.
How to avoid the most common pitfalls during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum that hang up pospartum intimacy.
No holds barred tips to strengthening your relationship with your mate postpartum. It's about to get real, brothers and sisters.
Learn what the biggest postpartum bedroom killer is
The Secrets to Breastfeeding Success
all my tips and tricks from helping clients and my own 20 year breastfeeding stretch
"But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days!"Luke 21:23
Woe is right - breastfeeding can go sideways really quick and all your best laid breastfeeding intentions can go out the door within hours. Is that what you want? Of course not! Much like an unmedicated labor and birth, if breastfeeding were easy and straightforward, everyone would be doing it. So much of our modern lifestyle, culture and choices get in the way of successful breastfeeding, so let's get out of our own way! And listen up, MEN! If you want breastfeeding to be successful, YOU need this info BEFORE BIRTH just as much as your woman. I promise that skipping this topic will hurt your baby and partner. Get on board and don't be that guy. So why doesn’t breastfeeding 'work' for so many couples that want to?
What is the successful breastfeeding family doing right? Come learn!
Discover why the first 3 hours, 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months after birth can determine your breastfeeding success.
Learn how common birth interventions can sabotage your entire breastfeeding experience and discover how to avoid them.
Explore time-tested, safe and natural remedies for increasing milk supply, resolving mastitis in three hours and curing thrush once and for all.
Understand how to know whether your baby is getting enough milk.
Gain confidence that you can give your baby that “liquid gold” that she deserves by learning the anatomy and mechanics of the breast and your baby’s innate abilities.